As a Serial Entrepreneur, Dr. Justus von Grone is deeply rooted in the international start-up scene. He completed his studies at the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, the Helsinki School of Economics, and the University of Hamburg with a degree in Business Administration, and finalized his doctorate at the KMU-HSG-Institute at the University of St. Gallen. There he researched the topic “motivation of founders.” Together with Dr. Alexander Hiller, he founded the Lailos Group GmbH, launched one of the leading live social discovery platforms, wecuddle.com, and sold the company in 2015. In 2016, the company was re-purchased and expanded by the international brand hugmonstar.com. Shortly after launch, Hugmonstar has grown into one of the largest live social discovery platforms in Scandinavia. In 2017, Dr. Justus von Grone, together with Dr. Alexander Hiller, founded the consulting firm Hiller von Grone. Their focus is on advising selected domestic and international clients on crowdfunding and ad planning.
As a Business Angel, Dr. Justus von Grone supports young companies and start-ups, especially in the medical and biotech industries. In 2006, he was awarded the Bertini Prize for Young People with Civil Courage.
Together with Prof. Dr. med. Timo Meynhardt, Dr. Justus von Grone is the Initiator of the EY PUBLIC VALUE AWARD FOR START-UPs.