Why Cologne?

Cologne - the metropolis on the Rhine is not just home of Germany’s most visited attraction, the city's distinctive Cathedral the Dom. It also offers excellent restaurants, shopping and the traditional brauhaus. But it is Cologne's dynamic urban lifestyle, colourful (and tolerant) night-life, vibrant economy and its famously creative start-up scene which makes it an ideal Ent-Ex venue.

Join Ent-Ex in Cologne for an intensive 3 days of workshops and social activities. Here you’ll meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs, and with the help of our Coaches, identify and develop the skills which have made them successful. And in the final day you'll have the chance to practice your networking skills, and present yourself or your business idea to local entrepreneurs, corporate managers, support agencies and local government representatives.

Price for students: NO FEES for students; 80€ to cover catering costs for the three days. Thanks to our sponsors!

After each day’s workshop activities, the Ent-Ex venue team and alumni, will help you get to know the city and make the most of the social activities it has to offer, whilst building the networks which will energise your career.

Ent-Ex Cologne is organised with the kind support of:


All of the selected hotels below are located in the city center, the venue being easily reachable by public transports.

Weltempfänger Hostel & Café



City center





Hotels / rooms:




Location and registration


GATEWAY Start-up service'

Ägidiusstraße 14

50937 Köln


Speakers July 2018

Andreas Adenauer

Owner at Adenauer & Co

Andreas, grandson of Konrad Adenauer, first Federal Chancellor of Germany, entrepreneur and father of 7 kids, launched the beach clothing brand Adenauer & Co. Former CEO of O'Neill, he was responsible for up to twelve collections a year, he decided to start his own business and founded the company Adenauer & Co in 2010 Since then Adenauer & Co has become a successful fashion business. One can read in the article in Der Speigel from 5th March 2016,that his company had already 18 shops selling his beach wear, with three managed by Adenauer itself and 15 operated by franchisees in Germany and in other countries in Europe. "Germany is our home, that's why we love Europe!", reads on the website of Adenauer & Co. https://www.adenauer.com/

Alexander Mueller

Founder & Managing Director SUMTEQ GmbH

Alexander holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry and a postdoc from the Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Cologne. After his studies, he received several Start-up awards from various institutions, the last one being Finalist at the Top-3-Nomination, "Gründerpreis 2015", Achema. In 2014, Alexander Mueller and his business partner Roland Oberhoffer, having both completed a PhD in Chemistry and convinced of being able to improve insulation materials with SUMFOAM, decided to found SUMTEQ GmbH. SUMTEQ’s target is to produce and to market SUMFOAM, an innovative nanoporous high performance material. SUMFOAM is the first high-performance insulation material based on polymer foams with the advantages of being practicable, scalable and cost-effective. After many years of stagnation in the development of foamed insulation materials SUMFOAM is an essential step forward in insulation technologies. http://sumteq.de/

Chris Vulpi

Neoseen, Düsseldorf and Trizz Productions,Barcelona

Skilled at new business development and maintaining long standing preferred partnerships. 24 years of collaborations with ad agencies and brands like Apple, P&G, Vodafone, Absolut, Unilever, Nike, Riot Games and Redbull. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Cinema & Photo Production from Park School of Communications, NY. Chris brings a hybrid capability in sales, marketing and unique production skills in visual effects and CGI. Building client networks, widening the market with new breed companies (talent, tech and specialised capabilities), Chris is a founding partner at both Neoseen, Düsseldorf and Trizz Productions, in Barcelona http://www.neoseen.com/

Justin Stindt

Founder and Managing Director at Justin Stindt Consulting

Justin is the founder and Managing Director of Justin Stindt Consulting. His company provides advises to clients of the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industry. Justin has developed successful Market Access Strategies in several Market Access Director Roles at GlaxoSmithKline. Justin has led a cross-functional team to identify phase IIIb/IV trials to substantiate the Payer Value Proposition for a novel respiratory drug which resulted in several additional trials to strengthen the evidence package and improve Market Access and Pricing potential. He has also launched a new urology drug for which he developed the payer value proposition, pricing & reimbursement strategy, launch sequence and payer engagement plan. This contributed to the drug gaining market access in many challenging situations. Justin has also developed commercial strategies for early stage assets including aspirational product concept development, forecasting of market potential and indication prioritization. As Sales and Marketing Director Vaccines GSK France he has managed sales force and marketing teams and contributed to significant sales growth of the vaccine business. He has led international consulting projects with focus pricing and reimbursement for several of the top 20 global pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies as a Senior Consultant at Simon-Kucher & Partners. Justin has worked with global responsibility in many geographic locations and his roles were based in France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the USA. He speaks English, French, German and Spanish. Justin Stindt Consulting is a consulting firm specializing in Strategy & Market Access advisory services for the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industry, delivering specific and in-depth insight on payer resonating evidence in order to create robust value propositions and strategies, offering international experience in all major EU markets, the USA, Japan and selected emerging markets. The company operates through offices in Paris and Cologne. https://jstindt.com/