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About Startnext

Learn more about the largest crowdfunding community in the German-speaking world.

What we do

Innovators and creatives are often faced with the same challenges: promoting their ideas, attracting supporters, and raising the necessary funds. We founded Startnext in 2010 as Germany’s first crowdfunding platform to help support these innovators. Startnext gives inventors, creative people and social entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their ideas and projects, raise funds with the support of several people, and build a community. Startnext is now the largest crowdfunding community for creative and sustainable projects and startups in the German-speaking countries.

Who we are

In 2010, Denis Bartelt and Tino Kreßner founded Startnext in Dresden as Germany’s first crowdfunding platform. Denis is a trained advertising photographer who created the software agency tyclipso.net in 2003; Tino founded a media agency and worked as a film producer while studying Media Technology and Communications. With our team we work every day to bring new ideas to life and continue developing Startnext with the help of our rapidly growing community.

What we believe in

  • Creativity: We believe that social progress emanates from creativity and innovation, and we actively motivate starters to realize their ideas.
  • Sustainability: We strive to shape social change, and to that end we are committed to sustainable ideas, social enterprises, and social innovation.
  • Crowd-powered: Together, we can move mountains! Startnext is a social network, a laboratory, an incubator, and a search engine for exciting new ideas all in one.
  • Transparency and openness: With Startnext, anyone is free to start a project, and anyone can participate.