Global Entrepreneurship Center – GEC

Scaling-up innovative technology companies with impact for transformation to a sustainable and circular economy. (SusTech)

Today only 0.4 – 1.8 % of start-ups scale in Europe. The GEC wants to increase this number.  

GEC-scaling for impact

Our vision is to scale innovative companies with a sustainable and circular approach for a better world of tomorrow.

The Global Entrepreneurship Center is the first Global Scale-up Center focussing on sustainability and climate protection. We scale-up SusTech companies through our unique 360° support service, in the GEC Factory and the GEC Catalyst.

The GEC seeks for partnerships in the following areas:

Partners that can deliver interesting start-ups to the GEC for the Factory and Catalyst Services

Partners that are interested in the sustainability assessment of Tech Start-ups

Partners that are interested to invest into the GEC portfolio companies.

We scale up SusTech companies through a unique 360° service

Service available from Q2 2021

Our GEC Team

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Friedrich Barth | Founder & CEO

Friedrich studied physics, geoecology and hydrology at the universities of Heidelberg, Bayreuth, Freiburg and Galway. He has 25 years of management experience in the fields of sustainability, environment, climate, and chemistry in both the public and private sectors at global, regional level. He has held management positions at the United Nations, the EU Commission, the Ministry of Environment and most recently, as Managing Director, he has been very successful in establishing the International Competence Center for Sustainable Chemistry on behalf of the German Federal Government. Friedrich also spend many years on the management board of a medium-sized consultancy firm (IFOK GmbH), has adived industry, the World Economic Forum and the United Nations as a consultant. Friedrich established and managed several companies and organizations.

Sebastian Gronwald | Co-Founder & CFO

Sebastian studied International Bussiness at Masstricht Untiversity, with a focus on Finance & Accounting. Sebastian has been working at Deloitte for several years, after having worked for 2.5 years at a software specialist for the travel industry. There he was responsible for the financial planning and controlling of the software provider. The projects at Deloitte focused on supporting corporate clients and private equity houses in their merger and acquisition projects with the execution of financial due diligence processes and other services in connection with these transactions as well as financial consulting.
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Laura Barth | Marketing 

Laura completed her bachelors’ degree in Fashion & Design Management with an emphasis on sustainability and circular economy at the AMD Düsseldorf. She has gained practical experience working for brands like Dorothee Schumacher, Stefanel and a young fashion startup winning the green product award in 2020. Laura believes in the transformation into a sustainable, circular economy through innovative business models and strategies.

Daniella Rousso

Daniella Russo | Chief Innovation Officer

Daniella is CEO and co-founder of “Think Beyond Innovation“ Accelerator, the leader of a global effort to trigger a wave of innovation to achieve the UN goals for sustainable development. She has founded and lead numerous high-tech companies, and her experience includes managing from start-up to IPO (Rame Technology, Infoseek and others) and Fortune-500-companies (Sun Microsystems and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center)
Daniella is a member of the Founding Advisory Board of StartX Standford Student Start-up Accelerator. She is an associate professor at the Middlebury Insitute of Inter- national Studies. She serves on the board of numerous NGOs and corporations.

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Gregory Baxter| Chief Science Officer

Dr. Baxter works at the interface of innovation and bio- technology and brings a wealth of expertise in biochemistry, nanotechnology and entrepreneurship. He is the co-founder and serves as Chief Science Officer of the Think Beyond Innovation Center.
Dr. Baxter is the founder and former Chief Science Officer of Hurel Corporation, a biotechnology company. He is the founder and Chief Science Officer of Aegen Biosciences. Dr. Bater is a long time mentor and member of the Founding Board of StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator and was a fellow of the Innovation Accelerator, a pubilic private partnership with the National Science Foundation to support commercialization efforts of small companies.

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