Hanna Marie Asmussen, co-founder of the start-up LOCALYZE
“It is impressive to see how much each founder fights for his idea and how much can happen in half a year."
November 2018 – After only a few weeks of work, the results of the six start-ups can be seen in Batch 2 of the Next Commerce Accelerator. The selected founders of the second round of the NCA - BASIC BUTLER, gasido, Koop, SummerFoot, LOCALYZE and Tour Scanner - used the six months of the program to develop their concepts with the NCA: "We support the founders and assist them in word and deed. We have a network of around 200 mentors, we have our ten industry-specific investors who are available to our start-ups and who also give the founders the financial freedom to develop for six months," is how Thorsten Wittmütz from the Next Commerce Accelerator describes the special nature of the support.
At the event in Hamburg's Feldstraßen bunker, former start-up founder Till Neatby then described in entertaining words his impressive path from the first business idea to the now internationally successful Food Delivery Service Marley Spoon. Afterwards, the new young founders of the NCA presented their projects in short presentations. They also described the special feature of the time spent together in a team with the other start-ups: "In such an accelerator you are a bit like in a family. You see the other start-ups and make friends too and it is impressive to see how much each founder fights for his idea, how much power and energy you put into it and how much can happen in half a year", says Hanna Marie Asmussen, co-founder of the start-up LOCALYZE.
Nicolaus von Schlieffen, Co-Founder & CEO Koop, also describes the special thing about the short time of the start-ups in the Accelelerator: "They have to work with few resources and based on that creativity is created. I believe that this is something that corporate groups, larger companies and medium-sized companies can learn a lot from.” Entrepreneur Prof. Peter Kabel , Founding Partner of the company AECAL, sees this opportunity in exactly the same way: "I find it particularly impressive when young people approach a topic and within a short period of time, obviously only a few weeks, manage to find an approach via a "Working Prototype" or a first "Minimal Viable Product".
During the joint networking after the introduction round of the start-ups, entrepreneurs and founders exchanged ideas intensively for a long time. "For established companies, this is an exciting opportunity to gather inspiration, get to know people and ideas, perhaps take the next step through an investment and bring innovation to their company," sums up Till Neatby of Marley Spoon. And Hanna Marie Amussen of LOCALYZE finds it simple: "You somehow take six great ideas with you, innovative concepts. It's incredibly good for networking, you meet exciting people, it's just a beautiful format!“
Until well after midnight, the lively exchange continued high up on the Feldstraßenbunkter - in the Hamburg district of St. Pauli, perfectly suited for start-ups and their ideas.