What we stand for

Companisto is one of the leading equity-based crowdfunding platforms in Europe. We give investors the opportunity to invest in highly promising growth companies and start-ups. Our mission is to provide only the highest of qualities. We deliberately choose quality over quantity and concentrate on a select choice of investment opportunities that are then presented on the Companisto website. We collaborate with a number of renowned Business Angels, corporate finance specialists and venture capital companies.

Our Values

Quality
Quality We believe that, in the long run, quality conquers all which is why we only approve certain investment opportunities for crowdfunding at Companisto.
Sustainability
Sustainability We think in the long-term - which is why we place a special focus on sustainability. Our success depends on the success of our investors.
Fairness
Fairness We unite investor interests with the interests of our start-ups. That is why our investment models are always fair and well-balanced.
Transparency
Transparency Trust is created through transparency. We provide investment opportunities that are transparent, comprehensible and that do not include any hidden costs.

Our Team

David Rhotert
David Rhotert
Managing Director

David Rhotert is the managing director of Companisto and specializes in consulting start-ups as an independent lawyer.

Already during his studies, he had founded "partycard," his first start-up, in 2001, which he managed together with Tamo Zwinge until they sold their shares in 2005. He knows the challenges and difficulties young company founders are faced with from his own experience. Crowdinvesting is meant to improve this situation.

David was born in Berlin and studied law at the Freie Universität Berlin. He was employed by the research and documentation service of the German Bundestag before he worked in the legal department of a major German company in Beijing for some time. During his work in two large international law firms, he also gained an in-depth knowledge in the domain of mergers & acquisitions.

He is a member of the "Kompetenzteam Mittelstand" (team of experts on small and medium enterprises) and of the committee for innovation, technology, and industry of the Berlin chamber of industry and commerce (IHK Berlin). Since 2011, he has been involved in the project "IchMachMichSelbständig.de" of the Berlin chamber of industry and commerce and has been supporting the Wirtschaftsjunioren (young entrepreneurs) Berlin. He is also a member of the Genshagener Kreis (Genshagen circle), an association established by the Einstein Foundation Berlin in order to improve communication between leaders from the areas of business, science, arts, and culture.

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Tamo Zwinge, LL.M. (Hons)
Tamo Zwinge, LL.M. (Hons)
Managing Director

Tamo Zwinge is the managing director of Companisto and worked as a lawyer in the large international law firm CMS Hasche Sigle in the areas of company law, corporate transactions, and private clients for several years. Because of his expertise, Tamo is specifically responsible for the legal structure of Companisto and the continuous optimization of the Companisto model in terms of follow-up financing by venture capital companies.

Together with David Rhotert, Tamo founded the Berlin start-up "partycard" in 2001 and served as its managing director until it was sold in 2005. Tamo studied law at the Freie Universität Berlin and completed his legal clerkship in Berlin and Pretoria, South Africa. Afterward, he received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in commercial law with the specializations of "International Company and Capital Markets Law," "Corporate Governance," and "International Sales and Finance" at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Tamo has published articles on different aspects of corporate governance in international journals, for instance in the U.S. and in the UK.

Tamo is frequently impressed by the large number of very good and innovative ideas in Germany. He envisions a crowdinvesting platform that will enable these ideas to be implemented in such a way that not just a few but many people –the Companists – will benefit from it.

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Cristian Irimia
Cristian Irimia
CTO

Cristian is a passionate and innovative programmer, who has been developing high-quality software systems for more than ten years. Whenever he designs frameworks, web infrastructure, relational databases, or other scalable data systems, he is in his element.

At Companisto, Cristian deals with the operation and development of the platform and ensures its consistent improvement.

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Lorenz Klein
Lorenz Klein
Online Marketing Manager

As the junior marketing manager at Companisto, Lorenz is in charge of marketing activities.

After completing his apprenticeship as an industrial management assistant, he studied business economics with a special focus on sports management and sports marketing at the HS Heilbronn. During his studies, he also dabbled in social media marketing and online marketing. After his studies, Lorenz, who is a passionate athlete, worked in an international fashion company's project team for the online and social media segments, where he increased his knowledge of online marketing and social media.

Lorenz now contributes this experience to Companisto, where he helps develop both online and offline marketing.

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Roland Panter
Roland Panter
Head of Content

A passion for communication and topics of the future led Roland to Companisto. As Head of Communications, he is responsible for the company’s internal and external communication. The topics of business establishment and development are consistent companions of his career. He participated in two IPOs as a creative. As an independent communications consultant, he assisted regional and international business development and business promotion. Most recently, he was employed as Chief Communications Officer in a high-tech startup in the Forbidden City (editor's note: from the point of view of a Hanoverian this is Braunschweig).

Beyond that, the family man writes books on social media and new work, is active politically, is involved in various associations, and is a member of the CEBIT’s board of trustees. The active networker visits many events, conferences, and trade fairs and is always on the lookout for fresh impulses for communication and corporate culture. 

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Robert Kunz
Robert Kunz
Head of Investment

Robert Uhlich studied business administration at the University of Potsdam with a special focus on start-up and innovation management, financing / banks, and controlling. The portfolio manager at Companisto, he is responsible for start-up controlling, deal flow, and partnerships.

Prior to joining Companisto, he served as an advisor to University of Potsdam spin-offs and supported these companies in business model development and financial matters during the early company stage. Afterward, Robert founded his own spin-off company. This company, which rewarded people for increased exercise through an automatic tracking app, helped Robert gain experience of developing a tech start-up.

Ever since his final thesis in 2011, he has been dealing with equity crowdfunding. In his thesis, Robert analyzed whether crowdfunding may serve as an alternative in the early-stage financing of innovative growth companies.

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Nicolas Wendlandt
Nicolas Wendlandt
Head of Design

Nicolas Wendlandt heads the design unit at Companisto. Together with his colleague, he designs almost all advertising material for Companisto: website, banners, posters, pictures for newsletters, etc. He also designs the numerous images for the financing campaigns of the individual startups.

Shortly after completing his studies in Media Culture of Film, Nicolas switched to graphic design. After several years working as a graphic designer and frontend developer in the Rhineland, he moved to Berlin where he managed the graphic design department of the Deutsche Bahn’s coach company, Berlin Linien Bus.

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Christos Pazaras
Christos Pazaras
Web Developer

Christos is a passionate web developer who has been developing professional websites and complex web applications for the past six years. It is his principle to write clean, easily maintainable and extendable code, and to create applications that elegantly blend security and functionality with attractive design and usability.

Together with Cristian, Christos contributes to the platform's maintenance, functionality, and extension and keeps it up-to-date with the latest trends and requirements.

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Benjamin Link
Benjamin Link
Online Marketing Manager / Projektmanager

Benjamin is responsible for search engine optimization of Companisto's on and off-page content. As a certified project manager, he is also responsible for the development of innovative projects in the Companisto environment.

Benjamin studied Media Studies, Business Administration, and Marketing. While still in his studies, he started his own business in the field of online marketing. He optimized websites, designed content aspects, and designed content strategies for growth companies. Before joining Companisto, Benjamin worked for one of Germany's largest media groups. He utilizes his expertise, combined with his passion for online media, venture capital, and start-ups, to develop Companisto further.

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Robert Wegner
Robert Wegner
Senior Portfolio Manager

As Companisto's Senior Portfolio Manager, Robert is in charge of the content of our website. Therefore, he is an important link between team members, Companists, and companies.

Ever since his commercial apprenticeship at business development agency Berlin Partner, Robert has been interested in the Berlin start-up scene and has already gained some experience in this scene. After the apprenticeship, he worked for both major companies and SMEs, which is why he has considerable expertise in the areas of marketing, process management, and project management. During that period, he also completed a part-time certification program as Bachelor Professional of Business at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin.

Robert is enthusiastic about the opportunities available in Berlin and loves the city's liveliness. He considers the start-up scene's fast-paced nature both an opportunity and a challenge. Finally, he is also interested in digital marketing, social media, and – most importantly – Berlin.

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Alexander Mroncz-Iamandi
Alexander Mroncz-Iamandi
Process Manager

As process manager, Alex is in direct communication with the startups, responsible for calculating and executing individual payouts to the companions. In addition, he also works with our Investor Relations team to support investor satisfaction by responding to individual investor inquiries.

Alex deepened his natural affinity for numbers in his studies of Economics & Business Economics with a focus on Finance at Maastricht University.  The cultural exchange during his time abroad in Tucson, USA, and London, England, aroused his interest in diversity integration. After graduation, Alex worked as a sales assistant at realBest, he worked as a trainee at WhiteWall through SEA marketing, and as a career changer gained positive experiences in the service sector as a receptionist/night auditor at the Accor Hotel Group.

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Carla Mary Da Silva
Carla Mary Da Silva
Graphic Designer

Carla is a young and lively graphic designer with a passion for design, photography, and art. Her four years of experience in visual communication help her create custom designs for each startup campaign. She also designs all other marketing and event materials for Companisto.

Carla owes her lively and creative style to her South African background. She graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a degree in Visual Communication. During her studies, she became self-employed and worked for numerous clients from various industries, mainly the music industry in Johannesburg. In 2016, she moved to Berlin to further her professional and artistic development. She wanted to be a part of this dynamic and international city where inspiration can be found on every street corner.

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André Jasch
André Jasch
Finanzredakteur

How does our economy actually work? What is important when investing? And what is so special about equity crowdfunding? André brings all these and other topics closer to the Companists as an editor and as part of the content team via the Investor Academy and the blog.

André studied International Business (B.A.) at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) in Berlin and Cognitive Science (B.Sc.) at the University of Osnabrück. After a stay abroad in Cape Town, he first worked as a project manager at various startups in the field of e-learning. He then worked as an online editor and freelance journalist. His focus was on economics, politics, and technology.

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Simon Krebs
Simon Krebs
Affiliate Marketing Manager

Simon is responsible for Partner Management at Companisto. He supervises and develops the partner program and is your contact person for all matters.

After studying Applied Media Management at HS Fresenius in Cologne and HS Mittweida, he completed his traineeship at an online marketing agency in Cologne. Afterward, he decided to move to Berlin. There, Simon worked for companies in the finance industry.

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Mario Böhl
Mario Böhl
Dialog Marketing Manager

As Dialog Marketing Manager, Mario’s daily tasks at Companisto deal with everything that has to be expressed in short, concise sentences. Some of his social media mail, weekly newsletters or posted mail has surely caught your attention already.

Mario has been pursuing his strong penchant for pointed linguistic expression and conceptualization for more than 20 years now. After studying Communication Science and Philosophy, he moved to the agency sector, to the e-commerce startup scene, to the marketing department of a well-established software company and now to Companisto. By the way, his best friend at work is the dictionary.

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Nicky Hughes
Nicky Hughes
Portfolio Manager

Nicky Hughes manages the startups financed by Companisto together with Robert Wegner as Portfolio Manager. He supervises the startups during the financing round in all questions of communication, coordinates the updates with you and is also the important interface between Companists and companies after the campaign.

Interested in learning about new cultures and working methods, Nicky was drawn to South East Asia, the Middle East, and now to Berlin's startup scene during his academic and professional career. He brings his enthusiasm for finance and his experience in startup, e-commerce, and retailer marketing to Companisto.

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Alexander Haja
Alexander Haja
Office & HR Team Leader

Alex Haja plays the role of Office & HR Team Leader at Companisto. He and his team ensures that invoices are paid on time, that all necessary repairs are carried out in the office, and that well-chilled watermelons are always available in the middle of summer. He ensures the satisfaction of all employees and a harmonious working environment. In short: Alex is something like the good spirit of Companisto.

The certified project management expert (IPMA) hails from the far north – which is certainly the reason for his calm disposition, his level-headedness and definitely his "Moin!", or, if he’s in a talkative mood "Moin Moin!” Alex draws on the expertise of a certified communications coach and management assistant in dialogue marketing.

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Cihan Karaboga
Cihan Karaboga
Campaign Manager

As Companisto's campaign manager, Cihan is responsible for successfully implementing equity-based crowdfunding campaigns on Companisto. He advises start-ups from the planning phase to the launch of their campaigns and always has the investors' interests in mind. Cihan also ensures the smooth coordination between the creative and content management teams prior to the start of campaigns.

Cihan is a trained marketing and communication specialists and studied business administration at Berlin's University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics. He's a digital native and has gained experience at many different agencies in the area of website, mobile, and e-mail marketing. Throughout these positions, Cihan also worked in finance and content management departments. What's more, he has many years of experience in customer service as well as in coordinating internal teams as a project manager.

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Deborah Dunkel
Deborah Dunkel
Translator

The big wide world beckoned to the Berlin native after completing her secondary education. Thus, she moved to Los Angeles, USA to study Intercultural Communication and Art History, and gained further experience in China, Nicaragua, and Uganda during her studies. Through her stays abroad, various internships, and volunteer work, she developed an interest in organizational behavior and conflict management and has made it her goal to contribute to the improvement of communication between groups of people in order to strive toward sustainable solutions.

With her degree in her pocket, Deborah returned to Berlin, where she is now responsible for translations at Companisto to ensure smooth partnership and communication with our international Companists.

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Klaas Knabe
Klaas Knabe
Customer Relations Manager

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Tibor Köppert
Tibor Köppert
Investment Trainee

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Maxim Wolotschij
Maxim Wolotschij
Investment Manager

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Daniel Salfert
Daniel Salfert
Junior Investment Manager

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Manuela Simón Padrós
Manuela Simón Padrós
Junior Grafikdesignerin

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Katharina Mieritz
Katharina Mieritz
Junior Office Managerin

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Alexander Wagner
Alexander Wagner
E-Mail Marketing Manager

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Morgane Klein
Morgane Klein
Investment Managerin

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Sascha Jung
Sascha Jung
Investor Relations Manager

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Famous Investors in Our Start-ups

Many of the start-ups on Companisto have received investments from experienced investors and Business Angels as well as from Companists. Here is a small selection of these investors and their investments:

Jan Henric Buettner AOL Europe, BV Capital, e.Ventures, Weissenhaus, BiteBox
Lukasz Gadowski Team Europe, Brands4Friends, Lieferheld, HitFox, Wunschbrautkleid
Paulus Neef Pixelpark, Mr. Spex, Sponsorpay, Meine-Spielzeugkiste
Julia Derndinger Entrepreneurs Association, imedo, Meine-Spielzeugkiste
Martin Sinner Idealo, Researchgate, Scarosso, doxter
Christoph Gerlinger Delivery Hero, Fab.com, rebuy, Zapitano, Meine-Spielzeugkiste
Fabian Hansmann Founders Link, MisterSpex, Steganos, swabr
Christian Vollmann MyVideo, eDarling, MySportBrands, AdScale, Sommelier Privé
Burckhard Bonello Novedia, MyBet.com, Returbo, Smeet, Wunschbrautkleid
Günter Faltin Teekampagne, ePortrait
Christian Gaiser kaufDA, Wunschbrautkleid
Gerrit Schumann simfy, Music Networx, element 5, Readfy
Matthias Storch foerderland, apomio, conceptboard, codingpeople, SponsoRun
Sven Lubek Covus, Browsergames, Freemium, OnlineVersicherung, nichtraucher
Christopher Münchhoff DealPilot.com, SponsoRun
Markus Malti Covus, Browsergames, Freemium, OnlineVersicherung, nichtraucher
Dominic Rubas Assembly, Memoir, Moonfrye, Shyp, Sommelier Privé
Rafael Otero Payleven, Payment Company, 1&1 Internet, Sommelier Privé
Dirk Stader Media Ventures, Zapitano
Daniel Offermann Team Europe, DS Digitale Seiten, Sommelier Privé
Florian Holzapfel Q-Cells, Kronos-Solar, Schnuff & Co
Florian Schindler BBDO, movinary
Wolfgang Schuhmann Deutsche Bank Research, Gebser & Partner, SponsoRun
Guido Bolten BoBrands, Zapitano
Christian Angele imedo, Meine-Spielzeugkiste

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