Christiane Kilian

Christiane Kilian

Head of Start-up Department at Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research of Thuringia


Christiane Kilian is hosting one of the biggest German Startup- and Matching Events: The Investor Days Thuringia. It comprises two exciting days of inspiring business pitches, promising start-ups & innovative growth companies, unlimited networking opportunities as well as a special award ceremony.

She brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry leaders to empower businesses, cooperation and knowledge sharing in Erfurt, located in the middle of Germany. This year, for example, there were start-ups from Germany, Brasil, Russia, and Israel. Investors and Cooperation Partners from all over the world also participated in the event. At the moment she is the head of the Startup Department at the Foundation for Technology, Innovation, and Research of Thuringia.

Before that she run an incubator at Bauhaus University in Weimar – connected to the old Bauhaus Principals of Design Thinking. In May 2017, she founded with other Thuringian Entrepreneurs the ”WHAT!Accelerator GmbH” an accelerator focused on open innovation and bringing together Startups and industrial SMEs. Since February 2018 she is an ambassador of the German Indian Startup Exchange Program (GINSEP) and she also took part in the official delegation to launch the project in India.

Area of expertise/interest: strategic counseling of government structures as well as her everyday work as a business developer. The foundation she is working for is also a private early-stage investor.