Roland Kuhn (Co-Founder, CTO) and Oliver Stollmann (Co-Founder, CEO), Maximillian Fischer (Co-Founder, CPO (Not Depicted)), © Louisa Summer

Actyx

Factory Software Made Simple

Industrial Software as a Service
Founded in 2016
25 employees
Funding: Undisclosed
Stage: Seed

Hundreds of thousands of factories around the world run on paper-based systems or outdated software. This is because buying, installing, and operating software is complex, risky, and expensive. Actyx changes this through Factory Software Made Simple. Actyx achieves this with its industrial application platform Actyx Ada, which allows developers to rapidly develop new applications. Website
Highlight of the year: Expanding outside Europe and growing a team of 25 people.

Interview with Actyx

What inspired you to found your startup?

The Actyx founders have a background in manufacturing, enterprise software, and artificial intelligence. Based on past experience with manufacturers, it became apparent that the complexity of traditional factory software was holding many companies back from digitization.

How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

Actyx differs from the established vendors of factory software in that we are following a platform approach with technology designed from the ground up for simplicity in installation and operation. This empowers factories and developers to create solutions tackling many of the industry challenges.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

Success is defined by the number of factories running the Actyx Ada Industrial Application Platform. Success is also measured and driven by the number and quality of third-party factory applications that have been developed by Independent Software Vendors on the Actyx Ada platform.

What do you want to achieve next year?

We are continuously working on winning new customers for the existing applications developed on the Actyx Ada Industrial Application Platform. We are also starting to work with systems integrators and enterprise companies, allowing them to develop proprietary applications on our platform.

Why do people want to work at your company?

We are solving exciting challenges in an incredibly important industry–almost everything we eat, wear, drive, and use is produced in the world’s factories. Being a part of Actyx means building the company with us, taking ownership, working with very smart people, and having an impact from day one.

What has been the most important milestone so far?

Winning our first customers, who trusted us and allowed us to install cutting-edge software in their factories. These relationships remain integral, and we continue working together on our latest range of applications to install these in their worldwide production facilities.

Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

Our pride stems from the individuals who make Actyx what it is. we bring together an incredible group of people who have developed as a team that builds, sells and operates amazing, cutting-edge technology that makes our customers happy.

Where do you see your company in 5 years?

What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?

Munich is a great city to launch a startup. We are close to our customers–some of the most advanced and successful manufacturers in the world–in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, and the UK. We also have access to very talented people from some of Europe’s leading universities.

Actyx was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.

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