Gründer der Lemonaid Beverages GmbH - Jakob Berndt, Paul Bethke, Felix Langguth © Bärbel Schmidt

Lemonaid makes breakthrough

Hamburg-based beverage start-up wins Deutscher Gründerpreis 2016 for rapid success

Three founders behind Lemonaid Beverages GmbH accepted Tuesday (July 5th) in Berlin the Deutscher Gründerpreis 2016 in the category “achiever” for impressive growth since 2009. The brand of “Lemonaid” and “Charitea” iced-tea began as a kitchen project just a few years ago and is now on the shelves of over 3,000 catering companies and trendy outlets.

5 cents per bottle are donated

Paul Bethke, an economist, got the idea for LemonAid after a stint as an aid worker. He and Jako Berndt, a communication strategist, as well as Felix Langguth, a consultant, came up with lemonades and iced-teas made with fair-trade ingredients. Five cents of every bottle sold goes towards their charitable organisation “Lemonaid & ChariTea e.V.” which supports development aid projects in the producing countries. At first, the trio delivered the beverages themselves. Meanwhile, they have 55 employees.

Lemonaid follows Jimdo

The trio from St. Pauli beat Roccat, a Hamburg-based hardware producer, and Scopis, a Berlin-based medical technology company. Representatives of the Hamburger Sparkasse (Haspa), who helped the founders of Lemonaid finance their venture, also attended the ceremony. Last year, another Hamburg-based company named Jimdo won the prize in the same category.

Prize initiated by stern, ZDF, Porsche and Sparkassen

Awards in the categories start-ups, special prize, school pupils and lifetime achievement went to iNDTact based in Wurzburg for their sensor system, the Berlin-based Kiron Open Higher Education gGmbH – an online university for refugees, the Graintech team of school pupils from Würselen near Aachen for their fertilizer grain and Roland Mack from Freiburg who launched amusement parks in Germany.

The annual award is presented by stern, ZDF, Porsche and the Deutschen Sparkassen- und Giroverband.

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