THE FOUNDERS FOUNDATION FOR OWL

With the Founders Foundation, we want to start sustainably stimulating the culture of entrepreneurship right here in our region.

Get to know the people who want to turn this idea into real impact:

Sebastian Borek

Sebastian Borek

Co-Founder & CEO

Sebastian gained his initial experience around the turn of the millennium at a New York start-up. This was followed by an MBA and positions at the Bertelsmann concern and in entrepreneurship, angel investments, SMEs, and a Berlin start-up – providing a unique mixture and broad variety of experiences and networks. He has been living in OWL with his wife and four children for ten years. All of this means that he has the perfect profile to develop and lead an organization that aims to create the ideal conditions for company founders in the region.

Dominik Gross

Dominik Gross

Co-Founder & CFO

Dominik managed and helped to conceive the Founders Foundation entrepreneurial project by the Bertelsmann Foundation from day one. In the project phase, he familiarized himself with and analyzed numerous domestic and international start-up ecosystems and further extended his comprehensive wealth of experience. Since the establishment of the Founders Foundation, Dominik has held the position of CFO. His core areas of expertise are in organizational development and process and stakeholder management, as well as the operational areas of human resources, controlling, and finances –expertisewhich he honed further in his many years of activity at the Bertelsmann Foundation and in close collaboration with the board of trustees, management board, and executives. Dominik is an economics graduate and has lived in OWL since 2008.

Jana Hortebusch


Jana Hortebusch


Project Manager

During and after her degree in business studies, Jana gained experience in Germany and abroad in the FMCG, consulting, and nonprofit sectors, with posts in human resources, supply chain management, and the management board area. Her time at the Bertelsmann Foundation, which is the source of the Founders Foundation as an independent initiative, was the activity that had the greatestinfluence on her. Jana has accompanied the project from the very beginning and is developing the Events division of the Founders Foundation as a project manager.

Julia Trulley

Julia Trulley

Manager Marketing

Annalena Koppmann

Annalena Koppmann

Project Manager Founders Education

Our Entrepreneurs in Residence work on their own ideas and are simultaneously Founders Foundation ambassadors.

Eyüp Aramaz


Eyüp Aramaz


Entrepreneur in Residence

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Tristan Niewöhner

Tristan Niewöhner


Entrepreneur in Residence

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Tobias Pfaff


Tobias Pfaff


Entrepreneur in Residence

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If successful, the model will be transferred to other regions. It was with this in mind that the Bertelsmann Foundationestablished Founders Foundation gGmbH. It will be involved in a holistic, comprehensive concept and motivate people to embark on starting innovative new companies, train them to that end, and support them in the first steps toward their own start-up with space, further education, mentoring, coaching, and helpful services.

Jörg Dräger

Jörg Dräger

Representative of the partners and member of the management board of the Bertelsmann Foundation

“As a foundation, we have a societal mission. Part of that is educating the next generation of entrepreneurs.”

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