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, Principal at German Media Pool, 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 spent one semester in Israel at Recanati Business School/Tel Aviv University. Read more about Luise on LinkedIn.

Dennis Ahrling (Investment Manager)

Dennis came to German Media Pool from Keadyn Ventures, an Amsterdam-based early stage VC. He now is our Investment Manager. 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.


Christina Meyer-Grunwald (Accountant and Controller)

Christina is GMPVC's Accountant and Controller, overseeing all financials related to our investments and media invoicing. Christina brings order and sanity to our daily business. She previously was Managing Director of an independent marketing and communications agency. Christina also has experience as an accountant for a large events space in Berlin. She graduated with a business administration degree at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.


Helge Giro (Summer Investment Analyst)

Helge is Summer Investment Analyst at GMPVC in 2019. He has relevant experience from working with different startups and interning at an audit and consulting firm. Helge holds a degree in Business Administration and is about to finish his Master in Management with a focus on strategy at the University of Goettingen. Read more about Helge on LinkedIn.