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DR. Monika HAUCK
Founder

Monika is an entrepreneur, social activist and open innovation researcher. Following her Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, she was a Managing Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, where she supported startups and corporate innovation initiatives and was actively engaged in the development of the startup ecosystem in the NRW region.

Monika is also a strong proponent of sustainable and inclusive entrepreneurship and is a City Ambassador of a British social enterprise Fashion Revolution. Born and raised in Lithuania, she experienced the breakdown of the Soviet Union and could observe the effects that communism system had on the popular culture as well as societal relation to fashion and crafts. A true cosmopolitan, Monika stated traveling the world at the age of fifteen working as an international fashion model. Now, after ten years of a break, she returned to the fashion industry with a purpose to promote more sustainable and inclusive fashion production and consumption practice. A polymath and contrarian, she is active as a speaker, educator and strategic advisor to startups and established organizations.

 
Eszter SZASZ
Innovation and Marketing Lead

Eszter is a design and brand manager who has a wide set of skills in customer-insight-driven new product development and brand identity building. In the past 5 years she has been working with many innovative and socially driven startups and NGOs in Hungary and she is co-founder of a sustainable fashion brand Perceptual Thinkers. Currently she is pursuing her MBA at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

Manou VAN DIJK
Sustainable Design Lead

Manou is an inquisitive fashion designer and educator. Starting to sew at the age of 10, contributed to her appreciation of craftsmanship and human creativity and incented her to put a strong focus on sustainability in her design work. Passionate about innovation, she like pushing herself and the startup teams to think out of the box.

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THE TEAM

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DR. Monika HAUCK
Founder

Monika is an entrepreneur, social activist and open innovation researcher. Following her Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, she was a Managing Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, where she supported startups and corporate innovation initiatives and was actively engaged in the development of the startup ecosystem in the NRW region.

Monika is also a strong proponent of sustainable and inclusive entrepreneurship and is a City Ambassador of a British social enterprise Fashion Revolution. Born and raised in Lithuania, she experienced the breakdown of the Soviet Union and could observe the effects that communism system had on the popular culture as well as societal relation to fashion and crafts. A true cosmopolitan, Monika stated traveling the world at the age of fifteen working as an international fashion model. Now, after ten years of a break, she returned to the fashion industry with a purpose to promote more sustainable and inclusive fashion production and consumption practice. A polymath and contrarian, she is active as a speaker, educator and strategic advisor to startups and established organizations.

 
 
 
 
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Eszter SZASZ
Innovation and Marketing Lead

Eszter is a design and brand manager who has a wide set of skills in customer-insight-driven new product development and brand identity building. In the past 5 years she has been working with many innovative and socially driven startups and NGOs in Hungary and she is co-founder of a sustainable fashion brand Perceptual Thinkers. Currently she is pursuing her MBA at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

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Manou VAN DIJK
Sustainable Design Lead

Manou is an inquisitive fashion designer and educator. Starting to sew at the age of 10, contributed to her appreciation of craftsmanship and human creativity and incented her to put a strong focus on sustainability in her design work. Passionate about innovation, she like pushing herself and the startup teams to think out of the box.