Stephan Klaschka is an awarded Healthcare Executive, Innovation Consultant, CEO, Public Speaker and Serial Entrepreneur with over 25 years of international work and managerial experience in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and other industries across Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific from FORTUNE Global 20 to startup companies.  In addition to founding his own businesses, he has worked as a consultant to academia, governments, corporations, and start-ups internationally.

Stephan is an associative thinker with strong business acumen and hands-on start-up experience.  He applies disruptive and digital innovation strategically for exponential returns, transforms organizations as creative catalyst and integrator for business growth and “next practices.”

VDI full logo image (PNG)Stephan serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Virtual Distance International (VDI), the global leader in predictive workplace analytics (pWPA) transforming organizations to manage the remote workforce with scientifically validated business impact metrics.

KCo logo tight 774x282Klaschka & Co, LLC transforms companies to scale up!  Melanie Klaschka (Executive Consultant) and Stephan Klaschka (President, Executive Consultant) turn-around and prepare your company to meet business growth targets and to seize new business opportunities.  We ready you and your sales force to win the big contracts and your operations to deliver on your promise.  We are a creative catalyst to develop new business models and to integrate industry convergence for exponential returns.

SKC logo tight (553x305)Stephan founded Stephan Klaschka Consulting to focus on intrapreneuring (see also OrgChanger.com) as well as healthcare innovation with a vast background in Healthcare Innovation “beyond the pill,” New Business Model Development, Alliance Management and Emerging Technologies.

Stephan is a renowned expert, consultant, and public speaker on ‘Innovation in Large Organizations’ with topics and seminars ranging from strategic and open innovation, leveraging diversity, corporate entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and business model development to bridging generational differences and managing a high-performing virtual workforce.

Strandsmart Logo 02-2018 Stephan currently supports Strandsmart Inc., a Silicon Valley super-stealth startup, as a Scientific and Industry Relations Advisor, and member of the Advisory Board in funding, development, and strategy of innovative devices for highly disruptive oncology diagnosis and smart-devices that will revolutionize healthcare.
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AfCE 2017 Logo(more boxed)As Program Director and Mentor, Stephan has helped the Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship (AfCE) bringing the Founder Institute‘s World’s Premier Idea-Stage Accelerator and Startup Launch Program to life in FORTUNE Global 500 organizations around the world.

Convergence Engineers (CE)Stephan joined CE Convergence Engineers as a Senior Healthcare Advisor to innovate across industries. CE helps its clients to innovate across industries by consolidating know-how in shaping new markets and by providing the operational platform and focus for purposefully engineering convergence between different industries.

NEXI logo w frameAs Scientific Advisor, Stephan supports Nexi, Inc.‘s customer discovery journey.  Nexi connects organizations to transform clinical data into research assets using a secure, HIPAA compliant platform for processing, organizing and sharing unstructured and structured data.


In a recent senior business operations role, Stephan served as startup CEO (“Geschäftsführer”) interim at the DITG German Institute for Telemedicine and Health Promotion (“Deutsches Institut für Telemedizin und Gesundheitsförderung”).  He was hired by shareholders to stabilize the organization, ready it for rapid growth (scale-up) and prepare for an exit to Venture Capital.

DITG specialized in telemedical care provision for chronic diseases in prevention.  It develops and operates evidence-based health programs for health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and other players in corporate health management by efficiently aggregating telemedical services with the objective to sustainably help people suffering from chronic diseases to preserve and improve their health, while simultaneously lowering the cost to the healthcare system.

  • DITG won the 2016 Health Media Award and the 2015 Senetics Innovation Award in the “Most Innovative Idea in the Healthcare Sector” category.  Its “initiative.diabetes” program made the shortlist for the 2016 “Preis für Gesundheitsnetzewerker” award.
  • This short video (in German, <2 min.) gives a general idea of the DITG business and success in treating Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 using the “TeLiPro” approach as featured in the MSD Gesundheitspreis award nominations 2014 and 2015.

BI logo 175In his previous corporate position as Director, Global Innovation Management and Strategy, with Boehringer Ingelheim, a privately held biopharmaceutical and FORTUNE Global 500 company, Stephan focused on integrating disruptive innovation to create and seize exponential business growth opportunities in the transforming ‘Pharma 3.0’ landscape across all businesses of Boehringer Ingelheim worldwide.

This included intrapreneuring, building incubator/accelerator programs, seed-funding ‘intraprises’, gamification, open innovation, creating cross-disciplinary networks, alliances and partnerships, scouting emerging technologies as well as developing new business models ‘beyond the pill’ and next practices for accelerated innovations.

iQuit logo tight (284x131)Stephan was partner and co-founder of iQuit! Productions, an independent film production and financing company creating film and television projects that cross-cultural and race boundaries bringing our world closer together through the moving picture.


Stephan holds Masters Degrees in Computer Science and in Management, an Executive MBA as well as advanced degrees in strategy, innovation, and leadership from renowned schools in Europe and the United States. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a blogger on OrgChanger.com and CURE, a fundraiser for humanitarian causes and an active advisor, and a mentor to various startups, industry, and not-for-profit institutions.

  • BS, MS Computer Science, Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin), Germany
  • MS Management, Colorado Technical University, USA
  • Executive MBA, Colorado Technical University, USA
  • ACE Leadership, Strategy and Innovation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA
  • Strategic Innovation, International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Switzerland
  • PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute (PMI), USA


2017 Winning Project at DAIMLER Shark-Tank September 2017, Lisbon
2015 Winner of the annual eyeforpharma Philadelphia Awards for “Boehringer Ingelheim – School for Intrapreneurs
2015 Winner of 2015 MSD Health Award for ‘initiative diabetes’ (for DITG)
(The MSD-Gesundheitspreis is the most recognized German Healthcare award!)
2015 Winner of Senetics 2015 Innovation-Award in ‘Most Innovative Product Idea in the Healthcare Sector’ category (for DITG)
2014 Commendation at the annual 2014 Corporate Entrepreneurship Awards for “Boehringer Ingelheim – School for Intrapreneurs”
2014 35th Annual TELLY AWARD 2014 for our widely recognized (yet unofficial) trailer “STAR WARS: The Apprentice”; iQuit! Productions in association with Wompus Prints; directed by Todd Sandler
2013 REACH Excellence in Action Award – Boehringer Ingelheim
2011 Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) winning team – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management
2011 President’s Award for “Workplace of the Future” – Boehringer Ingelheim
2011 Diversity Champion Award – Boehringer Ingelheim
2010 REACH Excellence in Action Award – Boehringer Ingelheim
2009 Champions Award – Boehringer Ingelheim
2008 Team Spirit Award – Boehringer Ingelheim


Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship, Germany – Program Director and Affiliated Mentor
BluePrint Health, NYC accelerator, USA – Mentor, Investor
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, USA – Case Challenge juror
Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI), USA
CHI Healthcare and Life Science Innovation Lab (HLSIL), USA – Advisory Board, founding member
Center for Talent Innovation (CTI), USA – NxGen case study
CUREconnect.org, USA –  guest blogger
Diversity Best Practices, USA – Above and Beyond (ABA) Awards Juror
Everyday Pharma, USA – Advisor
FlexPaths, USA – Think-tank participant
Fraunhofer Venture, Germany – Mentor, “Joseph” Expert
German Accelerator Life Sciences/Tech, USA – Mentor
Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), USA – Council Member
HULT International Business School, USA – Case Challenge sponsor
The Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations (ILO), USA – participant
International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) – Member, Speaker
Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, Canada – Teaching case study
Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre (KOC), Tanzania – fundraising until 2015
LinkedIn Group BRG ERG Leaders – Founder
National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), USA – speaker
National Affinity and Leadership Congress (NALC), USA – speaker, NxGen case study
New York City Chapter, Drug Information Association (DIA), USA
OrgChanger (www.OrgChanger.com) – blog
Project Management Professional (PMP) certified, Project Management Institute (PMI)
The Leadership Network, UK – Leader, Expert, Trainer