Maximilian Odendahl (Co-Founder, CEO) and Johannes Emigholz (Co-Founder, COO) Maximilian Probst


Closing the Gap Between Software and Hardware

Software development solutions
Founded in 2014
60 employees
Funding: $28M
Stage: Series B

Silexica provides SLX software development tools that enable companies to take intelligent products, such as autonomous cars, from concept to deployment. SLX tools help developers implement software to run efficiently on new embedded supercomputers by offering a deep understanding of how software behaves on systems. Website
Highlight of the year: Series B funding of $18M in June 2018.

Interview with Silexica

What inspired you to found your startup?

Computing was changing faster than ever before: from easy-to-program single processors, to the thousands of processors needed for technologies such as autonomous vehicles and 5G. Disruptive tooling was urgently required to program these new supercomputers.

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

Companies are using Excel or rule-of-thumb to help program computers. These methods cannot cope with the complex generation of supercomputers and the variety of software codes required to deliver trillions of actions every second in safety-critical​ environments. SLX automates these tasks precisely.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

Delivering ground-breaking solutions to computing problems that are real, acute and growing, while building a motivated team of experts who can make this all possible.

What do you want to achieve next year?

To enhance and focus our existing product offering. We will also build our Simulation Platform for the next generation of supercomputers needed for new technologies, especially fully autonomous vehicles.

Why do people want to work at your company?

We have so many outstanding software and hardware engineers from around the world that drive and empower each other to solve one of the biggest problems in the computing industry. To be a part of that is very enticing.

What has been the most important milestone so far?

The Series A funding of $8m in 2016 was the springboard to where we are today. This opened up a whole new network for us in Silicon Valley. The German Accelerator Program and Stanford’s StartX initiative also gave us invaluable information.

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

The feeling of creating and building something, and making it grow. We started Silexica in a loft in Aachen with a plan, a vision, and a pretty raw solution. Every single day since then, the company and product has gotten bigger and stronger. We now have 60 Silexicans and many customers.

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

Cologne is in the heart of Europe’s largest industrial region: the Rhine and Ruhr, which hosts branches of just about every technology company in the world. It is well connected, with 3 airports nearby. Ehrenfeld is a creative, entrepreneurial​ place where almost every company seems to be a startup.

What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

It is very strong. The support from the German Accelerator program has been exceptional and we recently became one of the first members of the project in South East Asia.

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

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