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Mentors

Erwin Kaliski
Erwin Kaliski
Business Mentor
In the first 15 years of Erwin's career, he worked in leading positions in four major German banks. He founded finius GmbH in 2000 with the goal of combining banking professional, methodical and IT technical knowledge. "I founded 14 companies and 6 of them failed. I am familiar with all aspects of starting a new business - positive and negative. I want to share that information with young founders."
Norbert Kratz
Norbert Kratz
IT Mentor
Norbert has over 25 years of experience as an IT manager in applied research, IT consulting and Banking IT. "New ideas are always exciting for me, as well as the opportunity to create business models that stand out from the crowd. Gruendermachine gives me the opportunity to pass on my knowledge and experience to new entrepreneurs and to accompany them in their development. "
Jeremy Henrichs
Jeremy Henrichs
Strategy Mentor
Jeremy has considerable experience in the strategic positioning of companies, He has a background in strategic consulting and also worked for Rocket Internet. He currently works in the Strategy & Innovation department of a large telecommunications company. His goal with Gruendermaschine is to "passing on my experience in strategy development to young Fintechs."
Christian Culver
Christian Culver
Banking & IT Mentor
Christian has sucessfully operated as an entrepreneur in investment banking IT for the last 13 years. "When I began to work for myself, I only found success when working with a competent partner who helped me. Therefore, providing comprehensive support by helping other entrepreneurs who are just starting, is a 'pay it forward, labor of love,' activity for me. That is why I am happy to be available to Gruendermaschine as a mentor."

Partner

Talentschmiede
Talentschmiede
IT & Recruiting Partner
Talentschmiede is an IT consulting company which promotes the use of graduates and young professionals. It offers customers project teams with young, talented and highly motivated employees who are trained and mentored in a unique and stimulating model and concept. It also supports the digitization projects of leading banks.

Team

Adrian Fritzsche
Adrian Fritzsche
Founder
Adrian's specialty is business process design and engineering. He has designed the internal processes of many fast-growing start-ups while keeping costs low and operations efficient. He has also just obtained his Master's Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Maximilian Voigt
Maximilian Voigt
Founder
Maximilian has an academic background in both economics and mathematics and professional experience in private equity and a stint with Rocket Internet. He is responsible for the operational processes, KPI, controlling and all operational tools at Gruendermaschine.
Stefan Rühle
Stefan Rühle
Founder
Stefan is the founder and CEO of Talentschmiede, an IT consultancy with a focus on banking IT in general and SAP banking in particular. He has more than 18 years experience in banking IT and has been an entrepreneur since 2012. Thereby, he successfully scaled Talentschmiede to about 80 employees.
Jan Ole Ehmann
Jan Ole Ehmann
Business Development
Jan Ole is responsible for business development at Gruendermaschine. He has professional experience in marketing, and an academic background in philosophy and economics.