Aljoscha Kaplan (Managing Partner & Co-Founder)

Aljoscha is Co-Founder and Managing Director of German Media Pool. Previously, he supported mayato, a specialized BA/BI consultancy, worked at a VC and as Senior Consultant for Ernst & Young in Washington D.C. and Stuttgart. Aljoscha holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Management Science from Humboldt-University Berlin and a B.Sc. in Economics and Statistics from The George Washington University. Read more about Aljoscha on LinkedIn.

Niko Waesche (Managing Partner & Co-Founder)

Niko co-founded German Media Pool with Aljoscha in 2011. Niko has over fifteen years of media industry experience, for example, as Global Industry Head for Media & Entertainment at GfK and Partner at IBM Global Business Services, leading IBM's European Media & Entertainment Industry practice. Niko also worked in VC and helped set up a corporate accelerator. He has a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics as well as other degrees. Follow Niko on Twitter or read more about him on LinkedIn.

Luise Gruner (Principal)

Luise is Principal at German Media Pool. She started her career within the digital investment holding of Axel Springer SE and subsequently co-initated the Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator. After Axel Springer, Luise started an equity crowd funding platform for a Swiss VC. Luise holds a Master in Management from ESCP Europe. In addition to her studies in the UK and France, Luise studied one semester in Israel at Recanati Business School/Tel Aviv University. Read more about Luise on LinkedIn.


Dennis Ahrling (Venture Associate)

Dennis is Venture Associate at German Media Pool. He started his career at Keadyn Ventures, an Amsterdam-based early stage VC. As a co-founder of Angel Island, he regularly brings together the European startup and investor eco-system on a private island in Amsterdam. Dennis holds a M.Sc. Strategic Entrepreneurship from the Rotterdam School of Management and a Master of Finance from ESADE, Barcelona. Follow Dennis on Twitter or read more about him on LinkedIn.


Lili Rothmann (Office Manager/ Controller)

Lili is Office Manager and Controller at German Media Pool. She has worked in the entertainment and music industry, for example at the concert agency Boldt Berlin. At the moment, Lili is completing her Business Studies Bachelor at HTW Berlin. Find out more about Lili on LinkedIn.