HANNOVER MESSE 2019, 01 - 05 April
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Christiane Kilian

Head of Startup Department

Christiane Kilian is hosting one of the biggest German startup and investment matching events «The Investor Days Thuringia». Startups, investors and cooperation partners from all over the world also participate in the event. At the moment she is the head of the startup department at the Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research of Thuringia (STIFT). This includes strategic counseling of government structures as well as her everyday work as a business developer and of course making startups ready for the right investment. STIFT is also a private early-stage investor. Before that she run the startup incubator at Bauhaus University in Weimar - connected to the old Bauhaus principals of Design Thinking. In May 2017 she founded – together with other Thuringian entrepreneurs the ''WHAT!Accelerator GmbH'' - an accelerator focused on open innovation and bringing together startups and industrial SMEs. Since February 2018 she is an ambassador of the German Indian Startup Exchange Program (GINSEP).

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