Month: January 2018

STARTUP-COACHING FOR TEENS WITH MYCHIPSBOX, FLIXBUS & THESIMPLECLUB – VIPS: ILSE AIGNER AND PHILIPP LAHM

This is how we like to see our WERK1: full house and young people, with creative ideas and entrepreneurial ambition in the exchange of experiences with successful startups.

Startup Teens visited WERK1 on January, 22nd 2018 and organized an exclusive meet-up for over 180 invited guests, including around 100 teenagers and startup entrepreneurs from myChipsBox, Flixbus and TheSimpleClub. There were also many prominent guests among the visitors: among others the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs and Media Ilse Aigner and the former soccer player and today’s entrepreneur Philipp Lahm were there to actively support the event. The young guests were also treated by the social media influencer Diana Löwen.

WERK1 AS EVENT HOST

Philipp Lahm, Ilse Aigner, Hauke Schwiezer, Dr. Florian Mann

Our managing director of WERK1, Dr. Florian Mann, as host he was allowed to open the event and after a short welcome, he was happy about the opportunity at WERK1 to bring young creative minds together with the experience of already successful entrepreneurs.  Because is exactly what he is personally delighted to do and what would be his vision for WERK1: Young entrepreneurs with ambitious ideas for the future under the roof of WERK1, where classic entrepreneurship has been at home for more than half a century and to bring these walls back to life with a digital entrepreneurial spirit.

Afterwards the word went to the founders themselves. Everyone presented their personal motivation to found their own company and which particular challenges they had to master personally and entrepreneurially on the way. Ilse Aigner then advised the young people to “always be curious” and not to fear new challenges and Philipp Lahm turned his back on his sporting career and tried to motivate the young people for big upcoming tasks.

For one more hour, the young people themselves were allowed to ask their entrepreneurial role models questions. Some used this to ask more general questions about the entrepreneurial spirit or the step-by-step set-up of a startup company. Others got very concrete and used the opportunity to present their own ideas to the experts and to get actual tips for further steps. It quickly became clear how digitally versed the young audience was: with topics such as cyrpto currencies or blockchains, the full digital expertise of the experts was in demand. In this context, Ms. Aigner pointed out the importance of digital incubators in Bavaria, such as WERK1: There, there would be the appropriate offers to seek support such as coaching or mentoring for your own startup project.

With drinks and relaxed networking in the café of WERK1, the first joint event of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Startup Teens Initiative came to an end. We at WERK1 are happy that we could be their hosts.

PRESSESTIMMEN

Bild – München (Print): 23. Januar 2018

Süddeutsche Online: 23. Januar 2018

FROM WERK1 INTO THE SUPERMARKET: MYCHIPSBOX TELLS ITS SUCCESS STORY

Many startups start with a personal problem of the founders. For this reason, Erol and Ebru Kaynak from myChipsBox have also started their mission to change the world of crisps in a sustainable way: Disappointed by the offer in their local supermarket, the couple took the initiative and developed their own range of high-quality crisps – only the best organic ingredients and a lot of creativity in the recipes. Unwanted ingredients such as glutamate or yeast extract can’t be found in these crisps. Just pure taste of the meticulously selected ingredients. Depending on the variety, you will find not only the classic crips but also vegetable or fruit chips in the box, which provides a special kick of taste.

The box itself is also part of the new generation of crips: every good product requires modern marketing and a sales idea. Instead of the usual bag, the crisps are protected from outside pressure in the practical box and during a cinema evening with friends, they are practically noiseless nibbling fun. The result is a modern “Bio-Chips-Duette”, matching the current spirit, stunningly crispy, exciting and delicious.

But it was a long way: 88 failures had to be coped with for 12 tasty variations. But failure is also part of success. The two founders know this from many years of experience. Both are proven experts on their fields and together a perfect team: Ebru, as food technician and ecotrophologist, ensures that the highest quality standards are maintained, while Erol, as a business graduate and former investment banker, controls sales and finances.

“DIE HÖHLE DER LÖWEN”
(SHARK TANK)

During a TV presence in the program “Die Höhle der Löwen” (German version of the US-Show Shark Tank), the young startup company was able to present itself and its crisps to an audience of millions and thus quickly raise its brand awareness nationwide. They managed to inspire three of the five lions for their product: The decision was made for the retail expert Ralf Dümmel, who provided financial and professional support after the show.

MYCHIPSBOX AT WERK1

In the premises of the old “Werksviertel” in the middle of Munich, the team works directly next to the old potato track and continues the tradition in its own way.

And at WERK1, the young company is still on the road to success. Together with the two founders, 10 people create unique moments of joy every day. Together they bring the founders’ vision of creating more variety on the crisp shelf to live. And this mission is not yet complete. From the creation of further varieties to the production of own ingredients, the startup still has great goals.

Startup: myChipsBox
Website: https://mychipsbox.de/
Contact: https://mychipsbox.de/kontakt/