"The Lion's Den": "I want to be your mentor" – Carsten Maschmeyer fights for a nipple deal

Carsten Maschmeyer has rarely been seen so aggressively.

"The Lion's Den": "I want to be your mentor" – Carsten Maschmeyer fights for a nipple deal

Carsten Maschmeyer has rarely been seen so aggressively. Again and again he spoke up, wrestled with himself, courted himself. Nippli's nipple covers upset him, especially the extremely communicative founder. Would he invest in an industry that he says he has "no idea" about just because of her? The other lions watched the strange spectacle in ambush.

When a 22-year-old gets one of the most prominent German investors to spread his contacts: "I'm friends with the Rossmann family," Carsten Maschmeyer began his somewhat embarrassing application. "And with Christoph Werner from dm!" Pretty big names for a pair of pads designed to keep nipples from showing under clothing. But Maschmeyer really wanted to be a mentor for the "inquisitive, dynamic, young woman". The problem: The other lions also wanted to work with the startup starlet. They agreed on a novelty in the history of the show: everyone offered the same thing, nobody fought. Maschmeyer found the second agreement particularly difficult – but eventually caught the young talent.

There are problems that you didn't know were problems before. For example: sand or insects in the shoe. With children, okay – but is this really an adult issue? The investors showed themselves to Socklaender (the star tested the functional socks). rather skeptical. "Nice nice-to-have, but I don't know if it will get such a drive in the market," said Judith Williams of the sock with the double shaft. When Nils Glagau acted as a testimonial, Carsten Maschmeyer only had eyes for his "very nice feet and legs" - not for the textile around it. Only Glagau and Dümmel were enthusiastic about the "cool brand" (Glagau) and the "total problem solver" (Dümmel). With a better ending for Mister Regal.

The three founders of GinGillard brought an interpreter with them because they were born deaf themselves. And the gesture trio met with a fair amount of headwind. "If you call this drink gin," Georg Kofler rumbled in his usual undiplomatic way, "that's misinformation." Judith Williams also grabbed the lemony drink "more in the direction of liqueur". Nils Glagau simply turned the argument around: "The world doesn't need another gin" - and gave the three entrepreneurs the desired 150,000 euros. "There's something positive about you."

Not everyone is born to pitch, maybe it was just stage fright: To call the performance of Constanze and Daniel from CLR Outdoor Kayak chilled would be an understatement. Her folding kayak is a real hit. Easy to transport, quick to set up, unsinkable - but unfortunately also really expensive. Twice as expensive as inflatable models. "How do you get ahead?" asked Carsten Maschmeyer. – "With a paddle." - "Where is that?" – "Still in development." With that – and a proud two million company valuation – the matter was over.

Hopper Mobility's tuk-tuks also went for a swim. Round after round, the lions turned around the studio with the e-rickshaws and giggled extensively, but nobody wanted to invest. The manoeuvrable mobiles for the cycle path in summer are even energy self-sufficient thanks to solar modules. But: The company has not yet entered the market, nobody knows whether the box bikes, which take a little getting used to, will find buyers. "Hop out," was the message for the founding team at the end. Whoever has the name has the damage.

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