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TUM spin-off nominated for the German Entrepreneur Award

The start-up Grillido has been nominated for the German Entrepreneur Award, to be presented this evening in Berlin. The television network ZDF will cover the gala event in online. Grillido has developed a range of sausage products that contain significantly less fat than conventional sausage. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) helped the team found the new company.

The goal of the Grillido team was to get rid of as much fat as possible in sausages, a highly popular food in Germany, and to develop products with healthier ingredients. Michael Ziegler and Manuel Stöffler founded their company in 2015. Today the start-up offers 30 different recipes that contain, in addition to meat, for example spinach, feta cheese or dried tomatoes and that in some cases have only six percent fat. One specialty segment is a range of products with approximately 50 percent protein. Grillido sells its goods online and also counts major supermarket chains and health clubs among its customers, having found success in a hotly contested market.

While studying Management and Technology at TUM, Michael Ziegler participated in the training program “Manage & More” at UnternehmerTUM, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation. Grillido received support from the TUM Start-up Advising Team, was advised on its brand-development by the TUM Chair of Industrial Design and today still works together with the TUM Chair of Entrepreneurship.

 

THIRD NOMINATION IN A ROW FOR TUM SPIN-OFFS

Grillido is one of three finalists in the German Entrepreneur Award’s Start-Up category, nominated by approximately 300 experts from companies, technology centers, government ministries and initiatives. The prize, sponsored by national German media channels Stern and ZDF as well as by Porsche and the Sparkasse savings bank, is regarded as the most prestigious award for company founders in Germany. It is today being presented together with the participation of Brigitte Zypries, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economics and Energy.

TUM spin-offs were also nominated for the German Entrepreneur Award in 2016 and 2015: ProGlove developed work gloves with integrated scanners that save factory workers hundreds of hand movements. Customized Drinks offers kits for brewing beer at home. Approximately 70 companies are founded at TUM every year. According to the “Gründungsradar” (“Start-up Radar”) of the German business community’s innovation agency, no other major German university does more to promote spin-offs.

 

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