Get to know Sprind

A HOME FOR PEOPLE WITH RADICAL NEW IDEAS

We look forward to the future – and want to help shape it. Therefore SPRIND is looking for answers to the social, ecological and economic challenges of our time.

Our goal is to create new leapfrog innovations from Germany. That means products, services and systems that make all our lives noticeably and sustainably better.


To achieve this, we bring together new thinkers from science and business, people with outstanding ideas, special expertise and passion.

We create spaces in which people can take risks and think radically differently. We create an entrepreneurial environment that makes ideas become reality.

Our support is comprehensive. We finance, help put together teams and link them with the right networks from science, business and politics.

We only support innovators and innovations that are based on basic humanistic values.
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Innovations come about through passion
Innovations come about through passion
We do what we do because we love it. We want to assist innovators who think the same way with their work, their progress. What this involves, for instance, is focusing not on control, but on shared goals and values.
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We can shape the future
We can shape the future
Seeing and using opportunities, developing and implementing visions.
We have a great desire to tackle things and get something done.
The future is what we make of it.
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Progress calls for entrepreneurial thought and action
Progress calls for entrepreneurial thought and action
We want to transfer ideas into products and services that bring long-term benefits for Germany and Europe. That's why we always think and act entrepreneurially – with the agility of a start-up.
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We focus on people and the common good
We focus on people and the common good
We believe in humanist values – in freedom, self-determination and democracy.
We support only civilian projects, not military ones.
The common good and social issues are at the forefront of our work.
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Failure is part of this
Failure is part of this
Curiosity is the force that drives us. We burn to solve the big problems and take conscious risks to accomplish this.
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Quantum leap innovations call for strong networks
Quantum leap innovations call for strong networks
We work all over Germany. We believe in strong networks – with shared goals.
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Success calls for personality and teamwork
Success calls for personality and teamwork
We are creating an environment in which personalities can unfold, focus on their strengths and collaborate with fellow innovators.

SPRIND WANTS TO BUILD THE BRIDGE BETWEEN THE SPIRIT OF RESEARCH AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

Rafael
Laguna de la Vera
Rafael Laguna de la Vera was born in Leipzig. Early in life, he developed a passion for science, technology and music (particularly for the world of analog synthesizers).

This has remained essentially the same down to the present day. As an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, research and technology are his theme and motivation, and in his rare spare time it is filters and modulators that set the tone.

Now 56 years old, he founded his first startup at the age of 16 – Elephant Software. Laguna brought a great deal of specific imagination to building financing and managing numerous other technology companies. These include Dicomputer, micado and Open-Xchange AG, currently a market leader in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) environment.
Ultimately, it was Open-Xchange AG – and SUSE Linux – that gave the entrepreneur a reputation as an open-source pioneer and fighter for the open Internet.

Laguna is a philanthropist and a humanist, and European values are firmly anchored in him. A central feature that he brings to the agency – in addition to his professional expertise – as founding director of SPRIND.

Laguna has discussed the details of the ideas and plans for SPRIND in many interviews and some guest articles. You will find all of the links under our website’s magazine section. Take a look – and get to know SPRIND a little bit better.



WHO AM I?
A curious and optimistic person. If you want a good future, you have to create it.

WHAT DO I DO FOR A LIVING? WHAT AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR?
Actually, I’m a founder and investor in the deep-tech Internet environment. Last year I was appointed the founding director of SPRIND, the newly founded German Agency for Disruptive Innovation. Our mission is to turn research results and inventions into new companies or even industries that will secure our prosperity in Germany and Europe. Yes, that’s all ;)

HOW I BELIEVE WE WILL LIVE IN 10 YEARS…
As an optimist and reader of “Factfulness,” I want to help ensure that the trend of recent decades toward improving the quality of life for the vast majority of people continues into the future. As a global community, we should and will continue along this path. The UN Millennium Development Goals are a good compass for this. In my view, the greatest challenges facing Germany and Europe are to stake out our role and position in the face of all-encompassing digitalization, climate change and demographic trends.

HERE’S WHAT I’D LIKE TO CHANGE IN GERMANY RIGHT NOW…
I would replace the “German fear” gene with a courage gene. We have achieved so much in Germany and Europe in the last 75 years. 120 years ago, the physics and chemistry books were written in German. We invented entire industries and were the world’s pharmacy. I’d wish we all had more courage and desire to work together on a future that is viable for us, our children and all other living things on the planet.

WHAT DO “COHESION” AND “INNOVATIONS” MEAN TO ME?
At the moment, the “Black Lives Matter” movement offers a dramatic reminder that it is essential for a healthy society to be fair and governed by the rule of law – and that people should enjoy the same opportunities and the same living conditions wherever possible. That’s the glue that holds together the kind of society in which I want to live. Only if we can create this equal treatment can we also tap the full potential of society. If there are parts you exclude, then you’re not running at full power.
Technical and social innovations are the engine that improves the quality of our lives and extends our lifespans. I am not concealing the fact that climate change is the result of the combustion of coal, oil and gas that goes hand-in-hand with our modern lives. But as I said a moment ago: It is within our grasp to pull ourselves out of this mess by our own bootstraps. The only way to solve the problems of progress is through more progress. All we have to do is make that happen!

WHAT LESSONS SHOULD WE DRAW FROM THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS?
As we have seen, we have come through the crisis well with the social market economy and a “strong state.” The passage of the latest stimulus package gives the government an opportunity to highlight its capacity to act – and hopefully to make a decisive contribution to alleviating the economic hardships of the crisis. If, as I assume, we emerge from this crisis intact, we should always remind one another that an active and (in moderation) regulatory state is a bulwark for social peace, and hence for a viable society. I feel extremely privileged to be living in such a great country. This is not something to be taken for granted.
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Rafael
Laguna de la Vera
Alina Allritz
Alina Allritz (Interim Commercial Director) is a rather unconventional economist ("At heart I'm still a bit punk perhaps?"). The financial strategist studied at Humboldt University and worked for the renowned Projektträger Jülich for 15 years, among other things, so she has a lot of experience in the public processes and knowledge about innovation support programmes. This makes her an ideal link between the public sector and entrepreneurship. Alina is currently doing valuable SPRIND groundwork and is responsible for all commercial topics until the appointment of a Commercial Managing Director.
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Christian Egle
Christian Egle (Executive Assistant to the management team) sees himself as a kind of interdisciplinary caretaker ("I am helping put a man on the moon.“); always focused on the fact that there are no trees on the tracks blocking the way to the target. Shout "Here!" when it is a matter of communication and events. Has an understanding of biochemistry, a little.
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