Does Germany have a suitable crypto ecosystem for startup and investor? (Panel)

Does Germany have a suitable crypto ecosystem for startup and investor? (Panel)

Industry Insights: Does Germany have a suitable crypto ecosystem for startups and investors? (Panel Discussion)

"If you can make your crypto start-up in Germany, you can make it everywhere" - but is that true? And what is the reason? in the panel, participants discuss the weaknesses of the ecosystem in Germany for startups and investors. Very high ranking results in some areas, but on the other hand, too little digitization, too much bureaucracy, and much more in the area of crypto ecosystems will be discussed from a legal or startup perspective.


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About the lecturers

Wolfgang Männel is Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Group. His job is to figure out where the world will be in 5 to 10 years and advise on the right teams and ideas to back today. In over 30 years of his international career, he has combined experience as a venture capital and private equity investor, consultant, and entrepreneur. He considers it his greatest privilege to talk to brilliant founders every day.

 LinkedIn profile of Wolfgang Männel

Alexander Wüst passed his first state examination in law at Goethe University in Frankfurt, followed by the second state examination at the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main and a Master of Law in Melbourne. After working as a lawyer for various companies, he spent almost four years at J.P. Morgan. There he was Vice President & Assistant General Counsel. Since October, Alexander Wüst is Head of Regulatory Germany at Binance Exchange.

LinkedIn profile of Alexander Wüst

Alireza Siadat, M.J.I., is a partner at Annerton Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. He advises banks, financial services providers, capital management companies, FinTechs, and start-ups on regulatory issues and specializes in market entry advice, passporting within the EEA, compliance, and the regulatory oversight framework of crypto securities. He advises banks, crypto exchanges, crypto custodians, and crypto securities registrars on permission issues and cooperation topics. Alireza is the go-to expert in setting up NFT projects and platforms.

LinkedIn profile of Alireza Siadat

Dr. Sebastian Banescu is the CEO of Chainproof Digital Asset Insurance Ltd, the world's first primary insurer for non-custodial smart contracts and DeFi. He is also the Head of Quantstamp Germany and started his full-time journey as a Solidity developer in the crypto space back in 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich. Before joining Quantstamp, Sebastian worked as a security specialist at enterprises such as BMW and Philips.

LinkedIn profile of Dr. Sebastin Banescu

Kai Kuljurgis is the Co-Founder & CEO of, Germany's first platform for index-based savings in crypto. Over the past 10 years, he has come from working for a German “Mittelstand” with billion-dollar revenues, a Big4 consulting firm as well as a smaller, more specialized management consultancy to becoming an entrepreneur by co-founding a management consultancy with a focus on digital transformation and innovation, a recruiting boutique for digital talents, working on several side-projects involving different technologies and finally co-founding a venture-based fintech in the bitcoin and crypto investment space.

LinkedIn profile of Kai Kuljurgis

Olaf Hannemann is the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of CV VC AG and the Founder of INTABA Finance AG, Co-founder of nourish me GmbH and Puritics®. He has prior experience of almost 20 years of corporate and investment banking at JPMorgan in Switzerland, the UK and Germany. Before that, he was approx. 10 years advising the chemical industry across EMEA, 10 years m&a and corporate finance in Switzerland/Germany, and most recently he has been leading the Global Corporate Banking business in Switzerland.

LinkedIn profile of Olaf Hannemann


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