Walking my own journey and
connecting people along the way.

Dirk Lehmann

In everything I do, I believe that the big challenges of our time can only be solved by fostering entrepreneurship, strengthening collaboration between startups and corporates and encouraging the young generation to follow their passion and leave the beaten paths behind.

In my daily work, I help established corporates to connect with startups to improve the pace of innovation and make more business possible for both sides. This happens through accelerators, partnership programs, innovations hubs or any other method that matches the needs of both sides. Connecting these two worlds combines the best of my past experience and allows me to contribute to the creation of a better world. Have a look below to find out where my journey has taken me so far.

 

Over 8 years experience with Corporates & Startups

 

business development & Program Management Associate

Mentored and helped financial technology startups in Business Development, Business Model Generation, Digital Marketing and Sales Pipeline Concepts during the Barclays Accelerator Program 2015. Additionally I had the opportunity to support the management team of Techstars with program operations and extend my network. Afterwards I joined the Techstars Metro Accelerator and helped facilitate the collaboration between Metro and the participating teams. On top I organized everything around Demo Day and made sure that the entire program was a success for all parties involved.

Mentor & Pitch Coach

At the MedTech Startup School Tübingen, I'm coaching the  teams on developing and delivering a great startup pitch presentation to future investors and business partners on their Demo Day. On top, I provide the teams guidance and mentoring in areas like business development, sales, marketing and business models. As mentor for the Google Developers Launchpad Program, I coach teams during the Launchpad weeks in Germany on anything around marketing, sales and business development. On top, I provide pitch trainings for the teams to help them develop a stellar investor pitch for their future events and presentations in front of new business partners.

startup founder & Ambassador

Developed with an international team of five people a startup from idea to presentation in front of a VC panel in only 15 days. Today I support the mission of the European Innovation Academy as the ambassador for Germany and continuously promote the program in communities and universities.

Project Manager Mercedes-Benz Driving Events

During my five years, I turned the driver trainings and tavel experiences of Mercedes-Benz into an international program with over 30 products in more than 6 markets. This included developing new sales and marketing strategies, building new partnerships and systems to improve efficiency as well as acquiring a broad range of new international customers. In the end the program became one of the key marketing channels for the brand and delivers experiences to thousands of customers every year.

Dirk has been absolutely fantastic. He’s been an Associate with us for the last accelerator programme and we have been very lucky to have him. Dirk added a tremendous amount of value to the companies...
— Jess Williamson, Global Program Director, Techstars

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Participated in 4 Accelerator programs
  • Mentored and coached more than 60 startups
  • Experience in over 6 different industries
 

PersonaL Experiences that changed who i am today

Me on Vacation

I had the privilege to work with several outstanding institutions to change and improve my way of thinking and conducting business. It started with a buddhist retreat at Plum Village that thought me a lot about mindfulness and how we can integrate that into business. To deepen that knowledge, I attended a coaching at the Concious Business Institute in Santa Barbara with Peter Matthies, to better understand how we can turn our passion and values into a meaningful business. All this was complemented with a two day Business Model Generation Masterclass by the Author Alexander Osterwalder that thought me how to build innovative businesses and products that customers love and understand. In addition, I support the German-American relationships as a founding member of the Alumni Association for the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program APPPs, to enable more young people in the future the same amazing experience that I had during my exchange year.

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Today you can find me in coworking spaces and startup conferences around Europe, always on the lookout for new challenging projects and teams that I can help. If you are a corporation looking to innovate your business or engage with the startup ecosystem, or just a founder looking for help or advice, get in touch.

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