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Our team

Meet the people behind Startnext.
Denis Bartelt
Denis Bartelt CEO & Founder

Denis founded Startnext in 2010 and is in charge for our strategic planning. He set up his first company, software agency tyclipso.net, in 2003 in Dresden. Denis is an autodidact, entrepreneur and trained commercial photographer.


Tino Kreßner
Tino Kreßner Founder

Tino is the co-founder of Startnext. Along with Denis he also initiated Startnext Network in 2012 and serves as its CEO. While studying Media Technology and Communication Sciences, Tino started his own media agency and produced films.

Ricarda Schlegel
Ricarda Schlegel Management Assistant

Ricarda holds everything together and is responsible for organizing our events. She studied Cultural Work and Arts Management and co-founded the non-profit organization Kultür Potsdam.

Anna Theil
Anna Theil Head of Communication

Anna joined Startnext in 2010 and is responsible for communication. Previously she worked at DOK Leipzig, the International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. Anna studied Communication Sciences and Media Studies.


Markus Sauerhammer
Markus Sauerhammer Head of Cooperation

Markus is the go-to for all things related to partnering with Startnext. He once worked as a farmer and served as a start-up consultant at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Markus studied Marketing and Management and holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Cloed Baumgartner
Cloed Baumgartner Cooperations Austria

Cloed is our ambassador in Austria and the contact for partners and project starters there. She works as an innovation manager and serial entrepreneur, and is the founder of an upcycling fashion label and an international fashion fair.