We have now wrapped up the third residential session of the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, meaning that we are on the home stretch of the incubation programme. At this session, we continued our high-paced training schedule with a Berlin-based selection of mentors. However we also started looking forward to the next few months and planning our goals for after the inevitable end of the incubator.
Masterclass on the Lean Startup Method
On Monday, we jumped right into the Berlin session with a master class with Christian Lüdtke, the founder and managing partner at etventure. He spoke about the principles of the lean startup method and how they apply to startups in the education space. He emphasized the importance of working quickly to get past early mistakes and moving towards a proven model through constant testing and adapting. A summary of his presentation is available on our blog and the video recording of the full class is on YouTube.
Learning from other entrepreneurs
On Tuesday, we started the day with parallel workshops. The first one was “Linked data & system integration” with Stefan Dietze of the L3S Research Centre. The second was focused on “User experience”, led by Christina Pautsch, a UX expert on the product team at iversity.
In the afternoon, we got the chance to take part in a rich discussion with several notable entrepreneurs, including:
- Dominic Blank from POSpulse
- Ludwig Schubert from qLearning
- Elliot Tabachnik from TechSpaghetti
- Tobias Hönig from Scolibri
The session was moderated by Hannes Klöpper, co-founder and managing director of iversity.
Meeting with mentors
On the third day of the residential session, the teams spent the day in one-on-one meetings with several mentors. Each team had a personalized agenda of meetings based on their specific needs and objectives. We were joined by a number of outstanding mentors coming from the Berlin business ecosystem, such as:
- Laura Amsel, Business analyst at IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft
- Kay P. Hradilak, HR Corporate Training specialist at SAP Deutschland SE & Co.KG
- Laura Kohler, Unit Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at etventure
- Martina Neef, entrepreneur and an angel investor in the area of technology, internet and sustainability
- Rayk Reitenbach, Investment manager at IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft in the area of digital industries
- Ilona Buchem, Professor in Residence (W2) and Chair for Digital Media and Diversity at Beuth University of Applied Sciences
- Joakim Naegele, CFO of Monoqi and an active angel investor in digital education and digital publishing
- Simon Smend, Founder of UnlockYourBrain
- Elmar Husmann, ELIG Deputy Secretary General & Public Advisor
On the last day of our Berlin session, the teams took some time to consider their post-incubation objectives and how to start moving towards them. Pierre-Antoine Ullmo and Yishay Mor worked closely with the teams to help them establish a work plan for the coming months, which the teams will continue working on and revisit at our last residential session in London.