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Germany has a rich history when it comes to entrepreneurship. From Konrad Zuse, Carl Benz, and Ferdinand Porsche to Werner von Siemens, there is no shortage of success stories that can be told about German-based companies looking for global expansion opportunities abroad or investors seeking out fresh investment prospects at home/abroad. We continue this with Startuprad.io keeping you up to date with the latest on the German-speaking startup scene in Germany (Europe’s largest economy), Switzerland, and Austria, collectively known as the GSA or DACH region. We are an English-only startup podcast with exclusive startup content, including regular news, and interviews. We are the international voice of the German-speaking startup scene.
We focus on interviews with startups mostly around their Series B funding or even scale-ups from GSA. Once a month, we also bring you an exclusive startup news wrap-up.
We are socred in the global Top 60 Science, Top 75 Tech, Top 275 Business Podcast (Chartable), Global Top 0.5% Podcast (Listen Notes), and global Top 20 Entrepreneurship Podcast on Apple Podcast across all countries (Podder). 
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Germany has a rich history when it comes to entrepreneurship. From Konrad Zuse, Carl Benz, and Ferdinand Porsche to Werner von Siemens, there is no shortage of success stories that can be told about German-based companies looking for global expansion opportunities abroad or investors seeking out fresh investment prospects at home/abroad. We continue this with Startuprad.io keeping you up to date with the latest on the German-speaking startup scene in Germany (Europe’s largest economy), Switzerland, and Austria, collectively known as the GSA or DACH region. We are an English-only startup podcast with exclusive startup content, including regular news, and interviews. We are the international voice of the German-speaking startup scene.
We focus on interviews with startups mostly around their Series B funding or even scale-ups from GSA. Once a month, we also bring you an exclusive startup news wrap-up.
We are socred in the global Top 60 Science, Top 75 Tech, Top 275 Business Podcast (Chartable), Global Top 0.5% Podcast (Listen Notes), and global Top 20 Entrepreneurship Podcast on Apple Podcast across all countries (Podder). 
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    Building the Future of Electric Vehicle Charging with Monta's Max Scherer

    Building the Future of Electric Vehicle Charging with Monta's Max Scherer

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    Revolutionizing Electric Vehicle Charging: Monta's Innovative Software Platform Welcome to Startuprad.io, where innovation thrives! Join host Joe Menninger in an electrifying conversation with Max Scherer, COO of Monta, as they delve into the world of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. Monta's cutting-edge software platform is transforming the management of EV charge points, securing €80 million in fundraising and eyeing expansion into the US and Europe. Discover how Monta's software-first approach simplifies EV charging infrastructure management and enhances user experience by making charging stations hardware-agnostic. Learn about their business model, charging a monthly fee per connected charge point, and how it creates value for clients. Max shares insights into Monta's rapid revenue growth amidst challenging market conditions and their strategic expansion into the US market, including integrating vehicle-to-grid capabilities. Explore the founding story of Monta and how the founders' backgrounds shaped its direction. With transparency as a core value, Monta is actively seeking new investors and talent. Max discusses the qualities and skills they look for in team members and invites listeners to explore career opportunities with Monta. Join us as we uncover Monta's role in the green energy revolution and its vision for a more interconnected and sustainable world of electric vehicles. Don't miss out on this enlightening discussion—plug in and stay tuned to Startuprad.io! Check out Max Scherer's LinkedIn profile (https://www.linkedin.com/in/maxlionscherer/) and Monta's website (https://monta.com/) for more information. If you're passionate about shaping the future of transportation, Monta might just be the perfect fit for you!

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    • 35 min
    This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - March 2024

    This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups - March 2024

    Welcome to our March 2024 wrap-up with vital news from the startup and tech entrepreneurship scenes in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in 30 minutes or less 🙂.

    Our startup news is recorded with Chris in New York City and Joe in Frankfurt. Recording date is March 25th 2024 and all news not included will be in our next news to be released on April 25th 2024.



    Happy Easter!Today we publish on Holy Thursday (Gründonnerstag) in Germany. Note that the Friday before and Monday after Easter are public holidays. Many people will take off around the holidays. So don’t expect your calls to be returned promptly during this time.

    A Seismic Shift in the Regional Startup SceneYou are witnessing a seismic shift in the GSA startup scene with us here and today. The headlines of our startup news used to be dominated by fintech funding. Now we have more than 7 billion € investments in green startups (battery, renewable energy) vs. “only” around 150 million in fintech funding in different forms. This is surely a foretaste of what’s to come.

    Our Highlights:The European energy landscape is witnessing significant developments with key investments across sectors.

    Northvolt’s Gigafactory in Northern Germany, backed by €900 million in subsidies and a €4.5 billion investment, aims to produce 1 million car batteries annually, driving electric vehicle adoption and job creation.

    Enpal secured €1.1 billion in refinancing commitments, while Sunfire raised over €500 million, bolstering Europe’s green hydrogen economy.

    ENVIRIA secured $200 million in capital from BlackRock, signaling confidence in the solar sector.

    Solaris Bank secured €96 million in funding but faced a €6.5 million fine from BaFin, reflecting fintech regulatory challenges.

    Magic gained traction with open AI’s and Tesla’s former Andrej Karpathy as investor, and Bitpanda established a €50 million VC fund for blockchain startups. However, the startup community grapples with stress, with nearly half considering quitting, underscoring the toll of rapid innovation.

    Let’s talk startups: https://medium.com/startuprad-io/this-month-in-german-swiss-and-austrian-gsa-startups-march-2024-a49996ca44f9

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    The HostsThe news are co-hosted by Jörn “Joe” Menninger, startup scout, founder, and host of Startuprad.io. And Christian “Chris' ' Fahrenbach, co-founder Startuprad.io, freelance reporter, lecturer, author and blogger . Reach out to them:

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    • 29 min
    The Journey of Mainz BioMed: From Start-up to a NASDAQ Listing

    The Journey of Mainz BioMed: From Start-up to a NASDAQ Listing

    Executive Summary In this episode of Startuprad.io, host Joe Menninger interviews Guido Baechler, CEO of Mainz BioMed, about the company's innovative at-home colorectal cancer test kit, designed to improve early detection and survival rates. Baechler discusses the challenges and opportunities of operating in the biotech sector, including navigating U.S. and European regulations and fostering a culture of innovation within a NASDAQ-listed company. He shares insights from his background at Roche Diagnostics and emphasizes the importance of an open, trustful company culture. The episode also touches on Mainz BioMed's expansion plans and the significance of colorectal cancer awareness.

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    Introduction

    Welcome to another exciting episode of Startuprad.io, where we bring you the stories of innovation and entrepreneurship directly from the heart of the startup ecosystem. I'm your host, Jörn "Joe" Menninger, and today, we're diving into a topic of crucial importance: the fight against colorectal cancer. In this March 2024 awareness month episode, we're honored to welcome Guido Baechler, CEO of Mainz BioMed, a trailblazing German biotech company listed on Nasdaq. With a fascinating journey from Roche Diagnostics to the dynamic world of startups, Guido brings a wealth of knowledge on PCR technology, cutting-edge diagnostic tools, and the importance of early cancer detection. As we explore Mainz BioMed's innovative approach to cancer screening, including their noninvasive at-home test that's changing the game in colorectal cancer prevention, Guido shares the company's mission, its challenges with market trends and diverse regulatory environments, and how they maintain a culture of innovation amidst stringent healthcare regulations. Join us as we delve into the importance of self-care, the impact of lifestyle on cancer risk, and why Guido left the security of a large firm for the risk-rich terrain of startups. Through an inspirational tale of a test that transformed one mother's life, we'll see the real-world impact of Mainz BioMed's commitment to early detection. So, whether you're a budding entrepreneur, a healthcare professional, or someone passionate about making a difference, this is one episode you can't afford to miss!

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    • 42 min
    Inside Xentral: Unveiling Startup Success with Sequoia and Tiger Global

    Inside Xentral: Unveiling Startup Success with Sequoia and Tiger Global

    Executive Summary In this in-depth episode of Startuprad.io, host Jörn "Joe" Menninger chats with Domenico Cipolla, CEO of Xentral, about his professional journey and the evolution of Xentral. Cipolla discusses his unique background, the importance of execution in business, and how Xentral serves SMEs with ERP solutions. He also shares insights on leadership, mistakes as learning opportunities, and the company's growth plans, including hiring for cultural fit. They touch on Cipolla's past roles and his ambitions for Xentral, underlining his belief in data-driven decisions and setting a clear vision for success.

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    Introduction Welcome back to Startuprad.io, where we dive deep into the dynamic world of startups and innovation. I'm your host, Jörn "Joe" Menninger, and today we're bringing you a conversation that's well worth the extra runtime - in fact, it's double our usual length.

    Joining us in this exclusive interview is Domenico Cipolla, the charismatic CEO of Xentral - an ERP powerhouse transforming the landscape for German SMEs. From his small-town roots near Kiel, with Italian heritage and a childhood immersed in the family's pizzeria, Domenico takes us on a journey through his football-playing days to the wisdom-laden halls of academia, where he attended prestigious institutions across Europe and North America.

    With a candid openness, Domenico reveals the philosophy that guides his leadership at Xentral - prioritizing learning from mistakes, promoting accountability, and nurturing a culture where execution meets data-driven strategy. We uncover the nuts and bolts of Xentral's business model, tailored for the specific needs of companies handling physical products, and witness the company's objective to improve processes and achieve customer satisfaction before eyeing international expansion. Armed with a deep-rooted belief that CEOs should not only set the vision but also foster the right environment for talent to thrive, Domenico shares anecdotes from his vast experience, spanning consulting at BCG to scaling e-commerce platforms and navigating the venture capital scene. He gives us an inside look at his role and alignment with co-CEO Bina, how Xentral got back on track after a period of hyper-growth, and the ambitious plans for team expansion.

    So buckle up as we explore how this leader integrates his rich background into steering Xentral towards an exciting future, how a commitment to culture and the right attitude can make all the difference in hiring, and why there's both a challenge and humor in the quest for the thousands of potential clients yet to be reached. Stay tuned for a podcast episode that's as insightful as it is rich with humor and humanity - this is Startuprad.io.

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    • 51 min
    Rise of Deep Tech and Health Tech Startups in Europe

    Rise of Deep Tech and Health Tech Startups in Europe

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    Executive SummaryIn this episode of Startuprad.io, host Jörn "Joe" Menninger and guest Thomas Kösters of DEEP Ecosystems explore the rise of spinoff companies, mainly from academic institutions. They discuss the significant impact of public investment in high-tech and hardware sectors, the challenges of tech transfer, and the role of entities like the EIC accelerator in supporting European spinoffs. The episode also covers the funding landscape, the "valley of death" for deep tech startups, and examples of successful spinoffs like BioNTech, underscoring the importance of building effective university knowledge transfer offices to commercialize research.

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    IntroductionWelcome back to another compelling episode of Startuprad.io, the podcast dedicated to unraveling the dynamic world of startups and their ecosystems. I'm your host, Jörn "Joe" Menninger, and today we're diving deep into the universe of academic spin-offs and their increasingly pivotal role in pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology. In this episode titled "Deep Ecosystem Spinoffs," we're thrilled to have an expert in the field, Thomas Kösters, MD at DEEP Ecosystems, to shed light on the fascinating surge of spinoff funding and the evolution of public investments towards high-tech and hardware opportunities. We'll explore why entities like NVIDIA in the U.S. and ASML in the Netherlands are spearheading growth and how centers such as the EIC accelerator are revolutionizing entrepreneurship in Europe. With startup ecosystems like "Startup Radio Factories" rising in Germany and other European nations, Thomas unpacks the mechanisms of financial support, intellectual property management, and the crucial role of tech transfer offices. We'll discuss the implications of universities owning the IP and how European cities strive for equitable funding opportunities. Join us as we delve into the stark realities of the "valley of death" for deep tech startups, the magnitude of academic spin-offs in HealthTech, and the strategies setting precedents for commercial success. We'll also touch on recent challenges that Switzerland and the UK face in Horizon funding and the strategic efforts in cities like Paris and Munich to lead in research funding. This episode covers the breadth of European innovation, from the spotlight on Cambridge as an exemplary model to the discussion of tech transfer offices like Cambridge Enterprise. And finally, a closer look at the journey from research to market, the culture clash with venture capital, and alternative pathways to traditional spin-off approaches.

    Links and show notes here:https://medium.com/startuprad-io/rise-of-deep-tech-and-health-tech-startups-in-europe-66d3ab4f0e61

    • 52 min
    This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups – February 2024

    This Month in German, Swiss, and Austrian (GSA) Startups – February 2024

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    In this episode, we dive deep into the latest tech and startup highlights shaping the landscape of innovation. Join us as we explore groundbreaking developments and game-changing investments that are driving progress in the tech world.

    🔍 Our Highlights:1. Microsoft's bold move to invest 3.3 billion euros in expanding data centers in Germany is a testament to the importance of AI and cloud computing. Chancellor Olaf Scholz applauds this commitment to progress and global openness.

    2. Vienna-based AI startup Magic secures a whopping $117 million in funding, setting ambitious goals to surpass ChatGPT-4 with its AGI ambitions. Meanwhile, Stuttgart's Instagrid raises an impressive $95 million to expand into North America with its innovative portable battery systems.

    3. Amidst the success stories, we also shed light on the challenges faced by fintech and MedTech sectors. Elinvar grapples with insolvency despite a hefty €50 million investment, while Sanity Group, a cannabis company, makes tough decisions by cutting staff.

    4. But there's no shortage of triumphs! BioNTech emerges victorious in a lawsuit, Flixbus makes strides by expanding to India, and Mondu secures a massive €30 million for its expansion plans. However, changes in German insolvency regulations pose new challenges for debt-funded startups like Instafreight.

    5. And lastly, EV charging platform Monta electrifies the scene by raising an impressive €80 million for its European expansion, signaling a bright future for sustainable transportation.

    Stay ahead of the curve with Startuprad.io as we bring you the latest updates and insights from the dynamic world of tech entrepreneurship. Don't forget to subscribe and hit the notification bell to never miss out on our exclusive content! #technews #startupradio #entrepreneurship #innovation #techinvestments #ai #cloudcomputing #AGI #fintech #medtech #biontech #evcharging #MontaExpansion

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    • 34 min

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