Our former speakers

Norbert Hermann

Norbert has been dealing with uncertainties to create enabling environments, in Berlin, in Johannesburg and elsewhere. Since 2017 Norbert has been handling startup-affairs at Berlin Government, Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises. He is keen on better understanding and supporting the ecosystem. Before, he worked with Berlin Institute of Technology, Centre for Entrepreneurship, eBay, Technology Foundation Berlin, and many more. Norbert Herrmann provides one view on the Berlin Startup Ecosystem, deriving from his work at the senate administration.

Anne Kjær Bathel

Anne Kjær Bathel (former Riechert) is CEO and co-founder ReDI School of Digital Integration. She is a 2006 graduate from KaosPilot in Denmark, a hybrid of a busines and a design school. From 2006-2009, she worked as a corporate social responsibility consultant. In that capacity, she developed and implemented Samsung Electronics’ award-winning corporate social responsibility strategy for Scandinavia. In 2015, in response to the refugee crisis, Anne co-founded ReDI School of Digital Integration, a vocational training program teaching programming and tech skills to asylum seekers. As the CEO Anne is convinced that technology can break down barriers and bring people together to build new solutions to old problems. The idea of ReDI was sparked by the insight that amongst the refugee population there are incredible talents eager to learn and eager to contribute, who could help fill the 84.000 open IT jobs in Germany (*Bitkom 2020).

Julien Noel

Julien Noël is working by Berlin Partner since 2020. After supporting Photonics Companies to come to Berlin, he now works for the Healtchcare Cluster, supporting companies in the field of MedTech | Healthcare | Digital Health. Julien has grown up in France and has a background in Biology, physics & Chemistry. He has also studied Business and Finance Controlling and he started working in Germany. Julien has gathered experience in Business Development through different companies and culture (French, US, Japanese and now German...); from opening a Sales Office in Berlin to establishing new partnerships and cooperation. Through this last experience, he has discovered his passion for Innovation. Julien is highly experienced in Supports and Business Development Coaching.

Melina Hanisch

Melina Hanisch is Start-up Coordinator at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) in Berlin. She helps founders and start-ups to identify the right funding and financing options for their project.

Bastian Behrmann

Bastian is very familiar with the Berlin startup ecosystem and regularly organizes a wide variety of startup events and community meetups. Currently, he is coach at the Beuth Startup Hub and is responsible for the Exist and BSS grants. He coaches and guides the startups while on the program as well as getting them connected to important founders and investors in the local startup ecosystem. Over the last 2 years, he helped developing several workshops and programs for entrepreneurs and early-stage startups. He was coaching over 50 international founders and held several workshops about the Berlin ecosystem, how to network, international leadership, and how to raise funding.

Leonie Moos

Leonie Moos is Head of Program at Grace - Accelerate Female Entrepreneurship in Berlin. Prior to joining Grace she worked for a fintech company builder, for startups in the e-commerce sector and a venture capital firm in Berlin. In addition to her extensive startup and investment experience she worked at global companies such as Vodafone, before that she began her career at the German Foreign Office. With this international and broad industry knowledge she is now dedicated to build a digital, gender diverse and entrepreneurial future.

Anna Schnekker

Anna Schnekker is a Berlin based Moderator and Communications Trainer. She is partner manager within the Businessplan- Wettbewerb Berlin-Brandenburg BPW , Germany's largest regional founders initiative and supports founders with pitch trainings and as a member of several juries within Berlin's Startup Ecosystem. As an independent trainer, consultant and moderator, she supports executives and teams in achieving effective output through effective communication.

Georg Berssenbrügge

Georg Berssenbrügge is tax consultant with over 15 years of experience. He is the Managing Director of Goessler + Partner GmbH www.goessler-partner.de, also Managing Director of InterGest Germany www.intergest.de

Joanna Czarnecka

Joanna Czarnecka – co-founder and CEO of Zixio GmbH that develops cognitive solutions for companies and institutions. Before founding Zixio, Joanna managed international projects with the focus on reconciliation, dialogue and diversity. She was a board member of IFDE e.V. and led an innovation project "Mablo" in cooperation with Beuth Hochschule in Berlin.

Alexander Ohrt

Alexander Ohrt worked as a journalist in Kiel and New York City, before he joined the Foundation Louisenlund as a coordinator for Public Relations. Later, he royally messed up his first entrepreneurial idea fraguru, but did much better as a co-founder of the Waterkant Festival in Kiel as well as opencampus.sh - both of which are up and running beautifully. He's connecting curious people, who are setting out to shape and found their own path.

Kerstin Rottenfusser

Kerstin originally comes from Bavaria and worked there as an office assistant. However, she quickly found out that her heart beat for the topic of marketing and media. That's why she studied public relations and corporate communications at Kiel University of Applied Sciences and has since been working at Kiwi - Kieler Wirtschaftsförderung and KielRegion. This year she is responsible for the public relations of the GründerCup, a competition for people interested in founding a company and people with ideas. You can find more information at: www.gruendercup.de

Tim Grossmann

Tim Grossmann is the founder of Explo, the smartly guiding the next generation of travellers through creator driven video highlights. He originally is from the countryside of south Germany and has two Bachelor Degrees in Art and Informatics. Before becoming a founder, he has worked in California and Singapore as a Developer and built open-source projects on the side. InstaPy, a globally used Instagram Bot, is his most popular side project. Since Mai 2021 he’s been fully involved with his Start-Up and the life as a founder here in Germany.

Susann Dreßler

Susann Dreßler is banker and economic geographer with over 20 years of experience. She is team leader of IB.SH Förderlotsen at Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein, the promotional bank of Schleswig-Holstein. She provides advice on public funding and financing for startups and enterprises. www.ib-sh.de

Prashant Tripathi

Prashant has been involved with the dairy upstream business beginning from farm economics through dairy processing technology. He builds on his passion for the farm and seeks to build economic value for every participant involved in the value chain. Prashant has grown into specializing in Client and Market Development. Having worked with clients on all continents, Prashant guides product development and cultivates client relationships.

Maneet Kaur

Maneet is the founder of Kaurs UG and is super passionate about understanding food systems. Cooperating with local farmers and cooperative, she is working on offering products for consumers looking for naturally occurring nutrition. Maneet strives to make Kaurs the pioneer Indian food brand in Germany. She envisages creating a portfolio of Indian and Asian cuisine products while staying committed to local sourcing and the use of clean energy for manufacturing.

Alexandra Grafwallner

Alex works at Berlin Partner - Berlin's business development agency. In her job, she supports founders, startups as well as SMEs and established companies in their search and application for public funding. She has always been particularly passionate about startup funding and shaping founder-friendly ecosystems. It is especially important to her to encourage and support underrepresented entrepreneurs to build their businesses successfully.

Niclas Apitz

Niclas is responsible for the project management at the GATEWAY49 Accelerator and serves as a coach and sparring partner for our startup teams. Niclas supports our teams in the development of innovative business models and is responsible for the international relations. As a co-founder, Niclas has already been involved in numerous start-ups and spin-offs and is happy to share his experience with motivated founders.

Ben Wilkening

Ben Wilkening is Venture Partner and Program Manager of the Earlybird Vision Lab. He is a senior executive with over 25 years experience in venture capital, private equity, strategy consulting and startup acceleration. Ben has held positions as Managing Director/Senior Partner in international VC/PE funds and also is a McKinsey alumnus.

Anna Borodenko

Anna have been working at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for about a year as a business consultant in Berlin, especially advising citizens from non-EU countries. The topics on which she advise are the legal form of the company, company registration process, the differences between craft skills, trade activity and freelancers, visa application process for the self-employment and starting a side business.

Julia Gunnoltz

Julia works at the interface of startups and public administration at the Berlin Senate. She is keen to bring both worlds together to support a flourishing Berlin startup ecosystem. With a background in business and education, Julia is passionate about exploring how ecosystem stakeholders can learn from and empower each other. Currently, she is taking up this topic in her Ph.D thesis at University of Potsdam (HPI - Faculty of IT entrepreneurship) about peer learning of entrepreneurs in startup incubation.