Christoph Streich (IT Project Manager), Daniel Neuendorf (Head of Engineering), Marcel Walz (CTO), Maik Gronau (CEO), Dirk Amtsberg (CIO) and Tobias Gebhardt (Head of Sales, Business Development) Nils Lucas
What inspired you to found your startup?
Globalization enables the availability of goods at an unprecedented extent. However, germs also become mobile, and they do not stop at borders. I want to provide solutions that make our life viable. Our co-founder Maik was a patient in 2013, and recognized the importance of hand hygiene.
How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?
I am combining the ability to think and act at a macro level and at a micro level. This is related to my great thirst for knowledge and the motivation to get better every day. However, team play is important and I highly enjoy moving forward with our whole team every day.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
If you really believe in what you are doing, and if these actions are aligned with making the world a little better. Setting up a team culture where everybody is highly committed to the same objectives.
What do you want to achieve next year?
Reducing hospital-acquired infections is our mission. We want to roll out our IoT-system NosoEx to several European countries in the next 12 months, and to become the market leader.
Why do people want to work at your company?
We offer high opportunities for personal growth and to assume responsibilities. Moreover, we have a great team climate where everybody supports each other to realize our vision of smart and safe hospitals.
What has been the most important milestone so far?
By using our system, clients have reached the next level of quality standards. This shows that our IoT-solution can really make an impact to reduce hospital-acquired infections.
Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?
We have assembled a great investor consortium that really believes in our vision and supports us hands-on. Moreover, we have strong corporate partners who facilitate our internationalization.
Where do you see your company in 5 years?
We have installed our NosoEx-system all over the world, and it has become the standard for hygiene monitoring. Consequently, the hospital workforce do not want to go without our solution in their work routine anymore.
What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?
We have a great working environment in Stralsund, and our office is just a few minutes away from the Baltic Sea. Employee loyalty and a focus on product development are a huge advantage compared to companies that operate in big cities.
What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?
We have to be more venturesome and think bigger. Germany needs startups that are becoming global leaders in their market niche.
GWA Hygiene was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.