CDTM visits Berlin startups

Author: Mark Kugel

At the end of March, 23 CDTM students and alumni set out to experience the often-praised Berlin startup scene. While visiting a number of startups of fellow CDTM alumni, they also got a glimpse into other startups and even a VC office. The tour began on the premises of the Telekom incubator hub:raum. The students not only got insight into the offices and daily work of a Berlin incubator, but also listened to an inspiring talk by Felix Klühr and Ludwig Schubert from qLearning. The startup that creates high-quality digital study materials was founded in Munich and joined hub:raum about one year ago.

Next stop was the Axel Springer accelerator Plug and Play, where they visited the offices and listened to startup pitches from Arzthelden and Reiseretter followed by an open Q&A session. After that, the students visited the curated men’s clothing startup „Outfittery,“ co-founded by CDTM alumna Julia Bösch. After listening to Julia’s inspiring founder story and a great example of applied data science from co-founder and CTO Tobias Nendel, the students got the chance to be styled by one of Outfittery’s professional stylists.

A startup tour to Berlin is of course not complete without visiting Rocket Internet. There, Adrian Frenzel (SVP Ops) gave a great talk about Rocket’s core strength: its operations. He explained how Rocket is able to build a company within two months anywhere in the world. Following the talk, the students got the chance to present a small case study about one of Rocket’s latest ventures „Helpling.“ The day ended with beer and pizza at the new office of CDTM startup unu, which sells electric scooters for clean urban mobility.

The next day began with an interesting presentation about the German VC scene at Paua Ventures, followed by an office tour and insightful talk at etventure. etventure builds startups and also consults big corporates on applying startup methods for product development. Dominic Blank, the founder of etventure startup POSPulse, gave insightful tips on starting a startup the „lean“ way. The tour ended at the office of CDTM startup eGym, which builds interactive gym machines. Co-founder and CDTM alumni Florian Sauter talked together with his team about the eGym founding story and how they do A/B testing. Clearly exhausted, but full of new insights and inspirations, the group set out back to Munich.

A big THANK YOU to all startups that took their (very limited) time to show us around and present their work. Thanks also to Sebastian and Johnny from the Entrepreneurship Taskforce for organizing this great trip!

April studies Neuro-Cognitive Psychology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and started CDTM in Fall 2014. She is interested in how we affect, and are affected by, technology in our increasingly digital world.