Iskender Dirik


Iskender Dirik is a German entrepreneur, venture capitalist and tech expert with 20 years of experience in the digital world.

He is currently MD/CEO at Microsoft ScaleUp and Microsoft for Startups in Berlin. Microsoft ScaleUp is the most exclusive startup program within Microsoft worldwide. At Microsoft ScaleUp, Iskender is focused on AI and deep tech startups from continental Europe. Microsoft ScaleUp is an innovative and award-winning concept and the leading corporate accelerator worldwide.
Iskender is also Venture Partner for EQT Ventures, one of the largest Venture Capital funds in Europe.

Before that, Iskender led a 100 Million Euro Corporate Venture Capital Fund at Bauer Venture Partners. Bauer Venture Partners was the Corporate VC arm of Bauer Media, Europe’s leading magazine publishing and radio broadcasting house.

Prior to that, Iskender was for six years MD/CEO of COPE (former name "getanet"), a tech consulting and software development boutique that was acquired by C3 Creative Code and Content, a leading European content marketing agency. Iskender consulted clients like Axel Springer, Bertelsmann, Otto, Deutsche Telekom, Porsche, Volkswagen, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Straits Times in digital strategy, technology and software development.

He founded his first company at the age of 21 and built and exited a couple of tech startups afterwards.

He is member of the German AI Association and spokesman for the cooperation of AI startups with the established industry. He is also founder of alphalist, a network of the most important influencers of the tech scene.

Iskender is a proven tech, startup and venture capital expert. He is currently dedicating his time primarily to startups and technologies around Artificial Intelligence. He develops visions on the impact of AI on our future business and personal life. Besides his enthusiasm for deep tech, Iskender is also known for being a design lover and creative mind. He is excited about the intersection of technology and creativity.

He is a regular content writer and contributor and known for publishing thought leadership articles around AI, technology, startups, venture capital, impactful presentations and leadership principles.  He has written various whitepapers like “A Manual for Corporate Venture Capital”, “The Simple Guide to Deep Learning”, “A Striking Explanation of VC Mechanics” and “The Digital Transformation and AI Transformation Pyramids”. Iskender holds a degree as Master of Science in Data- and Information-Management and a diploma in Business Administration.