Lena Gaede

Partnering up – let’s change perspective! 5 keys to success for corporations when collaborating with startups

The larger a business grows, the harder it becomes to champion innovation. Deep-rooted routines and long decision-making processes can keep a business from realizing its full potential. But there is hope! Thriving startups are driven by entrepreneurial energy, excitement, creativity and a killer desire to change things for the better. So, why not partnering up with a startup to ensure a fresh breeze?

But how do you guarantee success?

Corporations, listen up: here are our 5 tips for the collaboration with startups.

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Lisa Flieg

“Banks are at real risk of losing their power position”: FinTech feature part 1 with Meniga

Banks need to wrap up warmly – the upheaval across the whole sector has only just begun! Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are on a mission to revolutionize our monetary system, roboadvisors are superseding human financial advisors using sophisticated algorithms that predict the best personal investment strategy, or transfer money at the click of an icon on your smartphone. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is huge potential for disruptive concepts to take us off the beaten track into entirely new realms of banking and finance! The keys to the door for the promising FinTech startups now entering the market are customer service and automation. These two factors are defining current goals, as startups dare to challenge the hegemony of traditional financial services and the age-old banking system. How? By combining cutting-edge technology like blockchain systems, artificial intelligence and big data, and using them to create new and enhanced services for their customers. As part of our Future of Finance and Banking series, we will be looking at this fascinating topic and speaking to some of the “revolutionaries” in the sector. Their aim will be to predict developments in this rapidly evolving market from their standpoint, lifting the lid on visionary FinTech business and gaining insights into the kind of financial world we can expect to experience in the future!

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Jónas Valtýsson

Guest feature | A new Meniga: Our rebranding process

We here at Meniga design solutions that help people understand and manage their money. A little over a year ago we decided that we wanted to take a fresh look at our products. Improve on what we had already built, leaving no stone unturned.

Now we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and plan to release our new product later this year. As a part of this work we improved our brand and visual language. We asked ourselves what are we really trying to achieve? Who are we trying to help? What is the point of all our work? Let‘s take a step back and start at the beginning.

Our old logo (Source: Meniga)

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Lena Gaede

Sweden rocks the startup scene! These are the strengths and weaknesses of Stockholm, Europe’s tech startup capital

What are the first things that come into your mind when thinking of ‘Sweden’? Ikea, ABBA, Vikings or meatballs perhaps… How about some of the world’s most successful global tech startups?

Spotify, Klarna and Mojang: once small ambitious startups, now billion dollar companies that started life in Stockholm, Sweden. But how does Sweden, a country of only 9.8m people, roughly a sixth the size of the UK and in fact only half the population of greater London, become the pinnacle of European innovation?

Below we review what Sweden has on offer from a startup’s perspective and especially shed light on its capital Stockholm, strengths and weaknesses.

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Annabel Daferner

Guest feature | The second screen phenomenon – hidden treasure waiting to be discovered?

The world is in a state of rapid change. We have new technologies, devices that keep getting smaller and smarter, and digitalization with its seemingly boundless reach – all making inroads into everyday lives, which as people are noticing are also in a state of transformation. New mobility and workplace models are also changing our routines. And these changes are also impacting on the way millions of people watch television. While video on demand services like Netflix and Amazon Video grow in popularity and gain more and more market share – thanks in part to their premium original programming – Google subsidiary YouTube has also shown its potential as a television substitute, especially for the younger generation. So who’s still watching TV?


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Lisa Flieg

Jennifer Indovina from smart energy startup Tenrehte: “Hire slow, fire fast”

She’s a CODE_n Alumnus, a TED fellow, and a passionate entrepreneur on a mission to save the world from energy waste. We had a chat with a real pioneer in smart energy, the fabulous Jennifer Indovina, founder of Tenrehte Technologies! By creating the PICOwatt device, Jen has helped make the world a better place by saving tons of energy. After founding Tenrehte in 2010, Jen has staffed a great team and brought her small but ingenious helper into data centers around the world. She continues to inspire others – especially women – to do their own thing. In our interview, she shares insights into her convictions as a social-minded founder, her straight approach to leadership, and the hustle and bustle of entrepreneurial life. This one is a ripsnorter.

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Lisa Flieg

“Share your journey with people” | Daimler X incubator, Project A and startup pitches

Get inspired by GFT! – for the second time, GFT invited guests to its Inspiration Day. This time the event was held on June 29, 2017 at the GFT Campus under the banner of impulse. inspect. ignite. The motto was a call for new, entrepreneurial mindsets and practices in a digitalized world. Inspired by art, culture, and design, genuine experts sketched out their vision of what the future holds. In addition to presentations by Google and Dropbox, one highlight of the event was the introduction of Daimler X with the new CODE_n resident Mercedes Benz LAB 1886 – Daimler Incubator Europe. For several weeks now, Matin Ebrahimchel and his team have been busy here at CODE_n SPACES, leveraging startup techniques in Daimler’s in-house innovation factory with the aim of bringing promising ideas to fruition. Another feature on Inspiration Day was also a special goodie for the startups located on the CODE_n Innovation Campus – the Berlin-based venture capital investor Project A was in town and gave the teams some valuable tips in an exclusive Office Hour. Find out all the fun details and background information on this exciting event – we hope you enjoy the read!

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Lisa Flieg

“HealthTech is going to change our society” | Former CODE_n residents from monikit talk about their high-tech wearable for epileptics

Today we’re psyched for a special reunion! Our former residents from HealthTech startup monikit are visiting us again at CODE_n SPACES and have a lot to share. Founding duo Florian Lutz and Kevin Klett and their team were located on the Innovation Campus until November 2016, pouring their passion into a project to develop a wearable device that will help epileptics prevent seizures and manage their condition more effectively. When they were ready to take the next step in product development several months ago, the ambitious team moved to the University Hospital in Tuebingen, where they can test the system on patients suffering from epilepsy. Their aim is to finalize product development and launch their device as a smartwatch in the near future. In this exclusive interview, the co-founders brought us up to speed on when their smartwatch will hit the market, the hurdles that can crop up when developing medical devices, and why their small startup took the leap despite these difficulties. As always, we’ll ask the founders to give us some insights into the ups and downs on their startup rollercoaster, the challenges they face, and their top three tips for anyone who’s thinking about starting their own business.

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