Ep 87 – The state of venture funding with Maximilian Eckel

Ep 87: The state of venture funding with Maximilian Eckel

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Dive into the heart of Germany’s startup ecosystem with our latest podcast episode, where we explore the vibrant yet challenging landscape of entrepreneurship in this dynamic country. Despite being a hub of innovation and potential, German startups face unique hurdles, from stringent regulations to the quest for funding. Our episode sheds light on these intricacies through the lens of industry insiders, offering a rare glimpse into what it takes to thrive in Germany’s competitive startup arena. 🚀

Join us as we dissect the layers of support and struggle that define the German startup journey, from the early stages of ideation to the complexities of scaling globally. Our guests share their firsthand experiences, navigating through bureaucratic tangles, cultural nuances, and the ever-evolving digital landscape. This episode is a must-listen for anyone curious about the realities of startup success and the resilience it demands in Germany’s unique ecosystem. 🌐💼



(1:00) Max’s background

(8:50) The role of WHU in the venture funding landscape in Germany

(14:20) Outside perspective on WHU’s startup ecosystem

(19:00) Deeptech startups and WHU students

(24:20) More Hands-on entrepreneurial mentality or traditional success Path?

(30:40) Is WHU’s startup mentality sustainable?

(32:35) What’s the startup motivation for WHU students?

(40:05) The undervalued potential of bootstrapping startups

(43:00) Funding report discussion

(53:40) Why deeptech has no proper VC funds

(1:04:00) Overview of the WHU ecosystem

(1:17:10) Books and podcast suggestions


Book Recommendations:

The Circle Amazon.com: The Circle: 9781594139611: Eggers, Dave: Bücher

A Canticle for Leibowitz Amazon.com: A Canticle for Leibowitz: 9780553273816: Walter M. Miller Jr.: Bücher

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain Amazon.com: A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo: 9781526624284: Saunders, George: Bücher


Podcast Recommendations:

Startup insider Startup Insider | Podcast Startup Insider (startup-insider.com)

Deutsche-Startups Podcast – Alle Nachrichten und Informationen, News, Tipps und Infos zu Podcast – deutsche-startups.de

Unicorn Bakery Unicorn Bakery – Der Startup Podcast mit Fabian Tausch