Startup Interview

SUCHDIALOG

This digital agency from Mannheim is all about performance marketing. To find out how this idea transformed into a successful corporation with over 60 employees, we sat down with founder Denis Lademann. Over a plate of lasagna and a soda pop, at Italian restaurant Da Mauro in the city, we got the whole story.

Studying and starting up!

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Marc Zuckerberg dropped out of college to pursue their visions. The Mannheim Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MCEI) offers an alternative. The programs offered at the Mannheim University are set out to give optimal conditions to help balance both a startup and an academic career.

ALUGHA

In the Old Testament the plethora of languages in Babylon was seen as divine punishment – and in out times of digitization the many laguages are making things difficult when watching videos online. Bernd Korz is taking on the issue with hin Mannheim startup Alugha: the video player integrates multilingual audio tracks, which saves every time, traffic and memory space, making the internet a bit faster and greener. 

VIBROSONIC

The „Vibrosonic-Aktor“ is the first ever speaker in a hearing device that is developed using microsystem technology – and Vibrosonic is the name of the Mannheim startup applying this tech to develop high-end hearing solutions that can be worn invisibly. We met the two founders Jonathan Schächtele and Dominik Kaltenbacher for an interview in the medical technology center Cubex 41.

UP2B

The Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region is about to become even more interesting for start-ups: the fresh Up2b accelerator program is a joint venture consisting of three strong partners. Coming from from Mannheim, Walldorf and Heidelberg, they have united to provide better support for start-ups.

Cultural city development

There were times when he played the violin in an orchestra, and others when he played bass in a punk band. When studying he incorporated both liberal arts and business administration into his curriculum. With this in mind it is not surprising that interfaces and intersections are his field of expertise today – and cultural city development is his mission. We sat down with Matthias Rauch in Mannheim Jungbusch for an interview.

SurveyCircle

Surveys are great for scientific progress — but only with enough participants. With his platform SurveyCircle Jonas Johé is dedicated to finding the right participants for scientists and startups – and has discovered a market niche in the process. we met up for an interview with this business economist, marketing expert and Mannheim resident, in the bauteil.b coworking space. 

ELASPIX

Tobias Günther is a geek, a professor of computer science at DHBW Mannheim, and founder of Elaspix, a fairly successful online 3D-configurator. At the same time Tobias is quite good at table tennis, has printed the Mannheim water tower in 3D, and can drive a tank. We met up to talk about Star Wars, Mannheim, evolution and artificial intelligence.

DE.BUS

They love a good story in the business world, and with their regional blog ku.bus, which they started in 2016, they might be taking on Handelsblatt some fine day. At the moment the guys in charge, Oliver Brümmer and Wolf Müller-Christmann, are in the process of expanding their business model. So it’s about time we met Oliver and Wolf for an interview.