What you get
Inspiration from experienced mentors
We guarantee confidentiality
How it works
Share your business idea with us via our questionnaire
Expert mentors give feedback on your business idea
You get feedback and a bunch of inspirational input within a few days
What our customers are saying
Awesome. You gave me great input on my idea!
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Amazing. Thanks to Stefanie and Frederike we received a completely new perspective and changed our business model and approach. We are so happy to have met them. Great network, great knowledge, and real support!Tom
Our Mentors and Experts
Andrea works as a design researcher and is the co-founder of design:transfer. She is an expert in applying design methods to create empathy and to involve cross-sectoral stakeholders.
Frederike Beha is managing director at Dussmann das Kulturkaufhaus and expert for designing and innovating business models. In 2015 she founded the platform Business Model Toolbox.
Veronika Brandt is a senior expert for IoT business model development at Bosch Software Innovations. She focuses on developing and implementing best practice for the strategic planning of IoT solutions, both within the Bosch group and with customers.
Marcel works as a Service and User Experience Designer. Driven by the user-centered design approach he designs for context by getting a clear understanding of user context. He situates needs and deliberately creates experiences.
Thomas Eisenreich is a business economist and has a 20 years social enterprise background. He is an expert for business models in the German social services and healthcare management as well as for cooperations between social entrepreneurs and established players.
Karina is leading the Merck Accelerator Program in Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is an expert in supporting eHealth entrepreneurs to develop and launch their products in East Africa. She also builds up an eHealth innovation ecosystem on the African continent and is passionate about economic development via social entrepreneurship.
Susanne Mira Heinz
Sanne is Design Thinking coach and sustainability scientist. She is a geek when it comes to sustainability management issues, circular economy and product-service systems. Being involved in and with social and environmental NGOs, she bridges the gap between nonprofit, SMEs and multinational companies.
Stefan is an expert of design thinking, service design & business model design. He works as a freelance consultant and coach with a strong focus on customer-centric approaches. Currently, Stefan is responsible for the membership experience at Factory as the product development lead.
Tomas is a certified coach and experienced consultant. He has a lot of tools to get empathy and a systemic view from beside. As an attendant, he loves to walk in someone else’s shoes. He can change perspectives and points of view. Finally, he trusts in collective mind & body.
Maik works as advisor and strategist on cloud, multi-sided platforms and digital incubation. He has a 25 years banking and IT industry background. He is an expert on B2B business, dealing with big organizations and cloud solutions
Dr. Johannes Schmidt
Johannes is a trained lawyer gone rogue who has accompanied startups as a consultant and investor since 2000.
His expertise is social listening and online market research which he uses to help his clients with innovation, communication and business development projects.
Stefanie Schramm is network and Startup Expert. She helps Teams and people accelerate their ideas. She works as Program Manager at GTEC | Berlin Startup Academy, as Consultant for an innovation Agency and where ever ideas need to get of the ground.
Jana is an consultant for digital transformation and development of organizations and she is the co-founder of CZY WRK e.G. an cooperative for digital consultants. She is an expert in all project management methods especially agil methods.
Tobias is an experienced entrepreneur with a focus on visual storytelling. He works as a strategic consultant and uses visual tools like the business model to boost innovation for startups and large companies.
What can I expect from the Inspiration Box?
This is a great question! Our overall goal is to provide you with new inspirational input for your business idea. This might be inspiration regarding the problem-solution fit, revenue models, viability, or hints to have a look at other businesses that may do something similar. We don’t send you an evaluation because nobody can judge the quality of a business idea in the very early stages. However, if one of the mentors has doubts, questions or specific experience, he/she will definitely share those with you.
Who will review my idea?
At least one of our team members from Business Model Toolbox will review your business idea. Moreover, we work with a network of experts from different fields. Check out our mentors below. If you don’t want a specific person from our team or our mentors to give feedback – please let us know.
Is it possible to choose who is reviewing my business idea?
Our aim is to provide you with a trustable and inspiring experience, and we appreciate that sharing your idea with someone randomly might not work for you. Therefore, we offer you the ability to name the mentors who should not review your idea. If you have special wishes for a mentor, we can try to make it possible.
What? You want me to send the idea via an online form? Is this safe?
Yes! Rest assured, we guarantee you confidentiality. But please let us know beforehand if there are special requirements as far as confidentiality is concerned.
I would love to become a mentor myself. What do I have to do?
Great! Just send us a short message with your superpowers or industry expertise. We will get in touch quickly to tell you more about the possibility of becoming a mentor.