Lisa Flieg

“Keep trying to impress people, keep trying to do things for the world, make it better and, stay humble” Founder talk with Jennifer Indovina

In the “Female Pioneers“ series, founder Jennifer Indovina gave us her feedback on the topics of women in tech and startup life. One of her strong statements: “I pitched to 50 VCs, I got 50 no’s. You can stop there or you can try to find another channel. Work with the team that you picked, that you trust, and try to find customers.” Starting today, you can read the full-length interview! Jen gives us insight into her private life, explains to us how her parents influenced her and does away with the persistent myth that founders live in a different dimension than we “mere mortals”. The founder of Tenrehte also poses the elementary question in her view: What kind of founder do you want to be? A candid interview that we really enjoyed, once again. Thanks, Jen!

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Lisa Flieg

“We want to design the future via partnerships with innovators” Interview with Michael Reinartz on Vodafone UPLIFT

Shaping the world of IoT together! Telecommunications company Vodafone has recently taken its innovative activities to the next level with the launch of its startup program UPLIFT. CODE_n, a partner of the program, will be at the heart of it all as they enter into promising partnerships with IoT innovators in order to develop new business models and break new ground. We spoke to Michael Reinartz, Director of Innovation at Vodafone Germany, about UPLIFT and the aims of this initiative. 

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Iris Bröse

Guest feature Bitkom | Quick look back: Get Started Founders’ Breakfast with Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann

Baden-Wuerttemberg – and the metropolitan region in and around Stuttgart in particular – is well known for the abundance of manufacturing enterprises based in the area, from IT giants like HP and SAP to production conglomerates like Daimler, Bosch, and Trumpf. It’s hardly surprising that the state is also seeing more and more startups in the area, also thanks to valuable support provided to business founders by initiatives like CODE_n and STARTUP AUTOBAHN. The CODE_n SPACES offices in Stuttgart were full to bursting today as we enjoyed a discussion with the state Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann and talked about needs and ideas for the area from the perspective of business founders.

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Lisa Flieg

“I feel that in 2018 many doors will open to us in step with increasing industry adaptation” Dr. Christoph Amma, Kinemic

We love spontaneous alumni catch ups! We recently ran into a familiar face in the halls of CODE_n SPACES: Dr. Christoph Amma, co-founder of Kinemic, honored us with his visit to the innovation campus during an event. Already as a finalist of the CODE_n CONTEST 2016, Kinemic enthralled us and the jury with the technology it has developed for gesture recognition and its diverse use cases in industry. Of course, we took advantage of this spontaneous encounter to get an update and spoke with Christoph about the development activities of his startup. Christoph, who personally invented the concept of air writing – the basis for the innovative gesture recognition software – talks to us about a range of topics, including how augmented reality is now gradually gaining acceptance in small and medium-sized companies and about what all exciting things have been happening at Kinemic in the past year.

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Lisa Flieg

“We also read a lot of clever startup books – and yet we had to gain the experience ourselves.” Co-founders of aucobo

They knew for a long time that they both wanted to found a company. After many ideas, Michael Reutter and Benjamin Schaich discovered their shared vision to improve industrial processes by means of smart networking of production facilities – and aucobo was born! The founders are deeply rooted in the Baden-Württemberg region. With their background in mechanical engineering and commercial information technology as well as their fascination for the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0, they use their skills and passion to improve industrial processes. The company was founded in 2016. At almost the same time the team moved into the CODE_n SPACES innovation hub – since then we have been able to witness the development of the startup up close! The business idea has since developed rapidly and with it the founders. 

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Lena Gaede

Promising tech startup hubs worldwide: Paris, a world-class venue for startups

Most people easily start daydreaming when talking about Paris: impressive sights, the beautiful Seine and of course heavenly French cuisine. And not to forget: the Eiffel Tower bursting with romance. In the French capital “la vie est belle.” But truth is, when it comes to proven history of startup success stories, Paris might seem to be lagging behind in comparison to Berlin or London. Well, don’t deceive yourself. Did you know for example, that companies like BlaBlaCar and Deezer call Paris their home city? Well, now you do. So, let’s find out how Paris combines quality of life with a vibrant and upcoming startup metropolis. These are the city’s biggest strengths, weaknesses and special powers!

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Lisa Flieg

Celebrating two years of CODE_n SPACES – opening of third floor planned for February 2018

What an amazing year it’s been for CODE_n SPACES! In February the offices at Schelmenwasenstr. 34 were getting a bit too cramped, so we expanded into the building next door and set up SPACES #2 to provide extra space for enterprising digital pioneers. In the meantime, there are more than half a dozen or so startups driving innovation on the innovation campus, in sectors like health tech, AI and robotics, big data, and Industry 4.0. There are also some corporate innovation teams such as the Daimler Incubator Lab1886. We’re currently expanding again by another 500 square meters, so by early 2018 even more promising teams will call CODE_n SPACES home. The second anniversary of SPACES on Dec. 7, 2017 was a good chance for a get-together to celebrate with residents, friends, and business partners! At the event, there was also a teaser session on “The Human Factor in Digitalization”. Here’s a summary of the events at the celebration.

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Lena Gaede

3 (+1) tips on how to organize a business workshop

Organizing and running a business workshop seems like an easy thing you could practically do in your sleep? Well, don’t deceive yourself! Anyone who ever planned a workshop will tell you that it’s a big job. And planning a good one? That takes organization, focus and a lot of creativity. Some people hate going to workshops. Who could blame them – done wrong, they can be a huge waste of time and money. So, how do you prepare a workshop that will not only be relevant and productive, but also memorable? Tough questions demand an answer! So, get ready for 3 (+1) tips on how to organize a business workshop.

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