November 8: "Starting Up USA" showcases billion-dollar start-ups

Film about start-up founders from TUM

Celonis founders Martin Klenk, Bastian Nominacher und Alexander Rinke
Martin Klenk, Bastian Nominacher, and Alexander Rinke (f.l.) founded Celonis just after they had graduated at TUM. (Image: Julian Baumann / Celonis)


Founded in 2011, an office in the USA in 2012, today a "unicorn": a company with a market value of over one billion US dollars. Celonis, founded by three TUM graduates, is one of the start-ups chronicled by the documentary film "Starting Up USA – Von der Garage zum Unicorn in 5000 km" (Starting Up USA – From Garage to Unicorn in 5000 km). The film will be screened on November 8 at 7:00 pm in the TUM Mathematics / Informatics department building. Afterwards founder Martin Klenk will speak with the audience.

Celonis provides a process mining software product that lets a company evaluate and visualize all of its IT-based workflows, making it easier to identify and improve complicated and "hidden" processes. The founders Martin Klenk, Bastian Nominacher, and Alexander Rinke developed the technology immediately following their university studies in Informatics, Finance and Information Management, and Mathematics at TUM.

Only four years after it was founded, Celonis was the fastest-growing technology company in Germany. Today its customers include a large number of important companies from around the world; last year investors contributed 27.5 million US dollars to the start-up.

The Celonis team was assisted by the TUM Start-up Advising Team and supported with an EXIST start-up grant, in which the university provided the team with a mentor and workstations.

Road trip from San Francisco to New York

The film "Starting Up USA" sets out to discover the secrets behind the success of the best start-ups on a road trip from San Francisco to New York.

Date / Time:
Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Mathematics / Informatics department building, lecture hall 1
Boltzmannstraße 3
85748 Garching

Film "Starting Up USA – Von der Garage zum Unicorn in 5000 km"

Panel discussion:

  • Martin Klenk, CTO Celonis
  • Florian Schmitt, maker of the film "Starting Up USA", Vice President Start-up Relations of the Haufe Group
  • Bastian Burger, founder of the TUM Spin-off Blik
  • Alexander Meyer-Scharenberg, TUM Start-up Advising Team
  • Representative of the German Accelerator

A drawing will be held; the winner will receive a trip to the New York offices of Celonis.

Admission is free.

More Information:

Entrepreneurship at TUM