sascha karimpour


Managing Director Plug & Play Germany GmbH

Sascha had been VP of Corporate Relations for the DACH region for Plug and Play Tech Center located in Silicon Valley 2015 - 2016. Before joining Plug and Play Sascha worked for various startups in Silicon Valley 2000 - 2004 after which he established and successfully build for 11 years the North American division of a traditional German trading company in Chicago. In early 2016 Sascha moved back to Germany to establish Plug & Play Germany GmbH and was taking a leading role in the Startup Autobahn innovation platform in Stuttgart. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is the ultimate innovation platform that unites global young tech companies with the unrivalled tech expertise of Silicon Valley and the best of German engineering. We are a neutral innovation platform moderating an in-depth and curated collaboration between our partners from the industry and young tech companies also considering and supporting key success factors like cultural mindset change within legacy corporations. Our network of investment firms and mentors further help the growth of tech companies. Our home is Stuttgart – the birthplace of the automobile, one of the leading IP regions of the world, and a hub of business, engineering, and groundbreaking inventions. A total of 41 startups graduated from the innovation platform with more than 70 pilot projects so far within only two programs and one year.