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After 11 insightful and entertaining From Scratch editions, the series is coming to an end. For the final 12th masterclass, no other than Frank Thelen will top off the list of high-ranking guests.

As a serial founder and investor, Frank has an impressive track record over the last 25 years with having reached 100+ million consumers in 60 countries, receiving several awards, and becoming not just a renowned keynote speaker but also one of the leading voices of the German startup scene. As CEO of Freigeist Capital, Frank invests in early-stage tech startups as well as promising companies in the food industry. Notable investments and ventures as a founder include among others ip.labs (sold to Fujifilm in 2008), Scanbot, MyTaxi, Wunderlist, Lilium, Pitch, and Little Lunch. In 2014, Frank joined the prime time TV show “Dragons’ Den”, broadcasted in Germany as “Die Höhle der Löwen”, making him known also to the wider public. His bestselling autobiography “Startup-DNA” was published in 2018.

Together with moderator Christian Miele (Partner at e.ventures), Frank will teach the audience how to design a sound exit strategy. The two will elaborate on different exit options, whether founders should have an exit strategy from the beginning or not, the process of selling your startup, and how to negotiate the right price for your company.

In case you want to experience the great live atmosphere of From Scratch at the McKinsey Experience Studio (located within the Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park) one last time, quickly apply for a ticket to join this invitation-only masterclass. There is only a very limited amount of free tickets available. Free snacks and drinks provided.

For those who cannot attend, there will be a live stream via Facebook as well as a summary video and podcast episode published on Startup Notes’ social media channels after the event.



June 5, 2019

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


McKinsey Experience Studio, Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park


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