Say hello to our team

Kathrin Tegge

Managing Director

Rise By Lifting Others

After finishing an apprenticeship, Kathrin took her A-levels and studied business administration with a scholarship programme. As second employee of the German Startups Association and for the past 7 years she was, among other things, Head of Organization and Events and played a decisive role in the development of the now widely established institution.

As managing director Kathrin spearheads REAKTOR.BERLIN, a 6-month acceleration program for pre-seed startups based in Berlin. We'll supercharge your know-how and support you in taking the next step and turn your idea into reality.

Laure Poirson

Program Director

Laure spearheads the acceleration program of Reaktor.Berlin and is the main contact for Startups, Coaches and Mentors.
Previously, Laure worked in both public and private organizations in France, Senegal and Germany that foster business initiatives, innovations and help companies grow. She has already run 2 accelerator programs in Paris and has a deep knowledge of startups ecosystems.
Inspired by entrepreneurs, innovators, makers, she likes to connect and making people work together to develop ambitious and meaningful projects.

Joana Schulze

Finance Manager

Joana is making sure that all financials and fundings of this accelerator are organized smoothly in the background, so no-one else needs to worry about this.
In the past she was the Head of Finance of a Berlin Coworking Space, where she also built up her knowledge and excitement about the startup ecosystem. After two years of working in the public sector she is now back in the startup world, ready to make this accelerator a success, support the startups with administrative issues and take care of everything connected to finances.
Sanne

Sanne Berghuis

Graphic Designer

Sanne is a (Dutch) Graphic Designer who is just starting out after graduating with a Bachelors degree. With a fresh mindset she is determined to put her skills to good use. She already gained experience in the startup scene while previously working as a Graphic Designer at a co-working space in Berlin. At Reaktor, she is creating meaningful communication and design.

Board Members

Sascha Schubert

Member of the Board, Entrepreneur, Investment and Venture Advisor, Business Angel, Advisory Board Member

Sascha founded his first company 23 years ago. In the meantime, he knows the startup ecosystem from all angles, as an entrepreneur, lobbyist and a supporter of startup entrepreneurs.

One of his passions is the development of the ecosystem. This is why he co-initiated ecosystem Initiatives like the German Startup Association, the Germans Standards Institute, Startbase and others.

As a working-class child, he believes entrepreneurs are made and not born.
REAKTOR is intended to be the place where entrepreneurs are made.

Tobias Szarowicz

Member of the Board, Investing in deep tech startups

“Helping startups to grow”

Tobias is an entrepreneurial minded lawyer, networker and digital enthusiast, who loves building new things and breaking new ground: Tobias has been active in the Berlin startup scene for more than 10 years. He helped build up the German Startups Association and co-founded a machine vision classifier, to link locations with emotions. Later he managed in the interim one of Berlin’s first coworking spaces/startup hubs – The Place, formerly Rainmaking Loft Berlin. Since then, he has been active as an Investor at Sunbo Angel Partners. Furthermore and besides professional activities, throughout all the years he is supporting the local and international exchange between startups, investors as well as established companies and state institutions through Polish Berlin Tech, Polish Tech Night or Startups.Berlin and other personal activities.

Tobias Wittich

Director of the Board, Passionate about helping Startups and fostering Entrepreneurship

Tobias' strong belief is that the future of our society and well being depends on creating great companies as well as on spreading the passion for entrepreneurship.
After a career in management consulting in Germany, Japan and Switzerland he dived into the startup scene in Berlin and has been heavily involved ever since. For seven years he built and managed Rainmaking Loft Berlin / The Place, a physical startup only coworking space, that had its own event rooms and café/bar called Le Labo.
He is an active business angel, has served on numerous startup pitch juries, speaks regularly at startup events and provided mentor advice within several startup accelerators.
In Tobias' opinion it is essential to bring people together to create something new and exciting. This can be startups only, but also other parts of society to discuss overarching topics like female entrepreneurship or the future of business. He wants to help educate the political decision makers about the true issues that the startup scene is tackling every day.