The Prototype Fund team provides advice and support to the projects during the funding period. In addition to project support and program management, the Prototype Fund conducts research – for example, on the question of how the community of freelance developers and the innovation potential from society can be promoted and used. In addition, the team works on the continuous development of the program, because that is also what the Prototype Fund is: a prototype itself.

Team Members

Marie Kreil

Co-Director / Program Management


Marie manages the Prototype Fund together with Patricia. She also manages the projects during their funding period. She studied cultural journalism and researched new models for online journalism platforms. Since then, she has worked as a freelance journalist, campaigner, communications officer, infosec trainer and event organizer for various projects in journalism, privacy and open source.




Patricia Leu

Co-Director / Communication and Content


Patricia manages the Prototype Fund together with Marie. She is also responsible for the communication of the Prototype Fund. She studied religion and culture in Berlin and did research on medial discourse hegemony. Previously, she worked in public relations for various NGOs.


Porträtbild Sophia Schulze Schleithoff

Sophia Schulze Schleithoff

Accompanying Research


Sophia is responsible for conducting accompanying research and for organising events at the Prototype Fund. She studied politics, economics, and philosophy in Hamburg.


Porträtbild Marie-Lena Wiese

Marie-Lena Wiese

Program Management


Marie-Lena manages the funded projects at the Prototype Fund. She studied Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science in Halle, Marburg and Cairo. Previously, she worked in a project for digital democracy promotion.


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Paul Robben



Paul is responsible for communication at the Prototype Fund. He studied mathematics and is active in the climate justice movement. Previously, he worked at BUND e.V., where he organized the Bits & Bäume Conference 2022.



Jessica Binsch

Cosmin Cabulea

Francesca Giacco

Adriana Groh

Felizitas Fauther

Thomas Friese

Claudia Jach



Julia Kloiber

Fiona Krakenbürger

Elisa Lindinger

Katharina Meyer

Joram Schwartzmann

Eileen Wagner