Katrin Bacic

CSO, Wayra Germany

Katrin Bacic

Speaker Bio

I am Chief Strategy Officer at Wayra Germany in Munich.

Wayra is the largest global corporate accelerator in the world, with a presence in ten countries (Europe and Latin America) since 2011.

Wayra has a clear vision: be the most reliable partner for startups to shape the future of telecommunications.

As Wayra’s Germany lead on strategy and venture development, I connect founders from tech startups, investors, partner accelerators and corporate partners with Telefonica Germany.

My team and I drive corporate innovation by scouting, scaling and investing in tech startups. Before joining Wayra Germany, I worked in Germany and Spain in several leading roles in business development and innovation within Telefonica.

I am passionate about supporting high potential founders and creating collaborative opportunities between the startup and corporate world by bringing a global mindset and great affinity for developing new business and innovation.

I am keen on bringing more gender diversity into the startup ecosystem by supporting more female founders and mentoring young women.

About Wayra Germany

Wayra Germany is the Open Innovation Hub of the telecommunications group Telefónica. As an early-stage-investment-arm, wayra scales technology-oriented start-ups and pursue a "venture client" model in which the parent company Telefónica acts as a customer for the start-ups' products.