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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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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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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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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