Dr. Cornelius Boersch
Founder, CEO & Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors
Dr. Cornelius (“Conny”) Boersch is an entrepreneur, technology investor, and founder of numerous technology companies. He is the founder of Mountain Partners and initiated the Unternehmertag at Tegernsee. Conny founded his first company during his studies, developed it into the smart card broker and RFID-producer ACG AG and successfully floated it on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 1999 at a valuation of more than EUR 1bn. Subsequently, Conny initiated the development of further RFID-based companies, such as Smartrac (IPO’d in 2006), and Identiv (NASDAQ-listed since 2006). As a business angel, he has invested in more than 400 companies since 1995 and was voted “European Business Angel of the Year” in 2009. He is a European Investment Fund (EIF) - certified super angel, which means that the EIF matches his startup investments 1 to 1. For his activities, he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2000. Conny has authored several books on topics ranging from digitalization to happiness and lifelong learning. His latest publication “Missed the future”, which he wrote together with Dr. Thomas Middelhoff, became a bestseller and was translated into 8 languages. Politically, Conny acted as advisor to Dr. Guido Westerwelle, former president of the German Liberal Party, FDP, Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Germany from 2009 to 2012. He studied at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Essen with a thesis on venture capital. He later also acted as honorary professor and held lectures at the University of Essen.