futureSAX Team

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Marina Heimann

Managing Director

After her apprenticeship as a bank clerk and her studies of business administration, Marina Heimann gained ten years of versatile experience as a manager of an international consulting company in the field of corporate finance as well as in consulting for the public sector, which was especially characterized by assessment, expert and evaluation tasks. Parallel to this, she completed her Master's degree in Business Law at the Dresden International University (DIU). Furthermore, she has been involved for many years as a moderator, lecturer, mentor and juror in the German start-up scene and the Saxon innovation ecosystem. In addition to entrepreneurial experience as a freelance consultant, she is the founder of a Dresden sports club, where she has been a volunteer member of the board, trainer and official for 20 years. She also represents the Free State of Saxony as regional spokesperson in the Federal Association of German Startups e.V.  

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Nora Sczepanski

PA to Managing Director 

Since her training as a state-certified retail specialist in one of Germany's best-known clothing stores, Nora Sczepanski has travelled through various stages up to the position of store manager. In this position she was involved in the city management and retail committee as well as in the organisation and coordination of various events. She also put her heart and soul into her work as a trainer for young retailers and managers. In addition, the native of Wurzen, Germany, is involved in the creative early education of children in her spare time. 

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Tom Schneider

PA to Managing Director

After studying transport economics at the Technical University of Dresden, the former basketball player was involved for several years in the interests of the crafts enterprises in Eastern Saxony, including the nationwide broadband expansion. As the representative for innovation and technology in the crafts sector, he supported craftsmen and women in the (further) development of their ideas into marketable innovations. The focus was always on the networking and communication of the various products, players and facilities. This passion for good marketing also shaped his excursion to a medium-sized software company, which he helped to work out the relevant core of the services offered and to communicate in such a way that you are understood by the target group.   

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Steffen Beer

Project Manager Entrepreneurs

After his training in banking and a degree in business administration with specialization in wholesale and foreign trade, Steffen Beer gained extensive experience in the corporate customer sector as manager and advisor especially for startups in the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden - mainly in the start-up scene. While working, he earned his diploma at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. In addition, he gained extensive experience in the private sector in the field of finance and administration. 

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Alexander Seedorff

Project Manager Start-ups

To actively participate and create something new instead of watching others do it - this credo characterizes the life of Alexander Seedorff. Already during his studies of political and communication sciences at the Technical University of Dresden, he volunteered to build professional structures at the third-league basketball team Dresden Titans. Through his professional stations in educational science and the Saxon State Parliament, he focused on the future-oriented topics of higher education, science and education as well as culture and media. With heart and hand he gained personal experience as a social entrepreneur by founding and managing an association for the promotion of fan culture. 

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Heinz Truckenbrodt

Project Manager Start-up

After several years as an international product manager for a global automotive industry, Heinz Truckenbrodt completed a master's degree in industrial engineering and management at the Technical University of Dresden and Mid Sweden University with a focus on corporate development & innovation and lightweight construction. During this time he worked as a startup consultant at dresden|exists and as such became self-employed in the field of business development for startups. His affinity for digital technologies and business model innovations resulted in a thesis on the digital transformation of the automotive industry. In addition, he has been involved for several years as a volunteer in two associations for the promotion of culture. 

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Ronny Kittler

Project Manager Research & Transfer

After his studies of international politics, law and economics at the University of Leipzig, Ronny Kittler focused on knowledge and technology transfer. Initially oriented towards the international dimension, he worked at the United Nations in New Delhi, the European Parliament in Brussels and the European Commission in New York. Subsequently, he dedicated himself to the exploitation of research results in consulting projects at a Karlsruhe-based consulting firm for the development of new business ideas, especially in the field of research, and for seven years as a research assistant in international project work at the DBFZ German Biomass Research Centre in Leipzig. 

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Dr. Katarzyna Wiesenhütter

Project Manager Research & Transfer

After completion of her dissertation at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden, she was awarded with a doctoral degree by the Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering of the Technical University of Dresden. Throughout her international career Dr. Katarzyna Wiesenhütter has been actively involved in diverse materials-, physics- and life sciences R&D as well as technology transfer oriented-projects, where she served as a researcher, manager and coordinator. To gain a better insight into the scientific publication processes, she accepted the position of Managing Editor for the Journal of Alloys and Compounds at Elsevier, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. To further develop her passion for innovation, she has dedicated her recent interest to the Science2Business aspects i.e. development and implementation of a successful technology transfer strategy, launching and managing a modern company. She is a trained Quality Management Advisor (TÜV), Professional Scrum Master (PSM I) as well as Change- and Innovation Manager.  

Privately, she is highly enthusiastic about the further development of German-Polish partnership in both research and business sectors. 

 

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Alexander Kühne

Project Manager Capital

He developed his affinity for digital technologies and their business models after working in the automotive industry for several years. During his master studies of industrial engineering at the Technical University of Dresden he focused on business model development & innovation and founded a company in the field of eCommerce and podcasting. In addition, he is a double graduate of the Blockchain School Mittweida and is involved in the organization team of the Blockchain Meetup Saxony. He is a trained quality management representative (QMB) and was for a long time a volunteer in the non-partisan political education in the Politischen Jugendring Dresden e.V. (PJR) as a board member. 

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