Pina Earth is building a suite of digital tools for data collection, monitoring, and certification of forest carbon projects. EU forests are at high risk due to climate change. With Pina Earth, forest owners can start high-quality carbon projects on their properties and use the new income stream to prepare their forests for a changing climate. Founded only last year, the startup already has active pilot projects on over 1,000 hectare (∼2,500 acres) in Germany. The founders met at CDTM and joined their expertise in sustainability science, software engineering, and machine learning to help EU forests.
I have a background in environmental studies (PhD @LMU, M.Sc., @TU Munich) and business (C-level consulting at Kearney, Audi). Before founding Pina Earth, I co-led the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM) in Munich for the four years of my doctoral research. At CDTM, I taught entrepreneurship and was responsible for partnerships (with e.g. Siemens AI, Adidas) as well as recruiting. CDTM is also where I met my co-founders, Jonas and Florian.
My main study background is in HCI (M.Sc. @ LMU in Munich, Germany). I specialized in affective computing & decision-support systems for expert users. Additionally, I attended an add-on study program in Technology Management @ the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM) where I also met my co-founders. Since the beginning of my studies, I was working as a full-stack web and app developer at various early-stage start-ups including Alasco, ORDA, and ShoeSizeMe.
I am a technology enthusiast and I am working on the Pina quantification backend to accurately determine the carbon credits for forest restructuring projects using remote sensing and climate-sensitive forest simulation. But when I am not developing tree detection algorithms or implementing tree risk models from research papers, I am working on my (never-ending) project of soldering a DIY modular synthesizer for techno music.