Landing Pad Program Launch for Asian Startups
The Landing Pad program is an 8-week intensive program designed to equip startup founders with the right tools and skills to establish as a founder in Berlin. After a successful pilot Landing Pad program as part of “The Female Entrepreneurship in Berlin and India” (FEBI) project, enpact has opened the doors for a wider audience from across Asia in its second Landing Program.
AsiaBerlin and enpact along with local partners and country embassies in Germany are currently engaged in a rigorous selection process to ensure that the most eligible startups land the opportunity to participate in this program. The startups selected for this Landing Pad program are from Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, and Thailand!
This unique launchpad program for startups is a mix of individual coaching, group training, personal mentorships sessions, and networking sessions. It caters to exceptional founders with a solid track record of managing businesses with a proven local customer base. This Landing Pad program is developed and implemented by enpact e.V as a joint initiative with AsiaBerlin.
During the program, the focus is on three core pillars in order to get the founders ready to land in Berlin:
- Product Market Fit
- Investor Readiness
- Core business skills and cultural integration
Highlights from our first Landing Pad program in Berlin.
Meet the founders
Soumita Basu — Soumita started her career as a journalist and worked in the public policy and development space of India for over 15 years. When she had a setback that caused loss of mobility at 31 years of age due to autoimmune disorder, she faced difficulty with access to fashion. Hence, she pioneered the inclusive fashion space by launching her own line – Zyenika inclusive fashion.
Adi Reza Nugroho —Co-founder and CEO of MYCL, Adi reckons social entrepreneurship as a solution to current global problems. MYCL is a biotech startup that produces sustainable material for the global market and has been initially recognized at Architecture & Urban Design Biennale in Seoul 2018 DBS Social Enterprise Awards and 2019 MIT Solve Circular Economy Challenge.
Miller Alexander Rajendran — Miller Alexander and his friends co-founded SenzAgro, the first Agri-tech startup in Sri Lanka that has since been recognized by international stages like SLUSH GIA, ClimateLaunchpad and WRI LAND South Asia. Miller is an active promoter of startups and SDGs in Jaffna and broder Sri Lanka. Currently, Miller is the World bank group Climate Ambassador for Sri Lanka.
Irene Laochaisri — Irene is a facilitator, design researcher, and public policy analyst with roots in Bangkok, Boston, and Berlin. She is a co-founder of Insightpact, an organisation that provides services of Event Management, Facilitation, Team Building, Training to transform complex conversations into collective action.
Dilendra Wimalasekere — Dilendra is the CEO and co-founder of Alavi.ai, a SaaS application that helps digital marketers at small and medium retail brands expand online marketing campaigns profitably. Dilendra was the first Sri Lankan to be invited to be Google Launchpad Mentor and he sits on the Advisory Board of the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM).
Madhan Kumar — Madhan Kamaleswaran is the Chief Marketing Officer of ShopConnect, an interactive ecommerce and video collaboration platform revolutionising the retail tech landscape. He has worked with large enterprises like Oracle, Flextronics and SASKEN as well as founding successful startups. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering and Executive General Management from IIM-Bangalore.
Rudy Hertanto — Rudy has managed to combine his knowledge in garment supply chain process and his passion for scuba diving and the ocean by building Patémar in early 2020. Patémar is an international, sustainable premium swimwear brand whose products are made entirely from regenerated plastic waste.
Migara Amithodhana — Migara is the Co-Founder and CEO of MagicBit an ed-tech solutions designing company in STEM space for K12 students world wide.A chartered electronics and telecommunication engineer by profession, Migara has over 8 years of relevant experience in Sri Lanka.
Welcome and Key-note speech
Introduction to enpact mentors
Sales and Marketing coaching
Customer Discovery Session for European Market
Company law and incorporation structures, visa regulations for non EU founders
Introduction to B2B Sales and KAM
Sales and KAM coaching
Keynote speech: Founder stories
Introduction to Trademark Law and Data Privacy regulation session
CTO & CPO Sessions
Founder story development and pitching coaching
Networking event with Berlin based innovation partners
Presentation and slide design
European Industry Insights
Business case coaching – finance modelling coaching
Customer Discovery Finalization
Business assessment and feedback session coaching
Investor training session
Personal effectiveness: best practice
Think different: early stage branding
Tax session coaching
Demo Day Rehearsal
Donors and partners
Coaches and mentors
This program offers expertise and insights from several acclaimed experts, coaches and mentors. Some of them are:
Andreas Schaffer, Co-Founder at Mimetik UG | Venture Builder & Start-Up Mentor | VC Investment Expert
Christoph Raethke, Investor |Mentor | Founder | Lecturer | Angel in Residence | Berlin Startup Academy
Priel Manes, Investor | Entrepreneur | Marketing specialist
Nancy Hähnel, Founder | Sales & Marketing Mentor | Localization Expert
Sebastian Engels, Partner at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT, Partner at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT