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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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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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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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Lena Gaede

3 mistakes to avoid, when starting a business as a corporation

Imagine you are in the following position: You want to build a startup and funding solutions, capital and an idea for a fresh business are given. Sounds like a dream come true but also a bit unrealistic? Not necessarily, since that’s exactly your starting point when in the shoes of a corporation who is now planning on building a startup. It might seem easy as an established business to enter into the race from the comfortable position of an experienced company but don’t be misled there. Often, the easiest tasks reveal themselves as the toughest ones. In order for you to be prepared we’d now like to share 3 mistakes to avoid when starting a business -not as an individual but as a corporation.

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Lena Gaede

Promising tech startup hubs worldwide: Siena on the starting blog. These are the metropolis’ strengths, weaknesses and special powers

Long runner of Tuscany and everlasting popular tourist destination: Siena. With its art treasures, beautiful public squares and various tourist attractions, people from all over the world can’t get enough of the Italian metropolis. But Siena is more than that. Amongst founders and entrepreneurs, it’s the underdog of startup hubs and the city enjoys the presence of farsighted entrepreneurs who are full of ideas. Want to find out why? Let’s take a look at Siena’s strengths, weaknesses and special powers!

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