Companisto enables small investors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to invest in start-ups and growth companies that are not yet listed on the stock exchange. Thereby, not only potentially high returns that are above average are attractive. Through equity-based crowdfunding, the investor also obtains emotional returns. Four years ago, the two lawyers David Rhotert and Timo Zwinge brought Companisto to life. They have experienced the financial squeeze of young companies and medium-sized enterprises that want to grow at first hand during founding their first start-up. “A solution for the capital gap was needed,” says Rhotert. “Entrepreneurship needed support. Only with the needed financial start-up assistance an idea can be converted into entrepreneurial reality. And not every founder has a wealthy family.”