Denis Bartelt CEO & Founder

Denis founded his first company in 2003, the software agency In 2009 he started to develop Startnext together with Tino and in 2010 the company was founded. Denis is a trained photographer and co-founder of the Entrepreneurs Pledge.

Tino Kreßner Founder

During his studies in media technology and communication sciences Tino founded his first company together with friends - an agency for film productions. For Startnext he is on the road a lot and continues to expand our network.

Ricarda Schlegel Management Assistant

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

Shai Hoffmann Project Advisor

Shai has already successfully funded several projects on Startnext like the Karma Classics or the Democracy Bus. He shares his knowledge in project advising, in our webinars, workshops or lectures. Shai studied business administration.

Melissa Kühn Project Advisor

Melissa will make sure that you have all the information you need to make your campaign a success! Previously she worked in her hometown Hamburg as a change manager and can now live out her enthusiasm for change with us.

Michael Schmidt Project Advisor

Michael originally comes from Erlangen, the "smallest big city in Germany", as he says. Before he came to Startnext, he studied film and lost his heart to documentaries - and since they can be financed very well by crowdfunding, he is exactly right with us!

Lisa Rudolph Payment Manager
Lisa makes sure that all Startnext starters are verified and that the payment processes run smoothly. She also deals with numbers in her business studies, which she is currently completing.
Markus Streichardt Cooperations

Markus started as a project advisor at Startnext and is now responsible for the realization of our cooperations and contests. Prior to Startnext, Markus worked for the Suhrkamp Verlag. He studied culture and technology as well as literature.

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.

Aileen Stickelbrucks Online Communication

Aileen takes care of our online communication and social media so that as many of you as possible get to know your good ideas! Previously, she helped artists and creative people realize their dream of starting their own label at the online marketplace DaWanda.

Jana Meyer Online communication

Jana is a working student in online communication and provides our social media channels with news about projects, cooperations or events. She also studies technical journalism and PR and writes her bachelor thesis with us.

Benjamin Brandt Head of IT & DevOps

Benjamin leads our IT and DevOps field - he makes sure that our servers run stable and prepares the basis for your projects to be financed successfully! Before that he studied media informatics in Dresden.

Lilli Landmann High Piest of Datafiction
Lilli is responsible for process design at our company. She balances the balance between software development and the wishes of our community. She studied internal and external corporate communications.  
Amos Bühler Frontent Developer
Amos develops and optimizes Startnext so that you can use our platform on all devices and in all browsers. He has studied media and information science.    
Cathleen Knohf Backend Developer
Cathleen has been on board as backend developer for Startnext since the beginning and takes care that all functions run on Startnext. Before that she studied media production in Dresden.

About Startnext

Startnext is the largest crowdfunding platform for ideas, projects and startups in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Entrepreneurs, inventors and creative people present their ideas and fund them with the support of many people.

Startnext statistics

59,641,814 € funded by the crowd
6,595 successful projects
1.050.000 users


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