Denis Bartelt CEO & 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 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.

Friederike Klasen Cooperation Manager
Friederike develops new ideas and concepts for our cooperation partners to increase the success of the crowdfunding starters. After her studies in communication and language she worked at the food startup Kochhaus in Berlin for three years.  
Markus Streichardt Cooperation Manager

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.

Lukas Haas Social Media Manager 
After working as a consultant in an agency, Lukas has come to Startnext to bring your ideas into the world and tell your stories. He studied politics and social sciences. 
Wiebke Herger Communication & Events
Wiebke takes care of our external communication through campaigns and events. Prior to Startnext she worked in the agency world as a concept developer and project manager. She studied Cultural Studies, English Literature and German as a Foreign Language.  
Franziska Weber
Franziska Weber Communication
Franziska is responsible for the editorial department at Startnext. She studied media technology and previously worked in marketing at ProSiebenSat.1 and a large regional newspaper. In winter, Franziska is passionate about skiing.
Lisa Rudolph Project Advisor & Payment
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.
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!

Charlott Roth Project Advisor
Charlott works as a project advisor and assists our starters with the implementation of their projects.  
She studied Nonprofit Management and worked for nebenan.de and Doctors Without Borders.
Marie Seiler Project Advisor
Marie supports our starters in getting their projects off to a successful start. She studied International Development in Vienna. Before joining Startnext, she worked at WeWork in the Community Team and as an Impact Lead.
Matthias Pinkert
Matthias Pinkert User Experience Designer
Matthias started his apprenticeship as a carpenter at "Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau" near to Dresden. After that he studied product design with a focus on UX & UI. This was followed by founding his own startup with his own invention.
Christine Moder Scrum Masterin / OKR-Managerin
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.
Lilli Landmann Design Operator
Lilli is an interaction activist. She is an experienced project manager with a focus on creative production. Lillis special ability: She feels sense within complexity and leads the team to a successful solution.
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.    
Ben Richter
Ben Richter Frontend Developer
Ben designs the front end and ensures a modern presentation of the projects. He completed his bachelor's degree in media informatics at the University of Cooperative Education in Dresden. He was able to gain a lot of experience in the agency environment in order to get off to a full start at Startnext!
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.
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.
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.

Gunter Miegel Senior Site Reliability Engineer
Together with Benjamin Gunter keeps an eye on the operation of our platform Startnext. He keeps the platform on course and ensures that we always have enough power reserves in the engine room for the next rush of visitors on Startnext.
Jörg Jenke
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.
Shai Hoffmann Project Advisor (parental leave)

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.

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