Not only does Forbes’ global editorial team select the most exciting young entrepreneurs each year, but the DACH region team also compiles its own list. This time there are 13 German startups.
Being recognized by Forbes business magazine is an honor for entrepreneurs. Not only does the US editorial team annually nominate the world’s most promising people under 30, but the German-language publishing also selects its nominees annually. Forbes included young people from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the regional “30 under 30” list.
We have summarized here for you the tech founders who made it to the German list.
Manuel Kimanov (Syniotec)
Manuel Kimanov (28) comes from Bulgaria and came to Germany in 2016 to study industrial engineering in Bremen. While still in college, he created the startup Sharemac with other students, initially as a construction machinery rental service. The company is now called Syniotec and develops software that contractors can use to track and manage their equipment and the entire fleet.
Amanda Maiwald, Antonia Schein and Nikolaj Bewer (Codaire)
The founding trio from Berlin wants to help children learn to code as early as possible, easily and with a lot of joy. Amanda Maiwald, Antonia Schein and Nikolaj Bewer have founded a kind of online school with Codary: parents can register seven-year-old children here for lessons with a coach via an online videoconference. In addition to video chat, the Berlin startup relies on the programming of challenges on its own learning platform. Seed investors already include a number of business angels, such as Dirk Owerfeldt, founder of POS system startup Gastrofix, Bruno Ginuth and Jan Hofmann, co-founders of shared taxi service Clevershuttle, and Joachim von Bonin, the co-founder of the insurance platform Simplesurance.
Niklas Tauch (Green Procurement)
Shortly before his 24th birthday, Niklas Tauch founded the logistics startup Liefergrün, that was at the end of 2020. Today, the CEO is one of Germany’s most promising young entrepreneurs. Liefergrün delivers orders in electric vans or cargo bikes for customers such as Adidas, Dyson and in-store pharmacies – the idea is an emission-free last mile. Just a few weeks ago, the logistics group DB Schenker joined the startup Tauch. Before the 26-year-old introduced greenery to the market, he worked at Henkel. He started there during his baccalaureate and eventually took on digitization projects.
Like car sharing, but much bigger and greener: 28-year-old computer scientist Sara Schiffer co-founded Hylane, a climate-neutral commercial vehicle rental company in Cologne. It offers the rental of hydrogen trucks. Users pay for the kilometers traveled. Its customers already include the Henkel Group, DB Schenker and Hermes. The fleet was financed by DEVK and a grant of 15 million euros from the Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport. By 2024, a three-digit number of vehicles should be on main roads across Europe.
Maximilian Wuhr (Finnish)
Maximilian Wühr (27) is one of the four founders of Finn, the Munich car subscription start-up. The company rents vehicles to users at a fixed monthly price and pays for repairs and insurance. Finn was founded in 2019, Wühr is now Chief Growth Officer. A graduate of the Munich start-up center CDTM, he held several positions in investment companies during his studies, worked for the back app Kaia as a business developer and is also a venture scout for the VC Picus.
Isabelle Guenou and Miriam Santer (Theblood)
With their femtech startup Theblood, the Berlin founders Isabelle Guenou (27) and Miriam Santer (29) offer women a non-invasive menstrual blood analysis tool. A blood sample already present, as Guenou says, can also be analyzed and provide a lot of information on the health values of the woman concerned: hormone levels, vitamin balance, trace elements such as zinc or iron. Theblood’s target groups are women struggling with hormonal fluctuations or suffering from endometriosis, women who want to have children – and “bio-hackers” who are motivated by the desire to optimize themselves and their own body with better knowledge and more data.
Jennifer Phan (Passion Froot)
Investor Changes Office: After Jennifer Phan gained experience in a VC and as an entrepreneur, she founded her own company in 2021: Passionfroot is a software startup that wants to help the software industry. creators with a browser-based, no-code platform. follow-up of their projects and their treasury. The target group is, for example, GenZ creators or small media brands that generate their income through sponsorship and advertising. In a pre-seed round, Phan raised three million euros from top VC Creandum and business angels such as Philipp Klöckner, among others.
Balazs Deme (Stack)
In the spring, Balazs Deme (24) founded the crypto startup Pile, among others with former Penta boss Jessica Holzbach. Pile offers neobanks and other fintechs an interface to decentralized financial markets so they can offer cryptocurrencies to their customers. Deme founded his first startup Herdius at the age of 19, also a fintech. In order to succeed as a founder, the Hungarian native moved to Berlin shortly before. However, the company was discontinued that year.
Katharina Weißig (Periodically)
With her startup, the 24-year-old is committed to ensuring that pads and tampons are available throughout the country and, above all, free of charge in public establishments. Just like toilet paper. It has developed a dispenser of hygiene products for schools, universities, museums, offices and communities. Top-up products come by subscription. Thousands of these dispensers have already been distributed and set up.
Mareike Awe (Intumind)
Mareike Awe (29) is a doctor and nutritionist and has made a name for herself as a diet influencer in recent years, mostly via social media. She also performs as a public speaker and has written bestselling weight loss books. With Intumind, in 2015 she founded a health startup with 40 employees in Düsseldorf, which offers digital health coaching on a wide variety of subjects and brings your companies together around health and weight issues.
Lennardt Hachmeister (Iotis)
The Internet of Things audibly encompasses all kinds of things. Sports equipment too. And it is precisely on this part of the IoT that Lennardt Hachmeister has focused. He is co-founder of the Hanoverian startup Iotis. This develops, for example, smart balls – soccer balls, for example. Or golf balls. Equipped with sensors that can be used to read the distance traveled by the ball. Or that provide direct feedback on a footballer’s shooting power and technique via an app. During a funding round, the startup was able to raise more than two million euros this year – among others from former footballer Fabian Ernst.
Eddie RietzMindable Health
Eddie Rietz, 26, first worked as a developer and worked on augmented reality products at the IBM technology group. Four years ago, he designed the Mindable application, a therapeutic support software for anxiety disorders. Mindable is one of the few prescription apps that doctors can prescribe and health insurance companies can charge for. Co-founder Rietz is CTO of the tech company.
Katharina Kreutzer (boomerang)
The 24-year-old Hamburger wants to solve a problem that has taken on abnormal proportions at the latest since the pandemic: packaging waste due to the rise of e-commerce. In Germany, around 4.5 billion parcels are sent every year – and the shipping boxes usually end up in the trash. With their startup Boomerang, which was only founded this year, they, together with Marc Engelmann and Christian Putz, want to set up a system with reusable mailbags, each of which can be reused up to 50 times – including a system storage and return logistics.