FOR STUDENTS — FROM STUDENTS

Our mission is to bring together entrepreneurially-minded students from diverse backgrounds and support them on their journey to create value through technology and entrepreneurship. To fulfill this promise, we rely on the active contribution of our members.

START Munich members looking back

How We Organize

First of all, we do not have a real hierarchy. There are two reasons for this. The first one is obvious: hierarchies are no fun. The second might be slightly less obvious: hierarchies are great for planning and top-down control. However, telling a group of smart and motivated people what to do, is just an utter waste of talent and energy. We trust our members, so we do not require a culture of adherence and control. See more in our Handbook.

The Board

The role of our board is to empower our squads (see below) and ensure alignment between squads and the objectives of START Munich. Their role is not to micro-manage. The board might guide or make suggestions, however the final decisions will be made by our squads.

Jan Eckstein
Jan Eckstein
President
Nikita Makarov
Nikita Makarov
Vice President
Julian Deschler
Julian Deschler
MD Finance
Sebastian Geiger
Sebastian Geiger
MD HR
Sebastian Simmel
Sebastian Simmel
MD Digital
Julian Deschler
Julian Deschler
MD Finance
Sebastian Geiger
Sebastian Geiger
MD HR
Sebastian Simmel
Sebastian Simmel
MD Digital
Jan Eckstein
Jan Eckstein
President
Nikita Makarov
Nikita Makarov
Vice President & MD Program

The Squads

Our squads are autonomous and cross-functional units that each focus on a chosen project. The outcome of a project must be a fully functional product - an example would be a hackathon. Squads are teams of up to six people who focus on one project and all the skills and resources needed in order to achieve the desired outcome of the project - hence they are cross-functional or interdisciplinary.
See a comprehensive overview of existing squads in our Handbook.

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