Though we may be spread out all across Munich, we are united by our passion for empowerment through Social Entrepreneurship. We are a dynamic team, and not just because we all have to hop on our bikes to attend a team meeting! We come from different fields and disciplines, and we all believe that education paves the way to the future.
// “To me, SEA is an inspiring, flexible and exciting organization that offers everyone room to flourish – whether you’re a student, a social entrepreneur or an employee.”
// “SEA is truly close to my heart and is, to me, the place to be for inventing the future yourself. Social Entrepreneurship is an essential component of moving the world forward, but it is not enough for there to simply be entrepreneurship in the name. At SEA, we are reinventing ourselves daily, and this spirit of reinvention fascinates me.”
Christina first came into contact with Social Entrepreneurship in Argentina, where she worked with street kids as a volunteer for an NGO and witnessed the need for socially entrepreneurial business models. Her passion for developing financially viable and socially sustainable solutions was reinforced by her studies in business administration at the University of Passau and the PSG Institute of Management in India. Before she came to SEA, she worked two years in Colombia for Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus. There, she led the strategic development and implementation of Yunus Social Business Colombia’s Social Business Incubation Centers and worked intensely on developing the social enterprise Campo Vivo together with Colombian potato farmers.
// “We offer space to inspire people to take social responsibility and make a difference. The sparkle in our participants’ eyes gives me new motivation every day.”
// “SEA gives me the opportunity to implement my ideas and knowledge and to do good work.”
// “To me, SEA is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! There comes a time when you just know that you’re home – both in terms of the work and when it comes to your colleagues. SEA is my home, it’s incredibly fun and it makes me happy.”
// “Over ten years ago, I found my way into social entrepreneurship. Then as now, for me, SEA is the place I want to work. I am very happy with our amazing team and with being able to work with so many exciting and committed people.“
// “Even though I’ve only recently joined SEA, I already feel like I’m part of the family. It’s as though, over the past few years, I’d never been anywhere else.”
Founders and directors
A serial entrepreneur with 34 years of experience in founding, financing, building and accelerating companies, Andy sold his software company to the publicly listed Avanquest Software in 2003, served as COO Europe until 2009 and as a Board Member until 2014. Andy served for 3 years as a Board member at Carpooling.com (acquired by Bla Bla Car) and 4 years at Feingold Technologies (acquired by ShareCare). His accelerator at the LMU, the top ranked university in Germany, has spawned over 220 companies in 10 years and the German Accelerator, a project of the German government has graduated over 100 companies in 4 years. Andy is Co-Founder and Board Member of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie in Munich and started the “Global Entrepreneurship Summer School” in 2008. He a founding member of 4Entrepreneurship, the Entrepreneurial Think Tank of the 4 Munich Universities and holds teaching positions at the LMU and at the EM Lyon Business School in France.
In addition to his professorship at the Bundeswehr University, which he held from 1999 onwards, Professor Katzy taught at the School of Management at Leiden University in the Netherlands. In 2015, Professor Katzy passed on far too soon, to our great sorrow. In loving memory of him, we award the “Bernhard-Katzy prize“ for unconventional thinkers every year during the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School.
Dr. Achleitner completed her studies, her two PhDs and her habilitation at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. From 1994 to 2000, she was a professor for banking and finance at the European Business School (ebs) in Oestrich Winkel, prior to which she worked as a business consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc. and the MS Management Service AG in St. Gallen. Her preferred fields of research are venture capital/private equity, family businesses and Social Entrepreneurship. Dr. Achleitner has received many awards and honors for her accomplishments in research and teaching, including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.