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Young founders: why you should take the step into entrepreneurship

"Everyone should take the risk at least once in their life and try to start something," says Max Kordek. The now 26-year-old founder caused a sensation with the ICO for Lisk at the beginning of 2016. Within a month, 14,000 Bitcoin were collected, even then the equivalent of 5.2 million euros. Of course, Max didn't know that his idea would be so well received, but: "I wanted to try to build something that I stand behind with full passion and can have a real impact on the world."

Rubin Lind felt the same way. While still at school, the young founder applied with his idea for an app that could make learning fun in the Startup Teens school competition - "without a prepared pitch or proper presentation," he recalls. It wasn't enough for the cash prize he had hoped for, but he learned a lot from exchanging ideas with others. In the meantime, the 19-year-old has been named founder of the year 2018, leads a small team, is requested as a speaker and consultant and has secured a six-figure investment sum for Skills4School.

Young founders learn more for life

Education? Maybe later. In the meantime even his parents have come to terms with it. As a consolation: The view that young founders actually learn more for life and career than they are ever offered during their studies is now widespread. "When I compare my economics studies with what I do today, it was pretty far from reality," says Maxim Nitsche, who is part of the management team there after Math42 has left Chegg. Neither he nor his brother regret quitting Math42 from university.

"Studying straight after school is already a German obsession"
Maxim Nitsche, Math42

“Studying straight after school is a German obsession,” says Maxim. "We just did something interesting - and we have fun doing it." Young founders learn more for life Perhaps it is because they are developing new, digital teaching and learning opportunities with Chegg that the two brothers do not follow the standard model of the German Believe in the education system as a guarantee of success for later careers.

“I didn't learn programming at university, I looked up things online and tried it out myself. Whether I'm good or not has nothing to do with whether I'm studying or not. To be honest, when I'm looking for people for our team, a degree is not the main criterion, ”explains Raphael Nitsche.

“You learn boxing by heart at school. In entrepreneurship, you have to see how you get out of the box "
Cornelia Röper, founder of WeFugees

Cornelia Röper, who at the height of the wave of refugees made it possible to scale the far too small number of consultants with her online platform Wefugees, can only agree: “Founding spirit and entrepreneurial thinking, unfortunately, that is not taught in schools, but exactly that Opposite: