Category: Founding

Male, well educated, of prime working age – that’s the typical start-up founder in Germany. A recent survey reveals where it founds and what difficulties it struggles with.

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In Germany, fewer and fewer companies are becoming established founded. This is shown by the German start-up monitor, which is issuing a founding rate of 1.1 for 2017. Thus, a new low of the share of founders in the working-age population has been reached. (more…)

He would like to see more startups fail, considers limited research budgets to be meaningful, and has no idea how to save engineers’ creativity over time , Frank M. Salzgeber, Head of Technology Transfer and Innovation Management at the European Space Agency.

Frank M. Salzgeber is the head of technology transfer at ESA, was once a founder and started as an industrial engineer.

Frank M. Salzgeber is head of technology transfer at ESA, was once a founder and started as an industrial engineer.

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Innovation is often associated with in Germany the money (more…)

Start-ups valued at more than $ 1 billion are referred to as unicorns. And that’s not so rare, as this list of the ten most valuable mythical creatures on earth shows.

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Just as fabulous as unicorns are the ratings of the young companies listed below ,

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The social network Pinterest made it to number 10 in the ranking published by the portal internetworld.de. Users can attach picture collections with (more…)

Every start-up dreams of a big coup. He succeeded Bernd Greifeneder. Together with two colleagues, he founded the software company Dynatrace and sold it six years later for 180 million euros. We talked to the successful founder, self-made millionaire and inventor.

Bernd Greifeneder founded the software company Dynatrace and sold it for 180 million euros to the US software company Compuware. Today, Linzer continues to run the software company as Technical Director (CTO). At congresses, the owner of several patents passes on his knowledge to founders. His credo:

Bernd Greifeneder founded the software company Dynatrace and sold it for 180 million euros to the US software company Compuware. Today, Linzer continues to run the software company as Technical Director (more…)

Money from in-laws or wealthy friends – that’s especially popular with start-ups and start-ups. However, if problems arise, not only the finances, but also the closest relationships are in the balance. Clever founders therefore ensure a fair contract in advance.

An employer loan can be used, for example, for removals, vehicles, etc.

An employer loan can be used, for example, for moving, Vehicles, etc. are used.

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“Basically, you should always set up a written contract, which is signed (more…)

The informal start-up funders in Germany recently invested most in innovative production technology.

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Industry 4.0 is not the only top priority in manufacturing companies. It has also reached the top position among business angels: Nowhere else are the financiers involved. This is a result of the recent Business Angels Panel. The 19 participants also rank the providers of environmental technologies, web services, (more…)

Informal venture financiers in Germany invested heavily in the first quarter. Increasingly in focus: Industrial automa- tors.

Robots and other industrial automation technologies are gaining favor with business angels.

Robots and other industrial automation technologies are on the rise the business angels.

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There have been three good news for the business angels in Germany over the past few weeks. First, the federal government now clearly opposes the desire of the federal states to tax sales profits from free float. (more…)

Recently, private venture capitalists in Germany were doing well. They were able to sell many of their holdings. In addition, they found many promising investment opportunities. They are reluctant to face the current trend towards the informatization of production technology. Results of the current Business Angels Panel.

The computerization of production (Industry 4.0) is gaining momentum worldwide. However, informal venture capitalists are rarely on board.

The computerization of production (Industry 4.0) is gaining momentum worldwide. However, informal venture capitalists are rarely on board.

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If you do not have a company yet, you will not start any more! This former 40th birthday rule has survived. The proportion of older founders is rising. In Bonn and the region, the network 40plus for gray-haired young entrepreneurs has been around for ten years. An aspiring gerontologist interviewed some of the 4,000 members on their concerns and special needs.

The average founder is no longer very young and fresh from college but nearly 41 years old. In 2011, this resulted (more…)

That’s it: an own beer brewery for your home. Press the button and a freshly brewed beer is already running into the glass. Such a thing has developed the US company PicoBrew from Seattle. And how much the men’s world has been waiting for that is shown by investor interest. After nine hours on Kickstarter, the necessary investment was already collected.

This machine is as small as a coffee maker, but can brew beer. So much money has come together on Kickstarter that the first ones will be delivered in April.

This machine is as small as a coffee maker, but can brew beer. So much money has come together on Kickstarter that (more…)