Category: Startup Stories

Repair instructions and automotive spare parts at Clonck: Everything for car enthusiasts in one app

“Pascal is an enthusiastic car mechanic,” says Joshua Worger about his co-founder Pascal Walter. “In his spare time, he tinkers with his car, makes repairs, puts in spare parts.” Two years ago, when they took a ride together in the FlixBus, Pascal told them about his hobby, his passion. And also about the problems that screwdrivers have: Repair instructions are available either as a book and only with a lot of luck, suitable for your own vehicle, or in Internet forums and YouTube videos – including the danger of making your beloved car even more in need of repair with the half knowledge provided. Joshua quickly recognizes the central challenge for the scene: There is no offer that covers the needs of car hobbyists quicklyRead more

How a KI revolutionices the world of forestry and insurance – the startup OCELL for smart analyses on aerial photographs

A forester goes into the forest and assesses the stand of his trees. He can rely on his training and experience. This is more important in 2020 than ever before, because the dry summers of 2018/2019 have particularly affected the native spruces. The loss of quality of this raw material is already having an impact on the international timber trade, as a result of which thousands of hectares of stands must be regularly monitored for damage and infestation by bark beetles. Normally this would require a lot of manpower, which is associated with high personnel costs, inconsistent quality and a lot of time. THE DIGITIZED SOLUTION FROM OCELL The Pain Point of the forestry industry, which becomes more acute at this point, is taken upRead more

CLINISERVE IN WERK1 – SOLVING THE CARE EMERGENCY WITH DIGITALIZATION

“The best thing about our work is that the nurses are incredibly grateful. At last someone is dealing with their problems.” Before Jaakko Nurkka, one of the founders behind Cliniserve’s digital nursing organisation tools, starts off for his last appointment of the day, we meet him at the WERK1 Café for an interview. Jaakko’s days are usually long. Because Cliniserve has dedicated itself to a mammoth task: To tackle markets with complex and outdated structures, but at the same time enormous volumes – the healthcare systems worldwide. APPROACHING THE “CARE PROBLEM” WITH DIGITALIZATION Around 100,000 nursing staff are currently absent from German clinics. And the work of those who “keep the health shop running” is sometimes chaotic, Jaakko tells us. He knows this from hisRead more

FULFIN – SUCCESSFUL WITH E-COMMERCE KNOW-HOW AT WERK1

One click at Amazon and our desired product will be one day later on the doorstep. Convenient, fast and easy. The online trade and especially Amazon is booming, especially thanks to the marketplace concept. The marketplace also creates new opportunities for sellers. But many new traders encounter growth hurdles that cannot be overcome with equity capital. Fulfin is breaking new ground in the supply of credit to online traders. From their newly thought-out goods financing for online merchants Hevella and Lakeside have invested a 7-digit amount of equity and debt capital in the start-up. LACK OF CREDIT SUPPLY IN ONLINE Business The e-commerce market is growing by more than 12% every year. Amazon dominates this market with 60% – tendency rising. Amazon’s marketplace offers newRead more

Rethinking gastronomic experiences – ORDA at WERK1

Chris, Janis and Peter study together, have lunch break – and are hungry! In the restaurant of their choice they can get one of the crowded, coveted tables. But the only waitress is somewhat overwhelmed by the midday rush. The clock is ticking. A line of other guests, who want to order their food to take with them, wait with growling stomachs. Why is it not possible to order an app? Would be much easier! And the time until the finished meal could be used productively. At some point the waitress and also the food will come. Damn,… is it possible to pay with a card? No. “You could organize that quite easily with an app, too,” the three think. The idea for ORDA wasRead more

Limehome – A WERK1 Startup Revolutionizes the Hotel Industry

Anyone who is on business from time to time knows the problem: If the population of the city visited falls below 700,000, the hotel landscape quickly looks gloomy. What is available is expensive and often not convincing from a qualitative and aesthetic point of view. The WERK1 startup Limehome solves this problem. SPARE HOME INSTEAD OF HOTEL Limehome offers business travellers and tourists fully equipped apartments as a feel-good alternative to an impersonal hotel. Thanks to a specially developed, tasteful and high-quality design concept, every guest feels at home. Limehome Apartments are currently located at 14 locations in Germany. Above all in so-called “B-cities” such as Aachen, which with one million overnight stays has an appreciable demand that is nevertheless unprofitable for large hotel chainsRead more

ArtMasters at WERK1 – From management consultant to the host of creative events

In WERK1 they are the “colourful bird” among the start-ups, in real life Alexander Eloe and Oliver Breiter and their team bring colour into the everyday life of many people who want to change the way they work, organize team events and the like: With so-called “paint parties”. The ArtMasters are probably the only startup in WERK1 that knows painting and creative techniques very well. And that although the founders themselves have no artistic background at all. What is the motivation for founding a start-up and what is ArtMasters’ recipe for success? We asked co-founder Alex these and other questions over a cup of coffee in the WERK1 Café. Creative experiences for everyone The idea is quickly explained: The ArtMasters Oliver and Alex, with theRead more

Curiosity.ai in WERK1 – The Mission: Free Knowledge from Company Documents

One complete day per working week – according to a study by the management consultancy McKinsey, an employee wastes so much time on average searching for information before he can tackle his actual tasks. WERK1-Residents Leon Zucchini and Rafael Fernandes came across this problem in their everyday work and developed a solution. Their startup Curiosity.ai helps companies to extract the knowledge they have accumulated over the years from unstructured documents such as e-mails, presentations, etc. and to exploit previously untapped potential. WHAT DOES CURIOSITY.AI OFFER? Leon explains: “Imagine the Internet without Google. In most companies, the working day looks exactly like this. You’re surrounded by logs, presentations, text fields in databases, but you can’t find anything if you don’t know the exact term your colleagueRead more