Sven Illing is passionate about helping entrepreneurs. Sven has been doing just that during the past 10 years at a tech incubator, startup accelerators such as HackFwd and at his investment firm iCapital. Prior to that, at the age of 22 Sven co-founded a software company Vision Group. Currently he is a co-founder of GameFounders, the first gaming startup accelerator in Europe. GameFounders runs a 3-month program in Tallinn, Estonia. The accelerator has 100 gaming industry mentors from 15 countries, it has invested into European, Asian and South-American teams and held demo days in Helsinki, Paris, London and San Francisco.
Sven holds an MSc in Management of Technology and Innovation from Manchester Business School. He has also studied at Bocconi and LSE. Sven has lived in 5 countries in Europe and South-America.
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