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  • Sowmya Thyagarajan

    Founder of Foviatech

    “Despite numerous opportunities from other countries, Hamburg has always been attractive due to its international and industrial environment. From an aviation perspective, Hamburg has a very international and industrial character. That's why it's a perfect fit for us. I love the Alster and the Landungsbrücken with a fantastic sunset and beautiful scenery.”
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    © Johannes Arlt/laif: Sowmya Thyagarajan, founder of Foviatech
    © Johannes Arlt/laif: Sowmya Thyagarajan, founder of Foviatech
  • Maik Reder

    Founder & CEO of Annea

    “Hamburg is Germany's wind energy city. Many wind turbine manufacturers and operators are based in Hamburg and the largest wind energy trade fairs and events take place in and around Hamburg. In addition, Hamburg has a constantly growing startup scene and is therefore becoming increasingly attractive for young companies.”
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  • Achim Leder

    Founder of jetlite

    “Founding jetlite in Hamburg, a centre of international aviation, has enabled us to be closely connected to the industry from the very beginning. Hamburg, with its strong aviation industry, was the ideal starting point for jetlite's ambitious journey.”
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    © jetlite: Achim Leder, founder and managing director
    © jetlite: Achim Leder, founder and managing director
  • Alena Schneck

    Co-founder of toern

    “The startup ecosystem in Hamburg is very informal. Everyone helps everyone else as long as you ask! We've been based in the beautiful Digital Logistics Hub. In addition to the charm of the Speicherstadt, we benefit from the hub’s ecosystem, which has already enabled us to hold workshops with Tchibo and the Otto Group, for instance, as well as to undertake countless stage appearances.”
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    Alena Schneck, co-founder of toern
  • Elisabeth L'Orange

    Co-Founder of Oxolo

    “We are proud of the AI we are developing and also of bringing a bit of Silicon Valley to Hamburg with Oxolo. We want to push the boundaries of AI research and create innovative solutions for complex problems.”
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    © Oxolo: co-founder Elisabeth L’Orange
    © Oxolo: co-founder Elisabeth L’Orange
  • Nico Hansen

    Founder of Vanozza

    “From my perspective, Hamburg is a melting pot for creative ideas and innovations. The Food Cluster has just been created, which will give the location a further boost. There are also numerous networking platforms and funding programmes - we have benefited greatly from the foodlab accelerator programme and IFB Hamburg's InnoFounder programme.”
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    © Vanozza: founder Nico Hansen
    © Vanozza
  • Philipp Schröder

    Founder and CEO of 1Komma5°

    “Hamburg is much better than its reputation. We have a good environment for our company here and the city has a great atmosphere. That's why we will continue to expand our workforce here.”
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    © Christoph Neumann / 1KOMMA5°: Philipp Schröder, founder and CEO
    © Christoph Neumann / 1KOMMA5°: Philipp Schröder, founder and CEO

Startup City presents Oxolo

It used to be really tough for small e-commerce retailers to get their hands on the money they needed to make product videos. Then along came Oxolo. This startup platform can create films of all kinds in just a few minutes – they’re customised, high-quality and affordable. 

Elisabeth L'Orange, one of the company's founders, is a passionate entrepreneur who has some great insights into what qualities successful founders should have. 

Startup City presents Boomerang

We took a look behind the scenes of exciting startups and present Boomerang: With reusable shipping packaging for online retail, Boomerang replaces disposable shipping packaging used by online shops to send goods to end consumers. The system is based on an intelligent deposit model and a return logistics system that allows the packaging to be reused up to 50 times.