Team

The VentureZphere Team

Since Börse Stuttgart Group and the German Startups Association joined their forces in order to bring in their respective expertises, the VentureZphere team expanded. We are a team of colleagues based in Berlin and Stuttgart. We bring together broad expertise in capital markets with extensive contacts in the nationwide startup scene, politics and abroad.

We are committed to develop and deliver new innovative services that help startups ease funding and find the right partners. Before VentureZphere both partners have already been highly engaged in the startup ecosystem, busy with venture capital, organizing pitching events, contributed to the formation of resilient networks or influencing political framework conditions that favor the growth of startups.


  • Björn Kaminski
    Member of the Steering Commitee / German Startup Association

    Björn joined the German Startups Association in May 2017. As Director Platforms and Networks he is in charge of almost 30 industry networks inside the association. Björn founded and managed an award-winning games company for several years and has been working as a Startup-Coach. With his deep startup experience and hands-on mindset he helps to develop useful features and great opportunities for our users.

  • Dr. Marc Mehlhorn
    Member of the Steering Commitee / Börse Stuttgart

    Marc is an expert in the field of capital markets and exchange trading. He brings along profound expertise in market structures, financial products, trading execution and corporate finance. As a member of the steering commitee he is responsible for the development and expansion of our online platform as well as for the development of new exchange-related funding opportunities.

  • Maria Müller
    Project Manager / German Startup Association

    Maria is passionate about everything digital. Online Marketing, e-Commerce and project management are the main domains of her professional life. She will spread the word to make sure you will hear about VentureZphere and Startbase and that everything you need within this platform will be to your services as fast as possible.


  • Stefan Nothacker
    Project Manager / Börse Stuttgart

    Stefan is passionate about developing innovative exchange-related funding solutions for startups. He has been involved in the project VentureZphere since its beginnings. Together with Maria he is responsible für the project management. In addition, he researches in the field of capital markets and corporate finance for small and medium-sized enterprises within his PhD.

  • Katharina Danner
    Communications Manager / Börse Stuttgart

    Katharina is the communications expert within the VentureZphere team. Whatever you read on our website, on our social media channels or in the newsletter probably comes from her pen. She loves to bring you the latest news, most value-adding events and curated networking opportunities that help you grow your business.

  • Lydia Takit
    Head of Operations / German Startups Association

    Lydia founded her first startup in 2009 and joined German Startups Association in 2018, responsible for scaling the association from 15 to 50+ colleagues and towards three million annual revenue. Integrating Startbase and German Startups Association by paralleling processes, structures and strategies is her main cause, next to scaling Startbase’s user count to a four-digit number.


  • Vanusch Walk
    Working Student / German Startup Association

    Vanusch is a working student at the German Startups Association, trusted with member support and administration. He is fascinated by the sheer ingenuity and creativity of the startups that he serves. As an aspiring economist, he is aware of the importance of functioning financial mechanisms.

  • Paul Wolter
    Public Affairs and Communication / German Startup Association

    Paul manages public affairs and communications of the German Startups Association. Even before he came to GSA, he started to built up a wide and reliable network within the German startup ecosystem, which is benefitial for Startbase. He advises startups on business-building, financing, communications, and other fields.