Wednesday, October 27, 2021

"The lion’s den"-Höhenflug founders ask for a record amount – Löwe ensures the premiere

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In the current episode of “Die Höhle der Löwen” broke a record. The inventors of an innovative wheelchair wanted a record amount for their product. A lion alone didn’t know what to do next.

Five million euros. In the new episode of “Die Höhle der Löwen”, a start-up is demanding a record amount from investors – for just ten percent of the company’s shares. An investor has to call for advice for the first time within the broadcast. Usually only the candidates do that.

During their studies, Thomas Gemperle, Pascal Buholzer and Bernhard Winter came up with the “crazy idea” of building an electric wheelchair for climbing stairs. The Swiss are asking for the record sum of five million euros. They estimate their company to be worth 50 million euros. Therefore, there would only be a measly ten percent share for the lions. The “coolest electric wheelchair in the world” not only drives ten kilometers per hour, with two built-in runners the “Scewo Bro” also climbs stairs. As the only marketable wheelchair. The seat can also be raised to almost a meter.

“It’s like something out of a science fiction film,” says Dagmar Wöhrl. Georg Kofler calls the founders “megalomaniac”, which of course they see as a compliment. For most Lions, however, five million is too high.

Carsten Maschmeyer: He gets external advice.  (Source: RTL / Bernd-Michael Maurer)Carsten Maschmeyer: He gets external advice. (Source: RTL / Bernd-Michael Maurer)

Carsten Maschmeyer, however, is not exactly sure. He picks up the phone and calls someone on his team to get some information about electric wheelchairs. A first on the show that doesn’t go down well with the other lions. Ultimately, however, the required amount is too high for him too. He sees a market that is too small for the “Rolls-Royce of the wheelchair”. So not a record investment.

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