Behind every startup stands an innovative idea. But that’s only half the truth. We as the German Startups Association know there are plenty of people behind every startup to make a vision successful. To honor YOU, the fighters and people of action, visionaries and unconventional thinkers, supporters and companions who shape the German startup ecosystem, the German Startup Awards will be handed to outstanding personalities.

Nomination phase:

Starts the 1st of September 2020 and ends the 31st of October 2020.

#GSA21 Go Digital:

4-6 May 2021

Jessica Holzbach
Co-Founder & CCO - Penta

Jenny von Podewils
Co-Founder & Co-CEO - Leapsome

Gloria Seibert
Founder & CEO - Temedica

Daniel Bock
Founder & CEO - Morpheus Space

Finn Age Hänsel
Founder & MD - Sanity Group & Berliner Berg

Benjamin Roth
Co-Founder & CEO - Urban Sports Club

Victoria Dietrich
Co-Founder & CEO - Emmora

Emily Jordan
Co-Founder & COO -

Nina Patrick
Co-Founder & CEO - MiProbes

Julian Angern
Co-Founder & MD - Sympatient

Christian Hülsewig
Founder & CEO - Schüttflix

Andreas Weinzierl
Founder & CEO - SUSHI Bikes

Aline Vedder
Investment Manager - Ananda Impact Ventures

Zoé Fabian
Managing Director - Eurazeo Growth

Juliane Hahn
Founding Partner & MD - Signature Ventures

Robert Lacher
Founding Partner - Visionaries Club

Herbert Mangesius
Managing Partner - Vsquared Ventures

Hendrik Brandis
Co-Founder & Partner - Earlybird

Marcella Hansch
Founder & CEO - everwave

Henrike Schlottmann
Co-Founder & Co-MD - ProjectTogether

Christina Lang
Co-Founder & CEO - DigitalService4Germany

Julius de Gruyter
Co-Founder & MD -

Steffen Zoller
Founder & MD - DCI & Care With Care

Simon Köhl
Founder & CEO - Serlo Education

Lukasz Gadowski



Constanze Buchheim

Johannes Reck

Prof. Dr. Günther Bachmann

Janna Linke
TV editor & reporter, ntv


Gloria Bäuerlein
Chief Operating Officer, Back

David Hanf
CFO Thermondo

Gesa Miczaika
Partner Auxxo Beteiligungen

Uwe Horstmann
General Partner Project A Ventures

Stephanie Kaiser
Founder and CEO Heartbeat Labs

Philipp Kreibohm
Founder home24 and Investor at SB21

Elisabeth Löwenbourg-Brzezinski

Felix Jahn
CEO und Gründer McMakler

Anne Kjær Bathel
Co-Founder und Geschäftsführerin ReDI School of Digital Integration

Tim Schumacher
Gründer und Investor TS Ventures

Ina Remmers
Mitbegründerin & Geschäftsführerin

Dr. Kati Ernst
Co-Founder & Co-CEO ooia

Christian Piechnick
CEO & Co-Founder Wandelbots

Christian Kroll
Founder & CEO Ecosia

Daria Saharova
Partner Vito ONE, Founder 1E9 Denkfabrik

Ferry Heilemann
Founder FreightHub

Iris Bethge-Krauß
Executive Managing Director, Association of German Public Banks (VÖB)

Christian Hassel
Divisional Board Member, Commerzbank AG

Florian Nöll
Head of Innovation & Corporate Development, pwc

Marcus Lemli
CEO Germany und Head of Investment Europe bei Savills


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Catharina Fichelmann /// Project Lead

Christoph Stresing /// CEO Politics & Communications

Franziska Teubert ///CEO Partner Management

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As the representative and voice of startups in Germany, the German Startups Association speaks up for a founder-friendly Germany and works towards a flourishing German startup ecosystem. The association represents more than 1.000 members.