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Campus Calling - Time to found!

That's the motto of our podcast, where you can learn everything about founding a company, self-employment and startups. At regular intervals, we talk to our guests about topics from the startup world in order to give our listeners first-hand impressions and impulses. Experts from specific fields as well as founders from the scene have their say. In this way, we would like to provide an easy introduction to the subject area and show potential founders what to consider, where possible hurdles are hidden and how to overcome them!

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#018 Nina Kuhlmann

What a career break can do

One year of Campus Calling has already passed and in our anniversary episode we have Nina Kuhlmann as a guest. Nina was working as an employee for a long time when she suddenly decided to take a sabbatical. This sabbatical was the starting signal for a professional change! Today, Nina works as a motivator and in this role encourages and accompanies other people to consciously take time for themselves and to organize a sabbatical. In this episode, you'll find out what you need to consider and how you too can find the one topic that's close to your heart that you'd like to start your own business with!

#017 Magnus Sckückes from Elona Health

How to shape the psychotherapy of tomorrow?

In this episode, we talk to Magnus, founder and CEO of Elona Health. He himself earned his PhD in innovation management and corporate venture capital and then quickly discovered that his real interests lie in startups. Together with his team, he quickly came up with the idea for Elona Health, a startup that aims to shape the psychotherapy of tomorrow. In terms of content, there is a focus on aspects around topics such as financing, investor:inside, venture capital, helpful know-how from the practice to e.g. EXIST. Magnus gives a lot of exciting insights into his own experiences and definitely leaves one or the other exciting tip!

#016 Carsten Dolch from Foxbase

On the relevance of work culture, team and shared values

In this episode, Isa and Maren talk to Carsten, one of the two founders of the startup Foxbase, whose software solution is digitizing B2B sales throughout Germany. Carsten previously worked as an IT consultant for ten years and dealt with topics such as data analytics, machine learning and AI. In this episode, he gives us exciting insights into the topics of work culture, shared values and how to find the right people for the team in the first place. In the episode, you'll learn what an application process can look like, what you should pay attention to, and how important the people fit is.

#015 Special episode Campus of Ideas

Isa and Marens highlights

This episode is a special about the Campus of Ideas. Isa and Maren introduce you to the event series and tell you what the highlights are! In addition, you will learn about the vision behind the whole thing and why it is so worthwhile to be at one or the other - oh what are we saying - at all events. So it's worth listening in again this time because there's definitely something for everyone!

#014 Yannik & Niklas from the PolyPirates

How to enter the gaming world?

The PolyPirates are an indie development studio that is currently working on their game SnackHunter, which is about to be released. The team consists of Sarah, Niklas & Yannik. The special feature of PolyPirates is that the smartphone is to be used as a controller for their games. In order to be successful in the future, they have started a Kickstarter campaign, and of course they are looking forward to any support! In this episode, you'll learn some exciting insides about what to consider in such a campaign and how you can set it up. Of course, there are also insights into the founding history, opportunities and challenges.

#013 Dr. Alexander Schneider from schnaq

Pivoting and founding out of university

The Düsseldorf startup schnaq helps coaches, speakers and lecturers to design their events interactively. The founders have already had experience of this in their professional careers as lecturers and have thus directly developed a solution to a problem. We talk to Alex about what it's like to start up from university, what pivoting means and how important processes and organisation are in an agile start-up. On top of that, Alex also gives you some tips on founding your own company! It's worth listening in.

#012 Isabelle Tebrügge

about the realization of the dream of independence

Isa is the founder of Feinisa GmbH. After studying economics, she decided to become self-employed and opened her own organic delicatessen, Feinisa - Feinkost á la Isa, in her adopted hometown of Düsseldorf. In this episode she tells us about her first steps, the impulses to start the adventure of self-employment and the skills that helped her with her foundation. Listen in and stop by Feinisa and pick up a tip or two right on the spot! Have fun listening.

#011 Katharina Schmidt & Björn Sperling

From camper to (fashion) startup

The sympathetic story of Sperling Bags began with a self-sewn backpack from Björn for Katharina. A lot of encouragement turned the hobby into a sideline and finally into a full-time job with personnel responsibility. Where the journey with Sperling will go, the two do not yet know exactly. But what they have experienced in the years since the first backpack and learned through the founding of their startup, you will learn in this episode. Stay tuned!

#010 Katharina Heilen

a multi-talent in the social media field

Since her master's degree, Katharina has been working as a copywriter and social media manager for companies & self-employed people. She also has her own podcast called Generation Girlpower, is the author of "EMPOWERED YOU - Change through Strength, Courage and Cohesion" and has launched her own online program called EMPOWER YOUR PERSONAL BRAND. In this episode, she tells us how she made it all happen, about her first steps and how she manages to stay focused throughout all the projects. Stay tuned!

#009 Carolin Heuser

on about the foundation from the study!

Caro is a psychology student at HHU and founded the start-up Glasbote together with her co-founders Julia and Flo. The Glasbote team wants to revolutionise the grocery trade in Germany with a delivery service for unpackaged groceries and thus enable a packaging-free and at the same time convenient shopping experience for everyone. In this episode, Caro talks about the beginnings of the idea, current progress, media attention and what it's like to start up from university. Sit back and listen to the episode!

#008 Hannah Kreutzer

on the relevance of purpose for startups!

Hannah Kreutzer is not only a passionate brand manager at the agency Meta Maniacs from Essen, but also a mentor in our incubator and a former founder herself. In this episode, she tells us about her experiences with branding and what it has to do with purpose. If you are now asking yourself "Purpose, what is that anyway?" you have one more reason to listen to the episode. With this in mind, have fun!

#007 Dr. Alice Martin

about their foundation(s) and founding with the partner!

Dr. Alice Martin is co-founder of dermanostic, a digital dermatology app, and MEDILOGIN, an online platform with online courses for doctors, medical students and medical nurses. She tells us about her two start-ups, their differences and what it's like to start a business with your partner. You can also find out what role CEDUS played in the founding, how important marketing is for dermanostic and what is planned for 2022 in the field of AI.

#006 Our new office

about workspaces and working environments!

In this episode, we want to take you to our new premises after our holiday and moving break and talk about trends, our personal demands and questions around the topic of workspace and work routines. Perhaps the topic will sooner or later become relevant for your own premises or you will simply consciously think about what is important to you at work - be it in your job, in your own project or even when learning.

#005 Isabell Nethke

about female founders & the benefits of consulting services!

Isabell Nethke is one of the founders of influenced by, an online store for second-hand clothing from influencers. In this interview with Isabell, you will learn why she and her co-founder Sofia did not continue their business in the end and why they did not see being female founders as a hurdle. Isabell also explains what you should consider before founding a company and how helpful it was for her to get advice from other sources.

#004 Eugenia Gagin

about female founders and networking!

Eugenia Gagin is co-founder of DENTALHELD, a comparison portal for dental materials. In this episode, learn why networking is her top priority, why you should talk about your idea as early as possible, and what role the topic of Female Founders plays for her. Enjoy this episode!

#003 Matthias Rombey

about his beginnings as a founder!

Matthias Rombey is the founder of YOMARO. A native of Düsseldorf, he opened his first frozen yogurt store right there and now even has locations in Luxembourg. In this episode you'll learn about his beginnings with YOMARO, how he accumulated his capital and found his co-founder.

#002 Georgis Tesfamariam

about his path to independence!

Georgis Tesfamariam is Managing Partner at Contio GmbH and Agile & Innovation Coach. In our conversation with him, we not only get important professional insights, but also some private info and we learn why he would advise the "young Georgis" to loosen up.

#001 And you are?

The (CEDUS-)team by your side!

In our first episode, we would like to briefly introduce ourselves. You'll learn who we are, where we come from and what kind of founding background we have. You'll get deeper insights and more detailed information in the upcoming episodes!

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