TUM Start-up Meet & Talk

In this series of events organized by TUMentrepreneurship and TUM Mentoring, TUM alumni provide a look behind the scenes of their young companies. In a relaxed after-work atmosphere, you will gain insights into the beginnings and personal stories of TUM start-ups. Together with the founders, you can openly exchange experiences, stumbling blocks and possible first steps on the topic of founding in a small group. Get a taste of start-up air at the companies on site and let yourself be carried away by the founding spirit of the founding teams.

20.07.2022: Meet & Talk - Insights from innosabi

On July 20, the TUM community will have the chance to get to know the Start-up innosabi and meet its co-founder and CEO TUM alumna Catharina van Delden, up close and ask questions about the company's foundation and journey.

innosabi is a leading international provider of innovation management software based in Munich. Large companies use innosabi's solutions to open up internal processes in a targeted manner and to sustainably tap external potential for the development of new products, services and business models.

innosabi was founded in 2010 as a student start-up at the Technical University of Munich and turned into a market leader by Catharina van Delden. Today, innosabi employs 45 people and has been part of the Questel Group since 2021.

Catharina van Delden is an MBA graduate of the TU Munich and studied at UC Berkeley for a time. Her work focuses in particular on how organizations can best leverage their ecosystem to become more innovative and agile.

In addition to running her company, Catharina van Delden is and has been active in various advisory and political functions, for example on the advisory board of Deutsche Bank, the advisory board of Laya.AI or for over 8 years on the bitkom presidium. She has also published two books on innovation strategies, "Crowdsourced Innovation" and "Connect the dots".

Catharina van Delden has received numerous awards throughout her career, such as most recently the "TU Munich Entrepreneur of Excellence" or the "Spark Female Founder Award" from McKinsey and Handelsblatt.

Would you like to learn more about the founding story of innosabi? Then we look forward to your registration.

At a glance

Date: Wed. 20.07.2022, 18:00-20:00 h
Location: innosabi offices, more details in the registration confirmation
Language: the event will be held in English
Participation: only possible with TUM Online ID and prior registration (limited places)
Registration under the following link

On May 3, the TUM community will get a chance to get up close and personal with Kumovis and its co-founder and CEO, TUM alumna Dr. Miriam Haerst.

Finally back in presence, you will have the opportunity to ask Miriam Haerst questions about the foundation and the company's journey on site at Kumovis, and to get to know Kumovis' products in the showroom.

Kumovis develops and sells 3D printing systems for processing high-performance plastics. But that's not all: since its founding in 2017, the Munich-based start-up has been working on solutions to redesign the manufacturing of medical products to improve patient care. Kumovis has developed 3D printing technology specifically for this purpose and combined it with cleanroom technology. In addition to series products, patient-specific and functionalized implants and instruments are the focus of the applications addressed.

Whether in the industrial or surgical environment, Kumovis technologies make the additive manufacturing of medical products not only economically viable, but also compliant with regulatory requirements. Kumovis supports medtech companies and hospitals in establishing additive manufacturing of medical devices.

Dr. Miriam Haerst, co-founder and managing director of Kumovis, pursues goals like these together with her team. Since her mechanical engineering studies and her doctorate at the Institute of Medical Technology at the Technical University of Munich, she has been pushing the innovative processing of materials such as PEEK, PEKK and PPSU for medical applications. Her research at TUM focused on the impact of everyday medical use on plastics and the development of innovative manufacturing processes for silicone products.

Would you like to learn more about the founding history of Kumovis? Then we look forward to your registration.

Please note that this is a face-to-face event and only 3G proof will allow you to enter. Please only register if you have an appropriate 3G proof and are able to attend on site in Munich.

Due to a limited number of seats, registration is on a 'first come, first serve' basis.

At a glance

Date: 03.05.2022, 18:30 - 20:00 h
Location: Kumovis offices, more details in the registration confirmation
Language: the event will be held in English
Participation: only possible with TUM Online ID and prior registration (limited places)
Registration under the following link.

On February 3, the TUM community will get a chance to get up close and personal with Demodesk and its co-founder & CEO, TUM alumna Veronika Riederle, and ask questions about the company's founding and journey.

Demodesk, founded in 2018 by TUM Alumni Veronika Riederle and Alex Popp, is a meeting platform for digital sales. Through live coaching of sales reps during customer meetings, automation of administrative tasks and extensive analysis of call data, Demodesk helps sales teams sell more and more efficiently. The platform is based on a proprietary screen-sharing technology that uses collaborative virtual screens instead of recording the local computer screen. The startup has offices in Munich, Lisbon and San Francisco and employs more than 50 people.

Veronika Riederle studied business administration and mechanical engineering at TUM, CDTM and Columbia University of New York. After working at several startups during her studies, she joined a leading management consultancy. In 2018, she left consulting to found Demodesk with Alexander Popp, the world's first intelligent video conferencing solution for sales teams. With Demodesk, she won the top prize of the 2018 German Startup Competition and was accepted to the world's most prestigious startup accelerator Y Combinator in 2019. She raised a total of >€10 million in venture capital for Demodesk. In addition, Veronika is involved as a mentor at TU Munich and CDTM and is a member of the extended board of Bundesverband Deutsche Startups to encourage more young talents to start up. With Demodesk, Veronika stands for a software solution and a corporate culture that prioritizes diversity, equal opportunities and sustainability.

At a glance

Date: 03.02.2022, 18:30 - 20:00 h
Location: online event, Zoom
Language: the event will be held in English
Participation: only possible with TUM Online ID and prior registration (limited places)
Registration under the following link.

On November 3rd, the TUM community will once again have the chance to get to know a TUM Start-up – Forto and its co-founder and TUM alumnus Michael Wax, up close and ask questions about the start-up and the company´s journey. 

Forto was co-founded in 2016 by the two TUM Alumni Michael Wax (Master Management) and Erik Muttersbach (Master Informatics) with the vision of creating a highly transparent and sustainable digital supply chain. Forto's platform technologies map the entire process flow, from quoting, booking, document management, tracking and tracing to proactive release processing and analysis. The software supports customers by providing greater visibility, insight and control. Recently, the company secured its status as a Start-up Unicorn with a billion US dollar valuation through its latest Series-C funding. Headquartered in Berlin, the company currently employs more than 650 people across 15 locations in Europe and Asia.

A strong founding duo from TUM

As co-founder and CEO, Michael Wax leads the Forto team and is responsible for the strategic direction of the company. A true entrepreneur with a strong passion for innovation in global commerce and e-commerce, Michael Wax was already part of the founding team of TUM start-up KONUX, an early pioneer in the field of Industrial IoT.

Erik Muttersbach, co-founder and CTO, is Forto's visionary and technical leader. He is responsible for the Tech, Product and Data teams. Since childhood, Erik Muttersbach has been passionate about exploring new technologies. He founded three B2B companies before co-founding Forto - the first at the age of 19.

At a glance

Date: 03.11.2021, 5.00 p.m.
Location: online event, Zoom
Participation: only possible with TUM Online ID and prior registration (limited places)
Registration under the  following link.

TUM alumnus and mentor Felix Haas (Diploma Electrical Engineering and Information Technology) and co-founder of the Start-up IDnow will kick this new event series off. Felix Haas was awarded TUM Entrepreneur of Excellence in 2019. Since its foundation in 2014, IDnow has become one of the leading specialists for digital identity verification in Europe. Through the IDnow platform, companies can offer their users a simple and fast verification of their identity - in a few minutes and from home. IDnow's vision is to make the connected world a safer place and create mutual trust in an increasingly digital world.

The company now has offices in Germany, the UK and France and works with over 500 customers in the financial services, insurance, eCommerce, sports betting, healthcare or travel and transport sectors, including leading international companies.