Stefan Dicker joins us from the Techstars Partnership team, supporting Techstars Corporate partners across the globe with their innovation programs. Day to day, Stefan supports Corporate Innovation initiatives, helping identify the needs of large enterprises and how working with early stage businesses can progress their agendas. From speaking “corporate lingo” to relationship management and network mapping, Stefan has helped Techstars teams around the world find their niche in large corporations and helps create avenues for success in these organizations.

In a previous life, Stefan served as the Vice President of Open Innovation and the Head of Rise New York at Barclays. Rise is a global community of startups and corporates creating the future of financial services. Created by Barclays, Rise nurtures and grows companies through its international network of Rise hubs. Rise New York also houses a world-class event space and is home to the New York cohort of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Through the Accelerator Barclays drives growth and new product development for early-stage businesses in their long-term relationship with the global investment bank in three core locations: New York, London and Tel Aviv.

Stefan has spoken about corporate innovation, most notably at FinTech Mexico last spring. He joins the team with international experience – having lived in 3 continents before moving to New York – and with a background in technology and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has found his calling in working with entrepreneurs  and corporates globally to bridge the gap between these two worlds.