Investing in innovation together

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)
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
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
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
Head of Marketing

As Head of Marketing, Lorenz is responsible for all marketing activities at Companisto.

After completing an apprenticeship as an industrial clerk, Lorenz decided to study business administration with a focus on sports management and marketing. During his studies, he already worked in marketing in various companies and thus gained comprehensive marketing expertise. After his studies, Lorenz enhanced his experience in marketing, e.g. as project manager for online marketing in an international lifestyle company.

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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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Christoph Schweizer
Christoph Schweizer
Head of Investment

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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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Benjamin Link
Benjamin Link
Projektmanager / Marketing Manager

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
Team Lead Investor Relations

As Team Lead Investor Relations, Robert Wegner is responsible for managing both investors and portfolios. 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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André Jasch
André Jasch
Senior Editor

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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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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Tibor Köppert
Tibor Köppert
Investment Trainee

Tibor is an investment analyst at Companisto and is the first investment trainee to support the team in the areas of deal flow, signing, and due diligence. Always on the lookout for exciting startups, he volunteers at START Berlin, a student entrepreneur club and connects students with startups at numerous events. 
At the same time, he studies "Entrepreneurship and Succession" at the HWR Berlin (Hochschule für Wirtschaft & Recht Berlin). 
He developed intercultural skills during several stays abroad which he now uses in daily contact with our startups. With the vision of founding his own company in mind, he puts himself in the position of the startups and represents them within Companisto.

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Manuela Simón Padrós
Manuela Simón Padrós
Graphic Designer

Manuela hails from Salta, Argentina and has a deep love for art and communication. She graduated from University of Buenos Aires in 2016 and moved to Berlin late in 2017 looking for new challenges. As Junior Graphic Designer, she uses her talent and passion for design to spruce up Companisto’s website and digital communications for a consistent, visually pleasing, and professional appearance.

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Katharina Mieritz
Katharina Mieritz
Office Managerin

As Office Manager, Katharina Mieritz works together with Alexander Haja to ensure that invoices are paid on time, that all necessary repairs are carried out in the office, and that fruit and drinks are always available in the office. As a team, they ensure the satisfaction of all employees and a harmonious working environment. In short, they are something like the good spirit of Companisto.

The qualified office management assistant was born in Berlin and grew up in beautiful Brandenburg. Before joining Companisto, she worked in the sales office of a large industrial company in the coffee industry and gained experience in dealing with major customers.

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Alexander Wagner
Alexander Wagner
E-Mail Marketing Manager

Alexander supports the marketing team in the area of email communication and is responsible, among other things, for the newsletter, post-mailing, and other email communication.           

After studying business administration with a focus on marketing and finance, he gained experience in international marketing and product management at a hidden champion of German medium-sized businesses.

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Morgane Klein
Morgane Klein
Investment Managerin

As an Investment Manager, Morgane is part of Companisto's deal flow team. What motivates her? To support innovative business ideas, passionate founders, and their development! Before joining Companisto, she worked as a startup consultant at Saarland University. During this time, she supported founders and those interested in starting a business in the pre-founding and start-up phase, especially in the areas of business model development, customer validation, and financing preparation. As a result, she dealt with numerous business ideas and got to know and appreciate different teams of founders. With this experience, she is now responsible for deal flow at Companisto.

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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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Eliza Ioana Mojga
Eliza Ioana Mojga
Programmer

Eliza is a talented PHP developer, who is very responsible and dedicated to her work. She discovered her passion for this field in her early school years, which led her to choose to study at the computer science university.

A team-oriented and communicative analytical thinker, Eliza finds creative solutions for every situation.

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Mihai Mares
Mihai Mares
Programmer

With over six years’ experience in web developing, Mihai combines the art of design with the art of programming. Mihai works meticulously with the UI/UX designer and bridges the gap between graphical design and technical implementation, taking an active role on both sides and defining how the application looks and how it works.

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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
Investor Relations Manager

Dirk Wollschläger worked in customer service for a large bank for many years, most recently working several years with business customers.

His tasks included the comprehensive support and the fulfillment of the varied orders and wishes of his customers. He then transferred to a FinTech company, where he worked for several years in retailer and customer care.

With his acquired skills and experience at several customer service agencies, he provides the right background for his role as Investor Relations Manager.

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Nanook Bergmann
Nanook Bergmann
Investment Manager

As an Investment Manager, Nanook is part of the deal flow team. Working with founders and providing investors with a platform to add a venture capital component to their private investment portfolio has inspired him in his work with Companisto. He previously worked as investment manager for the Social Chain Group AG in Berlin, which is backed by the entrepreneurs and angel-investors Dr. Georg Kofler & Judith Williams.

Nanook studied at Goethe University Frankfurt and Tongji University Shanghai and graduated with a Bachelor in Economics and Business Administration (Finance & Accounting) and a Master of Management. In addition to his interest in finance, he has a passion for software development and is fluent in the programming languages and frameworks Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Python, SQL, HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Nanook combines IT-technical knowledge with financial expertise.

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Kilian Hildebrand
Kilian Hildebrand
Junior Portfolio Manager

As Junior Portfolio Manager, Kilian Hildebrand supports Robert Wegner and Nicky Hughes in managing the startups financed on Companisto. He is in charge of all communication matters for the startups during the financing round, coordinates the updates with them, and acts as the important link between Companists and companies after the campaign.

During and alongside his studies in economics, Kilian was always interested in the topic of banking of the future, especially relating to digital transformation. In his master's thesis he dealt with the future competitiveness of banks as compared to fintech companies and gained practical experience not only in banks but also, for example, with a Robo Advisor.

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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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