Speaker & Talks

Felix Thönnessen

We are very happy to welcome Felix Thönnessen as Special Guest! He is one of the best-known speakers in the field of business start-ups and companies and knows what he is talking about after more than 1000 accompanied start-ups. He became known to a larger audience as a startup coach for "Die Höhle der Löwen".


Heribert Gathof

He is a proven lateral thinker and a driving force for strategy and innovation. After more than 35 professional years in groups such as Grey, Proctor & Gamble or WICK Pharma, he developed "die Limo" in an internal start-up in his capacity as managing director of Eckes-granini. He will report on his experiences with this "parallel organisation" at PROCEED.


Frank Petry

Frank Petry is CEO, Angel Investor, VC board member, mentor and series founder - and has also held executive positions for around 30 years. His focus is on strategy, business development, technology, digitization, innovation, communication and management. In an open discussion, he highlights the challenges and opportunities in the cooperation between start-ups and medium-sized companies. What is hype, where are the opportunities?


René Wegner

HEADIS inventor René has a lot to do. The first HEADIS Team World Championship has just been broadcast on TV at prime time. At the same time, he and his team are responsible for marketing the latest product, HESHERBALL, which was developed in cooperation with BITO and recently won the prestigious German Design Award. Now the expansion into the USA is on the agenda.


Stephan Brust

Stephan Brust is head of URANO marketing. In addition to classic press and public relations work and merchandising management, his team also organizes customer events. He will also report on the new TRAINING & ACTIVITY CENTER project and explain to what extent this corresponds to a new working culture.


Richard Haxel

Since December 2016 he has been Managing Director of BITO CAMPUS. Born as a winegrower's son, he studied Organization and Strategic Management at the University of Trier. In recent years he has been a founding consultant and lecturer for business games and entrepreneurship at the University of Saarbrücken. In the meantime, he has successfully founded several start-ups.



Dr. Michael Schmid

Dr. Michael Schmid holds a degree in physics and is a patent attorney and authorized representative before the European Patent Office and the Office of the European Union for Intellectual Property (EUIPO). He is a partner in the law firm Richardt Patentanwälte and explains to PROCEED what prospective founders should pay attention to when considering patents.


Immanuel Bär

Immanuel, with his 15 years of IT experience, has specialized in social engineering and founded ProSec together with his co-founder Tim Schughart. Together, they advise and support governments, industry and SMEs in areas such as IT security and cyber defence. At PROCEED, he will introduce you to the topics in an interactive workshop.