Founders of the Month for December: Rüdenauer 3D Technology GmbH

Prototypes are a thing of the past. With the software platform “Cross Connected” from Rüdenauer 3D Technology GmbH, mechatronic processes can be simulated and visualized in real-time as high-end 3D graphics. This makes it possible for businesses to virtually develop and optimize machine and system solutions and to experience these solutions interactively. The software can be used in the areas of product development, e-learning, sales, and service. In an interview, we asked Rüdenauer 3D Technology about the idea, startup time, and future prospects.

The Rüdenauer 3D Technology team: Plamen Peykov, Matthias Rüdenauer, Andreas Rüdenauer, Dr. Yana Rüdenauer, Julien Kipp

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Founder of the Month November: INDMATEC GmbH

INDMATEC GmbH has specialized in 3D printing for high-performance polymers and the relevant materials. With their patented technology, they are pioneers in 3D manufacturing technology according to the principle of “fused filament fabrication” (FFF) in combination with the high-performance polymer polyether ether ketone, abbreviated PEEK. The material is especially appealing for the automotive, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and semiconductor industries. In an interview, we asked the team of INDMATEC about the idea, the startup time, and the future prospects.

Team von INDMATEC

INDMATEC team

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Founder of the Month October: enspire UG / sunsteps.org

Sunsteps_Logo_180With its platform sunsteps.org, the company enspire UG supports social projects. When purchasing from one of the many partner shops of Sunsteps, such as Amazon, Zalando, or Thalia, up to 12% of the purchase sum is donated to the selected social project, with just one click and without much effort. There is no catch and the customer doesn’t pay a single added cent. The founding team of Sunsteps wants to make the world a little bit better by enabling anyone to support social projects every day without much effort. In an interview, we asked Maximilian Brandenburger of sunsteps.org about the idea, the startup time, and the future prospects.

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Maximilian Brandenburger from Sunsteps.org

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Founder of the Month August: LehrWerk UG

Logo LehrWerk UGLehrWerk UG offers teaching materials for tinkerers in the form of construction kits for schools, educational institutions, universities, and at home. The goal of the two founders Jonas Fuchs and Benedict Jux is to make complex systems understandable in a playful manner in order to transmit technical foundational knowledge more easily and quickly. Through direct interaction by touch and connecting components, the developed construction kits create a technical understanding that is often missing when you enter a career. In an interview, we asked the team of LehrWerk about the idea, the startup time, and the future prospects.

Team von LehrWerk: Jonas Fuchs und Benedict Jux

LehrWerk team: Jonas Fuchs and Benedict Jux

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KIT Entrepreneurship Talk with Tim Stracke – Before the idea, there must be a founder’s spirit

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Tim Stracke von Chrono24

Before the semester break, the last KIT Entrepreneurship Talk of the summer semester took place on July 16, 2015. This time, Tim Stracke, co-CEO of Chrono24, was invited as a guest. Stracke entered the online marketplace for luxury watches in 2010. Today, the company is among the leading global market places in this sector. The success was recently crowned by an investment – the company will receive 21 m. EUR from Insight Venture Partners. Congratulations!

Stracke studied industrial engineering at the University of Karlsruhe TH (which is the KIT today) and also received his MBA at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. After his studies, Stracke worked in consulting but founded his own company soon after. Before becoming a CEO of Chrono24, he was able to gather a lot of experience in the startup scene. At the E-Talk, he shared his lessons learned as a founder and entrepreneur and gave the audience personal recommendations and tips.

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