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Announcing the Global Startup Challenge 2017 – an initiative of an Edge196 supported by Germany Startup Jobs ,official Recruitment Startup Partner to help startups and entrepreneurs go from prototype to development to launch.
FinTech is an initiative to empower innovations & start-ups across the globe through the platform EDGE 196. The challenge runs across 26 global clusters (196 countries) where our objective is to identify start-ups that have the potential to become the next unicorn in the world. The three shortlisted start-ups are invited for online conference pitch session & the 26 winners are then offered the term sheets and provided with an Acceleration program run by one of our global partners in India, UK, Canada, Singapore, and USA.
Total Investment commitment: 2.30 Million USD
Investment Split: One winning start-up from each cluster (26 Clusters) will get an investment of 50,000 USD. And out of 26 winning start-ups, one will be selected for the grand investment of $1 Million USD.
Timeline of the competition
To apply you would have to answer a few questions which involve information about the date of incorporation, brief description, stage, team size, annual revenue, the amount of revenue you are looking for from investors and upload your pitch deck along with a video.
Once we shortlist your startup you will be contacted by our team of analysts.
The deadline is: 30th October 2017
Evaluation of the Start-ups: 1st to 15th November 2017 (shortlisting)
Online pitch session: 24th November 2017 (video conference)
Grand finale: January 2018
A start-up must fulfil the following requirements to qualify for the Start-up Challenge:
Must be at a MVP stage or later
Preferably with influence in terms of clients/revenue.
No more than 3 years in development.
With a significant Target Audience and intending to go global.
At least 2 people working on it.
Global Market Access: The start-ups with potential are facilitated and presented into the global market for broader audience.
Investment: The winning start-up from each cluster gets investment of 50,000 USD to finance their project. One potential start-up across the globe gets the investment of whopping 1 Million USD.
Acceleration: The winning start-ups from each cluster get the chance to enter into acceleration program that is run by one of Edge 196’s global partners.
Start-up Summit: The final 26 successful start-ups are then invited to the Grand Finale to pitch their ideas.
Continuity Investment: The selected start-up has the chance to raise its continuity investment through Global Investment Partners. (Investment is equity based).
Competition is in the FinTech domain, so your start-up should ideally lie in any of the following areas:
The jury will select the start-ups based on the following parameters:
Problem Solving: Start-ups with a simple solution and a powerful impact.
Team: Passionate founders and a team that believes in their vision.
Innovation: The technology behind the original solution and future scope.
Global Scalability: Sustainable startups that have scalable models.
Market sustainability, business model and revenue forecast etc.
The hardest part of starting up is starting out. With Germany Startup Jobs and Edge196, you’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.
STAND A CHANCE TO WIN $ 1 MILLION INVESTMENT?
Please check for your country via this link and submit your application via respective cluster pages.
We are looking forward your application, if you have any questions or feedback, please free feel to write your comments 🙂
Germany Startup Jobs aim to help Germany‘s entrepreneurs of newly established businesses find the most qualified team member(s) and get their projects done by highly efficient professionals from Germany and a global pool of talents; thus, boosting their business significantly. The high-quality job portal eliminates the time-consuming job seeking, tracking, and hiring processes and matches every job giver with the right job seeker.
Germany Startup Jobs offers locally-based startup businesses a unique opportunity to grow their business by finding and hiring the most qualified candidates through a single-step, user-friendly process. That way, new business owners can save considerable time from having to go over numerous resumes to find the right person for the job required and money spent on purchasing recruitment software while candidates can easily connect with much-promising businesses with enormous potential.
According to statistics, 40% of businesses fail within the first year and nine in ten entrepreneurs that start a business fail during their first five years of operation. One of the principle reasons for this is having a poor management team. If the work done in building, implementing, and promoting a product or service is weak, and if customer satisfaction does not meet the expected standards (at least), startups are doomed to colossal failure. That aside, a weak management team builds weak teams below them, which leads to important revenue lost. Eventually new businesses run out of cash and go bankrupt. However, newly established companies cannot afford complex HR processes, but they do need to keep application tracking records without spending enormous amounts to recruitment agencies or any other highly-paid third party to find the right people and build great team.This is where Germany Startup Jobs come in and make the difference.
Germany Startup Jobs has created a platform specifically designed for innovative SMEs (Small Medium Enterprises) in Germany, and focuses on:
Ensuring startups find the best, most qualified candidate(s) for their project. Offering an easy, one-click recruitment and job finding process, saving both parties time and, of course, money.
Helping the local communities fight unemployment by giving skilled Germany‘s professionals the opportunity to get a job relevant to their skills.
Reaching job seekers on social networks, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Xing, Google+, among others. Allowing talented people from all over the globe to work remotely and contribute to business growth. Providing startups with a remarkable opportunity to have their business running 24/7.
“Our goal is to help both SMEs and talented individuals so that startups can flourish. For that reason, we implement strict application acceptance rules, and each resume undergoes meticulous review. Germany Startup Jobs is proud to start an innovative project, created to give new entrepreneurs a time-saving, all-in-one solution to their most urgent needs and issues and a valuable helping hand to succeed.”
Once the idea is ready and sure to be implemented, one must make sure it complies with the policies of German government and maintains the legal requirements. Some of the most elementary things to be kept in mind are as follows:
If you are from a Non-European (non-EU) country, the primary step is to get yourself registered for a ‘residence permit’. There are two kinds of permits that one can get (depending on what you have applied): One with no-permission for self-employment and other for permission with self-employment.
2.Valid reason to start
The only way another country allows you to start something is when you provide a valid reason to build the start-up. Question arises of what you bring to their economy and that is a reasonable reason you should have an answer to.
3.Changing of ‘residence permit’ type
If you already have a residence permit, but it officially does not allow you to be self-employed, you must apply for self-employment permission at the foreign office.
Knowing the reason is just the start. You need to closely assess your idea and present in terms of amount that is required for investing, potential employment opportunities that you can help in arising within the society and contribution to the society in various aspects. Once all these aspects are clarified, the administration gets a better view of your idea.
5.Student to employer
If you have studied and graduated from any of the universities of Germany, and the idea of entrepreneurship lures you, then you must make sure one key point: The idea of the start-up must be in relation to your studies. If your start-up can bring about changes for betterment in your field, it makes it easier for the government to provide you with an opportunity to pitch in your potential.
6.Making it official
Once you have a clean state and all the above points clarified and prepared, it is time to submit your application for “residence permit for the purpose of self-employed commercial activity” or so-called “Aufenthaltstitel zum Zweck der selbständigen Gewerbeausübung” to appropriate office for foreigners in Germany.
When you apply for a job in a start-ups in Germany, the Curriculum Vitae (CV) is one of the most important documents. For the HR Manager, your application is by far the best way to get a first impression—and often it is your only chance.
1. KISS—Keep it short and simple
The correct length is actually not too hard to find (although there are plenty of applicants who write whole books about their professional careers).
Remember: One A4 page in a CV for 10 years of professional experience.
Try to concentrate on 3 to 4 of the most important bullet points instead of listing all tasks you did in your career; everything else distracts from the essential part.
Too short a CV may not be smart, too: The interviewer will have no idea of who you are and what your main skills are.
2. Proper Outline
After setting out the document, it makes sense to put the information in an intelligent structure, so that recruiters out there get to see the most important stages and information at a glance.
A popular and logical structure for a German CV is:
Personal data (contact details, address, date and place of birth)
Academic qualifications (university degree, major field of study; other schools attended)
Career (all previous jobs and internships, if necessary)
Further developments and skills (language course(s); additional training; volunteer training)
Other skills (language skills; computer skills, if necessary; driver’s licence; interests)
Remember: It depends on how long your academic career is.
Tip: Depending on how long your professional career is, Points 2 and 3 should be definitely changed. So, when your work experience is longer than 1 year, make sure that your last position stays on top. A 35 year old man with 15 years’ of working experience sets his focus on his work achievements rather than his university degree.
3. Professional picture
After you have set up the content, the part that first jumps to the recruiter´s eye is still missing: the application photo.
Although it is no longer necessary in an application to integrate a photo in many countries, it still enjoys great popularity in Germany (although many HR managers would deny this).
Make sure that your expression is friendly but not too cheesy Never try to make one of these embarrassing poses, like supporting your chin on your clenched fist. Terrible! The best placement is often the upper right corner of the first page
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“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance.
I see a lot of my friends and acquaintances coming up with new ideas and trying to create a new life for themselves. In my opinion, a goal without a plan is just a dream. And before you have a plan, it is essential to ask these simple questions to yourself. Once you have the answers sorted and you are absolutely sure about it, no one can control your flight henceforth.
So, let’s begin.
1) Why do I want to do this? – Has been a life long dream or a sudden interest to do things by yourself? Do you think like a person who can convince people to accept your idea? If the answers to any of those questions is yes, you have surely started at the right place.
2) Is my idea going to keep me motivated? – Are you motivated by the concept of a startup or the idea that may give rise to one. If your idea or concept is where your mind lies, then this will definitely go a long run!
3) Do I have a reliable team? – Is there a friend or a colleague or someone you are in partnership with that you can trust on? Is that person into the concept of a start-up as much as you are? Are you both or your team as motivated? Single-handedly you can do what you are good at, but there is always a team effort at back-end and for that, you need people who have your back.
4) Do I have sufficient funds? – Stories about a start-up being started in a garage or basement are right and true. But do you have the funds to self suffice until your concept is launched? It can take a while before you have investors and until then every penny counts. If you have sufficient funds to at least represent yourself in market, well, you have a green signal there.
5) Time factor? – If you have constantly someone who needs results within a short span and other responsibilities at hand, like your family or education loans, then maybe you need to stop before taking this step. But if those factors are not in the picture, and have the patience till you hit the market, keep working!
6) Am I ready for other possibilities? – Who doesn’t like success? Who doesn’t want to be famous and rich? But, there is always another side to the coin. If you have the courage to be a realistic person and be ready for the other side, in case you get hit by the wind, then start-up is the thing for you.
7) Is there a market or audience for my idea? – If you are trying to sell an encyclopedia in times of Google, think again my friend. Evaluate your idea with the market and hit it right. Someone once told me, it’s all about how you pitch in.
8) Do I have what others don’t? – If you have the confidence, motivation, idea, time, money and courage to face the endless possibilities, with no fear of failure, go ahead and start a START-UP! Believe in yourself, and be that good, that you should be able to “Sell ice to the Eskimos”!
“It’s better to be a big fish in a small pond, rather than a small fish in big pond”.
Having begun my career (almost) in a SME – small and medium-sized enterprise / startups , there are some really important things that I have realized about my decision. When I discuss with my friends and family who are part of “Big names” in the industry, makes me question myself, as to having made the right decision or not. But, it all comes down to same thing in my opinion. Depends on what kind of fish would you like to be. A big one in small pond or a small fish in big pond.
That would be easier to answer and decide based on what kind of atmosphere you enjoying working in. Simple. Of course working with a name that world recognizes is a great feeling, but for me, work is much more than just a name. It is my motivation to be there, and be present, whole heatedly. So, here are some of the reasons, in my opinion, why working in a SME/startups are better than working in a corporate.
1.One-to-one relation – Work on one side, but having a friendly atmosphere is on another level altogether. This is really important factor when it comes to feel like a part of the work-family. If you have one-to-one relations with your colleagues, it makes you forget that your working 2 hours away or 20 hours away from home. If you can discuss something really stupid during coffee, or share an interesting fact totally unrelated to work, or just talk like you would to a friend, then for me, you are in the first stage of work-place-admiration.
2.More productivity, more learning – I have been hearing some notions about how interns are treated or what level of work they are trusted with and so on. But I have been really lucky because since the first day, I have been given a chance to be an integral part of the team and ongoing projects. The opportunity of learning that comes along with such work, at such level is immensely motivating. And for what I have come across till now, the scene is completely of a different shades if it were in a corporate.
3.Opportunities to be innovative – As mentioned in previous point, if you get a chance to be a part of ongoing projects, start-ups gives you a great responsibilities to pitch in your ideas. Actual contribution to the work, gives you more reasons to be an active member of your team and a sense of responsibility automatically sinks in.
4.Get recognized! – Who would want to work sincerely for 40+ hours a week and not even be known for their work? If you think so, whom are you kidding? No matter what the work, or where you work, if you give your fullest, everyone needs a pat on the shoulder. According to normal human behavior studies, it keeps you boosted. And that’s exactly what happens at an SME/ start-up company. You work and your work is recognized, and in return you are too. You wouldn’t just be a person plugged in a corner, working and no one knows your capabilities. A little appreciation has never been bad for health, has it?
5.Amazing work environment – When the number of people are less, connection is more, work is organized equally, then work becomes fun. The discussions, the ideas, the chat by the coffee, it all combines to give you a great work atmosphere! You could work all day without all of this of course, but in due course, it get’s monotonous and you find yourself craving for change. The more fun you have at work, keeps you going a really long-term too!
6.Motivation to looking forward to next day – Personally, I wake up each morning and look forward to the day. Leaving home at 6:45 is no longer early for me. All pumped up and full of energy, the work environment calls me in for a new day. This has developed over time, due to all the points mentioned above and it is indeed a great feeling! The energy with which you use your energy through the day, it comes back to you in form of wonderful feeling when you’re returning back.
7.Witnessing growth explicitly – After watering your garden regularly, you would like to see how beautiful it turns out and see the flowers bloom. It’s more or less same feeling, when you witness the growth of a start-up. Not because you will get a raise in pay (not the only reason) but also realize that you have been a part of that growth all along. This feeling of growth of company and being able to relate to it, feeling happy, is a very different kind of contentment.
8.Infused with values like self-motivation and hard work – By the end of the day, working with a small company, teaches you and imbibes the values of being motivated and working hard. This will not just help you today, but for years to come in your entire course of working in any kind of organization. Some values are short-term, but these are for life and can be implied in any kind of situation.
Just to make it clear, these are the things that are keep me going and anticipating next day with full motivation, each and every day. And hence, my thoughts on the subject.
To conclude with, I have realized that a small university, company or any group where you have to give in your input, shapes you into a much better person and brings out the best in you.
If you want to work in German startups then you can find interesting jobs here at Germany Startup Jobs.
You can post your opinions and questions in the comments below.
“A workplace can be enjoyed or suffered depending on your attitude towards it!”
My first place of work, the first step into the professional world, the first taste of how an organization works in professional terms. Now just to be clear, this post is solely based on what I have experienced in a German office since last September. This does not reflect the state of offices spread across Germany.
Since the time I am here, and whenever I meet my friends, we discuss work and so on, what I realized is that many of them were surprised to know some things (even after having experience back at their home country). Thus, giving me an idea for this post.
On a more interesting note, here are 12 things you should know or at least be aware of when you are planning to work or already working in a German office.
1. Always greet – Well sounds normal, but the catch is, you may think that you have wished that person in the morning on your way to coffee, or might have crossed each other more than a couple of times, but no. You have to say ‘Hallo‘ or ‘Mahlzeit‘ (will come to this in following points) or at least nod with a smile when you see them.
2. Schedule appointments – No matter its a discussion about your work or proposal for a new idea or trying to have “the” talk about your future prospects at that company or just a feedback meeting, schedule an appointment. This is not just made based on your timetable, but also make sure to check their calendar and then schedule one.
3. Stereotype less – Not to stereotype, but this is the most cases that I am talking about. DO NOT expect the same level of energy, interest, talk, replies right from the start. Germans, for a very good reason, need some time to open up to you. Of course, discussing work doesn’t include in this, but most of the time for casual coffee-time talks, it takes some time. So be patient and stop expecting loads in the first weeks at work. My experience was absolutely wonderful when it came to this – I was lucky to have such amazing people whom I worked with, that it didn’t even take me a week to feel like “This is the place for me”! Therefore, not trying to stereotype here.
4.Weather talks – More than we realize, the weather is a very interesting topic to begin a conversation with any German. I have tried this not only at work but also a bus stop, train station, or just anywhere. All you need to do is say something like – ‘Mann, so heiß!!’ or ‘Wetter is schön oder?’ or ‘Sonn is aus!’. (Ignore the grammar or words, but you get my point right?).Try any of these.
5.Breakfast anticipation – Again, I am only referring to what I saw here at my office. Well, some people say it out loud and some keep it within, but everyone anticipates breakfast mail around 9:00 every day. Well, be it someone is celebrating their birthday/anniversary/kid’s birthday/work anniversary/last working day/ or sometimes just because… – these are some of the reasons, someone or other provides/treats with awesome breakfast. It generally includes pretzel, butter, meatloaf, bread, cake, croissant, or any typical item from the German breakfast list and it is indeed awesome!
6.Mahlzeit! – This is a word that German course may fail to teach you. Its literal translation is ‘Blessed mealtime’. And it’s not just something you use before you eat, but greet with it too. When team members begin to walk out from their rooms and head towards to wonderful canteen, they greet other colleagues with ‘Mahlzeit’ and the way to respond to it is by saying ‘Mahlzeit’. (I had to be specific with this since I didn’t know how to respond first few days.)
7.Work means work – Unlike what I have heard of other workplaces, in Germany “work time is work time”. Talk all you want in the kitchen or while having coffee – but when you work, it is the only productive work time that goes into your timestamp. And this is done genuinely by Germans (again, I mean most of them). Although working hours are comparatively lesser to other countries, they have proven to be more productive – now we know why.
8.Direct communication – This is indeed one of the valued keys at work. Consider during a meeting, you being the youngest of the team, have some good (or great) ideas and your boss along with his boss is sitting right there. Well, simply wait until they ask if anyone has any opinions and you can talk right out. Politely discussing that someone’s idea has some flaws and providing a solution to that – go right ahead and talk it out (Politely of course). And it will be discussed very seriously. Not only does it make you feel like a part of the team, but motivates you to work harder.
9.Social media sites, a big NO – It is normal to see in German offices where websites like Facebook/Twitter/any other site similar is blocked. Sometimes even sites like eBay or similar are blocked too. Why you think – read point 7 (Makes sense now?)
10.Stammtisch – These are some informal group meetings that are generally organized right after office hours. Every week/fortnight basis, the group meets for a glass of beer or some games or just coffee or some good food at a nice restaurant. Sit and discuss something from work or just casual things like sports (or what so ever) and have a fun-filled evening with your work family.
11.Weekend plans – Friday and Monday, without discussions of/about the weekends are just incomplete. In most cases, discussing what you plan for the weekend on Friday’s is “the” topic during coffee/tea breaks. Sometimes it can also begin on Thursdays. And when your back on Monday, you discuss what all could you actually do. Most of the times, they are two different things (thanks to the German weather), so all in all, you have topics ready to discuss for these 2 days.
12.Work-Life balance – This is for me (and for most of you) by far the most important things you look for while joining an organization. When I discuss my work-week and plans after that with any of my friends who are working outside Germany, this is something that strikes the most difference. It is of utmost importance to Germans to have their work and personal life absolutely planned for. With the fixed number of working hours, and sunsetting by almost 21:30 during summers, it’s like having another half-day to ourselves after work. My most favorite thing on this list and thank you Germany for that.