Hi! We're Expansion Partner

Who we are

We know and love Europe because it’s our home. Unparalleled local knowledge combined with extensive operating experience at some of the world’s most successful startups enables us to ensure our clients establish a strong foothold in Europe.

What we stand for

Passion

We love to work on both sides of the Atlantic. We love working with interesting, driven people. We love helping bring cool companies to Europe. We work hard to pursue our passion.

Results

We strive for success. Professionalism, commitment, and focus are at the core of everything we do. We achieve incredible results and celebrate them.

Team

We owe our achievements to our team. We work better and smarter when we work together. We share ideas, thoughts, knowledge, and successes—and we have a lot of fun.

Team

Christopher Cederskog

Christopher has over ten years of startup experience. He spent four years in various roles at Airbnb, both in Europe and San Francisco. As well as acting as the company’s General Manager for central Europe, he built teams in global finance and European operations. Prior to joining Airbnb, he played an integral role in the growth of Zalando and founded Berlin-based incubator, Springstar.

Christopher is in the middle of a multi-year project to build a house in his native Sweden.

 

Christopher Cederskog

Founder

Georg Bauser

After selling his startup to Airbnb in 2011, Georg spent over four years working with the company on international growth. He set up several offices and teams around the world, including Airbnb’s EU HQ in Dublin, and Trip Business Unit in San Francisco.

It could be his Swabian roots, but Georg loves to bring German quality and efficiency to all internationalization projects. He’s also unable to start or end a day without a bowl of Müsli.

 

Georg Bauser

Founder

Laura Jassoy

Laura gained her management experience at Fyber, where she built global sales and client management teams. After the company was successfully sold, she consulted for Uber and Axel Springer, and also served as Interim Director of Group Development at venture capital firm, Hitfox. She holds a degree in economics from the University of Mannheim and an MBA from INSEAD.

Laura’s Spanish and German heritage is being passed down to her wonderful one-year-old daughter, with whom she spends most of her spare time.

 

Laura Jassoy

Interim GM / Consultant

Stefan Braun

Stefan has extensive experience in setting up digital businesses beyond Europe. He founded Myanmar’s first VC backed e-commerce company, launched and managed a German medtech startup’s Thailand branch, and went on to advise international firms on market entry strategies for Thailand.

Stefan loves to learn about new business cultures as much as he loves German bread.

 

Stefan Braun

Interim GM / Consultant

Claudia Bates

Claudia has a background in strategy consulting and market research. She has advised clients from diverse sectors—from e-commerce to baby accessories—on market entry and internationalization. She has an undergraduate degree from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD.

She has been known to moonlight as a yoga teacher, and true to her British roots, believes there are very few difficult situations that can’t be improved by a cup of tea (Earl Grey, milk, no sugar).

 

Claudia Bates

Interim GM / Consultant

Carolin Sandfort

Carolin is passionate about brands and focuses on helping early-stage startups gain exposure. She brings over ten years of marketing experience—in both corporate and startup environments—to Expansion Partner. Having started her career at Danone, she helped grow such brands as Volvic, Bonafont, and Milupa. In 2014 she joined Airbnb, where she launched their German brand marketing activities and built the German marketing team.

Carolin is the proud owner of a basenji called Red who has more Instagram followers than most people.

 

Carolin Sandfort

Interim Marketing Director

Ercan Öktem

Ercan worked at Fresenius Medical Care, a company specializing in the production of medical supplies, for five years before moving to Barcelona. On returning to Germany two years later he completed his information science studies at the University of Potsdam and went on to play various active roles in the development of Berlin-based startups.

Ercan—pronounced “Air Jan”—spends a significant amount of time on his bike and is on his way to achieving his goal of riding on every Berlin street by 2020.

 

Ercan Öktem

Operations

Jonathan Bünemann

Jonathan helps our clients with the quantitative aspects of their expansion plans. Previously, Jonathan helped N26 to enter new European markets as an intern, and before gained experience at EY in Detroit. He recently completed his Master’s degree at the University of Mannheim—his thesis explored eye-based human-computer interaction.

Outside the office, he loves to play the cello and still participates in his former university’s orchestra.

 

Jonathan Bünemann

Junior Consultant

Contact


Expansion Partner GmbH
Eichhornstraße 3
10785 Berlin
Germany

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