We and our industry leading event speakers would like to invite you on October 26 at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst in Cologne to join us at our event.

We are happy to host our Pride Inside Day in Cologne. By bringing together German IT- entrepreneurs, investors and advisors we provide a platform for knowledge exchange and the opportunity to network in a friendly atmosphere with food and drinks.

Co-Founder & CEO at Link11, Jens-Philipp Jung will talk about "Navigating Product-Led Growth for Business Expansion" followed by Nele Mletschkowsky Managing Director - DACH at Archipel Academy will shed light on "Success Factors in Post-Merger Integration". Our 3rd speaker Erik Lundberg, Partner at Carlsquare will talk about "The Nordic M&A market and the dual track" and last but not least Dr. Clément Mengue, Director EMEA Strategy & PE Advisory at EPAM will share his insights on "The transformative potential of Generative AI inthe software industry".

Don’t forget to register below and we look forward to welcoming you on October 26th!


Doors open


Intro by Lars van 't Hoenderdaal


Jens-Philipp Jung

Co-Founder & CEO at Link11 about "Navigating Product-Led Growth for Business Expansion"


Nele Mletschkowsky

Managing Director - DACH at Archipel Academy about "Success Factors in Post-Merger Integration"


Coffee break


Erik Lundberg

Partner at Carlsquare about "Nordic M&A market and the dual track"


Dr. Clément Mengue

Director EMEA Strategy & PE Advisory at EPAM about "The transformative potential of Generative AI in the software industry"


Drinks & buffet

Jens-Philipp Jung

Jens-Philipp Jung is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Link11. As a specialized European IT security provider headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Link11 provides a self-engineered and patent pending DDoS protection as well as a wide range of security services such as Bot Management, Zero-Touch WAF, and Secure CDN Services. For more than 15 years, the experienced IT specialist has been actively involved in cybersecurity and contributed to the ICT strategy of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In collaboration with Pride, Link11 bought their Canadian competitor DOSarrest in 2021. Jens-Philipp will delve into the dynamic concept of Product-Led Growth, shedding light on its multifaceted approach to not only driving business expansion but also reshaping the entire customer journey. Through a comprehensive exploration of its principles, benefits, and implementation intricacies, in this presentation we will navigate the path toward harnessing Product-Led Growth as a potent driver of sustainable success in today's competitive landscape and to reduce customer acquisition costs.

Nele Mletschkowsky

In the world of mergers and acquisitions, where Henry Ford's words resonate deeply, "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success," Nele's expertise takes center stage. With over 10 years of experience in the IT, EdTech, and Startup sectors, Nele brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. As the Co-Founder of quofox, a company recently acquired by Archipel Academy in collaboration with Pride, Nele has witnessed post-merger integration. She'll guide us through the complexities of aligning two teams, two systems, and, most notably, two cultures, sharing valuable insights into the do's and don'ts of M&A deals. Nele's journey, starting in sales and consulting in the education and IT sector, eventually led her to discover her passion for HR and strategy consulting. With a background in Human Resources Management and Management Consulting, she has played pivotal roles in leading HR departments and shaping the growth of IT service providers.

Erik Lundberg

Meet Erik Lundberg, a Partner at Carlsquare based in Stockholm. Erik boasts over 15 years of M&A experience, with a primary focus on technology companies. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous roles at Stella EOC and EY. Erik's impressive academic background includes an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology and a B.Sc. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Gothenburg. Join us as Erik sheds light on why IPOs can be a compelling option for mid-size companies in the Nordic M&A market.

Dr. Clément Mengue

Dr. Clément Mengue, who is at the forefront of innovation in the software industry. Dr. Mengue is a key figure at EPAM, a leading technology and advisory services company with a global presence, where he is instrumental in building up the company's Strategy, PE & VC advisory business in the EMEA region. With his wealth of experience, he assists clients in strategic assessments, due diligence, and post-close value creation, particularly when technology is a critical factor. In his session, Dr. Mengue will dive into the cutting-edge topic of Generative AI's transformative potential in the software industry. Major tech companies' investments are speeding up adoption to realize productivity gains, particularly in software, with advanced use cases in software engineering and testing on the horizon. Dr. Mengue will explore the dynamic software ecosystem forming around Generative AI, highlighting the competitive advantages it offers, especially with custom Large Language Models.

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