Startup Stories: Entrepreneurship Education & Startup Training by Europe’s Founders

Startup Stories: Entrepreneurship Education & Startup Training by Europe’s Founders

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Daniel Kunz from the Nerd Entrepreneurs team interviews the best and brightest startup founders and experts so you can be ahead of the curve with your own venture. Discover how you can quickly validate your startup idea, find problem - solution - fit and acquire your first customers so you can focus on building something that will drive revenue and profits and ultimately grow to become the business you’ve always dreamed of.


Plants & Health: How any business can improve their employees’ health and reduce their buildings’ energy consumption w/ Oxygen at Work cofounder Manuel Winter
Aug 26 • 48 min
IF YOU LIKED THIS EPISODE, GIVE US A FIVE STAR REVIEW ON APPLE PODCAST. This episode brings us together with Manuel Winter, cofounder at Oxygen at Work, a startup that aims to Improve air quality in office spaces using natural plants in order to improve…
EXPERT SERIES: Finding the best angel investors for your startup w/ Business Angel and President of Zurich at Business Angels Switzerland Johann Schlieper
Jul 23 • 39 min
This episode brings us together with Johann Schlieper, President of the Business Angels Switzerland network and an active investor himself, with a strong focus on market-driven innovations. Johann has founded three startups himself and primarily invests…
WOMEN’S BUSINESS WEAR : Configuring your own business attire online w/ Snordtmade founder Sarah Maria Nordt
Jul 8 • 55 min
Before I jump into this week’s episode I wanted to take a moment to share one of the challenges many entrepreneurs in Switzerland - including me - face when building up a team of qualified and trustful people. When you’ve built your first prototype or MVP…
EXPERT SERIES: Launching an investment fund w/ VI Partners founding partner Alain Nicod
Jul 1 • 38 min
This episode brings us together with Alain Nicod, a business angel, founder of various startups like LeShop in 1997 and Partner at VI Partners. Alain likes searching for startups and meeting exceptional people, and he believes it’s important that an…
FOOD DELIVERY: Fake invoices and working a full-time job next to your startup w/ Casola cofounders Linda Meier & Sofia Pique Meinecke
Jun 17 • 45 min
This episode brings us together with Linda and Sofia from Casola, the first online tapas bar in Zurich. Linda, Sofia and their third cofounder Claudia started with the idea three years ago, when they realized they weren’t happy with the daily food options…
CONTENT: Building a personal brand that reaches thousands of people, and why views don’t matter w/ GlobalTechBox founder Cédric Bollag
Jun 10 • 41 min
This episode brings us together with Cédric Bollag from GlobalTechBox, a startup enthusiast, aspiring entrepreneur, blogger, vlogger and future venture capitalist. Cédric hosts a weekly show called The Startup Show where he showcases startups and…
STARTUP LAUNCHER: Building the one-stop shop for early-stage ventures w/ AGORA founder Alex Balderstone
May 27 • 31 min
This episode brings us together with Alex Balderstone from AGORA, a virtual start-up launcher providing all the necessary tools for entrepreneurs, no matter the stage of their journey. Starting your own venture can be a scary project with many unknowns.…
FOOD: From plant-based meat to killing traditional recipes w/ Plant Jammer founder and CEO Michael Haase
May 20 • 39 min
This episode brings us together with Michael Haase from Plant Jammer, a startup that helps you empty your fridge with the best plant-based recipes and and also helps you stop food waste. Imagine the following situations… You are coming home after a long…
BLOCKCHAIN: A solution to some of the financial industry’s problems w/ Adjoint Regional General Manager Alan Cabello
May 13 • 70 min
This episode brings us together with Alan Cabello from Adjoint a startup that empowers businesses in the financial industry to achieve new levels of efficiency and control by delivering blockchain technology built specifically for their needs. Having Alan…
BUSINESS: Building a healthy company culture w/ Zenbusiness founder partner Ross Buhrdorf
May 6 • 42 min
This episode brings us together with Ross Buhrdorf from Zenbusiness, a startup that makes it simple, easy and accessible for everyone to start and run a small business. Ross, who is known for his ability in building teams and executing in a healthy…
EXPERT SERIES: How to keep investors intrigued about your startup w/ Redalpine cofounding partner Michael Sidler
Apr 29 • 32 min
This episode is part of our EXPERT SERIES, in which we interview experts in the startup and business ecosystem, like investors and lawyers. Today I’m excited to share with you an interview my partner and I did with Michael Sidler from Redalpine, a seed…
DELIVERY: How to build a startup and enjoy the ride w/ LuckaBox cofounder Aike Festini
Apr 23 • 33 min
“It’s the quality of the questions that tell my if [entrepreneurs] are going to make it or not.” - Aike Festini This episode brings us together with Aike Festini from LuckaBox, a startup that enables retailers to send their products to end customers via…
LIFE INSURANCE: Digitizing a 300 year old product w/ Safeside cofounder Michael Klien
Apr 15 • 31 min
This episode brings us together with Michael Klien from Safeside, a startup that’s taking what our parents know as “buying life insurance” and making it simple, fast and digital. Most insurance companies sell multiple products bundled around the topic of…
MENTAL HEALTH: How aiming for failure can help you reach your goals w/ Differ founder Geir Sand Nilsen
Apr 8 • 35 min
This episode brings us together with Geir Sand Nilsen from Differ, a startup that gives students a safe place to ask stupid questions, conversations to join, and peer mentors to talk to. Students are more stressed than ever. Loneliness, depression, and…
EXPERT SERIES: Corporate Venture Capital w/ Ringier Digital Ventures Managing Director David Hug
Apr 1 • 43 min
This episode is part of our EXPERT SERIES, in which we interview experts in the startup and business ecosystem, like investors and lawyers. Today I’m excited to share with you an interview my partner and I did with David Hug, Managing Director at Ringier…
CLEANING: Batmaid’s rise to the Top 100 Swiss Startup Awards w/ Batmaid founder Eric Laudet
Mar 25 • 52 min
This episode brings us together with Eric Laudet from Batmaid, a startup that lets you book trusted house cleaners in a blink of an eye. It enables households to book their hand-picked and declared cleaning professionals in less than 60 seconds for a…
MONEY: Eradicating paper bills w/ Billte founder and CEO Andrea Girasole
Mar 18 • 52 min
This episode brings us together with Andrea Girasole from Billte, a startup that offers and end-to-end invoicing software that lets them do your invoicing, while you run your business. In our conversation we cover how Andrea started out, how being part of…
ALGAE: Why they might well be our main source of protein in the future w/ Alver cofounder and COO Majbritt Byskov-Bridges
Mar 11 • 28 min
Click here to buy your START SUMMIT ticket and get 20% off by using the promo code [email protected] This episode brings us together with Majbritt Byskov-Bridges from Alver, an startup that has developed and brought to market one of the healthiest,…
EXPERT SERIES: Moving Switzerland’s Digitization Forward w/ Digital Switzerland Managing Director Nicolas Burer and Startup Ecosystem Builder Matthias Zwingli
Mar 4 • 44 min
This episode brings us together with Nicolas Burer and Matthias Zwingli from Digital Switzerland, an organisation that comprises more than 130 leading companies, organisations, academia and politics to achieve its mission to establish Switzerland as a…
SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION: From living in earth houses in Africa to finishing his PhD in Zurich w/ Oxara founder Gnanli Landrou
Feb 25 • 59 min
“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”– Gnanli Landrou, founder of Oxara IF YOU LIKE THIS PODCAST, GIVE US A FIVE STAR REVIEW ON APPLE PODCAST. For today’s episode we have a chat with Gnanli Landrou, founder of Oxara (meaning…
HUMAN RESOURCES: How we can be happier at work w/ Joineer founders Nicola Ferroni & Fabian Jäger
Feb 18 • 44 min
“Get the feedback of the market. Don’t stay in your room and develop something nobody needs.”– Nicola Ferroni, co-founder of Joineer IF YOU LIKE THIS PODCAST, GIVE US A FIVE STAR REVIEW ON APPLE PODCAST. Many companies today often hire employees where…
FAIR FASHION: Why a good product won’t sell itself w/ Dajoro founder David Rohner
Feb 11 • 45 min
“Start selling the product before you even have it.” - David Rohner, founder at Dajoro IF YOU LIKE THIS PODCAST, GIVE US A FIVE STAR REVIEW ON APPLE PODCAST. Not all startups see the light of day. This is the story of Dajoro, a fashion startup focused on…
SUSTAINABILITY: How to use someone else’s waste to build a business w/ Nicolas Huxley, founder and partner at Elephbo
Feb 4 • 47 min
“If you don’t start somewhere, you’ll end up nowhere.” - Nicolas Huxley Elephbo recycles cement bags from developing countries, mainly Cambodia. We cover where and how Nicholas got the idea for his startup and how Elephbo’s products were conceived. We…
FASHION: Lawsuits, and how to compete with H&M using storytelling w/ Savvy Copenhagen founder Nikolaj Rosenthal
Jan 28 • 9 min
In this episode, we have a chat with Nikolaj, founder of Savvy Copenhagen, a company based in Denmark who is one of the frontrunners in the production and sale of sustainable and organic clothing. We talk about the current shift with regards to…
FINANCE: The better and easier way to invest for the everyday Joe w/ Selma Finance cofounder Patrik Schär
Jan 21 • 56 min
Patrik Schär is the cofounder of Selma Finance, a digital platform that helps you invest money the right way, with a never-before-seen minimum investment amount of CHF 2’000. The platform offers online solutions and services starting at only CHF 1.20 /…
BONUS EPISODE: Everything you need to know about podcasting w/ Nerd Entrepreneurs cofounder Daniel Kunz
Jan 14 • 49 min
Hi and welcome back to Startup Stories, a podcast brought to you by the Nerd Entrepreneurs. I’m your host Daniel, and today I wanted to share a particularly special episode with you. Particularly special to me because for once I was on the other side of…
LATIN AMERICAN FASHION: From IT saleswoman to fashion entrepreneur w/ Animazul founder Karin Gutzwiller-Schreier
Jan 7 • 66 min
“When people love what they do, it’s not work. It’s just what they do.” - Karin Gutzwiller-Schreier Animazul started out as a side project while working full-time in IT sales for HP, the computer company. The platform brings latin american brands with a…
FASHION: How ‘unicorns’ can thrive in a male-dominated startup world w/ myProfashional co-founders Antonia Maiwald and Lena Koschek
Dec 31, 2018 • 66 min
When Antonia Maiwald saw overwhelmed and frustrated shoppers in fashion stores not get the assistance they were looking for, the idea for myProfashional emerged. Half a year later she was joined by her cofounder Lena Koschek. The team has built a platform…
Special Christmas Edition w/ Nerd Entrepreneurs founders Daniel Kunz & Michel Bürki
Dec 24, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode we - the two hosts and entrepreneurs behind Startup Stories, Daniel Kunz and Michel Bürki - sat together, opened up a bottle of ginger beer and asked each other a set of questions we had prepared beforehand. We went into highly personal…
CARS & MOBILITY: Living on half a salary and almost losing two jobs at once w/ GOWAGO co-founders Rutger Verhoef and Léo Chevailler
Dec 17, 2018 • 56 min
“I got to choose the people that I’m working with, and I would not get rid of this for anything in the world.” - Léo Chevailler CEO Rutger Verhoef and COO Léo Chevailler share the startup story of GOWAGO, a Swiss mobility comparison platform, that makes…
LEGALTECH: Building a company around great people w/ RightNow cofounder Torben Antretter
Dec 10, 2018 • 46 min
“Finding good people is not easy. Even if you don’t have a position and you’re talking to somebody great, try to build the organization around that person, and don’t be function-oriented.” - Torben Antretter In this episode Torben Antretter shares the…
COFFEE WASTE: From rejection to winning startup competitions, w/ Kaffe Bueno cofounder Alejandro Franco
Dec 3, 2018 • 51 min
“Fuck investors for a while, let’s work and do this.” - Alexandro Franco Kaffe Bueno (www.kaffebueno.com) extracts valuable oil from used coffee grounds and sells it to cosmetic, food and pharmaceutical companies for half the market price. The startup has…
Trailer Nerd Entrepreneurs Podcast
Nov 27, 2018 • 0 min
Have you ever wondered how you could turn that business idea you have into reality? Or have you already started, but would love some inspiration along the way? Well these are just two of the topics you’ll find us discussing on the Nerd Entrepreneurs…
NERD ENTREPRENEURS: How not to validate your idea, with Nerd Entrepreneur hosts Daniel and Michel
Oct 22, 2018 • 34 min
This final episode of season 1 we discuss our own projects, a mindset trainer “Leadmind” and the Airbnb for desk space “FreeDesk”, and the mistakes that we went through along the way. Both projects didn’t survive the idea validation phase and have taught…
HEALTH: Leadership in startups, with IDUN Technologies cofounders Séverine Chardonnens and Simon Bachmann
Oct 16, 2018 • 37 min
“It’s a challenge to give enough input, but not too much, and not feel like you’re doing the other person’s job” - Séverine Simon Bachmann and Séverine Chardonnens met at ETH Zurich studying health sciences and technologies. They founded IDUN Technologies…
FAILURE: From perfect team to deadly pivot w/ Yelloh cofounder Fabian Bollhalder
Oct 8, 2018 • 41 min
“Get ready to fail. In reality it’s business, and it’s going to hurt.” - Fabian Bollhalder After graduating from University, Fabian gave himself one year to work on his business ideas. He started with a startup in the legal sector and had to experience…
FOOD: From 5 - 100 meals a day, working 12 hour days and spending $15k on a website w/ Earlybird cofounder Tim Schmid
Oct 2, 2018 • 31 min
“We look like pro cooks these days, [but] the first time we were in the production kitchen we thought we could never make it.” - Tim Schmid Right after graduating from business school in 2017, Tim called up his two cofounders to join him, and they went…
BLOCKCHAIN: Quitting his job, glueing chips into shoes and revolutionizing the sneaker resale market w/ - founder and CEO of Collect-ID David Geisser
Sep 24, 2018 • 51 min
“If you don’t follow your own idea, you will definitely regret it.“ - David Geisser In 2014 David bought a Nike shoe in San Diego (US) that he really loved. Fast forward to 2017, David is researching the same shoe on the internet to buy it again. It was a…
REAL ESTATE: Letting people go, throwing spaghetti at the wall and pivoting to a business-to-business model w/ IMAGO cofounder & CEO Alex Just
Sep 17, 2018 • 36 min
“It was brutal. Having to let those people go was absolutely brutal.” - Alex Just When Alex Just cofounded PapayPods.com in 2016, the vision was to digitize the entire rental housing journey and replace property management agents. From getting a lot of…
EDUCATION: From hotel management to the ‘Tripadvisor for Education’ w/ Eduwo founder Raphael Tobler
Sep 10, 2018 • 39 min
“When you are 80 years old, you don’t want to regret not having pursued your idea.” - Raphael Tobler Raphael Tobler is cofounder of Eduwo, the ‘TripAdvisor for Education’. In this episode he shares his experience going from an education of hotel manager…
SOCIAL BUSINESS: Successes and failures of social businesses w/ Marco Righetti
Sep 3, 2018 • 38 min
“With 20 cents or one sold product, we could provide 47 days of fresh drinking water to one person in Mali.” - Marco Righetti Marco Righetti is cofounder of PROJECT AQUA and RE-COFFEE. In this episode he shares his experience working on two social…
SUSTAINABLE FASHION: How Cofounder René Grünenfelder built a new clothing brand around sustainability
Aug 19, 2018 • 37 min
CARPASUS cofounder René Grünenfelder shares why he started the sustainable clothing brand Carpasus with his friend, how he tackled the challenges of becoming independent and why he prefers to the option of failing (or ‘tripping’ as we call it) as an…
DISCOUNTS: The beginnings of Switzerland’s biggest student discounts platform LEGI, with cofounder Marco Bruderer (SWISS GERMAN)
Aug 12, 2018 • 45 min
LEGI cofounder Marco Bruderer (@marco_bruderer) shares how his team tested their first assumptions and went to become the biggest student discounts platform in Switzerland, and how he deals with the challenges of leading a startup.
PRODUCTIVITY: Building a software startup w/ entrepreneur Johannes Weiss
Jul 3, 2018 • 43 min
Conode cofounder Johannes Weiss (@jo_weiss) shares how he went from having an idea to launching a software product. This interview touches on subjects such as how he keeps his motivation up during tough times, how he finances his startup, how he deals…