Meet the team: Tim-Daniel Schulz
Tim-Daniel Schulz is the Event and Office Manager at the ProVeg Incubator. Tim was born in Berlin, but grew up in the very north of Germany, in a small town in Schleswig-Holstein, by the Baltic Sea. He came back to Berlin in 2014 and joined ProVeg in 2019.
Tim-Daniel, what do you do at the ProVeg Incubator?
I am responsible for supporting most of the things that happen in the Incubator as a space. This includes, for example, special live events like our Startup Demo Day, webinars, tastings, meetups, and external events.
Lately, these events happen online mostly, so I’ve turned into an expert of sorts for anything Zoom or webinar-related. On top of that, I make sure that everything needed for the day-to-day business at the co-working space is there and working.
How did you land this position?
After I finished my B.A. Language & Communication I started an internship at an event and promotion agency in Berlin. That then turned into my first full-time job. Having been vegan for a couple of years, I decided I wanted to work in that area as well.
I first got in touch with ProVeg by helping to organise the Vegan Summerfest Berlin in 2018. I stayed in touch with some of the people working here and eventually, when the position at the Incubator opened, I had to apply!
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love the vibe at the Incubator. We have a small team with great chemistry, and being surrounded by these highly motivated startup founders and their exciting projects is super inspiring. Also, I love our open co-working space.
What are some of the challenges of your job?
The main challenge for me is to get events — online and offline — off the ground that get as many of our stakeholders interested as possible. Lately, of course, everything has to happen online and it’s getting more and more difficult to get people excited about webinars and online events in general.
What are the values that drive you?
I want to be part of the solution to many issues the world is facing these days. Helping people to change their lifestyle towards a more or completely plant-based one by presenting them great alternatives, not by being judgy or talking them into it (because that only works with very few people), seems like a good approach.
Tell us three interesting facts about yourself?
- As a child, I once had a main part in an episode of a German TV show about coastguards.
- My vegan journey started through sheer curiosity (leaving away meat for a month with my flatmate). Other aspects like health and ethics came into play later on, as I educated myself.
- I am able to stay calm in very stressful situations.
What are your top three podcast/book/documentary recommendations?
- Podcast: Wind of Change — great if you are into history and/or spy stories and find conspiracy theories and their origins fascinating.
- Book: Watchmen (a graphic novel, I hope that counts) — pro tip: after reading it, definitely watch the HBO series by the same name, too!
- Documentary: The Game Changers — had to sneak a little bit of vegan propaganda in here 😉 Seriously though, it’s pretty well-done (and, as far as I know, well-researched. Even if some people like to suggest the opposite). Definitely worth a watch.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
The most frequent thing would be Crossfit. I also love to watch movies (preferably in an actual cinema) and cooking.
If your flat was on fire and you could only save one item (assume family and pets are safe) what would it be?
The watch my father gave to me when I was 15.