Founders of the month June: Selfbits GmbH

Selfbits_LogoSelfbits GmbH has developed a cloud-based service in the field of knowledge management, a backend-as-a-service solution. It facilitates the fast and uncomplicated development of mobile business applications. Customers of Selfbits GmbH will no longer need to worry about a complicated, complex server infrastructure and get to save time and money as a result. We have interviewed the Selfbits team on their idea, the foundation of their company and their future perspective.

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The founding team of Selfbits: Oliver Kuppler, Klaus Welle (f. l.)

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Founder of the month May: enCourage Labs UG (limited liability)

Weiß-Rot_300x190The company enCourage has developed an emergency app that allows its users to act swiftly and call for help. It effectively helps them protect themselves and others. Emergencies can be reported through the app within seconds. A single press of a button causes enCourage to release an alarm that reaches every other nearby user of the app. We have interviewed the enCourage team on their idea, the foundation of their company and their future perspective.

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The founding team of enCourage: Cole Bailey, Rene Brandel, Tobias Röddiger and Dominik Doerner (left to right)

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Your goal? Entrepreneurship!

In cooperation with the nowak & partner law office in Karlsruhe, KIT Innovation Management ran two workshops on the topics of law and taxes for entrepreneurs. More than 20 interesting visitors attended.

KIT-Gründerberater Dr. Rolf Blattner (l.) mit den Referenten Mike Gottstein (11. v.l.) und Thorsten Nowak (12. v.l.) von der Kanzlei nowak & partner

KIT start-up consultant Dr Rolf Blattner (left) with the lecturers, Mike Gottstein (11th from the left) and Thorsten Nowak (12th from the left) from the nowak & partner law office

The nowak & partner law office has many years of experience in supporting and advising young companies. This is why we organised a crash course with two lecturers, Mike Gottstein and Thorsten Nowak, on the topics of products, the market, resources, finances, revenue planning, exit scenarios and business plans for our start-up teams. The programme primarily focussed on questions pertaining to taxation and the law.

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KIT entrepreneurial spirit at CeBIT 2016

In 2016, the CeBIT was once again held in Hanover with strong participation by KIT. This year’s motto of the event, “Discover d!conomy – the digital transformation has arrived!”, explored the question of how digital technologies will simplify business processes and everyday life in the future. The main topics were “Big Data”, “Cloud”, “Internet of Things”, “Mobile”, “Industry 4.0” and “Work 4.0”.

Especially the large number of KIT spin-offs clearly demonstrated the position of the Institute in research and the transfer of knowledge between society and the business world. A total of eleven start-up teams from KIT and one FZI team took the opportunity to present their products and services to a broad audience and discuss solutions to current changes with the trade fair visitors.

KIT Vizepräsident Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, KIT Gründerberater Dr. Rolf Blattner, Prof. Dr. Ralf Reussner (KIT/FZI), Bundeskanzlerin Dr. Angela Merkel, Bundesministerin Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Ministerpräsident Stephan Weil, Dr. Christoph Amma von „Kinemic“ (v. l. n. r.)

KIT Vice President Prof. Thomas Hirth, KIT Start-up Consultant Dr Rolf Blattner, Prof Ralf Reussner (KIT/FZI), Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, Federal Minister Prof Johanna Wanka, Prime Minister Stephan Weil, Dr Christoph Amma of “Kinemic” (left to right)
- picture: Patrick Langer, KIT

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Entrepreneurship talk with Holidu: about investors, technical challenges and a vivid company culture

“Everything started in the summer of 2013, when we wanted to go on a trip to Portugal and encountered difficulties finding a suitable holiday apartment because there were simply too many options,” Johannes Siebers explained during the KIT Entrepreneurship Talk on 11 February 2016. Together with his brother, Michael Siebers, he founded Holidu GmbH a year later – a platform for searching and comparing holiday homes in Europe.

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The founders of Holidu GmbH: Johannes and Michael Siebers

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