hochschulgründernetz cologne starts semester with a new programme

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The hochschulgründernetz cologne (hgnc) is the contact point for people interested in setting up their own business at Cologne universities. At the kick-off event on September 12th, 2018 Dr Sameer Joshi presented the work and aims of the network to the 40 guests. It consists of state and private universities, non-university research institutions and partners from the region. As a companion for start-ups from science, the hgnc offers specific qualification measures and personal advice for students and scientists in preparing to launch a startup – free of charge for students, employees and scientists at Cologne universities.

Dr. Sameer Joshi gave a motivating speech on launching a startup right at the start: “I worked for a long time as a manager at Siemens until I realized that I wanted to shape things myself. After all, I founded my own company and never regretted taking this step. With today’s knowledge, I would have liked to have taken it earlier.”

Afterwards project manager Carolin Jungen presented the new event programme for the coming semester, which includes many workshops on topics such as “Design Thinking & Idea Finding” or “Recognizing and Evaluating Good Business Ideas” for founders in every start-up phase. This semester, the hochschulgründernetz cologne is also issuing a university start-up certificate for all participants who have taken part in at least 5 hgnc events over a period of 2 years.

The Founders Factory offers another opportunity to work on your own business ideas. Alisa Ghafory and Julia Gappa gave an insight into the work of the student initiative at the Cologne Business School and advised the students not to neglect networks. “I went to many events with the Founders Factory, such as the StartupCon, where we exchanged ideas with like-minded people. Through the initiative, I was also able to establish contact with my future practical partner,” said Alisa Ghafory.

The Founders Factory offers another opportunity to work on your own business ideas. Alisa Ghafory and Julia Gappa gave an insight into the work of the student initiative at the Cologne Business School and advised the students not to neglect networks. “I went to many events with the Founders Factory, such as the StartupCon, where we exchanged ideas with like-minded people. Through the initiative, I was also able to establish contact with my future practical partner,” said Alisa Ghafory.

CBS alumnus and founder of the online tool for garden planning “Green for me” Julia Hack looked back at all stages of starting her business – from the first idea to its implementation. She advised students not to stick too rigidly to their business plan: “Your startup is developing. You don’t have to write a big business plan at the beginning, use more agile methods, and be aware that the plan won’t happen one-for-one.” The founder also benefited from the EXIST programme to finance her start-up. As Prof. Dr. Mike Schallehn explained, this programme is still little known, although it is fully recommendable with a funding rate of 54 percent and no repayment claims.

The opening event concluded with the startup Shenutri, which offers a personalised programme of dietary supplements and nutritional advice. For the founders Dr. Gerd Wirtz and Anett C. Coerper is Shenutri the second company, so they were able to report a lot about their experiences as founders. Dr. Gerd Wirtz also gave the audience a message: “Develop a vision that can change!”

For more information about the hgnc and the current programme of events see: www.hgnc.de

Photos: Silke Friedrich

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