This article originally appeared on http://europioneers.eu
Jan is Co-Founder and President of Mendeley, one of the world’s largest research collaboration platforms, offering a suite of free cloud-based tools that make the lives of millions of researchers around the world easier. Mendeley helps people to organize and collaborate on research projects and makes academic research fascinatingly more accessible and transparent.
In Europe we have a tremendous opportunity to create successful digital global companies, but we need to approach this as Europeans to benefit from the power and creativity of Europe. The Europioneers Award is an important contribution by highlighting, showcasing, and connecting successful European talent, a platform to celebrate role models to encourage the next wave of entrepreneurs, and hence another stepping stone to strengthen the European Startup Ecosystem.
Jan started a Ph.D. in Information Management and was a lecturer in Electronic Business at the University of Cologne. Before that he graduated as MBA with a focus on Electronic Business, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship, having studied at the WHU, the LUISS Rome, and the University of Bath School of Management.
For several years throughout his Ph.D. studies he served as an advisor to a member of SAP’s supervisory board, unsuccessfully tried to start a travel company, and got totally fascinated with Latin-American dances such as Salsa, regularly attending (very non-academic) dance congresses.