Erik Ackner

Director of Growth
Erik is a German technology evangelist, startup ecosystem builder, and international speaker with over five years of work experience in China. Currently, Erik leads fundraising, European market expansion, and product innovation at Canadian IoT and smart home startup Mercku ( Erik is based in Berlin (Germany), Chengdu (China) and Waterloo (Canada). The Organizer Erik has planned, organized and managed more than 200 events, 50 alone in 2017, ranging from 10 to 10,000+ participants in areas such as music, innovation, entrepreneurship, conference, festival, and others. Events include Startup Grind, Slush, Fete de la Musique, Global Citizen Festival, Fuckup Nights, Startup Weekend, and Lean Startup Machine. The Entrepreneur and Innovator Erik has launched three ventures with yearly revenues ranging from $10k to $150k in areas of events, healthy lifestyle, and consulting. Outside of his ventures, Erik has directed Europe's largest startup accelerator in Chengdu to support international and local startups to succeed in China. Startups in his program have raised more than $40 million and continue to grow globally. The Speaker & Advocate Being an advocate for technology and innovation as well as entrepreneurship and startup communities, Erik had many appearances at international events and conferences such as Slush, 4YFN, AngelHack, Pirate Summit, Startup Festival Korea, TEDx, Pechakucha, Tech Tour, Startup Grind and Startup Weekend. The Swiss Army Knife With his productive work and startup experience, Erik is uniting the German efficiency, the Chinese resourcefulness and the hustle, passion, and commitment of an entrepreneurial soul. He has demonstrated a swiss army knife of skills, by leading teams, running training for startups, organizing small and massive scale events and by being trusted to manage the main stage at the most significant international startup event in China, in his third language.


May 31, 2019