Constanze Buchheim

Managing Partner


Constanze Buchheim is a pioneering entrepreneur in Germany’s digital economy and is regarded as a thought leader on the subject of “future leadership”. For 15 years, she has been building and transforming digital teams in the new & old economy. In 2009, she founded the executive search consultancy i-potentials, which she has run together with Martina van Hettinga since 2015. As a supervisory board member, angel investor and sparring partner, she prepares serial entrepreneurs and boards for the strategic challenges of future-proof leadership and organizational and cultural architecture.

Constanze has accompanied the growth and transformation of countless well-known startups and digital players in Germany – including Spreadshirt, Delivery Hero, Mister Spex & Xing. She is a renowned expert on all topics related to recruiting & leadership in the innovation age and also provides her expertise as an author, business angel, speaker and advisor to German policy makers.

Since 2022 she advises the Federal Government as part of the Monopolies Commission and is president of the Entrepreneur’s Organisation in Berlin. In 2020, she was selected by Focus magazine as one of the 100 Women of the Year and Handelsblatt named herone of the top 50 female German entrepreneurs in 2022.

Interviews & Gastbeiträge

“The 50 most influential Women in Tech” in Handelsblatt 2021.

“The 100 Women of the Year” in Focus Magazine 2020.

“Attitude Decides: Recruiting in a Changing World” in the podcast “Me.We.All” with Martin Permantier

Speaker engagement at panel “Digital Utopia” at the Extraordinary Meeting of Horasis International Forum 2020

“Founder Stories” in the podcast with Fabian Tausch from the Young Entrepreneurs Program

“We have something in common – women in the digital economy” in the magazine of the Association of Berlin Merchants and Industrialists 2019

“The time of big egos is over,” commentary in Harvard Business Manager 2018

Speaker engagement: “Why new work starts in recruiting” at the Xing New Work Conference 2018

“Corporations need flat hierarchies and new leadership styles,” interview published in Wired Germany 2017

“We need salespeople – For the abolition of HR managers and a new way of working in HR”. Commentary in Harvard Business Manager 2016

“HR basics for start-ups”, published together with Martina van Hettinga by Springer Gabler 2014

Constanze Buchheim i-potentials