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Start-up personalities visit the University of Liechtenstein

Three highly prestigious speakers from the event ‘Impuls Liechtenstein – Erfolgsfaktor Innovation’ [‘Impulse Liechtenstein – Innovation as a Success Factor’], recently visited the University of Liechtenstein, together with government representative Dr Thomas Dünser. They were Dr Alex von Frankenberg, Christian Reber and David Schirrmacher.

All three visitors are successful personalities of the European start-up scene. Their object in visiting the university was to meet Master’s degree students of the Institute for Entrepreneurship. Dr Alex von Frankenberg is the managing director of Hightech Gründerfonds Deutschland [High-Tech Start-Up Fund Germany], and his 445 seed investments make him the most active investor in Europe. Christian Reber founded the to-do app Wunderlist, which has since been acquired by Microsoft, and  David Schirrmacher is CEO of Von Floerke, the most rapidly growing fashion label in Germany.  

An open discussion with opportunity for questions, moderated by Professor Sascha Kraus and Dr Matthias Filser, gave students the chance of learning from the experience of these top-ranking players, to the benefit of the work of the institute’s own start-up lab.   

 

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‘Just do it! That’s what starting a company is about – and the opportunities are all here in Liechtenstein!’
Dr Alex von Frankenberg
Managing Director of Hightech Gründerfonds Deutschland [High-Tech Start-Up Fund Germany]

‘I have found the experience that these personalities of the start-up scene have to offer very helpful, with a view to furthering our own projects and finding out about new perspectives,’ said Liechtenstein Master’s degree student Lukas Schädler, commenting on the meeting with the campus visitors. Lukas’ start-up ‘Colorigo’ won fourth place in the Business Plan Competition 2016.   

‘For me it is always a fresh boost to motivation to extend my network with investors and company founders at events of this kind,’ said Moritz Schleich from Germany, CEO of the start-up muuvon.com, a logistics platform for bulky goods, who has already been able to pitch his business ideas to Frank Thelen on a number of occasions.

Further information about the Start-Up Lab of the University of Liechtenstein may be found at www.uni.li/start-up-lab.