Our mentors from some of the most reputable companies in the startup scene such as Rocket Internet, Accenture or Kreditech will guide you and your team from a vision to a venture. Each team selected to join us at Jacobs Startup Competition 2017 will receive expert advice from a mentor specifically chosen to suit their needs. 


Claire Cussemane, Rocket Internet

"My name is Claire Cussemane, I am 25 years old and come from Paris. I have an international relations and communication background and am currently working in Munich for Rocket Internet on a special project in the travel sector.
I am working in venture development and combine very diverse fields in my daily work, such as business development, public relations, marketing or product management.
As mentioned above, I have a very diverse background. I studied international relations, political sciences and management at Sciences Po Paris, and marketing and communication at La Sorbonne. But a lot of things that I do today in my job I didn't even learn at school but on a daily basis at work. Indeed, I have now gain a lot of knowledge in diverse area such as business development, product management and growth hacking, which I will put at the disposal of the teams to support them in the best way.
I have worked in 2 start-ups in France and Germany and I am now working for Rocket Internet, a famous German incubator, on a special project that we launched a couple of months ago.
I am a real start-up enthusiast and am very much into the digital sector and its last innovations. I have been working in start-ups since 2 years now and would love to help young entrepreneurs get started with their projects."
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Richard Lustig, Medaktiv Group 

"I work as M&A Manager in Private Equity with a focus on healthcare investments. I previously worked for the DAX company Bayer, in process improvement projects and Corporate Finance. I studied Business IT (major Software Engineering) as well as Business Administration in Germany, China and the US. I already served as a mentor at JSC in 2016 and have a broad knowledge about developing and pitching one’s own idea."


Tanja Deisler, Accenture

"I am a Management Consultant for Accenture in the area of Supply Chain Management and Production. I have a Masters in International Business, and a start-up myself, so I am very familiar with challenges such as developing a business plan and financial models. Plus, I have been a mentor for the last 2 JSC and thus, I am experienced with the event and in providing start-ups with a new perspective."

Ardita Zekiri, UN Development Program

"I am Ardita Zekiri, and I completed my MA studies at Jacobs University Bremen.  I taught Cultural Studies for Business Study programs at Bremen Hochschule for one year. After I moved away from Bremen, I worked in 5 different countries and finally ended up in Macedonia working for UNDP on the Employment Program. Through my experience I helped more than 800 startups with trainings, formal counseling, legal process, and management and market research tips. These 800 startups are still active and provide a wide range of products and services. 
I enjoyed my first experience as a mentor in 2015 and I really found myself challenged by the variety of ideas, business plans, and marketing campaigns."

Saad Saeed, Kreditech

"Technology and innovation is my passion. I finished my bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This exposed me to both Hardware and Software sides of Technology and I have empowered myself with a multitude of professional talents that allow me to think critically and of new ideas, optimize work and achieve tasks efficiently and properly. I am currently the Lead Technical Operations at Kreditech, Hamburg, where I am in charge of all the technical operations of the company from end to end.My expertise is in programming, pitching ideas and solutions and analysing data to draw recommendations. I have been involved with starting Kreditech from scratch in Peru, Dominican Republic and Kazakhstan. I would like to transfer the knowledge that I have gained working in the 3rd most successful start-up of Germany (Kreditech) and help transform the ideas of students into reality."

Robert A. Eckhoff, Implicity

"My name is Robert Eckhoff and I am currently managing partner at Implicity, a small innovation consultancy in Salzburg/Munich. Our focus is on lean and customer centric innovation. I strongly believe that customer needs should be at the center of any start-up attempt. Through this, you can minimize innovation failure rates and maximize business growth. After a few failed shots at starting different business ideas myself, I now have successfully co-founded my own company, where we also advice start-ups on a regular basis. I am looking forward to getting to know new start-up ideas and hopefully help them to succeed!"
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Dr. Maximilian Ibel, tripcombi

"Founder & Managing Director of tripcombi. Responsible for engineering & strategy. Expertise in frontend-, backend development and marketing. Tripcombi was recently acquired by leading US online travel agency Fareportal. With my participation in the Jacobs Startup Competition I want to share my knowledge and experience. The program will further enable me to learn from others even for my own future"
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Nikolas Langes, tripcombi

"Founder & Managing Director of tripcombi. Responsible for business development, finance, marketing. Expertise in growth hacking, acquiring customers at low cost (b2c) and financing. With my participation in the startup competition I hope to advise young entrepreneurs in all aspects of their business needs, help them avoid mistakes and pass on some of the advice I received from my own mentors"

Christoph Hanenkamp, Traum Ferienwohnung

"I work as Senior SEO Manager for Traum-Ferienwohnungen.de, which is the second largest player in the german vacation rental market. Previously I worked at 42DIGITAL, an online marketing agency, where I did seo consulting for bigger online brands and a lot of start-ups like Gymondo or Kiveda. I would like to share my knowledge when it comes to online marketing and how to scale it for a product or service. I am looking forward to get some inspiration and learnings from the different teams and help them to succeed with their idea."

Majk Skoric, Traum Ferienwohnung

"I work as a Senior Software Engineer / Architect for Traum Ferienwohnungen, which is the second largest player in the German vacation rental market.
Previously I was leading a team at CTS Eventim AG, one of the biggest European ticket platforms. I would like to share my technical knowledge as well as my ability to decide if technical solutions fit business needs.  I am looking forward to learning something about new start-up ideas and to helping them to bring their project on the road."

Jo Teichmann, Ceden

"Jo is a serial entrepreneur, and currently the founder & CEO of Ceden Inc., a biotech company focused on manufacturing and market autonomous greenhouses."