After her apprenticeship as a bank clerk and her studies of business administration, Marina Heimann gained ten years of versatile experience as a manager of an international consulting company in the field of corporate finance as well as in consulting for the public sector, which was especially characterized by assessment, expert and evaluation tasks. Parallel to this, she completed her Master's degree in Business Law at the Dresden International University (DIU). Furthermore, she has been involved for many years as a moderator, lecturer, mentor and juror in the German start-up scene and the Saxon innovation ecosystem. In addition to entrepreneurial experience as a freelance consultant, she is the founder of a Dresden sports club, where she has been a volunteer member of the board, trainer and official for 20 years. She also represents the Free State of Saxony as regional spokesperson in the Federal Association of German Startups e.V.