Founder of the Month October: Marco Umfahrer of the gloveler GmbH

gloveler-logo_220The gloveler GmbH was founded in 2007 as a KIT startup. gloveler operates an online booking platform for accommodation – whether it’s for a sofa bed, single room, or fully furnished city apartment. The entrepreneurs are especially interested in making trips with private accommodation as easy to plan and book as with normal hotels. Marco Umfahrer is a founder of gloveler and responsible for marketing. In an interview, we asked him about his idea, startup phase, and future prospects.

Das Gründerteam (v.l.): Andreas Sperber, Armin Harbrecht und Marco Umfahrer

The founding team (left to right): Andreas Sperber, Armin Harbrecht and Marco Umfahrer

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Founder of the Month September: Dr. Joachim Schulz of the microworks GmbH

microworks-logo_220The microworks GmbH was founded in 2007 as a spin-off of the KIT Institut für Mikrostrukurtechnik (MIT). Microworks manufactures metal microcomponents with highest precision using the LIGA procedure. LIGA stands for the essential process steps of lithography, electroplanting, and casting. In an interview, we asked Dr. Schulz about his idea, startup phase, and future prospects. Continue reading

Founder of the Month August: Thomas Schander of the Inreal Technologies GmbH

inreal Tech GmbH Logo_220The Inreal Technologies GmbH was founded in 2011 as a KIT spin-off. The goal of the three founders is to tap the high use of virtual reality with customized solutions for unique product presentation. Thomas Schander is the founder and managing director of Inreal Technologies. In an interview, we asked him about his idea, startup phase, and future prospects.

Thomas Schander

Thomas Schander

What does your business stand for?

Inreal Technologies stands for virtual reality: It’s about diving into the virtual environment. The centerpiece is a special pair of glasses with integrated displays. For example, this currently enables future building contractors to inspect their building before the start of construction. Changes can be experienced from a first-hand perspective.

Additionally, the virtual reality makes the entertainment of the future possible thanks to the special glasses and motion capture with its interaction forms.

Terminal von Inreal Technologies

Terminal of Inreal Technologies

How did you come up with the idea for your startup?

The dream of virtual reality has been known since science fiction movies, but it hasn’t been implemented well enough so far. That is why we have decided to advance virtual reality as a business. We recognize the large potential of this technology and want to design the future as pioneers with premium products.

Are there any founders or entrepreneurs who you particularly admire?

I think the entrepreneurial task consists of implementing existing talents, resources, and happiness into a productive application. Every successful business is then unique and non-reproducible, but admirable.

Where do you see challenges on your way to becoming a successful company?

As a young business, there is no company history from which to draw conclusions for the future. Therefore, one has to rethink and adjust one’s way to achieving a goal. Constant reaction and creativity are the biggest challenges.

Could you imagine working for a different business in the future or would you rather be your own boss?

Being a boss is not an incentive for me. I want to contribute to forming a developing product. Thus, there is not a more exciting environment than Inreal.

Where do you see yourself and your business in 10 years?

In 10 years, Inreal will have revolutionized the consumption of digital worlds. I will advance the further product and business model development in a stable market position.

Do you have any tips for other young business founders?

I think that one should have the nerve to leave established principles in order to pursue new paths. It is motivating to compete with the best, instead of comparing oneself to other startups.

Brief overview:

  • Founders: Thomas Schander, Moritz Luck und Michael Beyhs
  • Startup: 2011
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  • Field: Virtual Reality
inreal stand cebit 2012

Inreal Technologies at CEBIT

Founder of the Month July: simaps GmbH

simaps_Logo_220The simaps GmbH was founded in 2008 as a spin-off and cooperation partner of KIT. simaps offers new possibilities for security and cost optimization of presently used but also of future energy carriers, especially hydrogen, through scientifically founded security analyses of combustible gases and dusts on the basis of theoretical, numerical, and experimental expertise. In an interview, we asked the founding team about their idea, startup phase, and future prospects.

Das Gründerteam (v.l.) : A.Kotchourko, T. Jordan, J. Xiao, W.Breitung und G.Stern

The founding team (left to right) : A. Kotchourko, T. Jordan, J. Xiao, W. Breitung und G. Stern

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Award winning cancer research – KIT spin-off amcure GmbH convinces at the CyberOne Award with a new approach for the pancreatic cancer therapy

amcure-Gründer Dr. Matthias Klaften und Dr, Alexandra Matzke

The amcure GmbH in Karlsruhe was awarded with the second place of the Cyber One Award on June 12th, 2012 for its new active substance against pancreatic cancer. Furthermore, the amcure GmbH was awarded the renowned special prize of the state of Baden-Württemberg. The four company founders of the young spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology work on the active substance AM001, which could open up new possibilities of treating cancer of the pancreas in the future.

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