Denis Bartelt CEO & Founder

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

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 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.

Shai Hoffmann Project Advisor

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.

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 for an energy company in her hometown of 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 ensures that our payment process runs smoothly. Because she has a thing for numbers, she additionally studies business administration. In her free time she likes sports and you can find her either at marathons or other sporting events during the weekends!
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 his career at Startnext he studied media informatics in Dresden.

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 Head of story

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.

Jana Meyer Online communication

Jana is our student assistance in all online communication matters and feeds our social media with news about projects and events. She's also on the look-out for a topic for her bachelor thesis in technical journalism and PR.

Markus Streichardt Cooperations

Markus takes care of the project support and realization of our cooperations. Before joining Startnext, Markus has worked at Suhrkamp Verlag. He studied Culture and Technology, as well as Publishing Studies.

Chloé Schreiber Head of snacks & fluff

As head of snacks, Chloe is responsible for the analysis and control of all eating activities in the team. She is furthermore in charge of the surveillance of our doorbell and its defense against the mail carrier.

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

57,879,028 € funded by the crowd
6,415 successful projects
900.000 users


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