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Wilken B.

Founder coaching

Berlin, Deutschland
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About Me

I’m a German born in Kenya; raised in Niger, France, Germany, South Africa, and Nigeria. I studied in the Netherlands. I enjoy the better parts of fundraising and helping early stage founders find their bearings. I'm interested in all things tech (especially machine learning), how society works, and how they both interact. I'm still trying to find a hobby that's not startups.


Education

MSc International Business (Entrepreneurship) MSc International Economic Studies (Behavioural Economics)


Experience

In the past 7 years I've coached and founded over 50 startups, have seen and judged over 100 stage pitches, and decks over 1000 accelerator applications. I co-founded Startupbootcamp Berlin, one of the top startup accelerators in Europe, where I still mentor, and I'm a TechStars alumnus. My last startup made the Forbes 30under30 list. I've pitched my own startups to hundreds of investors to the point where I've heard every question and know every pitfall. In total I've raised or helped raise over €4M. 80% of the teams I have helped professionally have gone to raise funding, including Avuba, ABCD Agency, Atript.com, policylead.com and 123Makler.


Industry Experience

Banking, Coaching, Financial Services, Venture Capital & Private Equity


Languages

I can coach in: Deutsch, English


Member of the following associations

TechStars Alumnus Startupbootcamp Alumus & Mentor


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