The Hamburg-based internet company Jimdo launched Monday a contest for potential founders. The so-called founders’ slam aims to encourage candidates with a business idea to take the next step towards self-employment. The winner receives EUR 1,000 per month for a year. And coaches will also be on hand to assist them with their ventures. Christian Springub and Fridtjof Detzner, founders of Jimdo and coaches of the contest, said: “Expert advice is enormously important for new founders who are trying to implement a business idea.” Frank Thelen, a well-known investor who appears on VOX TV’s “The Lion’s Den” series, is also joining the team as coach.
Catering to 20 million global websites
Springub noted: “We were once a small start-up and naturally we have learnt a lot since then.” Detzner added: “That’s why we would like to pass on our experience and look forward to all the projects and ideas.” The company’s product is a design kit that allows just about everyone to set up a technically and visually professional website even without the specialised know-how. Launched in 2007 from a farm near Cuxhaven, the company now employs 180 people at its headquarters in Hamburg and ten more in Tokyo. Jimdo now has 20 million web sites all over the world.
Weekend workshop for five promising applicants
The application phase for the contest runs from May 8-June 23, 2017. Applicants must submit a photo evoking the project and a short summary on Twitter or Instagram marked #MachWasEigenes or on www.machwaseigenes.de. The coaches select the five most promising business ideas. The finalists learn to draft a business plan and design their own websites during a weekend workshop. The public votes for the winner, who will be announced on July 14, 2017.
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