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Next Big Thing AG (NBT) is the leading venture studio and technology provider for accelerating digital transformation and the world’s transition towards the Internet of Machines. With its diverse portfolio of deep-tech ventures, NBT provides long-term support for aspiring founders to build highly scalable, tech-enabled businesses that deliver real-world impact.
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Leadership Team
Harald Zapp
Founder & CEO
Harald Zapp is a tech entrepreneur, business angel, and IoT innovator with 25 years of experience in the industry. After founding the IoT brand relayr, he launched the IoT company builder Next Big Thing AG in 2017, along with its first venture weeve. Harald is a member of Bitkom, promoting the IoT Hub Berlin in the context of the German Digital Hub Initiative.
Gregor Janknecht
CFO
Gregor Janknecht spent the last 10 years in leading positions at Rocket Internet, where he led Rocket's international finance department as VP of Finance & Controlling before joining NBT. He has in-depth experience in M&A and transaction advisory and successfully helped shape Rocket's finance division in the area of venture building and venture capital. Gregor holds a Diploma in Economics from Aachen University of Applied Sciences and a BA (Hons) in Business Management from Napier University in Edinburgh.
Sven Meise
CDO
Sven Meise was a board member at Francotyp-Postalia Holding AG. Here, as CDO and COO, he was responsible for the digital and structural transformation of the group. Sven has deep knowledge in corporate IT, R&D, professional services, production, program and change management. His passion is the development of business models through the use of technologies, such as the Internet of Things and Machine Learning. As CDO at NBT, Sven is responsible for the Engineering as well as the Product Team.
Board Members
Maik Käbisch
Founder & Chairman
Maik Käbisch worked for more than 15 years in senior positions with Europe’s leading financial institutions such as Credit Suisse. He founds and leads COVADO GmbH, a company for strategic advisory. He is actively serving on several supervisory boards and advisory councils. He also acts as a managing director of a charitable foundation in Germany. As a business angel, he actively supports innovative high-growth enterprises. At NBT AG he is Founder and Chairman of the supervisory board.
Dr. Thomas Kuhnt
Supervisory Board
Dr. Thomas Kuhnt acts as Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of HDI Global Network AG, Germany's leading industrial insurer. After graduating with a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Dr. Kuhnt started his professional career in 2003 at McKinsey & Company. In 2010, he was promoted to Senior Partner and Leader of the European Insurance Practice for P&C/Risk Management and Advanced Analytics. Since 2018, he is Member of the Board of HDI Systeme AG, Member of the Supervisory Board of HDI Global Network AG, and Member of the Board of HDI Global SE.
Dr. Ralph Becker
Supervisory Board
Dr. Ralph Becker is serving as Managing Director and CFO at Blue Lion GmbH, the central holding company of the Schörghuber family, which manages the family-owned businesses (esp. the Schörghuber-Group with Paulaner, Bayerische Hausbau und the Arabella Hospitality) and all additional entrepreneurial activities. Dr. Becker is an accredited advocate and expert for national and international tax law. Prior to joining Blue Lion, Dr. Becker was leading the family office of one of the founding families of the MediaMarkt-Saturn-Group.