Multidisciplinarity and diversity are the key for success. For us. For our projects. For our clients. Our team consists of analysts, business angels, design thinkers, communicators, project managers, startup founders, strategists and researchers.
We are Hungry Ventures
Prof. Dr. Bastian Halecker is Founding Partner of the consulting firm Hungry Ventures. As an expert and facilitator in digital strategy consulting, he supports clients in reacting to new market trends with suitable methods and finding innovative ideas for the implementation of new business models. Bastian received his doctorate at the University of Potsdam with a thesis on business model innovation in mature industries. As an experienced entrepreneur and professor for entrepreneurship at one of the largest technical universities in Berlin, Bastian is considered a pioneer in entrepreneurship, innovation and food technology.
Malte Lorenz is Managing Partner of Hungry Ventures and in this function supports clients in the conception of digital strategies as well as the development of corporate innovation and venturing units. Prior to that, he gained experience as Engagement Manager at Axel Springer hy as a consultant for digital transformation projects and designed the strategic direction of a corporate venture capital fund - the first four years of his career he worked in reinsurance. He holds a Master of Science in Management from ESMT Berlin and has spent time abroad in Peru, Spain and the USA.
Henrik Rackow is Managing Partner of Hungry Ventures and supports clients in this function to identify, validate and build products and business ideas. Prior to that, he worked for several digital consultancies and fast growing start-ups. With the founding of the food start-up Karl Karlo, he was able to achieve a successful exit by selling it to the Melitta Group. He holds a Master of Science in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship and is an external doctoral candidate at the University of Potsdam, where he is pursuing a PhD on corporate start-up collaborations.
As Communications Lead, Deborah is responsible for developing digital communication strategies and PR measures. After working for Madsack and Cornelsen, Deborah joined the fashion start-up Zalando and the open innovation platform jovoto as an executive in Marketing & Communications. As event manager and moderator Deborah is regularly active at conferences such as Tech Open Air Berlin, re:publica and NEXT Conference. She holds a Master in Digital Innovation from the University of the Arts Berlin and University of St. Gallen.
Michael Walk is Senior Innovation Manager at Hungry Ventures. He identifies innovative companies, technologies and relevant market developments in order to derive strategies for our clients. Through his work at Audi, Daimler Lab1886, KPMG Innovation and Nestlé, he contributes experience in venture development, innovation management and venture capital. Michael grew up with a family-run food company and knows the specifics of the industry. He holds a Master of Science in Innovation, Strategy & Entrepreneurship from the Grenoble École de Management and gained international experience during his semesters abroad in France and Australia.
Isabella Schweidler works in Innovation Management at Hungry Ventures. Isabella holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Strategy & Data in addition to a Bachelor of Laws from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU). Through her studies abroad in Lissabon and London as well as through her master program at Copenhagen Business School, she contributes broad knowledge in the areas of data analytics, strategic design and open innovation. Isabella previously worked as a board member at the Social Entrepreneurship Forum Vienna, in Business Development at Pets Deli and at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at WU Vienna.
Leon-Alexander Ellerbrock is Junior Innovation Strategy Manager at Hungry Ventures and supports our project teams in analyzing future trends and innovations along the entire value chain in the food industry. Due to his family background in the food industry, he has been closely connected to the industry since his childhood. Thanks to his positions in business development at the wholesaler Service Bund, as well as in product development & sales at F&B manufacturer and distributor Lifebrands, Leon-Alexander was able to develop profound expertise in the food sector. Furthermore, his work at Earlybird Venture Capital enabled him to build a comprehensive network in the Berlin tech ecosystem. During his Management & Finance studies at the European Business School in Barcelona, Leon gained extensive international experience.
Helen Gerharz is Junior Innovation Strategy Manager at Hungry Ventures and supports the team in identifying and developing innovative business models.Helen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mannheim and a Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Copenhagen Business School. Helen has a background in digital business model analysis, project management and marketing from TruVenturo Digital Solutions, Cartier or Simon-Kucher & Partners. Through stays abroad during her studies, she was able to gain a lot of international experience and build a strong network, especially in Scandinavia.
Julia Schimanietz recently joined Hungry Ventures in the field of New Business & Innovation. She supports the team by working out new business models, continuously analyzing food industry markets, and organizing events. She stays in touch with the newest trends and identifies key market players in order to make comprehensive recommendations. Julia earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration from WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management which included overseas stays in the USA and India. As a result of her academic ventures, she was able to build an international network within the fields of alternative protein sources and cultivated meat which ranges from startups to investors. Due to previous working experience at Cosnova Inc. in New York, Julia gained deep insights into the international cosmetics industry as well as the American retail sales processes. Moreover, her time at Zenloop, a Berlin SaaS startup, expanded her knowledge of the German market and widened her online marketing skills.
We redesign and implement purposefully
We think like entrepreneurs, rely on the latest technologies and have ambitious goals.