Kaplak

Ecosystem

Global connectivity for global growth.

We do not merely invest in or accelerate our startups. We provide an ecosystem to nurture and empower companies throughout their lifecycle.

Kaplaks’ are business leaders who help founders beyond our accelerators with strategic advice and connections to possible customers or partners.

Our mentors are experts in their specific focus areas and know how to help founders through the growing pains of scaling a company.

Additionally, we work with partner organizations for various benefits, such as connecting with founders, funding, and incubation.

Our Kaplaks

As a founder in one of our accelerator programs, you are matched with a sector-specific ‘Kaplak’ upon graduation.

Kaplaks are partners at Kaplak Ventures, who connect founders with resources, provide customer and investor introductions, and earn the possibility of taking a board seat. They meet periodically to assess the strategic progress of their startups and identify avenues for acceleration of the companies in our portfolio.

Jim H. Snabe

Chair, Siemens & Northvolt

Jesper Lok

Chair, Dagrofa & Semco Maritime

Sector Head: Transportation

Stig Pastwa

Former CFO, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Sector Head: Energy

Mikael Trolle

CEO, IDONEA Group

Alexis Glick

CEO, Nature Energy

Matt Puccini

Executive, IBM Innovation Ecosystem

Tomas Pietrangeli

CEO: Dagrofa
Ex.: Arla / Unibrew

Partner Organizations

Our startups and scale-ups benefit from our investor-, business-, and partner networks both in the U.S. and in Denmark. 
Here are some of our most important partners helping entrepreneurs scale:

A climate innovation hub created by Yale University and Connecticut Innovations. ClimateHaven accelerates climate tech entrepreneurship and the innovations needed to decarbonize our economy.

One of Denmark’s largest philanthropic foundations. It develops and supports innovative and economically sustainable projects, strengthening the competitiveness of the Danish industry and business communities.

Mentors

We have built a global network of mentors, making sure we can match each founder with a perfect mentor with subject-specific expertise. 
Here is a selection of our mentor network:

Abby Lyall

Investor | Tribeca Venture Partners

Alessia Bell

Head of Investment Strategy | Notley

Alfia Ilicheva

Product Owner | Bridgewater Associates

Billy Morrissey

Manager | Allagash Brewing Company

Brian Luciani

Head of Fintech Platform, North America | Barclays

Dana Muntean

Head of International Sales | Plan A

David Hughes

Director | IBM Ventures

Dimitris Kouvaros

Vice President, Startup Banking | J.P. Morgan

Dina Samra

Director, Business Development | New York Life Ventures

Frances Simowitz

CEO | WEVE Acceleration

Jeff Dunn

Head of Partnerships and Policy Communications | Google Trust & Safety

Jeff Madoff

CEO | Madoff Productions

Jeremy Potter

VP Product Strategy | Stavvy

John Lynn

Co-Founder | WEVE Cela

Joshua Ness

Senior Manager, 5G Labs | Verizon

Lauren Zujkowski

COO, Sustainable Investing | Bridgewater Associates

Liz Walsh

Global Category Strategy-Tech & Telco | Spotfiy

Marina Rakhlin

Director of Partnerships for Climate and Sustainability | IBM Research

Murat Aktihanoglu

Managing Director | Remarkable Ventures

Natasha Bansgopaul

Co-Founder & COO | VegaX

Olivia O’Sullivan

Head of Platform | Forum Ventures

Peter Burakowski

Associate Director | University at Buffalo Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships

Preeti Adhikary

Founder | The Great Nepali Diaspora

Shai Tamary

Manager, U.S. Partnerships | Tent Partnership for Refugees

Terrance Orr

Operating Partner | Mach 49

Tiwari Shashwat

Business Director, Sustainability and Innovation | Tata Consulting Services