The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The next best time is now.
We team up with you to sow the seeds of tomorrow’s digital disrupters, creating a proven framework for daring innovation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An entrepreneur since teenage years, Felix has successfully built companies incl. IPO. He sits on the Board of Digital Leaders of the World Economic Forum, is an investor and evangelist for (corporate) venture building with a positive impact on healthcare and our planet.
A tech-driven founder and investor, Andreas brings comprehensive experience in operations management and digital technology development. Previously, Andreas built highly scalable commerce platforms at Rocket Internet and Project A.
Building on his long standing experience as a serial entrepreneur, CEO and board member at various well known firms (eBay, Gumtree, etc.) and venture partner at Eight Roads Ventures, Michael has comprehensive strategic experience in digital and deep market insights.
A doctor-turned-entrepreneur, Sven brings together the world of evidence-based healthcare with agile product development. With degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, and London, Sven brings diverse perspectives on the healthcare system.
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