Startup Interview

PreviPharma & Fraunhofer

To save lives, researchers from Mannheim are using blood plasma to create new forms of medicine. We met up in the Cubex 41 start-up center, with the duo Marc Mazur, of PreviPharma, and Dr. Jens Langejürgen, who heads the Fraunhofer project group “Automation in Medicine and Biotech”.


Business management, promotion, consulting: A five-child family is nothing you would see as a side-project, just as little as anyone would do so with a start-up. Dr. Uta Meeder, the founder of MAOMI, sat down with us in her popup-showroom, in Mannheims inner city, to explain just how to balance such a situation.

CAPTCHA Design Festival

Mannheims creative industry is mainly focused on music, fashion and design. With the two design festivals UNCOVER and CAPTCHA, the design field has been in an especially dynamic process of development. This years edition of CAPTCHA takes place from September 3 to 16, and will become a hotspot for young designers from all around the globe.


Her passions are startups, pioneering spirit and new entrepreneurial cultures. Lilli Leirich is actively researching the subjects Social Entrepreneurship und Intrapreneurship, is teaching at the Dual University Baden-Württemberg (DHBW), is a consultant for startups, and has recently founded her own business called soculent. We felt it was definitely time for an interview!


Mannheim knows its music. In the UNESCO City of Music one can study music – and learn about how the business works. Popakademie alumni Danny Fresh and Sebastian Henzl explain why Mannheim is the place to not only dream about music, but to really live it. The guys also explain how they are currently aiming for the stars, with their start-ups and their project “Song-Dock”.


From a start-up to a leading medical technology company – in merely four years: Stefan Baur and Alexander Strifler have developed a very sophisticated IT service for the medical imaging field, with which they are quite successful. We met up for an interview in the CUBEX41 start-up center, located on the site of the Mannheim university hospital.


Three young Popakademie students are developing the app Groovecat, with their music start-up elceedee UG. The app allows you to capture personal music moments. We sat down for an interview with one of the founders, as well as CTO Joshua Weikert and developer Laurin Quast.


Ethnic marketing? A good idea in a city like Mannheim, which unites people from over 170 nations. What one could see as a little Mesopotamia, between the Rhine and Neckar, is the perfect place for Qamar Zamans and Sherry Kizhukandayils agency za:media to incubate their campaign ideas. We sat down with the two founders, that come from an Indian, as well as Pakistani Background, in their office in Mannheim.