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Our inaugural podcast series features interviews with three entrepreneurs who began their professional careers in the US and decided to start and grow their business in Bavaria.
Earlier this year, Erwin Spolders, Alexandra Barton-Sweeney, and Melville Mummert sat down for coffee and a chat with James Mister from Invest in Bavaria-West Coast. All three entrepreneurs spoke about their road to building an international business from Bavaria and what they have taken away from this experience.
These US entrepreneurs all began their careers in consulting, finance, or technology at McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs, and IBM, earning degrees and working at prominent institutions like Harvard Business School, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Brown University, and the Yale School of Management. They leveraged their skills and experience to launch companies in the fields of renewable energy, biotechnology, and hi-tech corporate finance. Listen in to find out more about their unique backgrounds — and what convinced them to set up shop in Bavaria — in the podcasts below!
Attracting entrepreneurs and cultivating homegrown success stories are essential to ensuring that Bavaria maintains its competitive advantage as a robust market for growth and innovation. And though the stories of these entrepreneurs differ, there is a common thread: they recognize and value the high return on investment (ROI) when doing business in Bavaria. Dedicating time and effort into building a scalable business model ultimately pays off, because loyal clients and partners and an international growth trajectory are well within sight, right from the Heart of Europe.
More detailed synopses of the podcasts and links to interviews can be found below.
Podcast Synopses and Relevant Links
Chat with Erwin Spolders, Founder & CEO of REDAVIA
Solar Power from Bavaria to Global Frontier Markets
A former management consultant with a background in energy and a passion for renewables, Spolders launched REDAVIA in 2010. From its Munich HQ, REDAVIA deploys clean, reliable, and cost-effective rental turnkey solar farms to customers in frontier markets around the globe.
Chat with Alexandra Barton-Sweeney, Founder & CEO of Razzberry
From Berkeley to Bavaria: Revolutionizing Biosensors for Diagnostics
Barton-Sweeney leads Razzberry, a biotechnology company based in the US and Bavaria that functions as a biosensing platform. It is revolutionizing the way we diagnosis and manage health.
Chat with Melville Mummert, Head of Investment Banking Europe, Raymond James
Built in Bavaria: Leading M&A Boutique Focused on Hi-Tech & Industrial Corporate Finance
Mummert is a corporate finance veteran who founded and managed his own international mergers and acquisitions practice in Bavaria. Leveraging Bavaria’s hi-tech and large industrial base, his company ultimately attracted an American investment bank with a global deal flow to center its European operations in Munich. Over the years, he has witnessed the region emerge as one of the leading centers for venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) investment in Europe.
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