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EXIST Business Start-up Grant for EBS alumna Luisa Schmidt-Tophoff

25 August 2021 | By: Pressestelle EBS Universität
Luisa Schmidt-Tophoff

Successful start-up funding at EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht: Alumna Luisa Schmidt-Tophoff receives the EXIST Business Start-up Grant for her start-up in the care sector. The start-up is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the EXIST programme.

Luisa Schmidt-Tophoff brings “care-as-a-service” to more private households and flips a market upside down that often lacks innovation and ease. With her start-up, which is still in an early stage of development, she aims to use technology to help overcome the care gap and actively drive the digitization of the German care system in previously untouched areas. In doing so, the founder is disrupting the staid care industry with new, forward-looking and user-friendly methods and is paving the way for a fresh, uncomplicated and self-confident approach to the topic of care.

Born in Heidelberg, Luisa Schmidt-Tophoff completed her master’s degree in business administration at EBS Universität in 2018 and then worked as a senior healthcare consultant for an international management consultancy. Her passion for the healthcare industry, in particular the care sector, stems from her work as a paramedic and specifically from her social engagement in senior care, which laid the foundation for her startup.

Luisa Schmidt-Tophoffs mentor is Prof. Dr. Ralph Tunder, head of the Institute for Health Care Management at EBS Universität. In addition to her mentor, the young founder is also actively supported in her venture by the Gründungsfabrik Rheingau, which was launched in 2020 as a joint project with Geisenheim Universität.

The EXIST Business Start-up Grant for EBS alumna Luisa Schmidt-Tophoff offers an ideal starting point to implement innovative ideas. During the 12-month funding period, a founding team can receive up to €135,000 in funding. Students and alumni whose last scientific degree is no longer than 5 years old are eligible to apply.

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