Enterprise Europe Network works for startup NÜWIEL

The Hamburg startup NÜWIEL has set itself the goal of relieving the city of air pollution, noise and unnecessary car traffic. The young company wants to redefine mobility with its electrically powered bicycle trailer and thus improve the quality of life in the cities. With the help of the world's largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), this business idea is now being spread throughout Europe.

NÜWIEL had its origins in an entrepreneurship workshop of the Hekate project. Here Sandro Rabbiosi, Natalia Tomiyama and Fahad Khan got to know each other and jointly developed the idea of an electrically powered bicycle trailer, which also functions as a motorised hand trolley. After a start-up and innovation campus, good ideas like these are not simply discarded: Now comes the work, which was supported here substantially by the Startup Dock of the Technical University of Hamburg.

In the first start-up phase, many funding applications are written and intensive training is attended. The business area of start-up support is characterized in particular by the fact that a constructive network determines together when start-ups should be supported by the best possible partners.

One of the partners is the Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank (IFB), which provided start-up support via the EXIST and InnoRampUp programmes. This enabled NÜWIEL to develop its first prototypes and carry out practical tests in Hamburg's city centre. After these initial challenges, Enterprise Europe Network ensured a smooth transition from regional startup support to EU-funded support. This gave NÜWIEL the decisive impetus for international market entry.

The EU OPEN FOR BUSINESS website takes a closer look at this success story (in German language):