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Christoph Räthke
Berlin Startup Academy
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Christoph Räthke

Company: Berlin Startup Academy
Title: Founder
Location: Berlin, Germany
Fields of operation: Digital, Technology

I'm the founder of Berlin's boutique accelerator program Berlin Startup Academy, and develop and teach entrepreneurship methods to both startup and corporate founders. Having joined my first startup team in 1999, I've been hosting tech events since 2008, leading accelerators since 2010, and presenting Germany's most successful talk show on entrepreneurship since 2013. In the past two years, I have been particularly active working with leadership teams of large German and European corporations and - in my role as a BMW Foundation "Responsible Leader" - social startups, helping both to make use of digitalization to re-organize, scale, and thrive. My first eBook, "Das Richtige gründen" (German only) is out since July 2016. And whenever I get the opportunity to contribute something meaningful, I love to be a speaker, host, or mentor at startup conferences around the globe. Plus, I've been a guitarist since forever, and the (way too) many electric guitars in my apartment bear witness to my inability to withstand temptation to buy ever more of them. The only thing I've properly studied, however, has nothing to do with startups, music, or football. I have a degree in Ancient History (Greeks and Romans), so I'm always up for discussing the Lakedaimonion Politeia or the crisis of the Greek polis in the 4th century B.C. For the full picture, you're welcome to check out my [Linkedin](https://www.linkedin.com/in/christophraethke/?locale=de_DE); see [AngelList](https://angel.co/chr1stoph) for my startup investments.