Team

 
Volker Hofmann

Volker Hofmann

Managing Director
+49 30 2093 70760

Volker Hofmann manages the company since 2014. Prior to that he was responsible for the startupservice of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and has worked for an Asian-based consultancy. The Berlin-born alumnus of the university holds a degree in business administration and serves in several boards, like the Innovation Network for Advanced Materials or the Innovation Committee of the Chamber of Commerce.

Chau Nguyen

Chau Nguyen & Gamze Akay

Office Management
+49 30 2093 70752

Chau and Gamze are responsible for office management at Humboldt Innovation. She takes care of all general enquiries, IT management as well as recruiting. Chau is currently studying chemical engineering and speaks Vietnamese, English and German. Gamze is studying for a master's degree in industrial engineering and speaks Turkish, English and German.

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Christine Kapps

Research Service | Contracting & Human Resources
+49 30 2093 70777

Christine Kapps is responsible for the legal execution and contractual design of research and industry-based projects, as well as managing human ressources. She draws on a wealth of perennial professional experience as syndic in a tax accountancy and auditing firm.

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Jens Fenzau

Research Service | Contracting
+49 30 2093 70776

Jens Fenzau, LL.M.Eur., is responsible for the legal execution and contractual design of research and industry-based projects, as well as managing other legal issues. He draws on a wealth of perennial professional experience as attorney-at-law among others within the field of contract law. 

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Thomas Wagner

Team Lead Startup Service
+49 30 2093 70773

Thomas Wagner (Diplom-Betriebswirt) has several years of professional experience in supporting entrepreneurs. He is responsible for consulting and supporting start-up projects at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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Katja Brunner

Startup Service (in cooperation with Servicezentrum Forschung)
+49 30 2093 46626

Katja Brunner is the project coordinator for the Berlin Startup Grant and has represented the project since its start in 2016. She is the contact person and central contact point for the founders and project partners, responsible for the coordination of qualification, marketing and events and makes sure that the whole project runs smoothly.

Katharina Heinrich

Katharina Heinrich

Startup Service (in cooperation with Servicezentrum Forschung)
+49 30 2093 70765

Katharina Heinrich (M.A. Media Management) worked as an innovation consultant and business designer before joining the Startupservice at Humboldt-Universität. With the help of her practical experience in the user-centred development of business models and her enthusiasm for the Berlin start-up scene, she provides methodical and practical support to those interested in founding a company at HU.

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Diana Matz

Startup Service
+49 30 2093 70766

Diana Matz, graduate economist, advises all those interested in founding the HU on their startup projects and is the contact person for the EXIST program. As a sparring partner, she supports founders in the development of their ideas and contributes her many years of experience in startup consulting

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Sebastian Adolphy

Startup Service | Startup Education & Research (in cooperation with Servicezentrum Forschung)
+ 49 30 2093 70772

Sebastian Adolphy (Dipl.-Ing.) is responsible for teaching and further education. With his many years of experience as a lecturer, scientist, and management consultant on topics of product development, he brings students and researchers at the HU closer to business model development and company foundation.

Laura Kessler

Laura Kessler

Startup Service | KI Management
+49 176 4147 5453

Laura Kessler (M.Sc. Food Technology, M.Sc. Organic Agriculture & Food Systems) is the contact person for research and start-ups in the field of artificial intelligence. She uses her experience in digital value creation and innovation management to identify future potential and help expand the network in the field of AI.

 

Nikolas Blischke

Nikolas Blischke

Team Lead Event Service
+49 30 2093 70778

Nikolas Blischke has been managing the HI Event Service since the beginning of 2022. He has many years of experience in the organisation and implementation of events of all formats and has an excellent network in the event industry.

 

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Sandra Karutz

Event Service
+49 30 2093 70752

Sandra Karutz has many years of project experience in the creative industries. She is responsible for event management and provides support in the areas of planning, organisation and implementation of events.

Alec Helm

Alec Helm

Event Service
+49 30 2093 70750

Alec Helm (M.A. Philosophy) has many years of experience in planning and implementing a wide variety of events and supports the event service team.

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Christina Stehr

Team Lead Academy
+49 30 2093 70771

Christina Stehr (M.A. in European Ethnology) established the „Humboldts Wagniswerkstätten“ continuing education program at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The expert for methods of innovation development, user-centered design and business model development is responsible for the scientific advanced trainings under the umbrella of the Humboldt-Akademie.

Franka Ismer

Franka Ismer

Academy (in cooperation with Servicezentrum Forschung)
+49 30 2093 70771

Franka Ismer (M.A. Social and Business Communication) is responsible for the area of academic continuing education. As a trainer and organisational developer, she has many years of experience in the conception and marketing of continuing education.

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Franziska Olhorn

Store Management HumboldtStore
+49 30 2093 70768

Franziska Olhorn is a trained graphic designer and has been working for cultural and art projects in Berlin for ten years. Since 2011, she has been responsible for the design of all Humboldt-Innovation's business units as well as the HumboldtStore and the shop at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

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Heike Vogelsang

Store Management Museumsshop
+49 30 2093 70774

Heike Vogelsang was self-employed for many years as a merchant in retail. She has already designed, built and maintained several webshops. Her focus is on the online shop management, customer care, marketing ideas, online marketing, assortment care, purchasing and sales.

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Daniela Rings

Team Lead Innovation Management & IP Service
+49 30 2093 70763

Daniela Rings (Dipl.-Kffr./MScBM) advises professors and scientists on screening and classification of new ideas and supports the analysis and utilization of existing innovative potential. She has several years of professional experience in the areas of business analysis and business development.

Sebastian Kiss

Sebastian Kiss

Innovation Management (in cooperation with Servicezentrum Forschung)
+49 (0) 30 2093 70769

Sebastian Kiss studied media cultural studies and media management in Cologne. He supports the team with his several years of experience in the field of innovation-related services. His tasks include raising awareness for and promoting knowledge and technology transfer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

André Nikolski

André Nikolski

Strategic Projects
+49 30 2093 70761

André Nikolski (M.Sc. Economis and Management) has been working with founders and startups for more than 10 years. With his experience in building coworking spaces and accelerators, he supports various strategic projects to expand our locations and our offering for startups in Berlin.

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Carina Braselmann

Team Lead Innovation Marketing & Partnerships
+49 30 2093 70759

Carina Braselmann holds a degree in german literature and cultural studies. Since many years she has been working as a specialist for international marketing and business development. She is in authority for marketing and the development of strategic partnerships within knowledge and technology transfer.

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Friederike Laun

Innovation Marketing | Startup Alumni Management (in cooperation with Servicezentrum Forschung)
+49 30 2093 70767

Friederike Laun (M.A. Intercultural Communication) has diverse experience in project and event management as well as marketing and PR. Through her previous activities she has profound knowledge of the academic start-up scene. She is responsible for the strategy, the development and the support of the HU-Alumni-Startup-Network.

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Madlen Holz

Innovation Marketing | Design & Conception
+49 30 2093 70761

Madlen Holz supports the marketing team as a graphic designer. Madlen studied communication design with a focus on video and graphic design at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig. The last few years she worked as a freelance designer for two publishers, where she helped design the magazines and marketing materials as part of the team.

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Franziska Olhorn

Innovation Marketing | Design
+4930209370768

Franziska Olhorn is a trained graphic designer and has been working for cultural and art projects in Berlin for ten years. Since 2011, she has been responsible for the design of all Humboldt-Innovation's business units as well as the HumboldtStore and the shop at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

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Jana Bolte

Team Lead Finances
+49 30 2093 70753

Jana Bolte leads and is responsible for finance. With her many years of professional experience, the business economist ensures cost and performance transparency for Humboldt-Innovation.

Nicole Kossatz

Nicole Kossatz

Finances
+49 30 2093 70755

Nicole Kossatz, is a graduate in business administration (FH) with many years of professional experience in finance and accounting from various companies. She enjoys taking care of the accounting for HI's research and K.I.E.Z. projects, among others.

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Matthias Rademacher

Finances
+49 30 2093 70754

Matthias Rademacher studied media management and brings a lot of experience in the area of finance from various companies and projects. He is mainly responsible for the accounting of the HumboldtStore, the shop in the Natural History Museum, the consulting projects and the startupservice of HI.