Startup Interview

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.

„THERE IS MONEY HERE!“

His first startup didn’t work out, but his second attempt kicked off a successful career as a business angel. With his Good Brands AG Mannheim resident Matthias Storch invests in good ideas and brands — but he just can’t stop starting up himself. We met the man in the concept store of his lifestyle brand BUTIQ in Quartier Q 6 Q 7, to sit down for an interview, and talked about the thin line between success and failure, pesky elevator pitches, and how Mannheim is ahead of other start-up cities such as Berlin.

Studybees

Graduating from secondary school by the age of 17, a bachelors degree by 21 and a masters degree a year later — this is the norm in universities nowadays. Three young founders have made it their goal to help save school graduates and university students from burning out, by creating customized crash courses. Wellcome to the hive of the Studybees.

Cloudrail

Felix Kollmar and David Amann founded their firm Licobo and developed the software solution “CloudRail“ – for maximum data security and functioning intersections. We met up with Felix in the Mafinex technology centre to find out what makes „CloudRail“ so unique.