Founders are still facing significant challenges in Germany. In the meantime, the infrastructure for founders has developed further e.g. in spin-offs from universities or research institutions; subsidies are available. However, money continues to be extremely scarce, especially for the early phase of an endeaver. Therefore, it is all the more important that those looking to found a company get advice, e.g. from an experienced start-up coach, well ahead of their planned founding. He will help them ideally to position their business idea and their planned company and present it so that their chances to get the few available funds are maximized.
For more than a decade, I have been supporting start-ups in the definition of their business, acquisition of financing and business development. I am and was a member in various juries for business plan competitions for start-ups. I am also an accredited coach of the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and the bwcon Coaching Group. It is important to me to perform such coaching on equal terms with you. In the end, you will have to manage your business. This start-up coaching usually takes place in three phases:
- 1. Planning
- 2. Financing
- 3. Support
This is initially about clearly sketching out the business idea, to point out the opportunities in the market and to define the business model, to clarify differentiation (USPs) and to understand the IP situation, if necessary. Based on this, we develop a business plan together that clearly points out the business opportunity and is targeted towards potential investors.
Based on a clear business case we'll be looking for potential investors. These may be the High-Tech Gründerfonds or other Seed funds/ VCs, Business Angels or banks. We use your contacts and my network to find the right sources.
Once your financing has been taken care of, I will support you in business development. This may be tuning your business model or strategy, hiring employees, developing the internal organization- and workstructures as well as external partnership structures, or support you during important customer visits. If you think this would be sensible, I can support you as an advisory boardmember and in the build-up of such a board.
I support start-ups in product and service businesses especially in the following industries:
- Medical Technology/Life Science/Biotechnology
- Electronic Measurement Technology
- Electronics, Semiconductors
- Management Coaching Group of bwcon
- Coaching Days and Meetings of the HTGF