Annika Pierson

Annika Pierson, COO, Advise Connect Inspire, LLC

Annika Pierson, M.A. | Co-founder & COO

Through various roles in the German and the US healthcare industries, Annika has extensive experience building strong global networks by bringing together investors, entrepreneurs, and senior industry executives.

As Chief Operating Officer of ACI, she facilitates the successful US market entry of emerging companies from Europe and connects US-based startups with European investors and industry groups. Prior to joining the German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS) and founding ACI in Cambridge, MA, Annika headed the innovation and entrepreneurship programs of Charité Foundation in Berlin, including the highly successful international healthcare industry conference, Charité Entrepreneurship Summit.

Annika is an outspoken advocate for innovation-friendly policies and frequent speaker on how to foster entrepreneurship on a global level. She continues to serve on the Advisory Board of the Charité Entrepreneurship Summit and has been active as advisor and mentor to startups throughout her career.