We’re happy to introduce our latest coup: the signals Founders’ Academy – a one-day boot camp for early-stage and soon-to-be founders to become investor-proof.

Founders and founding teams are invited to join signals in going beyond startup buzzwords and delving deeper into what is needed when looking at due diligence, design sprints, B2B sales or how to build an MVP. After a day of keynotes from top speakers, VC office hours, workshops and panels, attendees will be ready for the next funding round.

Explore the signals ecosystem during the day at the signals Founders’ Academy and head over to the signals Summer Party to mix and mingle in the evening. Make sure to block your calendar now and save the date!

Why you should attend

  • VC office hours
    Receive feedback or pitch your idea to the investment teams of the signals pre-seed program, signals VC, WestTech Ventures (and more VC’s to be announced soon).
  • Keynotes and panels
    Learn from the best to discuss the yeas and nays of hands-on topics such as scaling a business.
  • Workshops
    Gain basic knowledge on due diligence, design sprints, B2B sales or building a strong MVP.
  • Networking
    Meet the right contacts during coffee breaks, lunch and at the signals Summer Party!


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    Lukasz Gadowski
    Lukasz is a serial entrepreneur and investor. During his studies he founded Spreadshirt, a personalized fashion online shop. He then co-founded studiVZ, a social network, delivery hero, a food supplier and recently founded the e-scooter company Circ. He is CEO of Team Europe, holds stakes in various companies and is a board member of Volocopter and Grin.
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    Jens Lapinski
    Jens is one of Europe’s most active angel investors, making 10 to 20 investments per year. Based in Berlin, he is CEO of Angel Invest Ventures. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Techstars where he managed four programs and invested in 40 companies which have raised $100m+ in funding. Before Techstars, Jens was a co-founder of and partner at Forward Labs as well as co-founder and CEO of aiHit.
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    Dr. Carolin Gabor
    Dr. Carolin Gabor is CEO of a new finleap stealth venture since July 2019. She has been Managing Partner at Finleap, responsible for the strategic development of the Company Builder since 2016. Previously, Carolin was CEO of and and gained ten years of experience as a strategy consultant at BCG. She is actively involved in the promotion of women in the financial sector and founded the fintexx - women in finance initiative.
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    Saskia Sefranek
    Saskia has 8 years of startup experience in different roles – being a founder, investment manager at a media4equity fund and venture developer at Project A Ventures. Currently she is running the Pre-Seed Program at signals, where she is supporting early-stage founders with an equity-free Founder Fellowship and the potential for subsequent pre-seed funding of up to €250k.
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    Clemens Koós
    Clemens Koós is investment manager at signals Venture Capital, a EUR 100m venture capital fund based in Berlin, and a licensed attorney at law. He specialized in VC law and started his career at the Berlin office of the global law firm Denton before gaining experiences at the Berlin based law firm Raue LLP. Clemens now works with portfolio companies such as Medbelle, finleap and Circ. His expertise is in the areas of digital health, financial- and professional services.
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