Our Team

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At AXEL, you will find a team with a long-standing technological and entrepreneurial experience that understands your ideas, needs and motivation and works with you on solutions.

Hilmar F. John is the managing director of fokus.energie e.V.. He is a trained banker, Dipl.-Int. Betriebswirt (AIM), business-mediator (IHK) and restructuring & reorganization consultant (IfUS). In 1997, he founded an industrial company in Karlsruhe, developed it into a system supplier and contract manufacturer for renowned customers, especially in the field of medical and laboratory equipment technology, and managed it as managing partner until its strategic sale to a holding company in September 2019.

His particular concern is the successful implementation of a product idea to a successful sales product. With his own experience as an entrepreneur as well as from industrial (series) production, he can offer decisive support, from which the start-ups supported by the Accelerator AXEL can also benefit.

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Christos Klamouris is the central contact person for Stratups and the AXEL programs. Christos Klamouris studied electrical engineering and information technology, first in Greece, then at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Master of Science). He also developed his business skills by studying entrepreneurship at the Dual University of Karlsruhe. 

As the founder of a high-tech start-up, he has spent the last few years practicing entrepreneurship in practice, successfully leading teams and industrial projects in the energy sector and turning technical innovations into products. Christos supports you with a lot of commitment in all questions around your start-up, as if he were a co-founder.

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Dr.-Ing. Hans Hubschneider is a computer scientist from the very beginning. He founded PTV Corp with IT applications in transport sector in 1979, which he managed till 2011. Since then he is also active in energy economy and technology areas.

Besides his active participation in startups in the fields of mobility and energy, he also supports the Innovation Plattform EIT InnoEnergy and the Think Tank "Internet of Energie" at the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Since 2014 Hans Hubschneider is the Chairman of the Board of fokus.energie energy network that connects education, research and founders support in the TechnologyRegion Karlsruhe.
He has been showing his commitment to young companies for many years as a Chairman of the Advisory Board of Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe.  And AXEL - Energy Accelerator is the favorite project: we want to help both young and mature individuals to become business owners in energy area!

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Irina Coifescu, as Business Developer & Education Manager, is in charge of the customized training offers and their continuous further development. In addition to individual coaching, Irina is the first contact person at AXEL for all Female Founders.

She studied Philosophy at the University of Bucharest and Tübingen (Master of Arts) and subsequently trained in International Business to become an IBQsys Corporate Professional (DEKRA).

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Johannes Wagner studied literature and history at the University of Karlsruhe and graduated with a Magister Artium.

As Public Relations Manager / Press Spokesman, Johannes coordinates AXEL's public relations and is the first contact person at AXEL for all representatives of the press and media. He also works as a freelance journalist and editor in the radio and print sector.

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AXEL is a project of fokus.energie e.V. to support start-ups from the energy sector on their way to founding a company and to accelerate their market entry. AXEL is a Start-up BW Accelerator funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg and is also supported by the city of Karlsruhe and many companies.
Your donation also helps to secure our work in supporting start-ups in the long term - donate now. Thank you very much.

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