Illai Gescheit

Partner, Siemens Energy Ventures, Siemens

Illai Gescheit is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He spends his career building businesses and working with entrepreneurs in diverse areas such as smart mobility and climate technologies. Illai is a Partner at Siemens Energy Ventures where he works with founders, executives and investors to build and scale high impact energy and climate startups. In his previous role he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at BP, where he built the next generation of sustainability and impact ventures for BP. Illai is an Advisor at the Stanford Business School Venture Studio and Mentor in Residence at Techstars. He coaches and mentors founders and startup teams in many organizations and helps them scale and solve the world’s most challenging problems. He is an inventor of over 20 patents and his entrepreneurial story was featured in the Harvard-MIT book publication Entrepreneurial Negotiation. Illai developed the ZIZO (Zoom In Zoom Out) design methodology and led workshops in top business schools such as London Business School and Cambridge University.

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