His company, Enlighten Sciences, a spin-off from DLR_School_Labs, develops interactive student experiments for MINT areas. Cutting-edge research from the DLR institutes is compiled in exciting and thrilling experiments.
The company offers schools, universities and student laboratories experiment kits to buy, as well as workshops on site. Home experiment kits are now also available.
“Our aim is to support teaching for the 21st century. With ‘Enlighten Sciences’ we provide schools with scientific experiments in an ‘all-round easy-to-use package,’” says Christian Ritschel.
“Our first attempts did not work.”
At the DLR_School_Lab in Berlin, Christian Ritschel showed pupils how much fun physics can be. He quickly realised that these experiments should also be offered outside DLR_School_Labs. Establishing
his own company made this possible. The start wasn’t easy: his application for funding through the EXIST programme was only approved at the second attempt. In the meantime, two of the other founding members have left, and Ritschel has had to put together a new team. After the EXIST funding ran out, further financing was uncertain and some team members left once again.
“No matter how blue it looks, we don’t let it get us down, and have always picked ourselves up again,” says Ritschel. “We won some prizes, but our first attempts did not work. Now, we have a team that is passionate about our work.”
His success bears him out: ‘Enlighten Sciences’ occupies 17th place in the ranking of the top 50 spin-offs for 2018. In the meantime, the first paying customers have arrived. From September 2019 onwards, there will be many more, including a crowd-funding campaign on startnext.de/enlighten-sciences with experiments to do at home.