About Us

We Are BRIDGEMAKER

Our Vision.
Our Mission.

At Bridgemaker, we build on courage, curiosity and persistence to move towards our vision of driving the world’s economy through disruptive innovation.

Our Mission is to help corporates disrupt markets and continuously push innovation by bringing together the best of two worlds: the vast industry experience and valuable assets of corporates, and the dynamic flexibility and intellectual freedom of startups. Together, we invest in bold ideas that will shape the future of a digital and fast-paced economy.

Bridgemaker's Origins

Our History

The world is taking huge leaps towards a digital and data-driven age. For many corporates however, it is hard to keep up with the speed and flexibility of young startups when it comes to this transition process. Having experienced both sides of the table, as a consultant for large corporations and entrepreneur, Bridgemaker CEO Henrike Luszick had the idea to combine the two worlds. She wanted to bridge the gap between corporate thinking and startup velocity. The result was Bridgemaker, a B2B company builder that supports corporates to establish a sustainable entrepreneurship to be able to maintain a leading position in their respective markets against new entrants. Founded in early spring of 2016, Bridgemaker grew fast in Berlin’s dynamic startup culture. Henrike made use of her extensive network to team up with young entrepreneurs from various backgrounds, but with the common idea of creating a golden economy. Deutsche Invest Equity Partners and the WAOW Group supported her vision and enabled Bridgemaker to become a trailblazer in disruptive corporate innovation.

Who We Are

Our Team

We are passionate problem solvers who love challenges.

Henrike Luszick
Founder & CEO

Henrike does it all: running, hiking, skiing. Born in Hannover she studied in Bergen, Kiel and Hangzhou. If you plan on having lunch with her, beware: she clinks glasses every time before she has a sip.

Thies Hofmann
Partner

As a an industrial engineer with a passion for strategy, Thies loves to Develop & implement new business models for highly complex markets. He even found the time to walk from Europe to Asia once!

Kilian Veer
Partner

Born in Ostfriesland, Kilian built his first web shop at the age of 13. After having worked for the likes of PayPal and PwC, he built QIAGEN’s digital incubator and then co-founded ZAGENO, the worlds largest biotech marketplace.

Przemek Skiba
CTO

Przemek is from Miastko, Poland and studied in Poznań where he now lives. He is a real doer and spends most of his free time on DIY-projects. When on vacation he loves to go diving.

Stefanie Ast
Venture Partner

Stefanie has many talents including tennis, golf and photography. She studied in Rotterdam, Paris and Monaco. Looking for deep conversations about quantum philosophy? Stefanie is "your man!"

Timo Heinemann
Venture Partner

Timo likes it fast. He goes kiting, skiing and snowboarding. Born in Kiel he studied in his home town, Ghent and Hangzhou. Oh, and he also likes ironing.

Axel Kalisch
Senior Venture Architect

Axel is an enthusiastic saxophonist and loves good food & wine (don't we all?). He was even accepted at a famous Berlin Art school before coming to his senses and joining Bridgemaker.

Diego Chávez Escobar
Venture Architect Tech

As a child his passion was to solve problems. Now with more tools his goal is to find the best solutions. Geek, gamer, bonsai artist, salsa dancer, chilean expat and a mountain infantry sergeant. So beware!

Alicia Faridi
Chief of Staff

Alicia was born in Remscheid and grew up in several German cities. She has lived and studied in Berlin and Madrid. Besides playing tennis she has a very special hobby: dressage (horseback riding).

David Topf
Product Manager

David was born in Wiesbaden, moved to London to study Mathematics and Physics but he has also lived in Israel and China. He loves to dance and meditate, often at the same time :D

Helena Meyer-Schönherr
Senior Venture Architect

Helena is originally from Munich but she has studied in Vallendar, Berlin, London and Paris. Obviously she loves to travel and go backpacking, preferably with a medieval novel in one - and her phone with netflix in the other hand.

Jędrzej Sadowski
Frontend Developer

Jedrzej was born in Poznań and is a particularly brave soul (he studied theoretical math). Cooking and brewing are among his favorite hobbies. Na zdrowie!

Peter Bannert
Venture Partner

Born and raised in the Odin's Forest near Heidelberg, Peter worked as an installation artist in New York and Berlin. He loves history, ancient architecture and running as long as he can, sometimes more than 50 km.

Samuel Rumpf
Venture Partner

Born and raised in Kassel, Samuel studied in Hohenheim and Valparaiso (Chile). He also lived in Buenos Aires for some time. Besides his passion for sport, he enjoys to design his own furniture.

Sebastian Bentele
Venture Architect

Cat enthusiast Sebastian studied in Konstanz and spent half a year in Shanghai. He is a man of inner balance spending his free time either running or reading.

Sebastian Kalinowski
Software Developer

Sebastian is from a small town Łowicz, Poland. He moved to Poznan for his studies and stayed. Open Source enthusiast. In his free time he enjoys cooking a good meal and looking for geocaches when riding a bike.

Alexander Hergt
Junior Marketing Manager

Born and raised in Berlin, Alex has always been a sports enthusiast. He studied Business Administration and American Studies in Potsdam and Los Angeles after he almost became a professional skijumper.

Anja Goth
UI / UX Design

Originally from Dresden, Anja has lived in Russia, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Colombia. She's a real nature lover and loves horse riding, hiking and riding her bike - no matter the weather conditions.

Christian Sedlmeier
Venture Architect

Chris was born and raised in Passau before moving to Munich and then finally to Stockholm. When not playing board games, he loves to build furniture of any kind. He's the guy to talk to when it comes to unnecessary gadgets.

Constantin Gallhöfer
Venture Architect

Berliner by choice, Cologne in his heart. Constantin studied in Italy and Denmark sparking his love for timeless design. Soccer enthusiast with a soft spot for unnecessary statistics, lover of whisky and American late-night shows.

Elisabeth Sabeditsch
Venture Architect

Born in Vienna, Elisabeth studied in Vancouver and lived in Sherbrook for some time. She loves traveling, skiing, soccer and as a little coffee addict she enjoys discovering nice cafes in new places.

Julius Balzien
Venture Architect

Julius was born in Bonn, went to boarding school in Scotland and did his masters in Madrid. He loves sports and gets exited over politics. Julius never says no to a glass of red wine.

Konstantin Mahnel
Venture Architect

Born and raised in the capital of Bavaria, Konstantin has studied and worked in four different countries ending up in San Francsico where he dived deep into the tech-scene. He will always have a smile on his face.

Melissa Williams
UX Designer

Mel was born and raised in California and lived in Australia for a year. She loves oil painting and birdwatching (because she's a nerd) and has an undiagnosed addiction to peanut butter.

Michał Czekała
Software Developer

Born in Kościan, Michal studied computer science in Poznań fell in love in the city. Blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiast. In his spare time, he likes learning about blockchain coding and crypto currency trading.

Paweł Kędzia
Software Developer

Pawel was born in Kalisz, the oldest city in Poland. He studied computer science in Poznań and deciced to stay after his studies. He loves doing diffrent sports like tennis and is totally into drones.

Sören Brosch
Venture Architect

Originally from Hannover, Sören has studied in Groningen, Rotterdam and Seoul. He is a well-travelled man, having lived in Uganda and Switzerland. Sören likes it classy: He plays pétanque and savors good wine.

Cátia Rocha Quezada
UX Designer

Cátia was born in Lisbon and studied on there as well as in Paris and Budapest. She enjoys discovering new music at gigs, loves watching Netflix and travels whenever she can. She loves literally every dog on this planet.

Jannes Köpcke
Junior Venture Architect

Jannes is a child of the North. He was born in Hamburg, where he lived until he studied in Bremen and Shanghai. I bet you can't hold back your sneeze and transform it into a cloud of smoke. Well, he can!

John Dahler
Junior Venture Architect

Born in the South of Hamburg, John has studied in Madrid and Ann Arbor (US). He moved out at the age of 16 to live in Canada for 2 years. Passionate Tennis and Soccer player.

Lisa Saegert
Working Student HR

Born in Berlin and raised in Potsdam, Lisa is now studying in Wildau. She went backpacking in Australia and Asia for 1.5 years and loves sports and techno music just like cozy evenings with her friends.

Marco Weiss
Working Student Finance

Soccer, Snowboarding, Wakeboarding, Skyjumping, Volleyball, ... Marco loves all kinds of sports, but doesn't like watching them on TV. After finishing an apprenticeship as a bank clerk, he started studying business in Berlin.

Oleg Kersken
Junior Venture Architect

Raised in Gießen, Oleg studied in Frankfurt (Oder), Warsaw and Singapore. He is a big food lover and enjoys to travel whenever he can. He's so crazy about Pho noodlesoup that he writes a rating about every Pho he eats.

Théophile Moulin
Junior Venture Architect

Born in Paris, Théo started studying in France before moving to Berlin. He is crazy about music playing the violin and producing his own electronic music. Once, he was even the manager of famous techno DJ Dasha Rush.

Wissem Yahiaoui
Working Student IT

Wissem was born in Tunis and moved to Berlin in 2015. Among his many hobbies are climbing, coding, reading and listening to his favorite music. He enjoys the contrast of tinkering around with electronic stuff and exercising.

Christopher Leunert
Junior Venture Architect

Born and raised in beautiful Potsdam, Christopher went on to study in Reutlingen, Singapore and San Jose. He has been selected for the German Volleyball youth national team, and is now practicing for his next triahtlon.

Join us! 

Become a Bridgemaker and become part of our passionate team. We are looking for enthusiastic personalities with entrepreneurial spirit who want to be actively involved at the forefront of disruptive innovation!

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