Katharina Mayer

Country: Germany

Company: Kuchentratsch UG


Website: www.kuchentratsch.com

Facebook: @Kuchentratsch

Instagram: @Kuchentratsch


In 2014, Katharina founded Kuchentratsch, a company whose mission is to creates a link between employment, intergenerational exchange, and networking, as well as financial gain for seniors. Katherina identified that leaving an active working life represents the beginning of a new phase of life for seniors, which is often characterized by a feeling of being no longer needed, of isolation, and financial losses. She wanted to create a company that not only addressed the problem but served as a contact point for seniors to interact and fellowship.


Kuchentratsch is a bakery where more than 50 grannies baking delicious cakes. In 2015, she won the Münchner Gründerpreis (Founder Award) recognizing outstanding entrepreneurs in Germany. Additionally, Katharina volunteers an organization dedicated to crisis intervention. She also led a team of doctors in Mexico giving medical help just 24-hours after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in 2017.


Katharina graduated with a degree in business administration.

Manuel Ronnefeldt

Country: Germany

Company: 7Mind GmbH

School:  Witten/Herdecke University

After spending time in India working as a teacher for a school of orphans, Manuel realized the importance of mindfulness and wanted everyone to have access for themselves. 7Mind is a mindfulness app providing daily seven-minute meditations. With a reach of over 680,000 users, Manuel envisions 7Mind as one of the top three mindfulness apps used worldwide with over seven million users, enabling people to make mindfulness a daily habit.


Lionel Palm

Company: Room in a Box

School: Universität Witten/Herdecke, Witten, Germany

ROOM IN A BOX, founded in 2013, focuses on furniture and interior design made of paper-based materials like corrugated cardboard. The team’s goal is to offer a new way of living by designing a set of beautiful and ultra-portable furniture made of renewable raw materials, which is produced efficiently in high volumes and reaches their customers with the support of standard parcel services. The furniture can be easily moved to a new place in the same way and comes ready to use right out of the box. More than 4 million people in in Germany younger than forty years change their center of life once a year. A well-designed beautiful and ultra-portable set of furniture would just come in handy.


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