Co-founded in 2015 by Daniel Wiegand, Sebastian Born, Patrick Nathen and Matthias Meiner, Lilium GmbH is based near Munich, ​Germany - an internationally renowned high-tech hub for mobility. The founding team met while studying at the Technical University of Munich where they shared a common vision of revolutionizing the way we travel.

Today, Lilium has attracted more than $375m in funding and employs more than 500 people, bringing together a wealth of experience and expertise from across the world.

The Founders

Described by CN Traveller as the man changing the way we travel, Daniel Wiegand holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Technical University of Munich (TUM).

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At the age of seven, Sebastian Born announced to his sister that he would 'become an inventor.' By age 14 he had cracked computer programming and was already developing his own electronic devices.

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As co-founder and VP Product, Patrick Nathen leads the global product strategy for Lilium, ensuring we put the customer at the very center of all our digital and physical products throughout the passenger experience.

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Matthias Meiner is Co-Founder and Head of Avionics for Lilium. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of Europe’s 30 under 30 leading innovators in 2017, Matthias is responsible for the development of Lilium’s pioneering flight control system.

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Our Leadership Team

Our world-class leadership team consists of experienced professionals from some of the globe’s leading companies, as well as exceptional talents who have grown as we have grown. The diversity and strength of the Lilium team is one of our greatest assets and we’re proud to introduce some of our leaders below.


Our Investors

Atomico partners with game-changing tech founders building global-category winners out of Europe, leveraging deep operational experience to supercharge their growth. Founded in 2006, Atomico has partnered with over 75 ambitious teams - including those at Supercell, Klarna, Lilium, and The Climate Corporation. Atomico's team of investors and advisors includes founders of four billion dollar companies, and operational leaders who were responsible for global expansion, hiring and marketing at companies from Skype and Google to Uber and Spotify.

Baillie Gifford is an independent investment partnership founded in Scotland in 1908. The firm focuses on long-term growth investing in some of the world’s most exciting companies. With 1,317 staff and assets under management of £198 billion, with offices in Edinburgh, London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dublin, Zurich, Frankfurt, Toronto, Buenos Aires and Krakow.

Freigeist is a privately-owned investment firm working with visionary founders to fund and build disruptive technology companies. The firm is best known for its seed investments in Wunderlist (acquired by Microsoft), MyTaxi (acquired by Daimler) and KaufDa (acquired by Axel Springer). The current portfolio includes tech companies such as Lilium, Kraftblock, Neufund, Xentral, Pitch and Scanbot. Freigeist’s team of experienced founders consists of Frank Thelen, Marc Sieberger, Alex Koch, Marcel Vogler and Niklas Hebborn. The firm specializes in identifying and actively supporting extraordinary startup teams at an early stage, often even before their companies are founded.

LGT is the largest Private Banking and Asset Management group in the world that is wholly owned and managed by an entrepreneurial family - the Princely House of Liechtenstein. As the family office of the Princely Family, LGT has comprehensive experience in managing sizeable family assets. This expertise also serves as the basis for its collaboration with clients. LGT combines tried-and-tested private banking and asset management services with a supplemental offering that is tailored to these services, such as impact investing and philanthropy.

With over $300M under management, Obvious Ventures has partnered with over 50 world positive entrepreneurs building disruptive solutions to systemic challenges. The Obvious team brings entrepreneurial experience as well as capital to startups combining profit and purpose for a smarter, healthier, and more sustainable world.

Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Its social products Weixin and QQ link its users to a rich digital content catalogue including games, video, music and books. Its proprietary targeting technology helps advertisers reach out to hundreds of millions of consumers in China. Its infrastructure services including payment, security, cloud and artificial intelligence create differentiated offerings and support our partners’ business growth. Tencent invests heavily in people and innovation, enabling us to evolve with the Internet. Tencent was founded in Shenzhen, China, in 1998. Shares of Tencent (00700.HK) are traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.