Startup Competition Finals
Join the finalists of our startup competition as they take the main stage to present their innovative products and teams. The winner will be selected by the judges of the startup competition and announced by the Michael Fertik, Managing Partner and Founder at Heroic Ventures
16:00 - 16:15
Head of Speech Technology #HeyMercedes, Mercedes-Benz
Alexander Schmitt has over 15 years experience in the field of Voice Assistants, Voice AI-related research and -Product Development. Alex began his Voice AI career at University of Ulm where he joined Germany’s first spoken dialog system research lab in 2007 pursuing his PhD on AI-driven approaches for Speech Dialog Systems in cooperation with New York-based SpeechCycle Inc. In 2012 he joined Mercedes-Benz where he was working in research, advanced engineering, and product development on next generation in-car voice assistants and emotion AI. Throughout his career Alex has authored and co-authored more than 60 international publications on conferences and journals in voice assistant-related fields and is today driving next-gen #HeyMercedes Voice Assistant with an outstanding team of software developers, data scientists and product owners.
Director of Product
Experienced product leader from London but currently based in Barcelona (having arrived via Hong Kong and Berlin!). Has worked across several industries: Banking, Insurance, Telco, Travel and Gaming in predominantly high volume B2C digital roles.
Currently managing Banking Foundations at N26 which covers all customer identity topics, customer support and internal tools for operations staff.
Founder & Managing Partner, Heroic Ventures
Michael Fertik is an entrepreneur and business leader, currently recognized as the founder and partner of Heroic Ventures (Heroic VC). Heroic VC is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage companies with innovative technologies and transformative potential. Michael’s expertise in online reputation management and data privacy has shaped his career and made him a sought-after advisor and investor. Prior to Heroic VC, he co-founded Reputation.com, a company specializing in digital reputation management.
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