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๐Ÿ“ข We're thrilled to introduce Josep R. Novell LL.M. as our newest team member at STYX! Join us in extending a warm welcome to Josep as he embarks on his journey as Venture Partner in #Barcelona.

๐Ÿ˜ Deeply rooted in Barcelona's entrepreneurial ecosystem, Josep will lead the local #UrbanLivingLab, engaging with founders from across the Iberian Peninsula who reimagine the urban and execute on visions for future proof cities and buildings.

๐Ÿ’ก With over 10 years of legal experience in M&A and Venture Capital, Josep successfully directs Now and Beyond Consulting and is a member of the American Bar Association.

๐Ÿ‘€ Curious to see Josep in action? Meet him at this weeks MWC Barcelona where he will be joined by David Zwilling and Florian Fischer as well as Xavier Simรณ from our local partner inlea.

๐Ÿ—“ Inger Egeland-Helgรธy will be attending Nordic PropTech Awards on February 1st in Copenhagen hosted by PropTech Denmark.


๐Ÿ‘€ Take the chance to meet her in person or see her on stage where she will rock the reverse pitch session.

๐ŸŽ‰2023 was a big year for STYX. Take a look below to see what we have been up to.


๐Ÿš€By now 2024 is well underway and we have big goals for this upcoming twelve months. Let's go!

๐Ÿ‘€ What do Mannheim, Stockholm and Madrid have in common?

โœ… All three of them carry the official EU-label "Climate Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030". The label recognizes municipalities for successfully developing a climate city contract (CCC), encompassing a holistic vision for city wide climate neutrality, a concrete action plan and a supporting investment strategy.

๐Ÿฅ‡ The total list comprises ten European cities with Mannheim being the first German municipality to be recognized.

๐Ÿค Proudly based in Mannheim, we are more motivated than ever to contribute to this vision. By validating and implementing GreenTech solutions from startups in our #UrbanLivingLab we are targeting the single biggest contributor to urban CO2 emissions: buildings and real estate.

โ€#greentech #climateneutrality #smartcity #eu #greennewdeal #mannheim

๐Ÿš€ We are a successful Danish proptech but how on earth can we enter the German market?

๐Ÿ’ญIf that is a question you and your co-founders have been sweating over in the past, last month's proptech market entry program by Innovation Centre Denmark, NEXT MANNHEIM and Styx Urban Investments might have provided answers to some of your questions.โœจOne highlight of the two-day program was surely the German Scandinavian PropTech night which gathered key stakeholders from the real estate industry, proptech startups, corporate investors, business angels and investor to address on of the most pressing global challenges of our time: urban sustainability.

๐Ÿ™Œ Shout out to all the startups for their pitches and going along with the no-slide format which made for crisp presentations full of spirited visions for a sustainable urban future. UbiqisenseExigo A/SLifeXEnnogie Deutschland GmbHMELTSkoneLabskeyotavreed GmbH

โ€๐Ÿ™ A big thank you goes out to the co-hosts of the evening, Innovation Centre Denmark and NEXT MANNHEIM, without whom the event would not have been possible.

๐Ÿ‘‰ How did you find your way into the startup ecosystem?๐ŸŽ“ A student initiative like Q-Summit carrying entrepreneurship at heart surely is a great place to start! We recently had the pleasure of hosting their team at our Mannheim office and it was a gratifying experience to engage with such a dynamic group.

๐ŸŽ‰ It was especially great to witness the growing interest in the startup ecosystem among students right at the beginning of their academic journey at University of Mannheim. Where in years past consulting and investment banking would have been on top of mind, by now entrepreneurship and startups are in the pole position for many first year students.

๐Ÿ‘ Driving this change are student initiatives like Q-Summit, thinc! or creo, an alumni network in ABSOLVENTUM MANNHEIM that has put entrepreneurship front and center in recent times as well as dedicated faculties like the Mannheim Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation .

โ›”Researchers, innovators and founders often struggle to reach problem solution fit. Why? They lack access to testing space and real-life feedback.๐Ÿ”’๐Ÿ”‘Together with Prototypes for Europe and NEXT MANNHEIM we are providing just that: the Sustainable Living Lab Mannheim.๐Ÿ”“๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ˜Here public and private properties are provided as test sites for ecologically sustainable hashtag#urbantech products or services.

Prototypes or MVPs are put on the fast lane to be tested with public and private clients from the Mannheim area and have to prove their positive ecological impact through a Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA).๐Ÿ”Š๐Ÿ‘‚How can this look like in practice? Recently Marlene Stechl and Mauricio Fleischer Acuรฑa from HopfON, a spin-off from TU Munich visited Mannheim. They showcased their innovative acoustic panels made from hop derivatives.

These panel-shaped products are designed to enhance room acoustics for walls and ceilings while predominantly utilizing agricultural byproducts. During their visit to the MAFINEX Technology Centre the team, accompanied by Daniel Heltzel gathered data on acoustic profiles and will now roll out their MVP for testing across two premises in Mannheim. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”งMoreover, we visited the construction site of Mannheim based sustainable building trailblazers Vision Domes to explore a potential local partnership for HopfON.