The Startnext team 

in order of appearance and stay.
In 11 years, many people have already accompanied and enriched Startnext. The organizational structure and cooperation is to be understood organically, where hierarchies hardly play a role. That's why you can see the team here in chronological order.

There are actually four teams, represented by the colors yellow, blue, pink and orange.

  • Yellow - Team Business Management
  • Blue - Team Platform Development
  • Pink - Team Public Relations
  • Orange - Team Community

Denis Bartelt
Chief Executive Officer (Founder)

Denis founded his first company in 2003, the software agency tyclispo.net. 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
Cooperation Manager (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.

Cathleen Knohf
Chief Technology Officer

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.

Markus Streichardt
Community & Cooperation

Markus started as a project consultant at Startnext and now takes care of our cooperations when setting up a cofunding campaign. In addition, as Community Manager, he is the contact person for processes and technology in the community team and can contribute his accumulated knowledge here.

Lisa Rudolph
Community Manager (parental leave)

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.

Ricarda Delock
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.

Amos Bühler
Frontend 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.    

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!

Friederike Klasen
Communication & Cooperation

Friederike is a communications all-rounder. At Startnext, she develops new concepts for campaigns and finds the right partners for them. As the organizational contact in the public relations team, she ensures that the many ideas in the creative minds can flow optimally into each other to tell you the best Startnext stories.

Charlott Kaliga
Events & Compliance Manager

Charlott works in project consulting and supports our starters in the realization of their projects. She is also the contact person for events, lectures and workshops as well as everything related to compliance. Charlott studied nonprofit management and worked for nebenan.de and Doctors Without Borders.

Marie Seiler
Acquisition Manager

Marie is responsible for project acquisition at Startnext. She has already gained experience as a project consultant in our community team. Before joining Startnext, Marie studied International Development in Vienna and worked as an Impact Lead at WeWork.

Jörg Jenke
Test Engineer

Jörg automates and coordinates the quality management for our software. He finds faults before you find them. He studied media informatics in Dresden and Brandenburg.

Kira Rudolph
Feelgood Manager

Kira lives with Lisa and is a charming dog lady with lots of energy. She loves to go for walks and also lying on cuddly things. When she comes by one of the Startnext offices in Dresden and Berlin, it instantly lifts the mood and she spreads joy in the room.

Rosalie Mesgarha
Working student Social Media

Rosalie is cheerful, empathetic and a passionate hobby cook. She studies cultural work in Potsdam and is currently working on Instagram content together with Caro. With a lot of ingenuity, Rosalie finds a creative solution for every challenge.

Christine Moder
Scrum Master & OKR Manager

Christine is responsible for ensuring that various interests come together in a cooperative and targeted manner at Startnext. She is a business graduate, loves her family and is involved on a voluntary basis in her spare time.

Christian Bläul
Backend Developer

Christian brings a lot of experience to further develop the technical applications for Startnext. He's actually a physicist. Hence his preference for small experiments in everyday life. Christian works at Startnext because he sees his life being put to good use here.

Cheyenne Lindemann
Business Intelligence Analyst

Chey came to the world of social entrepreneurship through the On Purpose program. With us, she transforms data into information and creates new knowledge from it.

Hans Mündelein
Chief Information Officer

After excursions into semiconductor research and automotive industry, Hans finally arrived at Startnext to take care of the IT infrastructure. He studied Electrical Engineering and Physics and has still a passion for thinking through abstract systems, and he enjoys it when all IT cogs are well oiled to allow all starters a frictionless start.

Alisha Umrath
Crowd Agent

Alisha studied American Studies and History. In addition, she is a trained yoga teacher and bodywork practitioner. She finds her balance in nature, cooking and being creative. Alisha loves people - their stories and ideas. Social responsibility, especially towards marginalized groups and the earth are close to her heart.

Alexander Katzmann
Crowd Agent

Alex has been a Best Boy on film sets and a lighting technician at the theater, dropping out of six majors to go on to study social and business communications. After his Master's, Alex started two crowdfunding projects and now works for us as a crowd agent.

Elisa Palacios
Crowd Agent

What Elisa loves about working at Startnext is getting to know new and nice projects and people. Elisa has been living and studying in Leipzig for almost 2 years, before that she was in her home country Nicaragua. When she's not advising starters at Startnext, Elisa can probably be found at the lake with friends, swimming and standup paddling.

Joy Lange
Crowd Agent

Joy is a newly qualified crowd agent since 2021 and can therefore be found in project consulting and in the Startnext Academy. In her free time she likes to pursue creative projects like music, macramé or jewelry making. Because of her personal context, as a queer Afro-German woman, she is passionate about topics around Black Culture, Womanism, LGBTQIA+.

Karl Johann Schubert
Site Reliability Engineer

After several startup projects, Kajo found his way to Startnext. He gained experience as an administrator in his school days and subsequently studied business informatics. At the same time, he became involved in the development of responsible managers. Now he hunts well-hidden bugs and wants to stay one step ahead of the adversities of a networked world.

Lukas Karsten
Site Reliability Engineer

Lukas strengthens our team from the "far north". Previously working in software development, he has fallen in love for the operations part of IT and so he ensures that our infrastructure runs smoothly. Lukas is also part of the voluntary association Kune e.V. which supports people in need.

Pengyun Ji
UX / UI Designer

Pengyun studied sociology and communication science in Jena. From his interest in communication psychology he developed his passion for user experience design and now takes care of UX design at Startnext.

Tina Oldenburg
Assistant Payment & Accounting

Tina supports the payment and accounting departments. She studied business math and viticulture and then worked as a data analyst and traveling winemaker in various countries around the world. Besides Startnext, she supports two friends in building up their packaging-free wine company and manages the vines in Kreuzberg on a voluntary basis.

Janina Czernitzki
Working student Community Team

Janina came to Berlin from the Ruhr area to complete the practical phase of her sustainable development studies with us. She actively supports our community team and organizes events to encourage more people to turn their ideas into reality.

David Warmbold
Academy Showmaster 

The Startnext platform has a lot to offer, but can also be overwhelming. That's why David entertainingly imparts everything worth knowing as well as tips and tricks for crowdfunding in the Acamdey. As a multimedia mediator, he uses his skills to prepare the starters in the best possible way for their project launch.

Thekla Wilkening
Communication Strategy

Thekla has experienced it herself: crowdfunding can change lives! In 2014, she founded Kleiderei and was successful with it on Startnext. Since then, she has been committed to sustainable startups because she is convinced that they bring the necessary impetus to shape the world in a positive way. At Startnext, she is responsible for the communication strategy.

Mils Gan
Communication Design

Mils is the communication designer at Startnext. She comes from Malaysia and has been living in Germany for two years. She used to work as an art director for different fashion magazines. At Startnext, she is responsible for everything related to design and creativity. In her free time she likes to watch horror movies or thrillers.

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