The Team

At co-pace, we bring concepts, people, departments, and products together to catalyze new solutions. We are made up of business developers, corporate strategists, designers, thought leaders, engineers, product managers and more.

We stand for absolute inclusion. We celebrate racial and cultural diversity, neurodivergence, gender and sexual identities of all kinds, and more. We do our very best to keep up to date and stay sensitive, and we accommodate physical disabilities to the best of our ability.

Managing Director

Jürgen Bilo

Jürgen Bilo

Function@co-pace Managing Director co-pace GmbH
# #leadership #FutureMobility #RelationshipBuilder #Frankfurt
Description Jürgen is the biggest champion of startups at Continental, uniquely understanding their cutting-edge technologies and new business models. With his vast network both inside Continental and outside, he leverages relationships and holistic industry understanding to provide the foundation for strategic and operational partnerships between the startup ecosystem and Continental.
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Strategy & Analysis, Ecosystem Management

Hiren Desai

Hiren Desai

Function@co-pace Vice President Strategy and North America
# #strategy #AI #ADAS #Autonomous #Skateboard #Robotics #Automation #Industry4.0 #AuburnHills
Description Hiren joins the co-pace team after being our close advisor over the past 5 years. He has a fantastic track record of business development in autonomous mobility and services, having commercialized startup partnerships while leading strategy and innovation for the US market at Continental. Hiren is our architect when we want to translate a concept into a product.
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Ecosystem Management, Europe

Dr. Chen Zhang

Dr. Chen Zhang

Function@co-pace Director Europe
# #ADAS #UserExperience #Sensorics #connectivity #Frankfurt
Description Chen is passionate about connecting with tech enthusiast and energic entrepreneurs to take emerging technologies to the product roadmaps of the startups and Continental. His background in ADAS is complemented by focus on sensorics, vehicle networking and connectivity technologies.
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Ecosystem Management, China

Dennis Xu

Dennis Xu

Function@co-pace Director China
# #safety #autonomous #SOA #sensorics #China
Description Dennis is the co-pace team member in China - a unique and divergent ecosystem that develops both locally applicable and globally relevant innovations. His gained experience in automotive and venture capital industries is ideally suited to translate business needs into innovation products and technologies and, together with startups, draw the execution path.
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Ecosystem Management, APAC (excl. Mainland China)

Wilson Khoo

Wilson Khoo

Function@co-pace Director APAC, excl. Mainland China
# #Innovation #APAC #Singapore
Description Wilson’s drive for innovation and deep tech makes him a key driver for engagement in the Singapore and APAC ecosystem. He is an explorer that bridges the ‘valley’ between technology & business, and between startups & corporates.
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Ecosystem Management, Israel

Neri Friedlander

Neri Friedlander

Function@co-pace Director Israel
# #sensorics #fleet_services #smartMaterial #enablingtechnologies #datamonetization #Israel
Description Neri joins the team from Tel Aviv, but he has always had his feet in multiple countries and cultures. While he is an explorer literally, he is also one metaphorically - by stepping into the unknown of innovation fields, he brings together diverse teams to translate consumer insights, data, and technology into customer benefits.
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Ecosystem Management, Israel

Elad Goldman

Elad Goldman

Function@co-pace Manager Startup Management, Israel
# #innovation #smartcity #smartmobility #publicprivatepartnerships #Israel
Description Elad is not new to partnerships. In fact, he brings experience from a variety of public-private partnerships and smart city initiatives. With his innovative business development skills, he helped those partnerships reach high-impact scale. And he is excited to continue generating win-win's at co-pace as well.
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Operations, Purchasing & Processes

Christian Beuther

Christian Beuther

Function@co-pace Director Operations
# #Sustainability #CorporateInnovation #Operations #Regensburg
Description Christian’s experience in automotive innovation helps him build bridges between startups and the corporate world of Continental. At co-pace, he organizes all operational topics to ensure that the startup Proof-of-Concept projects run at high speed!
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Operations & Ecosystem Management, North America

Andrea Julian

Andrea Julian

Function@co-pace Manager Operations North America
# #innovation #Mexico
Description Andrea is passionate about the complexity behind innovation, how it intertwines and reacts to markets, people, behaviors and understanding the effects that reflect in the daily life.
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PoC Management & Innovation

Vesta Dombrowsky

Vesta Dombrowsky

Function@co-pace Manager Startup Management
# #SmartMaterial #TrendScouting #innovation_management #Regensburg
Description Vesta lives by the mantra ‘why not’ instead of ‘yes but’. This combined with her insights into Continental’s innovation roadmap, Vesta is incredibly quick getting projects going and turning ideas into concrete concepts.

 

PoC Management & Innovation

Antoine Balin

Antoine Balin

Function@co-pace Manager Startup Management
# #FutureMobility #fleet_services #aftermarket #Hannover
Description Antoine brings in broad business development background to our team. This allows him to contribute to new partnership and innovation management in various automotive areas with specific focus on fleet services and predictive maintenance.
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Project Assistance

Ivana Pavic

Ivana Pavic

Function@co-pace Executive Project Assistant
# #team_focus #efficiency #purchasing #Frankfurt
Description Ivana is passionate about making processes lean in an agile and innovative work style. She ensures our purchasing processes run smoothly. But most importantly: without her, our team and MD will be lost!
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Scouting & Analysis, Working Student

Shubham Mishra

Shubham Mishra

Function@co-pace Junior Manager Analysis
# #Entrepreneurship #DataAnalytics #Innovation #Collaboration_Enabler
Description Shubham might be only in the beginning of his career but he is already committed to the startup ecosystem. He applies his logical thinking to build processes, tools, and analyses for the co-pace team.
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Analysis, Working Student

Gopika Nair

Gopika Nair

Function@co-pace Junior Manager Analysis
# #Industry4.0 #MarketResearch #Networking #India
Description Gopika is one of the newest members of the team, joining with enthusiasm for all things ‘analysis’ – she loves digging into topics, researching startups, and summarizing those findings.
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Operations, Working Student

Kevin Glaser

Kevin Glaser

Function@co-pace Junior Manager Operations
# #Operations #Process_Mapping #Regensburg
Description Kevin is the backbone of our PoC process – he ensures we don’t forget a step and all documentation gets filed in. He tracks every step of the way to ensure the PoC process runs smoothly for both co-pace and the startups.
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