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Upcom­ing Mas­ter­class­es and events

You have received cal­en­dar invites for all upcom­ing events and Mas­ter­class­es. Please accept or decline the invites, so we can plan accord­ing­ly!

  • 5–6th June: Kick-Off
  • 14th June: Pitch Train­ing with Maren Lesche & Co-Cre­ation of the pro­gram after the pre-eva­l­u­ta­tion
  • 21st June: Mas­ter­class on Impact Frame­work (1/4) with Stephanie Müller & Thomas Stein­er from PHINEO
  • 28th June: Pitch’N’Lunch #1
  • 4th July: Mas­ter­class on How to attract impact investors with Christoph Rohde from Fa-Se
  • 12th July: Mas­ter­class on Mar­ket­ing with our Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist Jonas Wegen­er
  • 12th July: Intro ses­sion on Tax and Legal issues with Johannes Landow from Eco­vis
  • 13th July: Ways of Pub­lic Fund­ing with Julia Licht­en­stein from Nordlicht
  • 20th July: Mas­ter­class on Impact Frame­work (2/4) with Stephanie Müller & Thomas Stein­er from PHINEO
  • 26th July: Pitch’N’Lunch #2
  • 16th August: Men­tors Meet­up after the sum­mer break
  • 23th August: Prod­uct-Mar­ket-Fit with Kai Malk­witz from the Founders Insti­tute
  • 30th August: Online Pitch’N’Lunch #3
  • 6th Sep­tem­ber: Busi­ness Mod­el Review with Kai Malk­witz from the Founders Insti­tute
  • 20th Sep­tem­ber: Mas­ter­class on Impact Frame­work (3/4) with Stephanie Müller & Thomas Stein­er from PHINEO
  • 26th Sep­tem­ber: Pitch’N’Lunch #4
  • 11th Octo­ber: Mas­ter­class on Busi­ness Process­es with Mamuteane Mmut­le
  • 17th Octo­ber: Pitch’N’Lunch #5
  • tbd
  • 28th Novem­ber: Final Event

If there are any events you would like to share with your peers or the broad­er com­mu­ni­ty, post in our Slack chan­nel #events or #phineo_startups_community.

Mar­ket­ing hour with Jonas

Every Tues­day Jonas offers a mar­ket­ing con­sul­ta­tion hour. You have one hour to ask ques­tions about mar­ket­ing, PR and com­mu­ni­ca­tion for you and your star­tups. Par­tic­i­pa­tion is vol­un­tary. Of course you can always post your mar­ket­ing relat­ed ques­tions in our Slack Chan­nel #ukraine_cohort_2_marketing.


The Mas­ter­class resources will be uploaded to our Google Work­space after the respec­tive ses­sion. This way you can refer back to them and work on them as need­ed.

Your fel­low start­up founders

Nataly Ulyano­va

Co-founder of Treep­ilya Read more

Kary­na Shulgi­na

Project man­ag­er Read more

Niklas Fröjd­holm

Strat­e­gy Intern Read more

Louis Schwab

CEO / Co-founder Read more

Anas­tasi­ia Toryanik

Ana­lyst, Sci­en­tist Read more

Darya Dant­se­va

Founder and Biotech­nol­o­gist Read more

Fer­nan­do Matz­dorf

Direc­tor of Data Read more

Clau­dia Ocaran­za Abas­cal

Jour­nal­ism and Trans­paren­cy Direc­tor Read more

Gior­gi Shu­radze

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor and CEO Read more

Eduard Martín-Bor­regón

Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Read more

Alex Youse­fi­an

Co-Founder / COO Read more

Alexan­der Kahlmann

Co-Founder Read more

Vin­cent Momanyi

Lead Poly­mer Researcher at Rethread Africa Read more

Noreen Mwan­cha

Co-Founder at Rethread Africa Read more

Charles Oyamo

Co-Founder at Rethread Africa Read more

Abby Mbuthi

Co-founder and CPO (Chief Prod­uct Offi­cer) Read more

Marie-Kristin Wysk

Founder and CEO Read more

Emmanuel Oko­r­woit

Co-founder and CEO Read more

Mau­rits Zev­er­ing

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor: Finance & Strat­e­gy Read more

Juliana Zgryzek

PR at BeeChar­i­ta­ble Read more

Ben­jamin Guelk­er

Adver­tis­ing & Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Man­ag­er at welob­by Read more

Joshua Bobzin

Project & Fundrais­ing Man­ag­er at Plan B Read more

Edson Niwa­manya

Port­fo­lio Lead at Rel­e­vant Ven­tures Read more

Jan Chris­t­ian Sahl

Founder and CEO at welob­by Read more

Julia Hilde­brand

Project Lead at beabee Read more

Tilman Tromp­ke

Project Man­ag­er at tilt Read more

Anne Schö­nauer

Project Lead at tilt Read more

Jesus Bueno Alvarez

Co-Founder at Yamakoe Read more

Reshad Zazai

Back­end Devel­op­er at Aseel Read more

Isabel Arens

Founder at World for Cli­mate Read more

Kai Aslan

CEO at BeeChar­i­ta­ble Read more

Markus Johan­ning

Co-Founder and man­ag­ing direc­tor at Pro­tegg Read more

Fabi­an Hüt­ter

Co-Founder and Head of R&D at Pro­tegg Read more

Math­ias John

Founder and CEO at we4everyone Read more

Maria Pozder

Co-Founder and COO at we4everyone Read more

Silke Som­mer

Prod­uct Own­er, Mar­ket­ing & Finance at comu­neo Read more

Katha­ri­na von Stauf­fen­berg

Co-Founder at comu­neo (Busi­ness Devel­op­ment & Sales) Read more

Sharon Namu­jjuzi

Finance Lead at Rel­e­vant Ven­tures Read more

Maike Strif­fler

Fundrais­ing & Strat­e­gy Lead at Rel­e­vant Ven­tures Read more

Bian Sukrow

Head of KLEA Read more

Friedrich Lin­den­berg

Founder, lead engi­neer at Open­Sanc­tions Read more

Nas­rat Khalid

Foud­er & CEO at Aseel Read more

Fran­cis Dos­sou Sognon

Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer Read more

Sask­ia Howe

Orga­ni­za­tion­al devel­op­ment, orga­ni­za­tion­al cul­ture Read more

Tim Gauss

Fundrais­ing / Busi­ness Mod­el Devel­op­ment Read more

Lu Yen Roloff

Founder/Initiatorin Read more

Daniel Donath

Co-founder of Ukrain­ian House Berlin Read more

Alex Kovbasko

Accel­er­a­tor Devel­op­er at Myko­laiv Water Hub Read more

Yuli­ia Malet­s­ka

Prod­uct Man­ag­er, Lets­Da­ta Read more

Petra H. Holthusen

Senior Project Man­ag­er, Be an Angel e.V. Read more

Lea Jacob­sen

Project Admin­is­tra­tor, Be an Angel e.V. Read more

Bog­dan Mif­takhov

Co-founder of Ukrain­ian House Berlin Read more

Tetiana Poudel

Co-founder & Man­ag­ing direc­tor at ViL­Ni Read more

Vik­to­ria Fialko

Co-founder of Treep­ilya Read more

Andriy Kusyy

CEO & Co-founder at Lets­Da­ta Read more

Kim Welti

Co-Founder of Re:build Ukraine Read more

Genya Moore

Co-founder of Re:Life Ukraine Read more

Anas­tasi­ia Aizen­sh­tat

Founder and CEO at CACR Read more

Hamed Beheshti

Co-Founder and CEO at Bore­al Light Read more

Anna She­p­e­lenko

Chief Out­reach Offi­cer at Bore­al Light Read more

Alex Kuvalli­ni

CEO at Hand­stree Read more

Han­na Slo­bodyanyuk-Mon­tavon

CEO at Myko­laiv Water Hub Read more

Meri Khaz­aradze

(she / her)
Co-Founder at mexb​.ai Read more

Kseni­ia Teslenko

(she / her)
Co-Founder at mexb​.ai Read more

Kse­nia Iliuk

COO & Co-Founder, Lets­Da­ta Read more

Your men­tors

  • As part of our pro­gram, you are elig­ble for 1 hour of men­tor­ing per week (24 hour in total) by your start­up men­tor
  • We have matched you with a start­up men­tor at the begin­ning of the pro­gram
  • We know that as you progress in our pro­gram, your needs may change and hence you may want to switch men­tors — please open­ly dis­cuss a change of your men­tor with your cur­rent men­tor and your coach
  • Please do not reach out to men­tors (oth­er than your cur­rent one) on your own — we do the intro­duc­tions

Sebas­t­ian Schramm

Ven­ture Archi­tect at Enpulse Ven­tures GmbH Read more

Sébas­tien Mar­tin

Founder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner at Impact Asso­ciates Read more

Pieter van Mid­woud

Chief Tree Plant­i­ng Offi­cer, Ecosia Read more

Natali­ia Fiebrig

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at WeAid, For­eign Cor­re­spon­dant at Stu­dio 1+1 Read more

Tobias Ahrens

Head of Founder­center at Berlin­er Volks­bank Read more

Maike Strif­fler

Co-Founder & Social Enter­prise Lead at Social Inno­va­tion Acad­e­my Glob­al Read more

Igor Elbert

Prin­ci­pal at Com­mon Sen­sor Read more

André Nikol­s­ki

Strate­gic Projects at Hum­boldt-Inno­va­tion, Start­up Coach & Start­up Con­sul­tant Read more

Lau­ra Kohler

Start­up Ecosys­tem & Cor­po­rate Inno­va­tion expert Read more

Dr. Thomas Gne­fkow

Busi­ness angel, founder and pri­vate lec­tur­er Read more

Car­olin Kröger

Co-founder at beingfe​male​.de and con­sul­tant Read more

Nora Azza­oui

Part­ner at Kobold I Pur­pose Design & Inno­va­tion and co-founder of mimy­cri Read more

Your experts

As part of our pro­gram, you have the pos­si­bil­i­ties for 6 hours of expert ses­sions — allo­ca­tion and tim­ing are up to you. Once you have iden­ti­fied a need, please dis­cuss it with your coach. Please do not reach out to experts on your own — we do the intro­duc­tions

  • Chris­t­ian B.: Val­ue cre­ation and cap­ture as a plat­form (=match­mak­er or inno­va­tor for 2 or more sides); riski­est assump­tion test­ing; help with focus on ONE spe­cif­ic clear val­ue propo­si­tion
  • Chris­t­ian H.: Non prof­it set up gov­er­nance and legal
  • Kiana M.: Busi­ness mod­el; fund­ing; recruit­ing; struc­tur­ing processes/prioritization in pre-seed/seed stage
  • Rene W.: Impact finance; impact plan­ning & mon­e­ti­za­tion; tech­nol­o­gy & inno­va­tion man­age­ment, IT/systems/dev, finan­cial mod­el­ing, access to fund­ing, invest­ment readi­ness
  • Sebastien M.: Invest­ment readi­ness; impact man­age­ment; busi­ness mod­el; price mod­el; posi­tion­ing; lead­er­ship
  • Sophie D.: User expe­ri­ence design (web­site); user jour­neys; pitch deck; impact mea­sure­ment; OKR
  • Valeriy B.: Recruit­ment & HR, specif­i­cal­ly hir­ing and grow­ing soft­ware engi­neer­ing teams
  • Thomas K.: Energy/health and migra­tion
  • Cecile B.: How to build the busi­ness to be fund­able; how to approach VCs and think about a fund­ing strat­e­gy
  • Peter B.: Prepar­ing for fund­ing from impact investors; investor pre­sen­ta­tions; prepa­ra­tion for fund­ing round, fam­i­ly offices
  • Maren L.: Pitch deck and pitch pre­sen­ta­tion
  • Andrea G. & Stephanie M.: Impact log­ic
  • Thomas S.: Impact mea­sure­ment and investor pre­sen­ta­tions
  • Mira A.: Grant appli­ca­tions
  • Christoph R.: Invest­ment readi­ness; (impact) invest­ment; finan­cial mod­el­ing; busi­ness strat­e­gy; pitch
  • Katrin H.:Go-to-mar­ket strat­e­gy, Busi­ness Mod­el Definition/Refinement; Sales Strat­e­gy; Impact Assess­ment; Net­work­ing in the Impact World; Pitch Deck Spar­ring & Sup­port
  • Maike S.: Impact invest­ment, impact mea­sure­ment, fundrais­ing, busi­ness plan­ning, finan­cial fore­cast­ing, sys­temic coach­ing, men­tor­ing, con­flict res­o­lu­tion, self-organ­i­sa­tion , OKRs, roles & account­abil­i­ty def­i­n­i­tion
  • Olek­san­dr S.: Dig­i­tal prod­uct devel­op­ment, soft­ware engi­neer­ing
  • Philipp S.: Team and orga­ni­za­tion­al devel­op­ment, brand devel­op­ment
  • Christa C.: Trans­for­ma­tion and process facil­i­ta­tion, organ­i­sa­tion­al devel­op­ment, strength­en­ing sys­temic social change through trau­ma sen­si­tiv­i­ty and resilience
  • Philipp S.: ESG-Con­sult­ing, Man­age­ment-Sys­tems, Con­nect­ing with ger­man ESG/C­SR-Clients
  • Julia M.: Design Think­ing for sust. Prod­uct Devel­op­ment, User Needs, User Research, Lean Start-Up & Test­ing
  • Igor E.: Data sci­ence, machine learn­ing, BI, AI
  • Lau­ri A.: Prod­uct and busi­ness strat­e­gy, mes­sag­ing, org struc­ture, workflows/delivery, hiring/staffing
  • Thomas G.: Busines Plan­ning, Go To Mar­ket Strat­e­gy, Renew­ables
  • Kai M.: Prod­uct-mar­ket-fit / go-to-mar­ket, Pitch­ing
  • Christoph R.: Invest­ment Readi­ness, Finan­cial Mod­el­ing, Impact Invest­ing, Access to Fund­ing
  • Asal R.: Fundrais­ing, spon­sor­ship acqui­si­tion, part­ner­ship build­ing, mar­ket­ing, project man­age­ment
  • Mina K.: B2B start-ups strat­e­gy, Mobil­i­ty
  • Tobias A.: Investor Exper­tise, Financ­ing, Busi­ness / ‑mod­el devel­op­ment
  • Thomas W.: Busi­ness Devel­op­ment, Busi­ness Plan, Access to fund­ing, Con­trol­ling, Human Resources, Sales, organ­i­sa­tion­al devel­op­ment
  • Sascha E.: Cor­po­rate strat­e­gy; Set­up, organ­i­sa­tion and gov­er­nance of Ger­man com­pa­nies; Ear­ly-stage com­pa­ny devel­op­ment; Social Entre­pre­neur­ship; Fundrais­ing for start-ups but also non-prof­it top­ics

Key net­work part­ners

We have a broad pool of indi­vid­ual experts that can sup­port you on a vari­ety of top­ics. In addi­tion, we are in con­tact with the fol­low­ing net­work part­ners, who can sup­port you as need­ed — please get in touch with your coach if you have ques­tions!

Legal & Tax

Tax and legal advice for founder teams

Free emer­gency bureau­cra­cy sup­port for migrant entre­pre­neurs: 911 Bureau­crazy


Offer of pro­vid­ing a busi­ness bank account and reviewing/discussing busi­ness mod­el par­tic­u­lar­ly with respect to poten­tial financ­ing through loans

Offer of impact invest­ment readi­ness review


Offer of a pro­fes­sion­al, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion­al struc­ture on a tem­po­rary basis

Con­nects non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions with tech­no­log­i­cal part­ners to imple­ment pro-bono tech sup­port (web­site design, AI sup­port, etc.)

Gen­er­al infor­ma­tion on our pro­gram

Our 7 pro­gram ele­ments


Ded­i­cat­ed PHINEO Star­tups coach­es guide impact founders through the pro­gram and design it togeth­er with them


A ded­i­cat­ed and expe­ri­enced men­tor with found­ing or man­age­ment expe­ri­ence sup­ports and advis­es each impact start­up team indi­vid­u­al­ly through­out the pro­gram. In addi­tion, the start­up teams can con­sult experts for spe­cif­ic ques­tions on a needs basis


Week­ly mas­ter­class­es impart rel­e­vant con­tent that is tai­lored to the founders’ needs with the inten­tion of sup­port­ing the accel­er­a­tion of the star­tups’ devel­op­ment – top­ics include impact ori­en­ta­tion, financ­ing, pitch­ing and many more


Dif­fer­ent types of events are offered as part of the pro­gram to facil­i­tate net­work­ing and com­mu­ni­ty-build­ing, e.g., com­mu­ni­ty events, pitch events, net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties & a final event


Our sup­port­ed impact star­tups ben­e­fit from joint co-work­ing at bUm, a place to work, meet, learn and improve the world togeth­er in Berlin-Kreuzberg


We encour­age and facil­i­tate learn­ing and com­mu­ni­ty-build­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties among the founders


We pro­vide access to dif­fer­ent sec­tor part­ners and one of the largest impact invest­ing and social entre­pre­neur­ship net­works in Ger­many – we want to pro­mote coop­er­a­tion with local, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al impact play­ers

Co-Work­ing Infor­ma­tion

Our Co-Work­ing space bUm is at Paul-Lincke-Ufer 21, 10999 Berlin, and is open Mon­day – Fri­day from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. For addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion, please check our the fol­low­ing onboard­ing doc­u­ment:

If you need to print at bUm, please fol­low these instruc­tions.

Berlin Start­up Map — How to cre­ate an account


How do I book a meet­ing room at bum?

Please ask your coach to book a room for you at least 24 hours in advance (spec­i­fy­ing room, date & time).

Can i bring a guest to bum?

Yes. Please reach out to your coach to book a day pass.

How do i con­firm par­tic­i­pa­tion at the mas­ter­class­es and events?

At the begin­ning of the pro­gram you have received all events and mas­ter­class­es as cal­en­dar invites. Please accept or decline the invites for us to plan accord­ing­ly. If you can­not par­tic­i­pate on short notice, please noti­fy your coach as soon as pos­si­ble.

Where do i find Mas­ter­class resources?

You can check for mate­ri­als in our shared Google Work­space under “03_masterclass_documents”: https://​dri​ve​.google​.com/​d​r​i​v​e​/​f​o​l​d​e​r​s​/​1​M​g​D​J​s​Z​w​G​c​N​5​z​0​_​B​o​A​f​Z​W​V​Y​w​R​i​F​C​T​K​G​J​H​?​u​s​p​=​s​h​a​r​e​_​l​ink.

What do we do if we feel like we need a new men­tor?

Please talk to your men­tor as well as your coach about a men­tor switch.

How do I stay up-to-date with the pro­gram and oth­er teams?

Please reg­u­lar­ly check and use this hub and Slack (chan­nels & indi­vid­ual mes­sages).

What do you need from us?

Please men­tion any trac­tion that is hap­pen­ing around your start­up active­ly to our coach to fur­ther increase trac­tion.