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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 Finlane (former 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.

Jasmin Schreiber
Jasmin Schreiber Head of social media

Jasmin is the brain behind our social media channels, providing you with information about our most inspiring projects. Originally a biologist, she also works as a journalist and lives out her artistic streak with illustration, design and photography.

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 Ambassador Austria

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

Shai Hoffmann
Shai Hoffmann Project advising

Shai has successfully funded a number of crowdfunding projects on Startnext, i.a. the Karma Classics. At Startnext, he is responsible for the project advising and shares his knowledge in webinars, talks and workshop. He also studied business economics.

Melika Gewehr
Melika Gewehr Community management

Melika answers all questions form the community online and in the consultation hours. She studied political science in Hamburg and is now a documentary film student at filmArche in Berlin..

Chloé Schreiber
Chloé Schreiber High Piest of Datafiction

Leitung Snacks & Flausch

Als Head of Snacks steuert und analysiert Chloé das Essverhalten der Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter im Startnext-Büro. In der Regel ist sie vor Ort, manchmal arbeitet sie jedoch auch vom Homeoffice aus. Zudem obliegt ihr die Überwachung unserer Klingel und Haustür und deren Verteidigung vor Postboten.

About Startnext

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

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45,600,142 € funded by the crowd
5,152 successful projects
835.000 users


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