Johannes Zier is the head of the Startup Service at the University of Potsdam, which has received several awards throughout Germany, and together with his team supports 30 innovative start-ups
per year in their foundation. He is a trained banker and a successful graduate of the University of Potsdam's Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship
and Political and Administrative Sciences.
Before joining Startup Service, he built up the Startup Academy at the Potsdam Science Park and worked as a project manager in various functions. Johannes Zier is also co-founder of the
nationwide association "Denkfabrik Hochschulen & Entrepreneurship" (think tank universities & entrepreneurship) and is actively involved in the establishment and further development of
regional, national and international start-up ecosystems as well as the orchestration of innovation centres.
Visions for the Start-up Ecosystem in Potsdam and