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Companisto is the investment platform for startups and growth companies. Business angels and investors participate in groundbreaking innovations, promising companies, and ideas that write history through venture capital. As a fintech company, we stand for lean processes, specialized knowledge, and efficient solutions. We are the driver of innovation in the field of professional online corporate finance. In a diverse society, we assume responsibility for the founding culture in Germany and Europe.

Pioneering Spirit

Pioneering spirit as we understand it is the uncompromising urge and determination to explore new paths to success. Pioneers take risks. Not everyone achieves their goal. But those who succeed have the potential to create great things.

Pioneering spirit develops in outstanding teams and through special personalities. Promising business ideas arise from creativity, assertiveness, and initiative. The ability to turn these ideas into product or process innovations makes it possible to open up new markets. This is the cornerstone for the successful companies of tomorrow.

Companisto is the partner of pioneers.

Our Team

Tamo Zwinge, LL.M. (Hons)
Tamo Zwinge, LL.M. (Hons)
Founding Partner
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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David Rhotert
David Rhotert
Founding Partner
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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Cristian Irimia
Cristian Irimia
Partner
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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Christoph Schweizer
Christoph Schweizer
Partner
Head of Investment

Christoph Schweizer has been involved in venture capital and business angel financing for over 20 years, including as a former partner at btov Partners, a leading European venture capital provider for entrepreneurial private investors.

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Dr. Stephan Beyer
Dr. Stephan Beyer
Venture Partner

Dr. Stephan Beyer combines many years of experience in the areas of finance, sales and technology. Today he works as a serial entrepreneur and founder in the area of innovation and digital manufacturing. He has realized ten exits, including Aupeo!, Ableton, NandaTech, Inubit, all of which are from the B2B, software, deep tech and medtech sectors and are now part of corporations such as Bosch, Siemens, Panasonic.

Today, he supports leading tech companies as trusted advisor for the C-Suite and acts as an advisor for fast-growing companies. An entrepreneur at heart, in his last role in 2014 he was among the founders of BigRep and a driving force behind the strategic development and global expansion of the company. As an engineer, Stephan holds a PhD in Finance from the Technical University of Berlin.

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Carsten Brandt
Carsten Brandt
Venture Partner

Carsten Brandt brings with him more than 20 years of experience in various industries and consulting. This is coupled with his international expertise, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2008, he founded PMsquare, an IT consulting company in Sydney, Australia and expanded it together with his team in Asia, with offices in Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Germany, Sri Lanka and a partnership in the USA. 

After PMsquare's Asia-Pacific units merged with Cornerstone Performance Management in 2016, Carsten started business angel investing in various geographies and industries. In 2019 Carsten returned to Germany. In addition to the management of PMsquare GmbH, the German unit of his company, he also focused more on the D-A-CH area with his start-up support.

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Wolfgang Schmidt
Wolfgang Schmidt
Venture Partner

Wolfgang Schmidt possesses more than 30 years of experience in IT for various industries. After building up new business areas in the energy and IT industry, he founded X-INTEGRATE Software & Consulting GmbH in 2007, which supports medium-sized and large companies in the digitalization of business processes and automation of decision-making processes.

In 2010 Wolfgang Schmidt was one of the initiators and co-founders of Cloud Ecosystem e.V. - the community of the digital economy, with the goal of accelerating the spread of innovative digital business solutions in and with the cloud. As a networker, Wolfgang supports the promotion of start-ups and invests in different territories and industries. His equity portfolio contains a double-digit number of larger investments.

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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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Alexander Haja
Alexander Haja
Head of HR & Office Management

Alexander Haja is Head of HR and Office Management at Companisto. He and his team take care of all aspects of human relations and office management. 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) comes from the Far North - which is certainly the reason for his calm mind, his level-headed nature and definitely his "Moin Moin!", or "Moin Moin! Alex has a proven communication coach and businessman for dialogue marketing.

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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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Robert Wegner
Robert Wegner
Team Lead Investor Relations

As Team Lead Portfolio, Robert Wegner is responsible for managing our portfolio. In close coordination with the investment team, the development of the portfolio companies is regularly analysed and appropriate measures taken. With his in-depth knowledge of the portfolio companies, he is thus the important interface between the investors, the portfolio companies and Companisto.

For more than 10 years, he has accompanied the start-up scene and gained a lot of experience. His experience includes positions at the Berlin Economic Development Agency - Berlin Partner -, the Digital Association BITKOM and a leading global law firm, where he deepened his great expertise in the areas of communication, financing, process and project management.

At Companisto he is engaged in knowledge transfer and regularly organizes Tech Talks. He is interested in the fields of artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies, Internet of Things and FinTechs.

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Nicky Hughes
Nicky Hughes
Investment Manager

Nicky is an investment manager and part of the deal flow team. He is responsible for the acquisition and analysis of deals and structures the financing rounds on Companisto. Besides his academic education in finance, he has a personal interest in the world of venture capital investing. He is particularly motivated to enable the implementation of innovative business ideas with a lasting impact. 

He studied economic sciences (finance) at the University of Hohenheim and gained experience in international trade and finance at the locations Dubai, Bangkok and Denpasar. 

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Alexandra Antoniu
Alexandra Antoniu
Office Manager

Alexandra is the office manager of our department. Her role is to ensure a good working environment, to schedule meetings and appointments, organize the office layout, maintain the office condition and arrange necessary repairs, organize office operations and procedures, and to provide general support to visitors.

Very dynamic and creative, Alexandra succeeds in making everybody smile.

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Victor Popescu
Victor Popescu
Designer

Victor is the web designer and the artist of our team. He is a very creative and determined person who combines his talent and his experience in order to succeed in creating good UI and UX designs.

He is a highly experienced web designer with a background of more than 8 years in a variety of exciting projects.

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Bogdan Schimbischi
Bogdan Schimbischi
Programmer

Bogdan is our ambitious problem solver with more than ten years of experience in website development, database management, and software testing. Dedicated to his work, Bogdan is an active contributor in the open source scene and a dynamic member of the PHP community.

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Vlad Ionescu
Vlad Ionescu
Programmer

 Vlad is a PHP programmer with more than seven years of experience in developing complex applications. His job in the team is to ensure that development is aligned with new technologies and software design patterns. Always open-minded and creative, Vlad plays an important role in the team.

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Maricel Toma
Maricel Toma
Programmer

Maricel has more than 10 years of experience in IT, specifically in server management and optimization. This expertise enables him to find creative solutions for complicated and subtle coding issues. Database management helps him to improve and streamline data storage and establish new security protocols.

His calm personality and analytical thinking allow him to overcome all the challenges.

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Dirk Wollschläger
Dirk Wollschläger
Senior Investor Relations Manager

Dirk Wollschläger has worked many years for a large bank in customer service, most recently several years in the business customer sector.
His tasks included the complete support and fulfillment of the manifold orders and wishes of his customers.

He then moved to a FinTech company, where he worked for several years in dealer and customer service.


With his acquired skills and experience at several agencies in the field of customer service, he brings along the appropriate biography for his work as Investor Relations Manager and, together with his colleague Katharina Mieritz, coordinates the handling of the financing rounds.

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Nicolaus von Schlieffen
Nicolaus von Schlieffen
Investment Manager

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Famous Investors in Our Startups

Many of the startups 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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