Kristina Peneva

"Small and large-scale innovation can bring about positive social change. Therefore, we need more creative ideas from courageous innovators in order to jointly address the challenges of present and future generations."

+49 (0) 30 310078-5663


  • Consulting, financing and promotion of start-ups in technological and non-technological fields
  • Business model development and innovation
  • Evaluations in the field of innovation policy, esp. regional start-up ecosystems
  • Public relations, moderation and conception of events, workshops and podcasts


Kristina Peneva studied political science focussing on European integration and energy policy at Free University Berlin and Sciences Po Paris. After graduating she worked in Berlin‘s start-up scene as start-up consultant and as public funding advisor before joining the leading crowd-investing platform in the DACH-market as campaign manager.

Since 2017 she is scientific consultant at the iit within the VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH in the focus area of society and innovation, group data economy und business models. Her main work areas are the assessment and supervision of start-up and R&D-projects as well as the conceptualisation and organisation of events for start-ups.


Peneva, Kristina; Zinke, Guido; Petzolt, Stefan: Start-up Support System Hamburg: Trends und Potenziale (in Arbeit)