SAFARI INNOVATION Program

We support organizations and public institutions to implement a startup mindset

200+ organized events

10.000+ startup contacts

50+ companies helped

8+ years of experience

ESTABLISHING A STARTUP
MINDSET FOR LONGTERM SUCCESS

WE ENABLE PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS:

  • to increase the numbers of startups in their city
  • to build an attractive startup ecosystem 
  • with educating their staff on startup mentality/methodologies and mindset 

WE ENABLE COMPANIES:

  • to reimagine their strategy and accelerate innovation
  • to learn how startups think, act & decide
  • to build strong partnerships with startups 

“We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow we lost.”

Stephen Elop (Former CEO, Nokia)

AREAS WHERE
WE SEE CHANGE

PRODUCTS

Trends like Big Data, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Mobile Computing and Internet of Things disrupt existing business models, affect product characteristic, speed-up sales cycles, change brand recognition and engagement. In other words, it affects every step of the value chain.

COSTUMERS

When customers have been king until now. Digitalization makes them gods. Global competition is only a mouse click away so that winning and keeping them becomes complex and makes customer relations a top priority.

ORGANIZATIONS

With the market and product side of business changing, organizations also need to adapt internally. Staying efficient while being innovative and agile is one of their key challenges. A sustainable way into a digital future needs a holistic approach that takes people, methodology, processes as well as infrastructure into consideration.

„Culture is eating strategy for breakfast“

Peter Drucker (Author)

WE
ENABLE NOT CONSULT

Connecting…

… startups and established companies is beneficial for everybody involved. With individualized tours through startup hubs and creative networking events, we help startups and corporates to connect on eye level and build a foundation for future activities.

Educating…

… traditional corporations on the latest startup trends in their industry, startup mindset and – working mode, can help to overcome inertia, build up awareness for industry changes, speed up processes and help to overcome outdated patterns of behavior.

Supporting…

… corporations on their way towards a digitalization. From an active role as Leadership-Mentors to taking action as interim partners, we make sure that change is going into the right way and is sustainable and successful.

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WHO
WE ARE

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Ben Peckruhn 

Since 2016 Ben is part of the PIRATE Team. In his role as Managing Director of Startup SAFARI, Ben is majorly responsible for the development and execution of the strategic direction of the company and overall expansion of the SAFARI network. Before that Ben worked as Managing Director of the World Business Dialogue and gained professional experience in international projects in and outside Europe.

Ben’s Top 3:

  • Design Thinking and Startup Methodology
  • Project Planning & Management
  • Product Development & Evaluation
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Till Ohrmann

Till is an entrepreneur for more than 10 years. As Managing Director of PIRATE.global, he organized over 300 events like PIRATE Summit and EXEC Fintech/Insurtech, in over 60 countries. As an active ambassador of “Digitale Wirtschaft NRW” and member of the “European Digital Leaders” by the World Economic Forum, he is a globally active and well-connected startup ecosystem builder.

Till’s Top 3

  • Business Model Evaluation
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Startup Ecosystem Building
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Manuel Koelman

Manuel is a Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and consultant since 2003. Together with PIRATE he follows his passion to spread the Startup Mindset all over the world. Manuel helps corporations for many years to future proof their business model, become innovative and integrate Startup DNA into their everyday life. Manuel invests and supports early-stage AI and Machine Learning startups.

Manuel’s Top 3:

  • Strategy Development
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Investment Advisory

WHO WE
HAVE WORKED WITH

  • SAFARI Innovation Program

    “Thanks to Startup SAFARI I was able to meet several innovative startups and topics structured well to fit in just one day. We are very pleased to bump into MyDaylivery and subsequently came to an agreement. We are looking forward to come to next year’s Startup SAFARI again!”

    Robert Janke
    Sonderbeauftragter Digitalisierung
    R+V Versicherung / KRAVAG Insurance
  • SAFARI Innovation Program

    “The Startup SAFARI helped us to connect with proper business partners during our session. It took less then three weeks to sign an agreement with one of Germany’s biggest insurance companies in the field of logistics. What seemed to be impossible turned out really fast!”

    Arndt Solms
    Co-founder and CEO
    myDaylivery
  • Tim

    “Great event by the fantastic team which also organizes the Pirate Summit.”

    Tim Schumacher
    Chairman
    Eyeo GmbH
  • SAFARI Innovation Program

    “Excellent organisation of the Guided fintech SAFARI and dinner afterwards. Every participant (incl. myself) enjoyed the tour very much and got inspired a lot. The closed & exclusive setting that allowed us to network with the fintech movers & shakers during the evening was a special highlight.”

    David Furtwängler
    CEO
    BNP Cardif
  • Deutsche-Boerse.logo

    „In April of 2018 the SAFARI Team organized for us the workshop “Vom MVP zum IPO” […]. Alltogether the workshop was very practice-oriented and built around our needs. Thanks to the expertise of the SAFARI team and their good connections into startup ecosystems our workshop offered great and exciting discussion amongst the participants.”

    Nicola Schehadat
    Human Resources – Talent Development
    Deutsche Börse
  • finleap

    “We hosted a session for the management board of a global insurance company at our fintech hub. Aside from a great discussion on the day itself, we were able to start a strong partnership with the company and we are in ongoing discussions on several ways of collaboration.”

    Gerrit Glaß
    Business Development Manager
    Finleap
  • wefox

    “The networking dinner after the guided Fintech SAFARI was a good meeting for business development, as everyone present was looking to explore potential collaboration opportunities.”

    Fabian Wesemann
    Co-Founder & Group CFO
    Wefox

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