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.
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.
Service available from Q3 2021
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
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 Russo | Chief Innovation Officer
Daniella Russo is the CEO and co-founder of the Think Beyond™ the leader
of global action to raise innovation directed at the UN Sustainable
Development Goals. Its innovation eco-system connects industry,
investors and innovators. Think Beyond Plastic™ is a flagship program launched in 2008, to address the global plastic pollution crisis.
Daniella Russo is a serial entrepreneur. She has started and run
numerous high-tech businesses, and her experience includes executive
management from the start-up phase through an IPO (such as Frame Technology,
Infoseek and others), as well as Fortune-500 companies (Sun
Microsystems, and Xerox Palo Alto Research Center).
Daniella Russo is an Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute
of International Studies Graduate Program in International Policy and
Management. She serves on the Board of numerous NGOs and businesses.
Gregory Baxter| Chief Science Officer