Niko’s passion for all things tech and interdisciplinary knowledge exchange only matches his dedication to creating the perfect avocado shake for whoever visits him at Ahoy! Berlin—the 20,000 square foot space for coworking and innovation he co-founded in 2012. As well as a second Ahoy! in São Paulo, Brazil, Woischnik has unarguably put his mark on Berlin. He’s founded TechBerlin, the city’s first English-language blog and a one-stop hub for Berlin techies, and Tech Open Air, Europe’s largest interdisciplinary tech festival, the sixth edition of which is this July at the iconic Funkhaus Berlin.
This year, TOA expects 20,000+ visitors, 150+ speakers from 30+ countries as well as 200+ satellite events. As if those aren’t enough, TOA has now expanded to host Openers—a place that helps tech companies go global and corporates connect with the international startup community—and events worldwide with TOA WorldTour, also his brainchild.
In addition to the above Niko has also consulted international companies (i.e. Eventbrite, Twitter, Spotify) and large German corporates (i.e. Axel Springer) on how to best tap into this growing source of innovation. Currently he serves as a Board Member at Zeitbild Stiftung, a foundation focussing on immigrant education and integration and as an advisor to a few startups (Stylemarks, Shadow, Flinx, Termine24.)
Prior to entering the world of entrepreneurship Niko worked in international publishing, advertising and media at Zeitbild and Asap Worldwide. Niko firmly believes that entrepreneurship is a force for good and that a thriving startup community is essential to nurturing that spirit.