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ABOUT US

FoundersLane blends entrepreneurial flair with corporate assets to create and grow strategically significant digital ventures, even in regulated sectors like healthcare.

You bring your big company strengths.

We bring the energy, ambition, and digital skills of battle-hardened entrepreneurs.

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Healthcare
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Climate and Sustainability
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Utility
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Insurance
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Manufacturing
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Mobility
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Agriculture
OUR APPROACH
We help you develop a
strategy to out-innovate
your digital competitors

IDEA. Despite the myths, great ideas rarely drop out of a clear blue sky. Our process – the White Space Garage – creates an intense hothouse for new thinking, but it’s based on vast amounts of energetic research and talking to real customers.

VALIDATE. Testing the reality around a new idea is as important as getting the original inspiration. We build MVPs (minimum viable product prototypes), validate them rigorously and kill off many candidates before any decision is taken to go ahead.

SCALE. We have the skills and experience to back our winners, begin production and scale up quickly and effectively. This takes a different kind of entrepreneurial talent, but we know the pitfalls and how to avoid them.

SUSTAIN. Too many innovation projects lose momentum once the initial surge of energy has died down. Our approach is disciplined, determined and realistic, based on experience and a sound grasp of what’s needed to sustain success.

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The asset-solid foundations

White Space Garage

The White Space Garage is a safe haven for experimenting. It’s a round-the-clock hothouse where radical business ideas can be conceived, researched, mocked up, validated (and killed off, if necessary) in a whirl of creativity.

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The thrive-ready environment

Entrepreneurial Operating Model

The Entrepreneurial Operating Model forms the C-level link between the core business and its new ventures. It provides strategic governance and controls each new venture’s access to funding, expertise and other corporate assets.

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The end-to-end execution

Corporate Venture Building

Corporate venture building - FoundersLane’s core skill – is about giving large organizations a shot of entrepreneurial dynamism. It’s about creating partnerships that can launch new ventures with long-term strategic potential.

FEATURED VENTURES

Solytic

Fastest-growing solar start-up worldwide

Solytic is our joint venture with Vattenfall. It uses digital and monitoring analytics to squeeze more output out of solar panel arrays, cutting costs, streamlining maintenance and boosting profits. After just three years, Solytic is already the world leader in solar power analytics.

120k
PV plants under management
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Countries
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Team size

Alley

Medical Class 1 Product in value-based healthcare

Alley.de – known to patients as the Alley hip app – is a White Space Garage idea that took off fast. It is the Gothaer group’s first-ever digital spin-off, providing personalized support for people with hip and knee osteoarthritis and helping medical staff make better treatment decisions.

15+
Clinics onboarded
Class 1
Medical device
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Team size
OUR TEAM
Serial entrepreneurs
who know their way
round the boardroom

FoundersLane’s leadership team consists of the three co-founders, Felix, Andreas and Michael, and our Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sven Jungmann. All four have experienced the highs and lows of start-up life and held senior management positions in big corporations, though only Sven has also been a paratrooper and an oncologist.

Felix Staeritz
Chief Executive Officer
Andreas von Oettingen
Chief Technology Officer
Michael Stephanblome
Chief Strategy Officer
Dr Sven Jungmann
Chief Medical Officer
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Featured Insights

Reshaping the Future of Healthcare

FoundersLane hosted a get-together with a group of selected executives from the field of corporate venture building in the digital health sector