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BeYond discussed German start-up perspectives at CeBIT 2016

Ute Stahlmann (Lower Saxon Ministry of Economics) and  Beyond's General Manager Arif Hatip during the panel discussion at CeBIT 2016. Picture: BeYond

Ute Stahlmann (Lower Saxon Ministry of Economics) and Beyond’s General Manager Arif Hatip during the panel discussion at CeBIT 2016. Picture: BeYond

The CeBIT in Hannover (Germany) is one of the biggest it-fairs in the world. The future of the German start-up culture was one of the major topics dicussed this year by many experts. BeYond’s Arif Hatip was one of them.

During the opening session of Scale 11 – the start-up area @ CeBIT 16 – Hatip said, that one of the main competitions is to establish a closer connection between universities,  company investors like BeYond and the start-up scene. “Way to few students start their own business”, Hatip said. “Incubation programs like BeYond have the capability to support young entrepreneurs on their way to get market ready with their idea.”

Sascha Schubert from German Startups Association added, that  start-up founder should think carefully which partner they are choosing for their business.  “Especially when working together with a company investor a start-up should check if they would loose market opportunities and becoming nothing else but a typical associate”.

BeYond has a different approach than most other company investors. “We want an equal partnership with our start-ups, opening market opportunites for the founder that won’t be there without the cooperation”, Hatip said. “As part of our incubation program we spend consulting, it-infrastructure, market access and finaly: founder should not care on how to pay the next pizza for lunch – they should have the chance to concentrate on their product.”

03/14/16 Stefan Westphal