Start-up show: "The Lion's Den" is back - with a cozy sofa for one night

Like the two Muppet Show opis Waldorf and Statler, Ralf Dümmel and Georg Kofler sat on their two-seater sofa.

Start-up show: "The Lion's Den" is back - with a cozy sofa for one night

Like the two Muppet Show opis Waldorf and Statler, Ralf Dümmel and Georg Kofler sat on their two-seater sofa. After the merger of their companies, they are now dealing in a double pack – fortunately no longer in a joint presence from episode two onwards. Because the constant whispering and chuckling of the two entrepreneurs disturbed the general business climate. In addition, I-buy-everything-dummel was noticeably inhibited by Des-is-a-bit-little-Kofler. They both invested anyway. Among other things, in a young man who prefers to spend his free time with his 3D printer.

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Anyone who programs their first scripts at the age of twelve may not necessarily be an ace on the climbing frame. After all, he can ride a bike, as 17-year-old Aaron from Berlin proved and did one or two laps through the studio while giving a report ready for the press. His product is called BeeSafe is a kind of mini safe for bicycles that you can convert into a luggage rack - yo, you can do it. But the lions were much more interested in the brain of the young genius, which is full of other ideas. Carsten Maschmeyer served as a "startup coach" for the Gyro Gearloose and allied himself with Dümmel and Kofler to form an alpha animal alliance. "With us you come from Zero to Hero," Maschmeyer pitched a little lean. The super talent would have deserved a better saying, but accepted the offer anyway.

That was close. From Hero to (almost) Zero in 15 minutes. The jury was fired up for the pesticide remover Lemonist. But the more the founding couple talked about the supposed miracle cure, the more the faces of the lions froze to ice. The application, in which the fruit and vegetables have to be placed in lukewarm water, takes a quarter of an hour. The first sales balance is rather meager. And the effective cleaning result didn't turn out to be the ultimate pesticide burner either: around 85 percent fewer potential pathogens with Lemonist, and almost 70 percent could only be washed off with water. In the end it still "dumbled". "You're doing something better than it is today."

Compared to this "wonder of the world" (Maschmeyer), the Ring of the Nibelung is just cheap costume jewelry. The "Pago" from Pagospace can - potentially - do everything: It's a credit card on your finger, you can use it to open your car and you can even save your identity card and vaccination certificate on it. The only problem is that there is already such a ring in England and it's not doing well at all. That didn't fit Carsten Maschmeyer's vision of world domination on the contactless payment market. The venture capitalist needed a moment to collect himself - then he had a bombshell: "I'll get you a celebrity with international reach who has tens of millions of followers and walks around with the ring himself." The founding trio was thrilled. "Will you pay in cash or with Pago?"

The typical chicken-and-egg dilemma: the Heilbronn-based one-woman company Withoutme wants to avoid plastic waste with a refill system for shampoo and shower gel bottles. Only: In order for customers to buy the stainless steel bottles, which are not very cheap, there must be charging stations across the board. However, without bottles sold, no supermarket will set up vending machines. Nils Glagau: "You chose the most difficult of the difficult." Things were different with Mama's Falafel Dough, the show's second no-deal. The ready-made falafel tasted great for the lions, but: Amjad Abu Hamid, the founder, is a comedian in his main job and tours Germany when there is not a pandemic. Stand up or start up? The German-Palestinian didn't want to make a decision. "After the show, I just sell falafel."

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