About us

Frankfurt-based TechQuartier serves as a focal access point to the startup and FinTech community in the largest financial center in continental Europe.

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We are an international community, bringing together the greatest minds and talents from industry and academia. With our unique network of corporate and technology partners, service providers, investors, academic institutions and government officials, we offer an ideal environment for ambitious entrepreneurs to trade ideas and scale their businesses.

With several floors of modern workspace, including private offices, meeting rooms and event space, TechQuartier is the best place to start and grow your business. We invite startups from Frankfurt Rhine-Main and international companies to set up their office in Europe’s financial headquarter.

Our numerous events and programs offer an exciting platform for trading ideas and experimenting with future technology and business models.

We are here to stay. We invest in our talent because we believe this is the only way to stay ahead. By creating new programs and platforms to foster entrepreneurial spirit and skills, we expose students and young professionals to innovation.

We all have one mission: to promote the regional startup ecosystem and foster innovation locally, nationally and globally.

TechQuartier is supported by Goethe University, Technical University of Darmstadt and Wirtschafts- und Infrastrukturbank Hessen. It has been selected as the German Fintech Hub within the Digital Hub Initiative, run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (de:hub).

Our team

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  • Dr. Sebastian Schaefer
    Dr. Sebastian Schaefer
    Managing Director
  • Dr. Thomas Funke
    Dr. Thomas Funke
    Co-Director
  • Melanie Borst
    Melanie Borst
    Project Manager
  • Dominik H. Zborek
    Dominik H. Zborek
    Research Assistant
Dr. Sebastian Schaefer
Managing Director

Sebastian has a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. With many years of practical experiences in different positions in and outside of academia he has gained valuable insights and has developed a unique perspective of how to design and foster dynamic ecosystems. Together with his team and his partners, Sebastian aims at promoting the startup scene Frankfurt Rhine-Main as one of the leading Startup- and Fintech Hubs in Europe.

Dr. Thomas Funke
Co-Director

Entrepreneurship has fascinated Thomas since he set up a course at university in 2008 that allowed students to start their own businesses. He is especially motivated by seeing how starting a business can release new forces in young people that lead to a completely strengthened self-efficacy. Thomas Funke is particularly fascinated by training and educating young entrepreneurs. Furthermore, he loves measuring and decoding the different entrepreneurship ecosystems.

He just recently published a book on entrepreneurship ecosystems with FAZ Buchverlag with the title: „Beyond Silicon Valley: Examples of Successful Entrepreneurship Ecosystems“. He also serves as academic contributor for the renown Global Startup Ecosystem Report by Silicon Valley based company Compass, which just recently published the top 20 startup ecosystems ranking.

Melanie Borst
Project Manager

Melanie has 10+ years of experience in event and project management. In recent years, Melanie has been involved with the Unibator – the innovation and startup hot spot of Goethe University.
At TechQuartier she is responsible for the implementation of the overall concept and the execution of long-term development of TechQuartier. Furthermore Melanie coordinates the event business. From ideation to delivery, she plans with great attention to timing, budgeting and creative detail – to make sure that the big picture comes together perfectly.

Dominik H. Zborek
Research Assistant

Dominik, Research Assistant at TQ. Financial literate and currently writing his master thesis in international economics. Experience in public business development. Has worked as a assistant project manager for the implementation of SAP in a german branch of a S&P 500 firm. Extensive use of latest tech and french anecdotes.

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