Markus Sauerhammer is the Head of Cooperation at Startnext, the biggest reward crowdfunding platform in the German-speaking area. He once worked as a farmer and served as a start-up consultant at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Munich. Markus studied Marketing and Management and holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He has accompanied over 1,500 founders on their way to independence and set up new services for crowdfunding and for promoting innovative startups. Beside his job he is Vice Chair Reward Crowdfunding at the European Crowdfunding Network, coordinator social entrepreneurship at the German startup association and chairman at the Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany.