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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Vice President of Startup Partnerships

Hiren Desai

Hiren Desai

Function@co-pace Vice President of Startup Partnerships
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#VentureCapital #VentureBuilding #Accelerator #MergersAndAcquisitions #RoboticsInnovation #Automation #ArtificialIntelligence #Valuation #Incubator

Description Hiren heads the partnering arm at co-pace after being our trusted advisor over the past 5 years. With a fantastic track record as a serial entrepreneur, he has successfully founded and led scaleups across various countries. Hiren's expertise extends to leading strategy and business development for autonomous mobility at Continental. He is also our architect when we want to translate a concept into a product
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Director, Head of Ecosystem Europe, Head of Technology

Dr. Chen Zhang

Dr. Chen Zhang

Function@co-pace Director, Head of Ecosystem Europe, Head of Technology
# #Software #ADAS #ComputerVision #Connectivity #VehicleDynamics #ArtificialIntelligence #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 software, automation technologies and artificial intelligence is complemented by his professional work experience in the fields of ADAS and vehicle dynamics and by his interest in 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 #Strategy #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 excluding 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 #FleetServices #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 Director, Ecosystem 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 drives forward collaboration opportunities while bridging the gap between the corporate world and the fast pace startup ecosystem.
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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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Partnerships Project Manager

Andrea Julian

Andrea Julian

Function@co-pace Partnerships Project Manager
# #Innovation #PMP #VentureClients #ProofofConcepts
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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Project Assistance

Ivana Pavic

Ivana Pavic

Function@co-pace Executive Project Assistant
# #TeamFocus #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 whole team and MD would be lost. 
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Head of Strategy & Communications

Christian Wartig

Christian Wartig