HighTech Startbahn

With our specific know-how, many years of expertise and our contacts, we support start-ups, especially in the phase after the company was founded, on their way to a successful company.

Marcel Berndt

Account Manager

As an account manager, I am observing the progressive developments of our start-ups and growth companies on a daily basis. Due to the close contact to these partners, it is a special concern of mine to advise and support them on their way to succeed in the best possible way. What’s important to me is mutual exchange and trustworthy communication. 


From the future I expect… 

To continue to be a part of the start-up ecosystem in order to gain exciting insights into different markets and innovative technologies. 

I get up in the morning because…

the way to work in the fresh air on the bike is calling. 


Romy brate

Senior Eventmanger

Having grown up in a suburb of Dresden, I already had a taste for some corners of the world at a young age. I am very enthusiastic about bringing people to common places! As event manager of the HighTech Startbahn it is my job to create events that will be long remembered . By planning, organizing and implementing various event formats I create spaces for dialogues in which visions, ideas, experiences and know-how are shared between the stakeholders.  


When I was little…

I had the dream of sweeping the Olympic floor as a handball player.

My first job was…

to serve drinks and snacks to the guests in a Dresden Shisha bar and to get the “business” going.


Jonas Gelbrich

Junior Analyst

My studies in industrial engineering shed light on many facets of economics, but only theoretically. In my opinion, however, the best way to learn new things is to be in practice. At the HighTech Startbahn I find exactly the practical reference that confronts me with new projects and lets me learn a lot. I support the HighTech Startbahn as a junior analyst with new projects and their publications.

My first Job was…

French fries seller. A steep career so far, right?

I get up in the morning because…

the nightmare of warm beer makes me startle. After that, sleep is no longer possible.

Julius lax

Associate Investor Relations

Julius joined the HTSB in 2019 and specializes on research- and collaboration matters. The overall goal we aspire is to standardize knowledge-transfer between non-university research institutions and SMBs within the region. Additionally, his personal and professional focus lies on sustainability and CSR matters in the corporate world.

My first job was..

Servicing festival-toilettes. Ever since hard to shock,

I’ve seen it all!

I get up in the morning because…

the only alternative will arise sufficiently early.

Mareen Rösch

Graphic Design

Born in Dresden, she is a trained graphic designer with a background in media and communication. Her great passion for design and aesthetics is clearly reflected in her work. Since 2018 she has been working in the field of media & design for the HighTech Startbahn.

When I was little… 
I wanted to be a singer. 

From the future I expect… 
to learn how to sing. 

Jörg Schüler

Member of the Board

Born in 1974, Jörg today is the father of two boys, managing director, business angel, technology enthusiast and B2B sales professional. He has more than 10 years of international experience in team management, budget responsibility and customer acquisition (Japan, Europe, USA, Singapore/Malaysia). Roles in his career: science, support, technical sales, development management, product management, sales, sales management, management, consulting and interim management.

When I was little, I wanted to… 

become a cosmonaut. Later I switched to an astronaut. 

I get up in the morning because… 

I can hardly wait to wring down the problems of the previous day with the ideas of the night. Oh well, and the children also have to go to school. 

Working for the “HighTech Startbahn” means… 

exchanging  ideas with many exciting people, get to know new innovative technologies and business fields and help shaping the future. 

Thomas Schulz

Head of Operations

Thomas has been responsible for the activities of the HighTech Startbahn Netzwerk e.V. since 2011. He is responsible for commercial and strategic matters and for the association’s partnerships. Moreover he is in charge of the development of new event formats and has always an open ear for founders. Before his time at the HTSB he was founder, entrepreneur, consultant and mentor.

I get up in the morning because…  

there is a lot to do to make the HTSB e.V. the leading association for high-tech startups in Europe. 

Alexander Tietze

head of
HTSB Industries

As a contact for corporates and investors, Alex is always on the hunt for suitable technologies and startups. He is also responsible for scoutings and the HIGHTECH VENTURE DAYS partner program. His customer base ranges from regional medium-sized companies to DAX corporations and family offices in the Far East.

When I was little … 
I wanted to be Head of Corporates Services. It totally worked out. 

Annemarie Weder

htsb industries

The wire to the startups. The research of and communication with the appropriate targets for scoutings and the HIGHTECH VENTURE DAYS is her responsibility. As the head of the startup and technology database, she is also in charge of the internationalisation of the HIGHTECH VENTURE DAYS.

Working for the HighTech Startbahn means… 

to learn constantly, to discover new things and to be surprised again and again by what is possible. 

I get up in the morning because….  

that’s what you do. The thought of coffee helps. 


Steve Weinbach

Marketing Student

I’m learning a lot of theoretical things about marketing in my studies in marketing management. But I would also like to get to know the practical side of this industry and gain experience right now. Therefore, the HighTech Startbahn is the perfect partner to support me in my studies. At the HTSB, I have the opportunity to come into contact with new and exciting start-ups every day and I am currently supporting them with all kinds of marketing tasks.

My first job was …

as a holiday worker in the warehouse of a press wholesaler, since then I’d rather work in an office

I get up in the morning because….  

the construction work in front of my house starts at 7 o’clock.