Stefanie Bauer

Stefanie Bauer

Associate Partner, Intellecap

Stefanie Bauer brings over 10 years of experience in the field of entrepreneurship and startup promotion in Europe, Africa and Asia. She currently is Associate Partner at Intellecap, the advisory arm of the Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group, which works to build businesses that can benefit the underserved segments of societies across Asia and Africa. She is passionate about developing business solutions that address social and developmental challenges and has been leading a diversity of projects that aim to improve lives at the “Bottom of the Pyramid”.

Within Intellecap, she has spearheaded a number of initiatives that connect entrepreneurs and ecosystem players from Europe, Asia and Africa and has advised a number of startups and corporates on expansion and go-to-market strategies across these three geographies. Since 2017, Stefanie has been seeding a Human Centric Design Practice at Intellecap, which include the setting up of problem-specific Innovation Labs. The first innovation lab started in 2018 on “Circular Apparel Industry in India”, aiming to promote innovations in the textile and apparel industry in India through facilitating unusual alliances between corporates, startups and innovators.

Prior her role at Intellecap, she had different roles within German development agency GIZ as private sector development expert and adviser to the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development in both India and Germany. Before leaving GIZ in 2014, she was Deputy Program Director of GIZ’s Private Sector Development Program in India.

Outside her role with Intellecap, Stefanie hasbeen taking up engagements to help organizations drive an innovation culture and creativity. As a visiting faculty, she has been teaching Entrepreneurship and Development at University of Bayreuth, Germany. She has recently started a blog (, sharing some of her perspectives on entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.

She is currently a Steering Committee Member of Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) India, a member organizations of intermediary organizations that promote entrepreneurship, where she co-leads a learning lab around ‘Talent’. She is following the conversation around ‘the future of work’ and the changing interactions between technology and humans at tomorrow’s organizations and workplaces.

In 2018, she has been selected fellow of the Asian Forum of Global Governance by the ZEIT Stiftung and Observer Research Foundation.

Area of expertise / interests: network to Indian entrepreneurship ecosystem, networks with capital providers, especially social entrepreneurship