What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is about success and failure, educating and inspiring, personal stories and lessons learned on the way to building great companies.

It is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs, hosting monthly events in 100 cities and 42 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors. Startup Grind Berlin is dedicated to bringing a series of inspiring talks with top entrepreneurs to the German capital.

Next event:
Claude Ritter

Our next event will be on July 30th at 7:30pm in the new Sankt Oberholz café (new location!).

Claude Ritter is the co-founder of Delivery Hero, one of the biggest food delivery companies worldwide and currently valued above 3 billion Euros. After having departed Delivery Hero in August of 2014, Claude has co-founded a new venture called Book A Tiger. Currently in its Series A, Book A Tiger is one of the leading companies in the highly sought after home market. However, Claude didn’t become an entrepreneur when he moved to Berlin. He had already spent fi years as the CEO of NetCircle, a Chinese start-up focussed on developing niche websites.

Having launched two companies of such an enormous magnitude, Claude knows how to start companies AND grow them. While both companies come from humble beginnings, there are certain strategies that Claude would employ again to secure growth and others that he wouldn’t use again. He’ll happily share his extensive experience with you during the next Startup Grind Berlin event. Of course, you will have a chance to connect with him after our matey chat.

The interview will be led by Christoph Raethke. Christoph has been active in the digital industry for over 17 years. He has run two semesters of the Founder Institute and established the Berlin Startup Academy — Berlin’s boutique, independent Startup Accelerator. A frequent speaker at international events, he is renowned for his critical and thought-provoking views and will surely make for an interesting interviewer.

We are very excited host the event in the charming, new espresso lounge of the St. Oberholz cafe. Expect a magical, cosy and delightful evening, featuring refined liquor.


19:30 Doors are open (buffet is ready)

20:30 Fireside Chat (cheers)

21:45 Networking (take a drink and share your business card)

Get your ticket:

SOLD OUT. Event starts at 7:30pm at the new address Sankt Oberholz espresso lounge, Zehdenicker Str. 1 , 10119 Berlin (Mitte). Interview starts at 8:00pm.
Please note: The interview will be conducted in German.

Our location

St. Oberholz apartments

Live as if you were a real Berliner: Crystal clear lakes, palm-lined beaches, historical sights and landmarks – this is what you won’t find at Rosenthaler Platz. What we have to offer is something rather different: a fresh breeze of WiFi blows up high into our sophisticated third and fourth floor apartments. Enjoy urban comfort and the exceptional St. Oberholz style for either peaceful contemplation or vibrant city life as well as for busy meetings and conferences.

Proudly sponsored by:

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It takes creativity, patience, energy, courage, trust and capital to start a company and to develop an idea into an innovative and promising business model. Founders must fully concentrate on the most important key for success – the rigorous implementation of the business idea.

EY supports entrepreneurs in all material strategy, business, tax, legal and financial aspects to enable them to fully concentrate on developing their business. This includes especially investor relations, internationalization as well as exit readiness programs.

Your advantages are exceptional assurance, tax, transaction and consulting services provided from one single source of contact, many experts, access to our international network and to employees who know the problems of start-ups very well, mainly based on their extensive experience from working with other start-ups.

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The team

Florian Krumb
Founder & Director

Two years ago, when Florian was faced with the choice between a highly lucrative career in Germany's financial capital or the pursuit of his love of startups and entrepreneurship, he demonstrated his poor decision-making skills by choosing the latter, moving to Berlin to work as an intrapreneur for an incubator. Since then, he fell in love with the city and its buzzing entrepreneurial community.

His goal with Startup Grind is to bring the community a valuable event series to educate, inspire and especially connect the right people with each other and to help entrepreneurs move their startup journey ahead.

Francesco Kirchhoff
Communications & stuff

Rome-born, Berlin-based Francesco is a caffeine addict who toils away day and sometimes night as a freelance UX designer and product manager for various web agencies and startups in order to support his tragic habit.

He is to blame for this site and some of the writing for Startup Grind's Berlin chapter.

Christoph Räthke

Christoph tried and failed to build his first startup in 1999/2000 and has been working with the digital industry ever since. In 2006, he began freelancing as an innovation advisor for big and small companies. From 2008 to 2012, he co-founded and hosted Mobile Monday Berlin.

Christoph founded Berlin’s independent accelerator Berlin Startup Academy in summer 2012 and is a host and speaker at founder-centric conferences around the world. Readers of Business Punk Magazine know him as the guy running the “No-Nonsense-Pitch” section, giving mild-mannered feedback to budding startup teams.

Paul Smoletz

Paul has 16 years of experience in finance and sales. He graduated in 2007 from Campus Institute Munich as Financial Business Administrator (FH). A few years later he discovered his passion for the Berlin startup scene, working as entrepreneur, head of sales, co-founder and freelancer.

In addition to his work he has been pursuing his hobby in photography and film with his own startup VIPFaces for the past 17 years.

As a team member of Startup Grind Berlin he looks forward to the possibility of supporting the project with his creative input and experience.

Mirco Streicher

Mirco is 26 years old and graduated from the University of Gröningen (B.Sc. International Business and Management) in 2012. He is fascinated by innovative business models in the world of entrepreneurs.

He operates his own startup, which offers a variety of multimedia solutions. Bluhd.de, founded in 2007, has been his longest-running project. He looks forward to enlarging the horizon of his work within the Startup Grind community.

Judy Baur
Event planning

Judy is our specialist for events and administrative tasks. With a master's degree in international tourism management and long-time experience in the service industry she supports us in everything related to our events.

Judy currently works as the management assistant for the European market leader in hospitality and travel management. One of her projects this year was related to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Alex Guski

Alex's life and work is as much about music, art and creativity as it is about the music biz, production, sound engineering and software.

Born and raised in Hannover, he moved to Berlin in 2011 after a 4-year detour to the Netherlands for his studies.

Besides his work as a freelance composer and producer for commercial production music, he is steadily building a portfolio of commercial and non-commercial projects and constantly keeps an eye open for ideas with the potential to revolutionize the music industry.

Alex takes care of the audio recording and live sound at Startup Grind events.

Stefan Kny

Taking care of photography