We connect, grow and empower innovative companies.
As a journalist at heart, Kerstin used to work for well-known media outlets such as Burda or Holtzbrinck and in political communications. In 2011 she fell in love with Berlin and its thriving startup ecosystem and started working as a communication consultant with focus on technology startups and companies. She joined Tech Open Air (TOA) in the early days and shortly after, together with Niko and Carolin, the idea was born to rethink consulting from a new, entrepreneurial point of view.
Carolin - one of the few native Berliners out there - fell for the startup scene way before the big buzz started. While studying media economics and communications, she already started working for a music startup in 2007 and led the communications and marketing team for several years. In the meantime she also consulted bigger brands and produced events for clients such as Funny Frisch and Nissan. Afterwards she decided to concentrate on communication consultancy for technology startups. This was when she met Kerstin and Niko. That is how the story began…
Niko started out in the publishing world before diving deep into startup entrepreneurship. After starting his first company (acquired by Daily Deal), he worked on the dark side (yes, in Venture Capital) and as Business Development Manager EMEA for Amazon. His heart and soul lies within the three companies he co-founded and where he is still involved with to this day: Tech Open Air (TOA), Ahoy! Berlin and Openers.
Openers is part of the Tech Open family, next to Tech Open Air, Europe's largest interdisciplinary technology festival, and Ahoy! Berlin, a 5000qm Co-Working space in Berlin Wedding. Our Tech Open Family mission is to empower entrepreneurship.
We don’t consult, we empower!
At Openers, we see ourselves as hands-on facilitators at the intersection of innovation. While we like to soil our hands - literally - and to tackle problems, we also believe in sharing our knowledge. We want to empower our partners in crime to eventually take on challenges themselves rather than making them dependent on us just for the sake of it.
We're entrepreneurs at heart.
Community, communications and event measurements can be great companions for business development, brand building, marketing and sales - once you align them properly. We love seeing the impact of our work on business growth. The premise: you share all your strategies candidly with us!
We're visionary souls with a pragmatic twist.
While we love creative thinking and making the impossible possible, we are also big advocates of “Butter bei die Fische”, as you would say in German. Put up or shut up! is often the only workaround to get news stories out there and events up and running!
We are AM.
The earlier we can join the process of strategizing your communications, event, community or innovation approach, the better we can act upon it. Please don’t call us to just spread your press release!