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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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Lisa Flieg

2 years of CODE_n SPACES: CODE2ORDER takes a look back with us

2015 marks a key milestone for CODE_n: In December, the Innovation Campus CODE_n SPACES opened its doors with the vision of establishing a meeting place for people who want to change the status quo and create new things. Now it brings together more than half a dozen startups driving innovations in sectors like health tech, AI and robotics, big data or Industry 4.0, as well as corporate innovation teams such as the Daimler Incubator Lab1886. The residents are the heart of SPACES and make the Stuttgart location what it is today. We spoke with a team that was one of the first residents to move in with us. Patrick Luik, co-founder and CEO of the CODE2ORDER software startup takes a look back with us at our time together.

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Lisa Flieg

“More than 43% of trucks on the streets are empty. We want to change that.” Interview with logistics startup Transmetrics

An industry once criticized for being slow to embrace new ideas is gaining momentum: Logistics is transforming from a traditional sector into a flagship, showing how technology can solve real-world problems. One example of this is CODE_n Alumnus Transmetrics – an ambitious team working with co-founders Anna Shaposhnikova and Asparuh Koev, who together developed a SaaS tool for predictive analytics. How is this revolutionizing the sector, you may think? With 43% of trucks on the road basically traveling empty, you might get a sense of how unbelievably inefficient modern cargo transport can be. Transmetrics is ushering in a new era of intelligent, anticipatory logistics! The core team talked to us about the developments they are sure are about to hit the sector, and the role Transmetrics is planning to play in this.

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Lars Schatilow

Guest feature Lars Schatilow | How I failed with my startup… and how I keep going

We recently shed light on the topic of failing with your startup – something which hurts but can also be an opportunity to learn some important things! If you find yourself in this situation, you could learn from tips on how to get back on track. In today’s guest feature, Lars Schatilow, the founder of the CODE_n13 finalist Selando, tells us his personal story of failure. Our thanks go to Lars not only for sharing the story of his success but also for telling us what defeat actually feels like and the lessons learned.

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Lisa Flieg

Antti Vihavainen of Cozify: “Obeying lean startup principles – that’s easy to say, but it’s really difficult to get right”

Cozify – Revolutionizing Home Automation, something we headlined in 2015! At the time, the CODE_n15 contestant was pursuing a vision to provide home automation to everyone. In a follow-up with Antti Vihavainen 10 months after participating in the CONTEST, he told us the latest developments regarding the successful shipping of the first Cozify hubs, which also brought valuable customer and market insights. Cooperation with big players and continuous work with international channel partners really helped boost the business. “Obviously our task is to copy and improve on the progress we made in Finland,” Antti now tells us. Two years on, we had the pleasure of chatting with him again and so much has happened. Prepare yourself for the fact that Cozify is daring to transform the insurance sector from acting as a reactive provider of compensation to becoming a proactive companion in life – based on an enhanced vision of expanding out of the smart home toward a more comprehensive smart living concept! Fail fast, iterate fast, and the balancing act between quick revenue and hunting scalable opportunities are just some of the topics Antti discussed with us.

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Lisa Flieg

Every euro we invest has to be earned first – an interview with Sarah Haide from MyCouchbox

Last week we heard from Sarah Haide, the founder of the snack startup MyCouchbox in our article on Female Pioneers Part 2. Today we’re back with a fascinating interview in which Sarah divulges why she launched MyCouchbox in the first place as she describes the journey she has been on as the co-founder and CEO of the e-commerce company. The business founder from Stuttgart also explains why the model based on subscription boxes was actually plan B at the beginning and how involuntarily bootstrapping her own firm also has its advantages! The result was a candid interview on differences between the owners, the constancy of core values in a setting that is subject to continual change, and the importance of understanding human nature when selecting staff.

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