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Tina Ruseva

Founder & CEO Mentessa 🚀 We're hiring

New York, NY, USA

Big & Growing New Work Festival

Big & Growing New Work Festival


Tina Ruseva is the founder & CEO of Mentessa, the future of work platform that helps everyone in the workforce to maximize their potential at work, and the Big & Growing New Work Festival, the biggest future of work conference in the DACH region. She is a social entrepreneur, actively engaging for diversity, empowerment, and inclusion ever since 2009, the mother of 2 girls, and the author of numerous articles and the book "Big Heart Ventures".As a female founder, festival host, coach, public speaker, and author she has inspired women and young entrepreneurs in Germany for mastering technology as means for social progress and innovation. She is an active mentor for women in STEM at the TU Munich, Technovation Girls, Techstars, Project Together, and frequently organizes local round tables and events for founders. As a tech-savvy female founder she is a regular jury member and speaker at academic entrepreneurship events like e.g. the Jacobs Startup Competition.She and her different initiatives have been awarded and featured numerous times by the press (Die Zeit, Financial Times, Deutsche Welle). In 2020 Tina Ruseva was nominated for the Impact of Diversity Award by the Women Career Index (FkI) and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. In 2019 she has published her first book: “Big Heart Ventures: Purpose-driven Entrepreneurship for the Next Age of Technology” with the mission to inspire young founders for integrity and social entrepreneurship as a means to help tackle global challenges like the climate change or the increasing inequality and digital divide.🏋️‍♀️ References-----------------World Innovation Summit, BIZBarcelona, Startup Weekend, Google Zukunftswerkstatt, Falling Walls Lab, Pioneers, TUM, LMU, HHL, EUBC, Zeppelin Universität, Jacobs University, Research in Germany, DAAD, Junge IKT Wirtschaft, IKOM, Hannover Messe, CeBIT, Rotary Club, Expat Conference, Do Work You Love, and many more🎉 Learn more:


Simulation #527 Dr. Tina Ruseva - The Purpose of Start-Up


  • Founder

    Big & Growing New Work Festival

    February 2019 - Present • 4 yrs 8 mos

    Big & Growing is the largest conference on the future of work in the DACH region. As a think tank with over 5,000 visitors a year, we understand ourselves as the voice, community, and source of energy for a new working life and a purpose-driven economy. #futureofwork... read more


  • Technical University of Munich

    Master of Business Administration, Technology and Innovation Management

    2005 - 2009

  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

    Diplom, Computer Science, Communication Science

    2003 - 2007

  • Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridsk

    Doctor of Philosophy, Innovation Management

    2011 - 2015