FET BRIEFING mentors will assist you in your FET researcher journey providing you support and guidance on topic as business development, research result exploitation, technology assessment, commercialisation, cooperation and partnership.

In order to get support from the BRIEFING mentors, please send us a request specifying on which topics you particularly need support.

We will get back to you as soon as possible connecting you with a suitable mentor.

Dr. Edelbert Häfele

Dr. Edelbert Häfele is CEO of PATEV and publicly appointed and sworn expert for valuation and utilisation of intellectual property rights. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Technical University in Karlsruhe, Germany. His professional career started in 1985 when he founded a consulting firm focusing on environmental and process technology. Five years later, Dr. Häfele entered a joint venture agreement with a supplier for car manufacturers. He later sold his share of the company and became manager in an international material technology firm which conducted business in Germany, Belgium and the US. In 2001, Dr. Häfele became the Chief Executive Officer of PATEV, one of Europe’s market leaders for intellectual property management services. During the last years PATEV has greatly advanced the evaluation and utilisation of patents in companies as a contribution to added value. PATEV also offers associated services for the analysis and creation of effective patent items (patent engineering) and patent transfers. Dr. Häfele is member of several professional associations like DIE;DIS;LES and VPP and has been listed in “The World´s Leading IP Strategists“.

Stephan Lettau

Stephan Lettau, born in 1954, studied Mathematics and Economics in Freiburg, Germany. With more than 25 years of experience in Information Technology with over 20 years in management positions including executive positions in global corporations and mid-size companies Stephan Lettau is an experienced leader and manager in his home country and abroad. With this background he co-founded in 2004 a software company and worked there as managing director (CEO). For this start-up company he brought in investors, disbursed those investors, realized the technology and liquidized the start-up company successfully. Currently he coaches a dozen entrepreneurs of small and medium-sized businesses in Greater Stuttgart – the so-called “Stuttgarter Kreis” – and in addition he works as an instructor at a private school.

Timothy Earnshaw

Mr. Timothy Earnshaw works as business development consultant for the bwcon GmbH. He has a Master’s degree in International Business and Economics with a focus on International Financial Economics, as well as Controlling and Finance from (University of Konstanz and University of Hohenheim). In his role as a business development consultant, Mr. Earnshaw holds the Venture Development Workshop series, laying the foundations for developing ventures from the idea to a reliable business plan. In addition, he screens up to 300 business models per year from the high-tech sector to determine the relevance for investors and the further development. Moreover, he is also active in Coaching Start-up Teams in several EU Projects like KATANA, Deeptechforgood. Besides, he is responsible for the cooperation with the UC Berkeley, California.

Moritz Stahl

Moritz Stahl is Consultant Business Development at bwcon GmbH working in the field of advising and accompanying high-tech startups and SMEs in the start-up and growth phase along the entire value chain. In addition to the substantive support of the founders in the area of their venture developments, Moritz Stahl supports the founders in the choice and application for relevant funding opportunities as well as in the search for suitable management coaches and the targeted matching with partner companies from the bwcon-network. Furthermore, his responsibilities include the preparation of founders regarding the merge of founders and investors for capital acquisition. Since July 2017, he is the sole project manager of the M.TECH Accelerator, which supports 25 technology startups from the Mobility & Manufacturing sector in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg with a holistic consultation and accompanying program each year.

If you would like to book free mentoring sessions, please send an email to pede@bwcon.de specifying the name of your FET project and the topics on which you need support.