Experts-in-Residence (ExvO)

Within our Experts-in-Residence program, we regularly invite experts and specialist from various areas and sectors, such as tax consultancy, legal consultancy, financial consultancy and management consultancy. Interested parties can ask these experts specific questions concerning their own foundation or startup plans. This advisory service is free of charge for HHU students.


If you are interested in an Experts-in-Residence consultation, please send us an email. Please describe briefly your startup idea and indicate the preferred consulting date, which you would like to attend. After a short verification of your request, we will give you a feedback regarding your appointment. Please note that the appointments with our experts are very popular.

Our ExvO-partners

Subject Financing
Expert Nicolas H. Brenk
Vice President at Deutsche Bank AG Düsseldorf
Discription Nicolas H. Brenk has extensive knwo-how in the area of corporate finance for start-ups, medium-sized companies and venture capital.
Subject Patent protection / trademark and design protection
Expert Dr. Anna Heide
Patent attorney at RUHR-IP Patentanwälte
Discription Dr. Heide works as a freelance German and European patent attorney for RUHR-IP Patentanwälte and is responsible for the biotechnology, diagnostic and biopharmaceutical sector. She also advises on trademark and design protection as well as licensing and contract law.
Subject Fördermöglichkeiten von Existenzgründungen (insb. EXIST-Forschungstransfer)
Expert Martin Kretschmer und Michael Seher
Innovation manager at Düsseldorfer Innovations- und Technologiezentrum (Ditec)
Discription Martin Kretschmer and Michael Seher have many years of extensive experience in start-up advice, especially in the area of applying for funding for start-up projects.
Subject Establishment process / General questions about business registration etc.
Expert Christiane Kubny
Founding consultant at IHK Düsseldorf
Discription Frau Kubny is founding consultant at IHK Düsseldorf. During the consultation, she answers questions about all the necessary steps for setting up a business (such as registering a business) and about the substainability of a start-up project.
Subject Tax accounting & consulting
Expert Daniel Schmaltz
Tax accountant at Schmaltz und Partner
Discription Schmaltz und Partner is a partner-managed company with a long tradition in Velbert-Langenberg and Düsseldorf. The office's services consist of tax accounting and consulting, accounting, business consulting and startup consulting.
Subject Start-up advice and business model development
Expert Georgis Tesfamariam
Founding consultant and founder of the Contio Innovationsberatung
Discription Georgis Tesafamariam has experience as a group employee, founder, consultant and knows the challange as an entrepreneurial employee as well as a founder with limited resources. During the consultation, he answers questions about start-up prjects and helps with business model development.
Subject Legal advice
Expert Dr. Sebastian Weller
Lawyer and partner at BEITEN BURKHARDT
Discription BEITEN BURKHARDT is one of the leading commercial law offices in Germany and covers all areas of commercial law. The office offers personal and trustworthy advice by strategically thinking lawyers, tax accountants and auditors.

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