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In 2008, Felix co-founded PaperC GmbH, a platform for academic eBooks, serving as its managing director for four years. The breakthrough business model Felix and his founding partners established was recognized with the AKEP Award, and the company was named Germany's Startup of The Year in 2009. He earned his M.A. in Business Innovation at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and got his Diploma from the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Felix is a true business model enthusiast.
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Peter earned his master's in International Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the ESADE Business School, Barcelona, and the University of St. Gallen (in combination with CEMS). As co-founder of Altaselva GmbH, an import/export startup for Peruvian nut-oil, he oversaw development of the company's business plan. He enjoys playing with pattern cards and is fascinated by the world of IoT.
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Kilian holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen University with a focus on both automotive and production engineering. His practical background resides primarily in the automotive industry and business model innovation. Since July 2017, he works as a PhD student at the Institute for Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen. His research focuses on Distributed Ledger Technologies, such as Blockchain, and their impact on business models. At the BMI Lab, he supervises the BMI Think Tank and thereby ensures the link to academic research.
Georg von der Ropp
Chairman BMI Lab AG and Managing Director BMI Lab Deutschland GmbH
Prior to joining the BMI Lab, Georg had several leadership positions at Capgemini Germany, most recently as vice president in the CTO field, focusing on digital transformation and cooperation with startups. Following an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk at Siemens AG, he studied computer science at TU München. He earned an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen. His many years of experience in large enterprises as well as in the IT and consulting industries positioned Georg to take on the challenge of how to innovate and transform successful companies.
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In close cooperation with the Institute, Katharina helps companies sustainably establish a culture of innovation and creativity to explore new business models outside their comfort zone. Katharina obtained her MSc. in Strategic Management with a specialization in strategic change strategies at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and the University of St. Gallen, and her Bsc. from Maastricht University School of Business and Economics. She enjoys challenging existing logics and is always looking for new possibilities and approaches. Her mind runs at 100 ideas/second.
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Together with Georg von der Ropp, Alexander started the German subsidiary of the BMI Lab in Munich. He is additionally charged with developing BMI Lab's business in Germany and beyond. Alexander obtained his MSc in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the ESADE Business School. He has a background in entrepreneurship in the hospitality industry and worked as a consultant at Claro Partners. Startups make his heart tick faster, and he passes the knowledge he gains from them onto his clients.
CEO Maximize, Inc
President BMI Lab Japan
Satoru Watanabe is an innovation consultant and experienced entrepreneur. As an innovation consultant, he has translated and introduced leading international innovation methodologies to Japan, including Customer Development by Steve Blank and Business Model Navigator. Satoru is the CEO and founder of Maximize, Inc, an international IT consulting firm, and has more than 20 years of experience assisting international software companies with their market entry and growth in Japan. Prior to founding Maximize, he was senior analyst at Trans Cosmos USA, Inc in Silicon Valley, where he sourced and evaluated early stage companies and solutions for investment. Satoru holds a Master’s Degree from Yale University and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Tokyo. He serves as a Japan Chief Representative of the Japan Society of Northern California, an NPO which acts as a bridge between Japan and Silicon Valley in the area of innovation.