Behinde the scenes

Our Team

Organizing events, coaching startups, doing paperwork – we never get bored and in recent years we have been able to expand our team.

Founding spirit is in the blood of most SIB employees! Many of us know the “adventure start-up” first hand and are happy to share their experiences.

Christian Gurol
Christian GurolHead of Startup Incubator Berlin

Christian is the head of the Startup Incubator Berlin. Originally he comes from Lüdenscheid in the Sauerland. He founded his first workshop directly after his apprenticeship as an automotive electrician. After four other partially successful startups and a degree in process and environmental engineering, he has been feeding his knowledge and experience into the Startup Incubator Berlin since 2012. The speed and learning adaptability of the startups are the most important things for him when setting up a business.

Matthias Grytzka
Matthias GrytzkaLab Coordinator

Matthias has been working at the Startup Incubator Berlin since September 2017. Prior to that, he gained various experience in the coordination and management of R&D projects. At the SIB he is the contact person for the Design Thinking Lab and the prototype workshop. He likes to travel and photograph and is a passionate cyclist. “Innovation is no coincidence. “

Heike Hoffmann
Heike HoffmannBusiness Development Management

Heike has been Business Development Manager at SIB since October 2020.
After completing her degree as a graduate engineer at the TH Zwickau, she worked for many years as a project manager, first for a group in the film industry in Munich and then for one of the largest IT groups based in Walldorf / Baden-Württemberg.
Back in Berlin, she was able to expand her professional experience while working for the German Bundestag in the political environment.
In her spare time she is a hobby farmer and has a high level of commitment to sustainability and nature conservation.
Her motto is always: “It’s best we do it today.”

Marvin Göldner
Marvin GöldnerCoaching Coordinator, Projectmanagement

Marvin Göldner coordinates the coaching team at Startup Incubator Berlin. He built a startup himself, which was sold to an investor at the end of 2019. As an innovation & strategy developer as part of the EXIST Potentiale project, he is responsible for optimizing the coaching methods so that teams at the SIB can get to the market faster.

Katharina Guntermann
Katharina GuntermannStartup Coaching

Katharina has been part of the team as a startup coach since January 2020. Starting her own company 7 years ago was a milestone in her life. Since then she has worked in various contexts in and with startups. As a trained agile coach and interdisciplinary generalist, she supports our teams in the development of customer-centered business models and agile team mindsets – with the motto: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Matthieu Voss
Matthieu VossStartup Coaching, Network Management

Together with Katharina, Matthieu is the point of contact for the startup teams in the “Berliner Startup Stipendium” program and he supports the startups with the initiation of needs-based cooperation.

Falko Carl
Falko CarlProject Management, Lab Coordination, Startup Coaching

After experience as a project manager in the music industry and as a product manager in an innovation consultancy, Falko founded his own startup in 2017.
For the SIB, he scouts exciting startup projects that are implemented together with business partners.
He also takes on tasks as a Startup coach and the organization of our prototyping laboratories.
Falko holds an MBA in “Entrepreneurship & Innovation”.

Stephan Meyer-Brehm
Stephan Meyer-BrehmMarketing & PR

Stephan came aboard in January 2020. He holds a M.A. in Communications and began his career as an Art Director for advertising agencies. He moved on to Marketing Manager positions for several tech companies and started his own consulting business. He also taught university classes on Marketing, Commmunication, Brand Management and Media Industries. He strives to promote transatlantic academic exchange – even if it just means meeting with guest students for Stammtisch.

Sandra Thumm
Sandra ThummNetwork- and Marketing Management

Sandra has been a network and marketing manager at SIB since August 2020. She started her career after completing her bachelor’s degree in the USA as a customer advisor in an advertising agency in Munich. In 2004 she came back to Berlin to work as a marketing manager and to start her own business. Only as a freelancer in project management and customer advice and as a start-up coach. In 2011 she successfully founded her own GmbH with which she was able to gain extensive experience in the start-up scene.

Katrin Jahnke
Katrin JahnkeProject Administration

Since January 2020, Katrin boosts our team as Project Administrator. Her qualification as a certified tax consultant, a degree in art history and 10 years of professional experience have taught her a lot about interdisciplinary thinking. Solution-oriented pragmatism is crucial to her, true to her motto: „It always seems impossible until it’s done“.

Brigitte Maas
Brigitte MaasParticipiant Coordination

Brigitte has been part of the SIB team since October 2020. She completed a commercial apprenticeship and has a business administration diploma with a focus on supply chain management and a master’s in international finance. After many years of experience in industry, she has enthusiastically set up teams in the fields of research, consulting and social affairs for 25 years. Your insight as a hobby beekeeper: A team is more than the sum of its individual members when everyone makes optimal use of their strengths.

Daniel Miles Kasiske
Daniel Miles KasiskeAdministration

Daniel has been supporting the administration team in project documentation, database maintenance and the organization of the co-working space since April 2021. He studies business administration at the HWR and lives out his enthusiasm for sport and fitness alongside his job.

Wencke Hartwig
Wencke HartwigSocial Media

Wencke has been part of the Startup Incubator team since March 2020 and helps with the appearance of the SIB on social media. She studies computer science at Beuth University of Applied Sciences and always has a to-do list on hand.