Maybe it was fate or luck that the two sat next to each other at this networking event and started to talk about a similar idea.
Even though each was successful in his corporate career, Thomas and Kevin knew that they wanted to do more. Both are sustainability advocates and solution seekers and want to give something back to society. Individually, they were working on an online platform that could help people shop locally and buy sustainable goods and services. On the other hand, the platform supports local, sustainable shops to generate more attention.
“I just want to do something with my life that will leave an impact."
The two decided to meet again and Thomas invited Kevin to meet his co-founder Fabienne Horlaville. She and Thomas had been working to build their company Nachhaltigkeitshelden (translated Sustainability Heroes) and were looking to grow their team.
Luckily, this chance meeting at a networking event gave the project just what it needed – Kevin. In just a year, this co-founding team of three has found their groove and they have developed their own roles and superpowers.
Fabienne manages marketing and design, Kevin handles the finances and numbers, and Thomas focuses on coding and development. Like with any superhero group (sustainable Avengers?), though, they rely on one another as they steer through the startup challenges.
After the recent launch of their interactive platform, the team is now adding new locations to their map and looking to expand beyond Frankfurt.
“Founding together is like marrying each together. You have to really think about it. You have to give each other time to see if their ideas and work styles fit.”
The regular event series Founders Forum for Sustainability is organized by TechQuartier and StartHub Hessen. It creates a Hessen-wide platform to give green startups the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with other startups focused on sustainability.