Companisto is equity-based crowdfunding in start-ups. Crowdinvesting (which is similar to crowdfunding for start-ups) means that many people team up to invest in a young company (start-up) collectively. None of them could participate on their own because several thousand euros are necessary for this.
Together, the investors – referred to as Companists – can participate in the company with an investment amount of their choice and thus raise the required funds. In return for their investment, the Companists receive a share of the profit and, most importantly, of the value of the start-up.
Companisto is a recent coinage, which is derived from the terms “company” and “companions.” It hints at the cooperation of companies and their supporters (Companists) that exists in the case of equity-based crowdfunding and crowdfunding for start-ups.
Companisto provides investors access to high-growth-potential startups in Germany.
David Rhotert is general manager of Companisto and specializes in consulting start-ups as an independent lawyer.Already during his studies, he founded "partycard," his first start-up, in 2001, which he managed together with Tamo Zwinge until they sold their shares in 2005. He knows the challenges and difficulties young company founders are faced with from his own experience. Crowdinvesting is meant to improve this situation.David was born in Berlin and studied law at the Freie Universität Berlin. He was employed by the research and documentation service of the German Bundestag before he worked in the legal department of a major German company in Beijing for some time. During his work in two large international law firms, he also gained an in-depth knowledge in the domain of mergers & acquisitions. He is a member of the "Kompetenzteam Mittelstand" (team of experts on small and medium enterprises) and of the committee for innovation, technology, and industry of the Berlin chamber of industry and commerce (IHK Berlin). Since 2011, he is involved in the project "IchMachMichSelbständig.de" of the Berlin chamber of industry and commerce and supports the Wirtschaftsjunioren (young entrepreneurs) Berlin. He is also a member of the Genshagener Kreis (Genshagen circle), an association established by the Einstein Foundation Berlin in order to improve communication between leaders from the areas of business, science, arts, and culture.
Companisto, a German equity-based crowdfunding platform, has so far raised €4.5 million ($6.25 milli