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Startup Meets Experience

gestigon was founded in 2011. Though parts of the technological core elements originated at the University of Lübeck, the majority of the experience and lines of code, as well as the solutions and products are home-grown. As well as our enthusiasm!

During the last years the company practically doubled in size every year – regardless which measure you apply: people, customer base, experience or square meters. We also greatly expanded our lines of code, financials and revenues.

We added effective quality management processes, and gained visibility. We managed to hire rock-star-developers, building the #BestTeamEver. We have an entrepreneurial can-do-spirit, are laser-focused on our customers, insist on delivering quality and at the same time remain a down-to-earth, easy to work with partner.

2011 - Not So Long Ago...

The development of gestigon's software solution origins from the University of Lübeck when Prof. Erhardt Barth and Prof. Thomas Martinetz, started exploring the technical capabilities of time-of-flight sensors. From 2005 this research was sponsored by European grants with, in total, more than €5 million. Sascha Klement, founder and CTO of gestigon, was team member for several years before he - together with Erhardt and Thomas as advising shareholders - decided to spin-off and found gestigon in September 2011. We licensed in the IP from the University and ended the year with one employee, Dirk.

2012 - Toddler Years

Everything starts with small steps. Moritz joined gestigon in March 2012 - first as advisor, later as full-time-CEO and 'late founder'. Along with the first customer projects came the necessity to grow the team of developers and expand our two-room-office for the first time. In parallel we pitched investors and closed a first seed round with the HTGF and MBG-SH. Everything was new, exciting and fast.

2013 - Getting Serious

Some of the most incredible days of 2013 was the first week in January when we participated, for the first time, at the CES in Las Vegas. Customers, partners, competitors - all was overwhelming and new. So many strategic discussions and decisions were kicked off by this event. We knew we had to grow fast, we had to win customers, fast, we had to develop quality guide lines, fast, and we wanted to build the #BestTeamEver, fast, to deliver on commitments. Build on this encouraging experience, it was a stunning year and in the end we had hired 14 rock-star-coders and won 5+ significant customer contracts.

2014 - Growing Up

At some point during the early development of a company, all gets serious. You need to grow up. Not only that the first global customers showed our gesture control solutions at big shows (e.g. Visteon @ CES2014 and Volkswagen @ CeBit2014). But we started delivering serious solutions, meeting hard milestones, learning to get to know purchasing power of big corporates, introduced quality management processes, we grew to a team of >20 employees and started to set-up a group of UX/UI designers to support building great user experience. Plus, we installed our Sunnyvale (CA) office with our new Head of Business Development running the show in the Bay Area.

2015

Today, we consider ourselves to be market leader in automotive solutions: a two-digit-number of global OEMs and Tier Ones trust our capabilities and build commercial solutions based on our technology. We have set up automotive grade quality management processes, have a bunch of experienced project managers and are now able to start addressing markets like augmented reality / wearables as well as consumer electronic & mobile devices in parallel. We are delivering based on strong milestone plans and firm commitments. Customers first. Always.

Tomorrow, we will be global market- and thought leader in skeleton tracking and behavior for touchless human-machine-interfaces. Watch out - here we come!

#BestTeamEver.

Alex, André, Angelina, Anna, Björn, Cai, Christian, Christian, Christian, Damien, Dirk, Ercan, Florian, Foti, Frank, Franziska, Gregor, Henry, Ibrahim, Iryna, Johanna, Konrad, Lisa, Malte, Marco, Moritz, Niklas, Ronny, Sascha, Sebastian, Sebastian, Steffen, Thomas, Verena and Elliot. Our team offers seven different nationalities, speaks 11 different languages (excepting programming languages), is married or not, would fill up an average roller coaster with kids and can devour cake at lightning-speed. Diversity, openness, communication, commitment, reliability and customer focus are core elements of our corporate culture. It takes a lot of love to build something great. And our team has all it takes to fall in love. Over and over again.

We have found the best developers that speak Klingon and think entirely in ones and zeros. Our UX/UI designers reward themselves with tattoos of the best pieces of design. The quality managers have set up an automatic documentation system to track who filled the dish washer properly. The nick-name of our CFO is “Mr. Excel”. Our CTO and founder of gestigon, Sascha, does not find solutions, he is the solution. And Elliot will love anybody who tickles his tummy. All are, without a doubt, Super-Rock-Star-Action-Heroes. And of course the #BestTeamEver.

Our Trusted Advisory Board

Growing up means that you need to take over responsibility for more and more things in your live. The same applies to a growing company as gestigon is. Our advisory board supports the management and the entire gestigon team in all aspects of the company's development, internal and external challenges, as well as, once in a while, contacts, tips and advice. They are more than a board to us – they are friends and trustful partners.

Holger G. Weiss


Advisory Board

Holger and Moritz met for the first time in 1978 somewhere in Bavaria and have been friends ever since. Holger's professional career started in corporate media, but his true vocation is being an entrepreneur. Having helped to build two successful tech startups with exits to Nokia and Panasonic and more than 10 years of experience in automotive, he is the perfect counterpart for all and any challenges in gestigon's development. Plus, he is an experienced Berlin and worldwide VIP traveler knowing the hottest, coolest and best restaurants everywhere – yes: EVERYwhere.

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

Definitely Flying. Would be fantastic just to fly from one meeting to another or just heading over to San Francisco or so...

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

To the Roman Empire...a wish I had ever since starting to read Asterix...

What is the furthest east and west you have traveled?

Melbourne, San Francisco (and looking from there it was probably Hong Kong...)

For you, what is the best way to spend a Sunday?

Somewhere in the country side, a long hike, maybe get a smoked fish for dinner and returning home completely "zen".

What piece of technology do you not own but would like to?

a Tesla followed by the hyperloop (no, I am not an Elon Musk fan boy...)

Fabian von Kuenheim


Chairman of Advisory Board

Fabian v. Kuenheim [pronounced: kuːnhaɪm] has a successful track record of being a manager, entrepreneur, CEO, shareholder and advisory board member for more than 20 years. Being the Chairman of the Advisory Board of gestigon he will support the team not only with tips how to survive transatlantic jetlag but also advice on company development, inside views to several relevant industries as well as his extensive, well preserved network. Plus, the best sailing spots in the Mediterranean.

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

To halt the march of time.

What is your favorite city in the world and why?

That would be Boston, Massachusetts, because it combines the best things of Europe and the United States.

Your favorite tv show from your childhood?

That was Spaceship Orion, the mother of all science-fiction series.

What are three things still left on your bucket list?

There are only two things left:
1. Go to space, but please with a spaceship that won't explode on a regular basis.
2. Sailing around the world.

What piece of technology do you not own but would like to?

The perfect wine cellar.

Gunnar Gräf


Advisory Board

Ok, who is Gunnar Graef, how did we meet and what additional value does he bring to the advisory board table? - Frankly speaking, these are all questions you would only ask if you haven't met him! He is one of the pioneers of the mobile internet in France. Gunnar is a great networker, experienced leader and Jack-of-all-Trades in the startup world. We love to have him as part of the team!

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?

I would like to be able to teleport to any place or any time. It would be amazing going to the future and see what there will be and learn from it.

What is your favorite city in the world and why?

That is easy: Berlin. Foremost I was born there and my family is to be found currently in Berlin. Furthermore I like the city, because it is multicultural and ever changing - it always reinvents itself.

iOS or Android?

Surprisingly, both. I use a Nokia with Android and I also have an iPhone. But I am always amazed how Apple succeeds to draw one into their ecosystem.

What was the last book you read?

Actually, that was a downloaded and printed manual for the Apple Watch…another book, I currently read in French, is “Le Petit Prince” by Saint-Exupéry. I read it together with one of my sons..

What is your dream car?

I would love to get THE DeLorean DMC-12, time travelling included of course - to gain insights into history and the future.

Our Supporters and Investors

If it were not for the big number of supporters, gestigon would not exist. We have had a lot of partners from day one (and even before that). Naturally, we are thankful for all those who have been with us during the last years. Especially all partners who have offered and provided advice, money, network connections, know-how, public grants, publicity, and their time to help us pursuing our dream of building one of the best technologies for human behavior tracking.

VC Funds

MBG Schleswig-Holstein

The MBG (Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein mbH) was founded in 1994 on the initiative of the government of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein as a statewide venture capital institution. The MBG aims to strengthen the equity base of small and medium-sized enterprises located in Schleswig-Holstein. The MBG provides financing by way of silent partnerships and on occasion participates in form of equity investments as well. 21 employees are currently taking care of more than 500 enterprises representing an investment portfolio of more than €100 million.  

MBG supported us with pre-seed, seed- and series A.1 financing.

High-Tech Gründerfonds

High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is Germany’s most active and largest seed stage investor. They finance technology-driven companies – whether they are active in the fields of cleantech or robotics, whether they are developing new drugs, chemical processes or new software: Startups profit from HTGF's experience and the extensive network of its team and its technological and entrepreneurial expertise.

HTGF was the lead investor in the seed financing of gestigon in 2012 and the series A.1 round in 2014.

Vorwerk Direct Selling Ventures

Vorwerk Direct Selling Ventures GmbH, or Vorwerk Ventures for short, is an independent investment entity within the Vorwerk Group. Vorwerk Ventures combines the dynamic growth of young, innovative companies with the strong financial position and the solid direct-selling expertise of the Vorwerk Group. The knowledge of and experience in direct selling coupled with the sound background of one of the most successful direct selling companies in the world are what set Vorwerk Ventures apart from purely financial investors and represent unique added value for entrepreneurs seeking an investment partner.

Vorwerk participated in the series A.2 financing in 2015.

Family Offices

nbr technology ventures GmbH

nbr technology ventures GmbH consists of several notable investors, among others are Fabian v. Kuenheim (Kuenheim Familiaris GmbH), the Kuwaiti entrepreneur Ali M. T. Alghanim and also multiple other high-profile Business Angels.

nbr technology was lead investor in our series A.2 financing in 2015.

Lübeck Business Angels

gestigon was lucky to have had two professors from the University of Lübeck who supported the team of founders in planning, financing (pre-seed and A.1), setting up and developing gestigon. Additionally, gestigon won three well known local Business Angels that provided significant funding in the first closing of the series A financing in 2014.

Grants

WTSH/Calville

Government funded project for developing new technology for the automotive industry.

BMWi/EXIST

Government Funding to finance university-based business-startups in 2 stages. gestigon received grants for both stage I and II.

WTSH/BFEI

Regional funding by the government of Schleswig-Holstein for the development project "gestigon Goes Outdoor".

WTSH/Innovation Assistant

Grant financed by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE), which supports business startups when hiring new academics.

WiMi/SH

Grant to cover Mezzanine Interests.

BAFA/Embedded World

Grant for participation fees of the Embedded World Show.

Thank You!

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