Our STORY
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Founded in Munich in 2016 with the vision of enabling effective mentoring for people of all diversity groups, Volunteer Vision has since become a fast-growing social tech start-up. With our online mentoring software, we now connect companies and NGOs around the world.

our FOUNDERs

Julia Winkler, co-founder of Volunteer Vision.
Julia Winkler
Co-CEO
Julia is an advocate for social engagement and has always been committed to helping disadvantaged youth around the world, both privately and professionally. Equal opportunities and education are very close to her heart. Julia studied Public Management and Governance at Zeppelin University and the London School of Economics and has held professional positions at Allianz, Ashoka and KfW.
Suska Dreesbach, co-founder of Volunteer Vision.
Dr. Suska Dreesbach
Co-CEO
Suska is an expert in impact measurement and synchronous digital learning. Her professional source of happiness are the daily success stories of Volunteer Vision users worldwide. Suska studied business administration at the LMU, did her doctorate on the human resource development effects of corporate volunteering at the University of Hamburg, ETH Zurich and Harvard, and has held professional positions at Allianz, the Max Planck Foundation, and LGT Capital Partners, among others.
Simon Fakir, co-founder of Volunteer Vision.
Simon Fakir
CTO
Simon's goal is to use his IT and business skills to solve real life social challenges. Empowering people to help themselves is his driving force. Simon studied Information Systems and Technology Management at the TU Munich, the University of California at Berkeley and the CDTM. Since his early youth, he has worked as a consultant and IT specialist, among others for Deutsche Bahn and Siemens.

our milestones

2016

Our journey begins: Suska, Julia and Simon found Volunteer Vision and receive the EXIST start-up scholarship. A beta version of the software is launched and the first clients and NGOs test our format in the MVP version.

The founder team: Simon Fakir, Suska Dreesbach and Julia Winkler.
A screenshot of the beta version of our platform.

2017

In our Series A all-female financing round, we are able to convince the Munich-based BonVenture Group with its fund for social entrepreneurship. We relaunch our software and are able to onboard our first international customers.

2018

Our content portfolio now includes over 60 live mentoring modules. We are constantly developing our platform with numerous new features. We are also automating a large part of the mentoring workflow processes to guarantee an even smoother user journey.

Flyers for some of our mentoring programs on top of each other.
A world map showing how many people around the world we are connecting with our online mentoring platform.

2019

Over 5,000 users from over 60 countries belong to our mentoring community. The platform is now available in German, English and Spanish.

2020

With the Volunteer Vision Training Center, we are launching a comprehensive new feature through which we certify our users as mentoring and inclusion experts through video tutorials and tests.

The first video of our Online Training Center.
A mockup of the different people that are working at Volunteer Vision.

2021

Volunteer Vision is growing rapidly - our team now consists of 25 people. We are working on learning journeys that users can put together individually, on interactive, editable content and we are preparing a community portal.

WATCH A DEMO OF OUR PLATFORM!

Watch the demo video to get an insight into the key features of our mentoring platform.
Volunteer Vision logo.
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