We are thrilled that corporate venturing executive and serial entrepreneur Christian Lindener has joined the Mach49 team. As a Board-Member-in-Residence, Christian extends our growing corporate venture building practice across EMEA — a region experiencing incredible momentum as large corporations ramp up efforts to fuel their organic growth and build their own start-ups in-house. 

With decades of experience as a serial entrepreneur and global innovator in corporate venturing, Christian brings his wealth of expertise and exceptional depth of perspective to help global corporations build their own internal incubators and accelerators that drive organic growth and deliver meaningful change. 

“I believe that the next waves of innovation will belong to corporations if they embrace venture building and create new engines of growth. I’m excited to work side-by-side with Mach49’s global corporate clients and will bring to the table more than two decades of experience building both corporate ventures and independent startups to propel and propose the growth of big companies,” Christian commented. 

Christian was previously head of Airbus Scale, the corporate venturing arm of the world’s leading aerospace company, where he led their internal and external innovation strategy. Prior to joining Airbus in 2019, where he was Managing Director of Wayra Germany’s technology corporate venture capital (CVC) unit, where he managed the selection and investment of startups to be integrated into Telefonicà’s technology portfolio.

Christian has co-founded several companies, including most recently Reflex Aerospace, a European satellite manufacturer; D3 Technologies AG, an open digital operations platform for the urban air mobility market; and others. Additionally, he has spent a significant part of his career advising more than 20 incubator and accelerator programs in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. From 2015–2017 he served as Co-Founder and Director of TechFounders, a high-tech hardware accelerator based in Munich where he was responsible for the development of more than 50 startups. 

We have gained a phenomenal mentor and trusted partner and are excited to have Christian bring his unparalleled experience to drive disruptive growth for our multinational clients. 

You can read more here in this interview with Christian and Global Venturing’s Maija Palmer.