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New German business start-ups (2): company foundations in the creative industry

The business start-up scene in Germany is livelier than ever. A short series of articles on successful founders. Part 2: Start-ups in the creative industry.

© Elizabeth Rush - Start-ups

Art is beautiful, involves a lot of work – and is correspondingly expensive. What about a gallery for affordable art? This was the question Lea Lange asked herself while she was furnishing her apartment. Since 2014, Lea Lange, Marc Pohl and Sebastian Hasebrink have been relying on young artists in their online shop Juniqe, which sells affordable works not only on canvas, but also on home accessories or clothing. The new business has been successful, too, because the founders anticipate sales growth of over 500% in 2015 compared to 2014.

3D printed jewellery made out of silver and fine polyamide

According to Deutscher Startup Monitor (DSM), 6.2% of German business start-ups in 2015 were involved in the media and the creative industry. As a creative city, Berlin plays a major role here. It should come as no surprise therefore that Juniqe is based in the Berlin-Mitte, the German capital’s central district. The Stilnest start-up also found a home in Berlin. The company offers 3D printed jewellery made of silver and fine polyamide. The pieces are created in cooperation with international designers. Julian Leitloff founded Stilnest with Raoul and Mike Schäkermann, Michael Aigner, Tim Bibow and Florian Krebs in 2013 in Friedrichshafen. In 2014, Stilnest moved to Berlin with a total of eleven employees. YouTube artists like Nilam Farooq, who is known under the name Daaruum, have designed their own line of jewellery at Stilnest and helped the start-up reach a broader clientele.

The Original Unverpackt team want to establish a new type of supermarket in Germany: Marie Bilano, Milena Glimbovski and Sara Wolf have opened an innovative store in Berlin that completely does without disposable packaging. You decide yourself whether and how you want your food to be packaged. Customers fill the goods into containers that they either bring with them or can also buy in the shop. They can buy precisely the amounts they need for their recipes.