Founder of the Month January: Holidu GmbH

Holido_Logo_180Holidu GmbH operates an online platform that greatly simplifies the search for holiday homes and apartments for travelers. With the help of the developed search engine, users can simultaneously look for the best accommodation on several portals. The platform searches through partner portals for matching offers and compares them. This thus makes it possible to easily and comfortably find the most convenient and cheapest offer. Johannes Siebers is a co-founder of Holidu. We interviewed him about the idea behind Holidu, its founding period, and future prospects.


Holidu team – from the left : Johannes Siebers, Michael Siebers and Rasmus Porsgaard

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KIT Entrepreneurship Talks – inquisitive audience at Blue Yonder

For the second time in this semester the chair for Entrepreneurship and Technology Management invited those interested to the public lecture series “KIT Entrepreneurship Talks”. On November 27th, 2014, Prof. Dr. Michael Feindt and Uwe Weiss from Blue Yonder GmbH were guests at the KIT. In a lecture, the two entrepreneurs reported on their founding story and the challenges of building up a company.

Blue Yonder is a leading solution provider in the area of prognoses and pattern recognition for Big Data. The company successfully shows how you can go from science to business. The scientific work on a particle accelerator at CERN, the European organization of nuclear research and the data analysis of the enormous data volume linked to them finally led to the founding idea. The two experienced entrepreneurs emphasized in the talk that belief in your own idea, the power of persuasion, the actual customer benefit, and the right constellation of the founding team are decisive for the success. This time many listeners “from the same field” came to the talk with Blue Yonder, so that an intensive exchange between speakers and guests occurred. Prof. Dr. Feindt and Mr. Weiss took a lot of time to answer the interested questions at the get-together in an open atmosphere.


Do not miss the last round of talks for this year! On December 18th, 2014, you can receive not only practical tips from Dirk Fox, founder of Secorvo, but also network at the “Christmas special” of the subsequent get-together in a comfortable atmosphere and share experiences with other aspiring founders.

In the New Year, the following founders and entrepreneurs will present at the Entrepreneurship Talks:

The lecture series starts at 7 pm on the Campus South of KIT in the Tulla Hörsaal/Tulla lecture hall. It is open for anyone interested in founding a company.

KIT Entrepreneurship Talks – Successful start with Dr. Hoepfner

Under the motto “founders report from real life”, the chair for Entrepreneurship and Technology Management presented the public lecture series “KIT Entrepreneurship Talks”, in which inspiring founder and entrepreneurial persons reported their founding experiences in different industries and faced the questions from the auditorium.

On October 30th, 2014, the event series started in the winter semester 2014/2015 with Dr. Friedrich Georg Hoepfner from Hoepfner Bräu (Hoepfner brewery). With about 120 guests, the “Talk” was well received. The full auditorium at our hosts’, the Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe, shows that there is great interest in the topic of company founding and that many young founders rely on the practically tested experience of successful founders.  Dr. Hoepfner reported in a vivid and charming manner on his path as a founder and business angel. He offered informative insight into his life as an entrepreneur in a manner that was very entertaining for the audience and via instructive and funny anecdotes. All guests were able to experience that Dr. Hoepfner is a passionate entrepreneur and he likes passing on his experiences to the next generation of founders.

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Entrepreneurship for Researchers – Satisfied participants of the Summer School 2014

 Scientists discover the world of entrepreneurship and convince at the final pitch

Under the title “Entrepreneurship for Researchers”, the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation organized the summer school of the KIT Founders Forge from September 22nd to 26th, 2014. The school took place again in cooperation with the HECTOR School of Engineering & Management.

A total of 16 participants from technical or scientific areas faced the entrepreneurial challenge and worked on specific business ideas based on technical inventions of the KIT in the five day school.


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The first PhD Spring School on Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship comes to an end successfully

Doctoral candidates become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

The founder city Karlsruhe and especially KIT offer the perfect platform for emerging entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into a potential business idea and found their own business. In light of this fact, the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (EnTechnon) developed the first “PhD Spring School on Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship”: The focus was on technological inventions as a basis for startups.


In cooperation with the HECTOR School of Engineering & Management, the School took place from March 26th to March 31st with 21 participants. The participants mainly came from the technological and scientific area. With the help of technical lectures and workshops, they were able to acquire the foundational know-how for the startup of a business. In addition to the theoretical foundations, the scientists were taught how to develop business ideas from research results and technologies. In different workshops, such as creativity, business model development, and financial planning, participants were able to apply their newly acquired stills to practical examples in smaller groups. Among other things, the subject matter to practice on was the technology offerings at KIT, from which the participants created business ideas. These results were presented to a jury at the concluding pitch event on March 31st and the individual groups received feedback about their business ideas.

Andreas Przybilla is a doctoral candidate at KIT. The PhD Spring School was able to strengthen his determination to found his own business. “I received a lot of help in developing my idea into a business idea because there are many aspects in the process of starting up a business that we don’t tend to consider by ourselves.” Przybilla recommends this ‘101’ to all doctoral candidates who seek starting up a business.
Fabian Graf of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg also gives a positive summary of the intensive workdays. The PhD School has given him knowledge of the expectations, preparation, and important topics in business startups. The workshops helped him acquire techniques and tools in order to better realize his creativity and frame his thoughts in a more structured way. “It was a total of four days, so you don’t sacrifice too much PhD working time. But considering such a short amount of time, it was very intensive, all culminating in a pitch event. Here, one can use everything one has learned throughout the past days.”
After the successful end to the School, the preparations for the next round are already underway: the second School will take place in September 2014. For questions and more information, please contact Anja Wahl.

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