The story behind Knister

More than just a normal start up.

We first got the idea for Knister, which still had a dumber name back then, when we met in Denmark and became close friends and neighbours.
Caro was doing an Erasmus semester in Industrial Design at the SDU in Odense and Justus just started his masters degree in International Marketing.

When Justus first saw Caro’s portfolio website, he was immediatly amazed by her very early built of a bike mountable barbecue which she designed 2 yeas ago. Back in that time, it was still mounted onto the back of the bike and was too solid and inflexible.
Because we both love biking, lived in a huge city before and getting out into nature with friends, we decided to make her idea reality and developed it further. A little while later, we won a startup competition called start-up weekend in Odense, together with two other friends.
The success of our idea made us decide to start planning for a kickstarter campaign in early summer this year. We are extremely exited about this and thankful for your support of our idea!

Our Team

Who's the barbecue master?


CEO, Vertrieb, Design, Marketing

Hi! My name is Carolin Kunert and I am the founder of Knister Grill. I studied Industrial Design at the University of applied science in Munich and at the SDU in Odense, Denmark. For Knister, I’m responsible for the daily management, distribution and marketing activities. Besides that, I am responsible for the product design.


CTO, Produktentwicklung

Hi, my name is Bernd Taphorn and I studied engineering in Hannover. Since my bachelor degree in 2016, I’m working for a big German consumer electronics company in the product development area. Parallel, I’m responsible for the serial production and technical solutions of the Knister Grills. Caro and I know each other since many years now. We first met in our hometown in northern Germany. Since then, we always worked together on ideas and love to prototype.
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Hi, my name is Bhavani Kommana, graduated in Computer Science from India, and post graduated in MBA(Finance). Have close to 20 years experience in various industries as well IT (SAP) Sales and Business Development. At Knister Grill, I’m responsible for the Financial Accounting, Sales and Business Development(global markets). I first met the Knister Grill team in February 2018 at Entrepreneurship event. Since then, I am mentoring and advising Knister team.


Marketing, Design

Hi, my name is Kim Brand and I am currently studying brand and communication design in my bachelor’s degree. At Knister Grill I support Caro with graphic tasks around the product. We met by chance when I was a promoter for a beverage brand. The idea of an easy to transport barbecue, the design and the quality inspired me, which is why I am looking forward to participating in your start-up.


We are looking for motivated people!

You want to be part of a young, successful Start-up? You love barbecue? You wanna change something, are ambitious and see the results of your work? Then Knister is the place to be for you! We are currently looking for a Co-Founder in the area of distribution and finance. Knister also offers internships in marketing – but every qualification is needed. Apply now and create with us the new BBQ- and Lifestyle brand! Send us your application to [email protected] Here you find more about our jobs. Looking forward to you!