Meet The Mentors: Sebastian Jagsch

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Sebastian Jagsch studied Automotive Engineering in Graz. After his first experience at two major automotive service providers (Magna Steyr and AVL) Sebastian founded qpunkt together with six colleagues. The company has now grown to over 100 employees. Today he is Head of Engineering and responsible for the five development sites in Austria and Germany.

Sebastian is an enthusiastic startup entrepreneur and is currently building up eluminocity, a company that develops intelligent urban infrastructure (LED lighting, charging stations for e-vehicles, sensors, etc.).

And because all of this is not enough he shares his experience on a regular basis with young entrepreneurs: With jointventors Sebastian supports and accompanies startup entrepreneurs on their exciting way to success.

Five questions to the mentor:

  1. What does ‚Future Mobility’ mean to you?
    Although it is nothing to be proud of currently, I’m still an auto freak. I love the concept of individual, flexible mobility cars have been providing us for more than 120 years now. But I’m also sure that the times of you owning a V8 Diesel and driving just 15000 km a year have ended. Drivetrains change (may it be electric, hydrogen, something new), ownerships change (sharing concepts or collective ownership), mobility habits change (autonomous drive or combinations with other transport facilities). So we will face a new standard of car nerds soon.
  2. What motivates you to coach teams on Startup Weekend – Die Alm?
    Simple answer: Because I love being part of something that starts up.
    Startup Weekend – Die Alm is the perfect venue for big ideas and I hope to bring in a little expertise in how to develop big ideas to big companies.
  3. What business model is great example for ‚Future Mobility‘?
    As I like Hardware-Startups most, I’m a big fan of superpedestrian, the company behind the “Copenhagen Wheel”. That is a wheel that can fit to every normal bike and without any further components changes it to an e-bike. The startup is a spinoff of the MIT and it made a lot of things right: Cool product, great experienced team, impressive funding, simply a role-model.
  4. Which area of mobility needs to be disrupted?
    I have a reticent wish. I want something that leads me from A (may it be my office desk in Munich) to B (e.g. the meeting room at a business partner in Los Angeles) using the most convenient, cheap and quick transport modes that are out there – yes, choosing from all of them.
  5. Where do you integrate mobility into your daily life?
    If asked where my common workplace is located, I often answer “on the street, in my car”. Thus mobility is everything to me. I’m traveling a lot. I’m looking forward to a future where you are able to be on your way, but use the time as if plugged in at your desk.


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On 27. Juli 2015

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