A travelogue from Germany

Last week, Nicoline and Solveig, two students from NTNU School of Entrepreneurship (NSE) traveled to Germany. The two entrepreneurs are co-founders of Exero Technologies, a startup that develops sports equipment for people with disabilities. Along with team Exero, another startup from NSE joined, Klaus from Dignum. Dignum is developing a tool to make intimate tasks easy to manage on your own if you have a disability. They traveled to Düsseldorf to participate in the world’s largest fair for rehabilitation and care, called Rehacare.

Some of the great things about this fair is the opportunity to meet distributors from all around the world. Germany is the leading country for assistive technology – if you make it here, you can make it anywhere. At the fair they met former NSE-student, Eirik Medbø, cofounder of AssiTech, who participated at the fair with their distributor in Germany.

It was a great experience for the young founders, who hopefully will exhibit here next year. Another reason for traveling to Germany was to experience how German students learn, teach, and experience entrepreneurship and innovation. Nicoline and Solveig reached out to the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, a well-known and high rated business school in Vallendar near Koblenz.

The goal for this trip was to find inspiration for Engage and see what could potentially be implemented in Norway. IdeaLab! is an annual conference led and organized by the students of WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management. Nicoline and Solveig participated as Young Founders, and had the opportunity to meet other likeminded people. Networking was also a big part of the program, and we got in contact with many interesting founders and young professionals. The program was filled with interesting speeches, workshops, pitchbattles, and speeddating with investors.

Team Exero had the opportunity to date 8 investors within an hour. In other words – an efficient and unique chance to start building a network with investors in an early stage. The speakers came from companies like AngelList, Amazon, Singularity University and Germany’s version of Shark Tank. This event could beneficially be organized by Engage in the future. An event that gathers both students, young founders, series entrepreneurs, investors and sponsors for a weekend of innovative thinking. By this, we challenge Engage to be inspired by IdeaLab – and take it to the next level in Trondheim, Norway.