HANNOVER MESSE 2019, 01 - 05 April
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Founding outside your comfort zone: Challenges of founding outside your field of profession

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Convention Center (CC), Session 1



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Career 4.0, Startups, Work and Life


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What happens, when a law and a business student have an idea? They found a Tech-StartUp. Tanja Nickel, one of the founders of UVIS UV-Innovative Solutions GmbH, is not only alien to the field of engineering, but also to the industry in which her company operates: Together with her business partner Katharina Obladen, she developed ESCALITE, a UV-disinfection module for the handrails of escalators – the idea already emerged during their school time. Despite these obvious initial difficulties, two years ago the two founded their company, which today operates throughout Europe.

In her talk “Founding Outside Your Comfort Zone: Challenges of Founding Outside Your Field of Profession and How They Can Be Use to You” Tanja Nickel shows with numerous examples not only which obstacles confronted her during her founding process, but also how you can exploit your potential and why it is worth to step actively out of your comfort zone.


  Tanja Nickel

Tanja Nickel

Founder / Managing Director, UVIS UV-Innovative Solutions GmbH

Tanja Nickel already applied for a patent, when she was only 17 years old. Until today this patent is the foundation of her company: In 2016, after she went to law school, she founded UVIS UV-Innovative ...

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