Team & Partner

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Since 2012, Ralph Sonntag has been head of the start-up incubator "Gründungsschmiede" at the HTW and has accompanied more than 100 founders on their way to their own company in the last 10 years. He is involved in Startsocial and futureSAX, sits on expert committees of various start-up competitions and is very well networked in the regional start-up ecosystem. After studying business administration and earning his doctorate, he worked for an international strategy and technology consultancy, founded a start-up and a communications agency and has been a professor of multimedia marketing at the HTW since 2004. The topic of social entrepreneurship and sustainable start-ups are particularly close to his heart.


As a start-up coach, Heinrich advises HTW students on all matters relating to start-ups and accompanies them from the initial idea to the launch of the company. His consulting focus is on the development of financing concepts and the use of subsidies. The graduate in business administration and HTW alumnus is himself a multiple founder and knows the individual start-up steps and their stumbling blocks. When he is not at the Gründungsschmiede, he works as a management consultant for small and medium-sized enterprises in the region and thus always keeps his knowledge up to date.


The graduate engineer in process engineering advises researchers at the HTW on all topics related to the exploitation of research results in a spin-off. Julia has valuable start-up experience, which she has gained in various start-ups since 2014. In addition to her work at the Gründungsschmiede, she has been successful on the market with her own company since 2018.


Susann is responsible for communication and events at Gründungsschmiede. Getting students, researchers and employees of the HTW excited about the interesting topic of start-ups is particularly close to her heart. After studying business administration with a focus on marketing, she gained several years of experience in B2B marketing at international companies at home and abroad. In addition to her work at the Gründungsschmiede, she works as a PR consultant for IT companies.


At Gründungschmiede, Marlen supports the areas of marketing, events and consulting as a project employee. Already during her studies, she built her first start-up in the field of smart gardening with Pflanznest and now regularly passes on her experience to the young founding teams. Marlen successfully completed her master's degree in philosophy at the TU Dresden. She is also involved in the STREAM project, which promotes the transfer of entrepreneurial skills to alumni in the MENA region.


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In the dresdenIexists network, more than 20 employees with more than 20 years of experience in the field of start-up projects and company formation are at your disposal. We bundle our know-how from the most diverse sectors to lead your start-up to success. The dresdenIexists Team


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