Drees & Sommer Kids Show the Way – Not Just for their Parents

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This weekend was a time to breathe the startup atmosphere and get creative. From 12 to 14 July, children of Drees & Sommer colleagues aged ten to seventeen worked on new business ideas. At the end of the creativity workshop, they presented their imaginative solutions in the Drees & Sommer Innovation Hub.

A total of 23 children of Drees & Sommer staff members worked together in small groups to create and present their business models for the future. They were mentored by experienced experts from the world of startups who gave them an introduction to creative methods such as design thinking. The focus of the creative ideas was on subjects such as protecting the environment, preventing food waste, improving digital education, and also an idea which aimed to help people to spend less time on a cellphone and more time in real life.

The winning team selected by the jury gave itself the task of promoting consumer responsibility and thus minimizing the amount of food that is thrown away. It aims to support this goal by an app to be developed for this purpose. The user can look in the fridge, scan the products available and receive a suggested recipe. The special feature is a social component: if persons do not have enough food, they can use the app to network with friends, find out what food they still have, then meet up and cook together.

A creative workspace has been created by the Drees & Sommer Innovation Hub in the company headquarters at Obere Waldplätze in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Here, the international project management and consulting company with its headquarters in the German city of Stuttgart has converted an old bookbinding workshop into Drees & Sommer’s Innovation Center – a place where the company’s employees cooperate with startups, clients, business partners or in collaborative research projects to work freely on topics related to innovation. The event format was created by Next Entrepreneurs. Together with their team, the two founders Michael Aechtler, Head of Innovation Services at Drees & Sommer, and Roger Zimmerman regularly hold startup workshops with kids and school classes.