Meet the Team

We are a global scale-up centre focused on deep-tech startups whose activity makes positive impact on the sustainability and climate agenda. The GEC operates as an impact investor and innovation hub for scaling sustainable technological innovation and entrepreneurship. 


Friedrich Barth

Founder & CEO

Sebastian Gronwald

Co-Founder & CFO

Start-up Fotos rund (14)

Daniella Russo

Chief Innovation Officer

Start-up Fotos rund (13)

Dr. Gregory Baxter

Chief Science Officer

Scaling Factory Team


Anna Demes

Deputy Director Scaling Factory & Venture Developer Textiles

Henrik Nohr

Venture Developer Building & Living

María Garrido

Venture Developer Food & Agriculture

Catalyst Team

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Katarzyna Dembska

Director Catalyst Programme

Ursula Homepage

Ursula Opper

Programme & Academy Manager

Science & Sustainability Team

Lisette Fortanier-Weege

Sustainability Manager

Dr. Svetlana Nikolić Poligenis

Senior Scientific Advisor

Ecosystem & Communication Team

Britta Lange

Director, Global Ecosystem Management

Marina Ćorić

Communication & Marketing Manager

Central Services

Max Pricken


Victoria Homepage

Victoria Klohr

Office & Social Media Manager

Luisa Homepage

Luisa Hillebrand

Location Management

Laura Hanssen

Working Student

GEC Team Website


Feel Good Manager