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First aid for children – learning to help through play

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First aid for children – learning to help through play First aid for children – learning to help through play

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Once again this year, we are delighted to be able to support the Förderverein Notfallmedizin Bielefeld e.V. Luftrettungsstation Christoph 13 and K&L Verlag with the first aid coloring and workbook for primary school children.

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A book at eye level – from entrepreneur to entrepreneur

2024 #

A book at eye level – from entrepreneur to entrepreneur A book at eye level – from entrepreneur to entrepreneur

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He founded his first company in his childhood bedroom and later revolutionized telemarketing in Germany, for which he won numerous awards. Today, Karsten Wulf is a successful sparring partner for start-ups and family businesses, a visionary, an encourager, an opportunity recognizer and, above all, an opportunity seizer. His book is an exciting ride through an eventful entrepreneurial life. The book will be published at March 2024 and can be pre-ordered at julia.heitling@zweipunkt7.com.

Successful exit from Increase Your Skills to MetaCompliance.

2023 #

Successful exit from Increase Your Skills to MetaCompliance. Successful exit from Increase Your Skills to MetaCompliance.

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We are pleased to announce that our portfolio company, Increase Your Skills GmbH, has achieved a successful exit by being sold to MetaCompliance. This move underlines the outstanding performance and growth potential of Increase Your Skills in the cybersecurity space. We congratulate the team at Increase Your Skills on this success and look forward to their continued success under the MetaCompliance umbrella.

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Prof. Dr. Kanning and Lisa Paul

2023 #

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Prof. Dr. Kanning and Lisa Paul zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Prof. Dr. Kanning and Lisa Paul

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What binds employees to the company? What makes them happy? And above all, what makes them productive? Lisa Paul and Prof. Dr. Kanning from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences conducted a study on this and presented the results as part of our “Eye-level” event series. Tom Elstermeyer and his team from the IKO restaurant once again spoiled us with culinary delights.

Charity Dinner 2023 – for a peaceful everyday life of elderly people and their families

2023 #

Charity Dinner 2023 – for a peaceful everyday life of elderly people and their families Charity Dinner 2023 – for a peaceful everyday life of elderly people and their families

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After the renewed success last year, the Charity Dinner for HelpAge is going into the next round: Under the motto “Peaceful everyday life for older people” Gunnar Sander, Karsten Wulf and Thomas Bühner invite to this year’s dinner in favor of the PeaceDonor of HelpAge. With the donations from the FriedensSpender, the aid organization can respond as quickly as possible in crisis and war situations. The Charity Dinner will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2023, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Dock49 in Osnabrück.

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We never wanted to! And now we have done it after all.

2023 #

We never wanted to! And now we have done it after all. We never wanted to! And now we have done it after all.

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“We can do growth! Restructuring is not what we enjoy.” At least that’s what we used to say. Until the company Blue Safety from Münster fluttered onto our desk. After intensive DD, the market, products, patents and, last but not least, Jan Papenbrock and his motivated employees convinced us to take over the insolvent company. Blue Safety is a developer and manufacturer of patented electrochemical systems for medical facilities.

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zwei.7 acquires stake in desk.ly

2023 #

zwei.7 acquires stake in desk.ly zwei.7 acquires stake in desk.ly

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We are very proud to be on board as a new lead investor at Osnabrueck-based startup desk.ly. desk.ly was founded with the vision of helping companies and teams implement and manage their individual work models, using workspace booking, meeting room booking and parking space booking. The company pursues this goal by creating a flexible, data-driven platform that can be easily customized to meet users’ needs.

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zwei.7 acquires stake in e-mobilio

2023 #

zwei.7 acquires stake in e-mobilio zwei.7 acquires stake in e-mobilio

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We are thrilled to be able to accompany the two founders Ralph Missy and Denis Reichel as well as the entire team of e-mobilio on their journey from now on. With its holistic e-mobility ecosystem, e-mobilio pursues the mission of reducing the complexity of electromobility and thus contributing to the achievement of climate protection goals in the mobility sector.

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Family Office zwei.7 sells portfolio company solvendi to SEPA Collect

2023 #

Family Office zwei.7 sells portfolio company solvendi to SEPA Collect Family Office zwei.7 sells portfolio company solvendi to SEPA Collect

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The sale of solvendi followed a thorough evaluation of SEPA Collect. SEPA Collect has an impressive track record in the industry and many years of experience in receivables management. The experienced and knowledgeable employees of solvendi as well as their renowned customers such as Rheinenergie, Eismann and Buhl Data were decisive for the decision.

We have a heart for startups

2023 #

We have a heart for startups We have a heart for startups

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We regularly support the startups of the Osnabrueck accelerators OHA, Smart City House and Seedhouse with HR workshops. For us, the support is not only a way to promote economic success, but also to have a positive impact on society and the future. We strongly believe that startups can change the world and we are proud to be a part of this journey.

zwei.7 “Moments to Savor” event with Wolfgang Otto from Otto Gourmet

2023 #

zwei.7 “Moments to Savor” event with Wolfgang Otto from Otto Gourmet zwei.7 “Moments to Savor” event with Wolfgang Otto from Otto Gourmet

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“Meat is my vegetable” could also have been the motto of the evening. Wolfgang Otto is a successful entrepreneur and one of the leading meat experts in Germany. In dialogue with the moderator Stefanie Hiekmann, topics such as sustainability, origin, breed or even feeding of the animals were discussed during a meat tasting. Culinary accompaniment for the evening was provided by Tom Elstermeyer and his team from the IKO Restaurant. Many thanks for the great evening.

Comforter bear “Tommy” on rescue mission for children

2023 #

Comforter bear “Tommy” on rescue mission for children Comforter bear “Tommy” on rescue mission for children

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Tears, fear and panic – when children have an accident, it is often not easy for the rescue services to help them. In order to be able to provide help quickly despite this, many of them now rely on the “Tommy” comforter bear – as is now the case for the rescue service of the city of Osnabrück. We think: This is a good thing and are very happy to be part of it!

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zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Felix Fiege

2023 #

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Felix Fiege zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Felix Fiege

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Taking over a family business in the 5th generation, modernizing, digitizing and growing by 9,000 employees – without losing the roots of the 150-year tradition – how is that possible?
Felix Fiege talked about this with us and our interested guests at our “Eye-level” event.

Focus on personnel – can SMEs keep up?

2023 #

Focus on personnel – can SMEs keep up? Focus on personnel – can SMEs keep up?

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We were able to report on this at the SME advisory board of Volksbank Bad Laer Hilter Melle Borgloh. The challenges are getting bigger and bigger. Everyone is currently feeling this! By 2030, there could be a shortage of up to 5 million skilled workers in Germany. The consequence: The labor market will finally become an applicant market.

zwei.7 “Moments to Savor” event with Thomas Bühner

2023 #

zwei.7 “Moments to Savor” event with Thomas Bühner zwei.7 “Moments to Savor” event with Thomas Bühner

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How do you go from being a chef to a manager? Why do you open a restaurant in Taiwan? And what’s it actually like with Tim Mälzer behind the TV camera? We were able to talk to Thomas Bühner about this and many other topics. He provided exciting insights in an entertaining way. Food journalist Stefanie Hiekmann hosted the evening and was able to elicit a few more details from the star chef.

zwei.7 Leuchtturmtage

2023 #

zwei.7 Leuchtturmtage zwei.7 Leuchtturmtage

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The first “Leuchtturmtage” on March 2 and 3 with our portfolio companies were really spectacular.
It was a great pleasure for us to get to know the founders of our portfolio companies even better. This was not only an absolute added value for us, but also for the founders among each other.

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Value enhancement with creative land use: Am Schürholz

2023 #

Value enhancement with creative land use: Am Schürholz Value enhancement with creative land use: Am Schürholz

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Successful repositioning of spaces is our daily business, which we rarely report on. For the first time, we visually accompanied a construction project – resulting in a great video about the development of the space and part of our work in the zwei.7 team.

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zwei.7 now with advisory board

2023 #

zwei.7 now with advisory board zwei.7 now with advisory board

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Because companies with an advisory board act more professionally, we now also have an extremely competent advisory board at zwei.7 with Prof. Dr. Felix Osterheider and Dirk K. Martin, who will challenge us properly so that we can continue to develop.

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Jens Spahn

2023 #

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Jens Spahn zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Jens Spahn

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At our 11th eye-level event, Jens Spahn, Deputy Federal Chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, gave us exciting insights into his time as Federal Minister for Health and the time thereafter. The entrepreneurs present had a lively discussion about current challenges and the future of German small and medium-sized businesses.

zwei.7 acquires stake in Startup Insider

2023 #

zwei.7 acquires stake in Startup Insider zwei.7 acquires stake in Startup Insider

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We are very pleased to support the new platform Startup Insider together with almost 50 top-class investors. This content and investor network connects key startup players with the innovation/digital economy.

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Off to America

2023 #

Off to America Off to America

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Our new investment VisioLab launches its U.S. market entry. With its self-checkout solution for food service providers, VisioLab is making a major contribution to combating the shortage of skilled workers, improving the customer experience and saving the food service industry high wage and salary costs.

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zwei.7 donates to kindergarden Paulus Kita Tannenburgstraße

2022 #

zwei.7 donates to kindergarden Paulus Kita Tannenburgstraße zwei.7 donates to kindergarden Paulus Kita Tannenburgstraße

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Doing good brings joy to those who do good. That is why we are pleased to have been able to support the youngest members of our society again this year. As a thank you for the design of this year’s Christmas card, the children of the Paulus Kita Tannenburgstraße were all delighted with a personal toy and the head of the daycare center, Kai Licher, with a check in the amount of € 2,727.27.

Who am I as a startup and if so, how many?

2022 #

Who am I as a startup and if so, how many? Who am I as a startup and if so, how many?

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It was a great pleasure for us to talk to the Osnabrück startups of the OHA, Seedhouse and SmartCityHouse about HR topics such as employer branding, recruiting, leadership and self-leadership. Because HR topics are important for every startup, no matter in which industry. In addition, this offered the opportunity to get to know many other founders and their ideas over beer, pizza and table tennis after work.

We launch the rocket

2022 #

We launch the rocket We launch the rocket

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When we really believe in a company and the shareholders, and then we’re also the lead investor, that’s exactly what it looks like: We ignite the rocket for further growth.

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Markus C. Müller

2022 #

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Markus C. Müller zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Markus C. Müller

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Why meaning beats money – from BlackBerry Europe boss to hospice companion. Money, recognition, power: Markus C. Müller gave it all up as CEO of BlackBerry Europe to accompany people on their final journey as a hospice companion. On this evening, he tells of his winding career journey and how he quit overnight in search of what makes him happy – first as a hospice companion and then as a care revolutionary. An exciting evening with profound conversations.

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Prof. Dr. Uwe Kanning

2022 #

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Prof. Dr. Uwe Kanning zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Prof. Dr. Uwe Kanning

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“Do you still manage or do you already lead?” Prof. Dr. Uwe Kanning and Lisa Paul from zwei.7 talked about this with invited guests at our Eye-level event and shared exciting insights. Because poor leadership costs the German economy 105 billion Euros a year. That’s why we need good leaders.

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Christian Lindner

2022 #

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Christian Lindner zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Christian Lindner

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The fact that the 35 entrepreneurs who were guests at our “Eye-level” event had many questions burning under their nails is probably no surprise to anyone in these troubled times. That’s why we are overjoyed and proud that the federal chairman of the FDP, Christian Lindner, took the time to provide answers. And he did so honestly, unembellished and extremely eloquently.

In good company: The network scholarship has started

2022 #

In good company: The network scholarship has started In good company: The network scholarship has started

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The foundation “In guter Gesellschaft” would like to develop and promote a new model for entrepreneurial thinking and action that addresses not only economic, but also social and personal challenges. We are pleased to support the network scholarship as zwei.7 in mentoring.

zwei.7 “Moments to Savor” event with Tom Elstermeyer from Restaurant Iko

2022 #

zwei.7 “Moments to Savor” event with Tom Elstermeyer from Restaurant Iko zwei.7 “Moments to Savor” event with Tom Elstermeyer from Restaurant Iko

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The most recent event in our “Moments to Savor” series took place on 31 August. Guests took a culinary journey through the fields and vineyards of South America, enjoying a unique experience at zwei.7, as well as inspirational ideas for their own kitchen. Once again, thanks go to Tom Elstermeyer, Stefanie Hiekmann and Daniel Freund, who made the evening an unforgettable occasion.

City of Osnabrueck joins forces with partners to put together welcome packages for immigrant daycare and school children

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City of Osnabrueck joins forces with partners to put together welcome packages for immigrant daycare and school children City of Osnabrueck joins forces with partners to put together welcome packages for immigrant daycare and school children

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To ensure that children who have immigrated to Osnabrueck in recent weeks and months can participate in life at daycare centers and schools, the city of Osnabrück has joined forces with the company zwei.7 and the association “We’re starting right now! have put together welcome packages. 1,000 reusable canvas bags with useful contents are going to daycare centers and schools in the city. There are separate packages for daycare children, children at elementary schools and students at secondary schools.
© City of Osnabrueck, Simon Vonstein

HelpAge Charity Dinner 2022

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HelpAge Charity Dinner 2022 HelpAge Charity Dinner 2022

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After the great success of last year’s dinner, the HelpAge Charity Dinner is shaping up to be another fabulous event. The theme this year is “Around the World” and will benefit HelpAge’s Emergency Relief Fund. The Emergency Relief Fund allows HelpAge to respond to sudden, unforeseen crises as rapidly as possible. This year, the Charity Dinner takes place on Thursday, 22 September 2022 at 18:30 at the Jagdschloss Habichtswald.

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Josef Brunner

2022 #

zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Josef Brunner zwei.7 “Eye-level” event with Josef Brunner

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Josef Brunner, one of Germany’s most successful entrepreneurs, visited zwei.7 to lead a pleasant and down-to-earth conversation with a small group of business owners about how disappointments, his own failures, and his parents’ bankruptcy helped shape him to become the successful businessman he is today.

zwei.7 acquires stake in Increase Your Skills

2022 #

zwei.7 acquires stake in Increase Your Skills zwei.7 acquires stake in Increase Your Skills

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Cybercrime is increasing worldwide and has emerged as a constant threat. For those reasons, we are all the more honored about our new equity parentship with Increase Your Skills. The Increase Your Skills GmbH is a Leipzig-based company that offers clients a full-service awareness platform and tailored consultation on matters concerning data security and the protection of information.

zwei.7 to support the MACHacademy

2022 #

zwei.7 to support the MACHacademy zwei.7 to support the MACHacademy

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We at zwei.7 have agreed to support Osnabrück’s new MACHacademy, which will attract young talent to an entrepreneurial career.
Over the course of three months, experienced business owners from throughout the region will share the knowledge and skills they have learned that a person needs to take the first steps toward becoming an entrepreneur.

Subsidies worth millions

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Subsidies worth millions Subsidies worth millions

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What kind of business owner would not take advantage of these? As part of our “Insights” series of talks, Frank Willems (medipee.de) laid out how he successfully navigated Germany’s subsidy jungle and received up to €50 million in support over the last 15 years. He discussed what type of assistance exists via funding institutions such as the Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), various EU organs, and many more, as well as methods to draft competitive grant proposals.

Spectacular première of zwei.7’s “Moments to Savor” event series

2022 #

Spectacular première of zwei.7’s “Moments to Savor” event series Spectacular première of zwei.7’s “Moments to Savor” event series

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Award-winning star chef Johannes King traveled from Sylt to join us at zwei.7 to share his passion for port. He vividly led us through the magical and stunning world of this unique type of wine, complemented by a sensational, perfectly paired menu by Tom Elstermeyer and his team from Iko. The event was moderated by food expert and cookbook author Stefanie Hiekmann, and overall, it was a delightful event with overwhelmingly positive feedback. We are donating the proceeds to HelpAge Deutschland for an aid project they have undertaken on the Ukrainian border.

What is my company actually worth?

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What is my company actually worth? What is my company actually worth?

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It’s a question every business owner has asked at some point. There is hardly any topic that appears to be so complex and indecipherable. In this workshop, we will give business owners valuable insights into the main drivers of value as well as the relevant methods of determining these.

Filming content for the Quii app

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Filming content for the Quii app Filming content for the Quii app

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The Quii App is coming onto the market, which means producing content. Prof. Dr. Kanning presented the science of personality profiling, while Lisa Paul added practical tips for job seekers during the application process. The app helps reveal personality profiles that can help people make better decisions in different phases of their life. It can also aid business owners and personnel managers choose the right employees.

Hybrid workshop with the OHA’s newest startups

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Hybrid workshop with the OHA’s newest startups Hybrid workshop with the OHA’s newest startups

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Sooner or later, startups reach a point where they have to – fortunately – start thinking about further growth. And as soon as that happens, it means thinking about employees, and therefore recruitment, the future of work, employer branding, and leadership. Recently, zwei.7’s Lisa Paul hosted a workshop concerning these topics for startups from the OHA Osnabrücker Healthcare Accelerator.

Networking for and by personnel experts

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Networking for and by personnel experts Networking for and by personnel experts

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The first “Networking for and by Personnel Experts” event recently took place at zwei.7. Inspiration, innovation, best practices, and inviting speakers were just a few of the exciting topics HR staff from around the region wanted to dive into and regularly discuss – and in doing so ensure that the Osnabrück region maintains its innovative edge as an attractive place for employees.

Family Business Succession: When the Son Becomes the Boss

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Family Business Succession: When the Son Becomes the Boss Family Business Succession: When the Son Becomes the Boss

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At zwei.7’s March “Augenhöhe” event, Stefan Holtgreife of Solarlux GmbH led a discussion about his experiences taking over the family business – a discussion that was not only exciting and entertaining, but also honest and authentic. He spoke about the challenges, the lessons learned, the support mechanisms, and the potential areas of conflict in passing the baton within a family business.

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zwei.7 acquires share in Medipee

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zwei.7 acquires share in Medipee zwei.7 acquires share in Medipee

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Medipee is zwei.7’s newest equity holding; the firm is ushering in a new era in personal health awareness and preventative health. Medipee automizes and digitalizes urine analysis, and in doing so, its revolutionizing bathroom breaks.

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The zwei.7 bar is briefly transformed into a studio

2022 #

The zwei.7 bar is briefly transformed into a studio The zwei.7 bar is briefly transformed into a studio

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The entrepreneurial founders of Quii are preparing for their first recordings. The Quii app uses scientifically researched personality profiles to help people make better decisions depending on, for example, what phase of life they are in.

zwei.7 acquires share in enna.care

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zwei.7 acquires share in enna.care zwei.7 acquires share in enna.care

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We are proud of our newest acquisition of enna.care. The young founders wanted to make sure that they could bring Grandma and Grandpa into the digital world – in a secure and easy way. And without any frustrating touchscreens. Whether it’s video calls, photo albums, live information from the internet or access to media and podcasts, there is an enna Card for everything! Even texting and voice messages are possible – so it’s easy to tell Grandma and Grandpa how much you love them. We were convinced by this product and the inventors and we are certain that it will help older people live more active lives.

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zwei.7 “Leuchtfeuer” gin

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zwei.7 “Leuchtfeuer” gin zwei.7 “Leuchtfeuer” gin

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Our own self-blended zwei.7 “Leuchtfeuer” gin is finally here, which we developed on Sylt last year together with Heimat Heroes. A unique and deft balance of botanicals such as rose, sea salt, ginger, and lemongrass create an incomparable yet smooth flavor.

To order your bottle, contact Julia via E-Mail at Julia.Heitling@zweipunkt7.com
The price per bottle is €33; we donate €7 from each bottle to HelpAge.

Exit as an entrepreneurial goal

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Exit as an entrepreneurial goal Exit as an entrepreneurial goal

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“In the past, companies were founded to pass them on to the next generation. But today? In the startup world, there’s been another trend: the exit as an entrepreneurial goal – in other words, the sale to another company, or to a corporation, or even as an IPO. The options are more diverse. And it is not only founders that are earning money from the exit, but also investors that have helped out with growth capital in the years leading up to it. One of these investors is the Osnabrücker Karsten Wulf….”

Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, 14 February 2022.
Author: Nina Kallmeier
Photo: Michael Gründel

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zwei.7 makes Christmas merry at the “Altes Wasserwerk” Kindergarten

2021 #

zwei.7 makes Christmas merry at the “Altes Wasserwerk” Kindergarten zwei.7 makes Christmas merry at the “Altes Wasserwerk” Kindergarten

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A small gesture, great joy – for everyone. Once again, we received support in designing our Christmas cards from the helping hands at the “Altes Wasserwerk” inclusive kindergarten, and in return there was a big surprise for the little ones. Fully keeping with the theme of “Joy to the World.”

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zwei.7 becomes an investor in Berlin healthtech company Lindera

2021 #

zwei.7 becomes an investor in Berlin healthtech company Lindera zwei.7 becomes an investor in Berlin healthtech company Lindera

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Karsten Wulf commented on the acquisition, “We are convinced that Lindera, with its cutting-edge, inhouse digital technology as well as its proven business acumen, will take on an important role – while still keeping people at the center.”

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Personnel: Foot on the gas – or on the brake?

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Personnel: Foot on the gas – or on the brake? Personnel: Foot on the gas – or on the brake?

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The success of a company rises or falls with its employees. But what exactly are the personnel challenges that mid-sized companies face today?
It was precisely this topic that Prof. Dr. Uwe Kanning and Lisa Paul from zwei.7 discussed with invited guests at a recent event for zwei.7’s “Eye-level” series. They also shared the insightful results of a study they conducted on these challenges; the report and corresponding recommendations are available from Lisa Paul on request.

Selling a company: Tax questions

2021 #

Selling a company: Tax questions Selling a company: Tax questions

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A recent event in our “Insights” series presented the renowned tax expert Dr. Daniel Kautenburger-Behr from Ebner Stolz, who gave attendees a compact overview of the selling process and precise tips on properly preparing for it.

zwei.7 maintains its climate balance

2021 #

zwei.7 maintains its climate balance zwei.7 maintains its climate balance

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For the second year running, we have been certified as a climate-neutral enterprise for our efforts to combat global warming. With our contributions to international climate-protection programs, we have offset our CO2 emissions according to the standards of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and in doing so have sustainably contributed to limiting greenhouse-gas emissions.

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zwei.7 sells housing development in Bonn to insurance fund

2021 #

zwei.7 sells housing development in Bonn to insurance fund zwei.7 sells housing development in Bonn to insurance fund

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zwei.7 has sold the Wohnquartier Mertenshof, a residential development that the Osnabrück-based family equity company designed and built. The deal was finalized with an institutional fund administered by the Corestate Group on 1 September 2021.

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HR Expert Talk: Personnel marketing in mid-sized companies

2021 #

HR Expert Talk: Personnel marketing in mid-sized companies HR Expert Talk: Personnel marketing in mid-sized companies

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What can I do as a business owner today to deal with the challenge of tomorrow’s labor shortages? How should I present myself and my company, and what values does my company stand for? These are important questions that we try to answer in our most recent HR Expert Talk about finding the right employees.

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Personnel: For mid-sized companies, foot on the gas – or on the brake?

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Personnel: For mid-sized companies, foot on the gas – or on the brake? Personnel: For mid-sized companies, foot on the gas – or on the brake?

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The success of a company rises or falls with its employees. But exactly what personnel challenges do mid-sized companies face today? Along with the University of Osnabrück, we at zwei.7 put these and other questions under the microscope. Along with the BVMW (Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft, German Association for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses) as well as the Industrieller Arbeitgeberverband (Industrial Employers’ Association), we surveyed 209 SMEs regarding personnel marketing, recruitment, and development, as well as future challenges in the area of human resources. Based on these results, we developed recommendations for companies to deal with these challenges.

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First aid for kids – Having fun while learning to help

2021 #

First aid for kids – Having fun while learning to help First aid for kids – Having fun while learning to help

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The Bielefeld Emergency Medicine Foundation (Förderverein Notfallmedizin Bielefeld e.V.), the Christoph 13 rescue helicopter station, and the K&L Publishing House have agreed to publish an easy-to-read coloring and activity book about first aid for elementary-school children. The book, with plenty of pictures to color, playfully helps kids learn what kind of first aid they can give in an emergency. Supported by numerous local companies, it was possible to distribute the coloring and activity books to elementary-school children in Osnabrück at no charge. We were happy to take part in this endeavor.

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Mid-sized companies in hackers’ crosshairs

2021 #

Mid-sized companies in hackers’ crosshairs Mid-sized companies in hackers’ crosshairs

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What seemed like an exciting crime novel became a true-life nightmare for Dirk Sievering and his team.
Mid-sized companies have emerged as hackers’ favorite targets – one in three companies has already suffered from a cyberattack. The only defense: to professionally and thoroughly secure all corporate IT infrastructure. Figuring out how to do that and what to do in the event of an attack was the topic of Dirk Sievering’s conversation with Karsten Wulf at the most recent zwei.7 Business Owner Talk.

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zwei.7 acquires stake in NUI Care

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zwei.7 acquires stake in NUI Care zwei.7 acquires stake in NUI Care

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With the recent acquisition of a stake in NUI Care, based in Munich, zwei.7 has further expanded its equity portfolio. NUI Care, founded in 2018 is a digital assistant for families caring for elderly relatives. The primary goal is the optimization of routine care and nursing activities.

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Superglue or dynamite – team camaraderie is often what determines success

2021 #

Superglue or dynamite – team camaraderie is often what determines success Superglue or dynamite – team camaraderie is often what determines success

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During this event, cohosted by zwei.7 and the BVMW (German Association for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses), attendees learned how understanding personality profiles can reinforce team cooperation. In a nutshell, the better we understand the otherness of others and recognize the value of that, the more harmony and success the team will have.

A first-rate advisory board at Ossenberg

2021 #

A first-rate advisory board at Ossenberg A first-rate advisory board at Ossenberg

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In February 2020, zwei.7 Equity acquired a share of the Ossenberg/Kowsky Group – Germany’s leading producer of walking aids for the mobility-impaired. The implementation of a new advisory board will aid the company in achieving even greater success.

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Karsten Wulf takes seat on the advisory board of the OHA Osnabrück Healthcare Accelerator

2021 #

Karsten Wulf takes seat on the advisory board of the OHA Osnabrück Healthcare Accelerator Karsten Wulf takes seat on the advisory board of the OHA Osnabrück Healthcare Accelerator

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zwei.7 Founder and CEO Karsten Wulf has accepted a seat on the advisory board of the OHA Osnabrück Healthcare Accelerator, an organization founded and directed by the WFO Wirtschaftsförderung Osnabrück that supports startups in the healthcare industry. The new Accelerator will assist startups in various aspects of their development as well as integrating them into Osnabrück’s economy and business community.

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zwei.7 featured in the newsletter of the WFO Wirtschaftsförderung, the Wirtschaftspost

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zwei.7 featured in the newsletter of the WFO Wirtschaftsförderung, the Wirtschaftspost zwei.7 featured in the newsletter of the WFO Wirtschaftsförderung, the Wirtschaftspost

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Business owners for business owners
Karsten Wulf, founder of the zwei.7 Group and born entrepreneur, is on the hunt for entrepreneurs in small and mid-sized companies who are on the cusp of a growth spurt, but could still leverage his expertise and capital, or who want to entrust their life’s work to a successor in a trustworthy, sustainable manner.

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Fundraising for HelpAge’s “Jede Oma zählt (Every grandma counts!)” campaign

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Fundraising for HelpAge’s “Jede Oma zählt (Every grandma counts!)” campaign Fundraising for HelpAge’s “Jede Oma zählt (Every grandma counts!)” campaign

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zwei.7 was proud to aid in an online charity dinner featuring renowned chef Thomas Bühner and actress Hannelore Hoger. The “participatory cooking show” was conceptualized and organized by Karsten Wulf (Founder and CEO of zwei.7 Holding GmbH) and Gunnar Sander (CEO of Sander Pflege GmbH). Both have served as volunteer Ambassadors for HelpAge for many years.

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HR Expert Talk: Personality profiling

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HR Expert Talk: Personality profiling HR Expert Talk: Personality profiling

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How can we use personality profiles to support teamwork and cooperation, and also help unleash our own potential? Lisa Paul answers these questions in this video.

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zwei.7 showcased in IAV’s newsletter as new member

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zwei.7 showcased in IAV’s newsletter as new member zwei.7 showcased in IAV’s newsletter as new member

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In the most recent issue of the newsletter of the IAV (Industrieller Arbeitgeberverband, Industrial Employers’ Association), zwei.7 Founder and CEO Karsten Wulf presented the zwei.7 group of companies.

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Karsten Wulf serves as moderator at IHK Lunch Discussion

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Karsten Wulf serves as moderator at IHK Lunch Discussion Karsten Wulf serves as moderator at IHK Lunch Discussion

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On 14 December 2020 Karsten Wulf moderated the Osnabrück Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK Osnabrück) Lunch Discussion on the topic of “Successful succession with family equity.” Together with IHK Vice President Heinrich Koch, the discussion covered the economic as well as the emotional aspects of succession in family businesses.
Photo: IHK/Robert Schäfer

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HR Expert Talk: Culture

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HR Expert Talk: Culture HR Expert Talk: Culture

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Culture eats strategy for breakfast – Company culture has a considerably greater influence on success than goals, vision statements, and strategies.

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HR Expert Talk: Self-management

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HR Expert Talk: Self-management HR Expert Talk: Self-management

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More than a third of all managers suffer from feelings of burnout. Healthy self-management therefore is a vital component of company management.

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HR Expert Talk: Recruitment

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HR Expert Talk: Recruitment HR Expert Talk: Recruitment

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Forecasts indicate that by 2030, there will be a shortage of over five million workers in Germany. How can your company already start preparing for this today?

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New acquisition: Rosental Organics

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New acquisition: Rosental Organics New acquisition: Rosental Organics

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With the partial acquisition of Rosental Organics GmbH from Berlin, zwei.7 has further diversified its portfolio in the influencer-marketing sector. Rosental develops and markets products from the rapidly growing segment of natural cosmetics and healing stones.

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zwei.7 hosts workshop on the topic of company valuation

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zwei.7 hosts workshop on the topic of company valuation zwei.7 hosts workshop on the topic of company valuation

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The idea of zwei.7’s new event series, entitled “Insights,” is to give interested companies from around the region a peek behind the scenes of the M&A business. Attendees learned about important company-valuation mechanisms and about entrepreneurial partners for succession planning and growth-capital acquisition. By the end of the three-hour workshop, the consensus was that the first “Insights” workshop had been well worth the effort.

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zwei.7 goes green

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zwei.7 goes green zwei.7 goes green

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The zwei.7 Group has taken a major step toward climate neutrality. Since early summer, we have supported the Development and Climate Alliance (Allianz für Entwicklung und Klima). After external audits and workshops, we have successfully offset our impact, and our location in Osnabrück has been certified as climate-neutral.

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zwei.7 further expands its portfolio

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zwei.7 further expands its portfolio zwei.7 further expands its portfolio

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The Osnabrück-based zwei.7 family equity company has further expanded its equity portfolio in the sector of mid-sized companies. For this reason, zwei.7 Beteiligungsmanufaktur GmbH has been formed as a subsidiary 100% owned by zwei.7. Norbert Früchtl has taken over responsibility as CEO and in the future will primarily cultivate relationships with co-investors.

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zwei.7 to aid in saving HelpAge

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zwei.7 to aid in saving HelpAge zwei.7 to aid in saving HelpAge

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The corona crisis has been financially challenging for many organizations, leading to losses and funding difficulties precisely when these organizations have been most necessary – and the HelpAge aid organization is no exception. But unity breeds strength. HelpAge and Karsten Wulf, CEO of the zwei.7 Group, have cultivated a relationship since 2016. When Wulf heard about the charity’s financial gap, he leveraged his network to raise €100,000 of emergency donations for the organization.

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Ossenberg GmbH along with zwei.7 charts a course toward growth

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Ossenberg GmbH along with zwei.7 charts a course toward growth Ossenberg GmbH along with zwei.7 charts a course toward growth

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In addition to solidifying its market position, product development and innovation has been a key component of zwei.7’s recent acquisition. 2.2 million products already leave the Ossenberg factory every year. The corona crisis has facilitated other shifts in the company as well; alongside walking aids and forearm crutches, respiratory masks and medical disinfectants are also being produced by the family-equity firm.

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The Ossenberg Group acquires Ganymed

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The Ossenberg Group acquires Ganymed The Ossenberg Group acquires Ganymed

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The Ossenberg Group has acquired Ganymed, headquartered in Berg near Munich. In doing so, Germany’s leading producer of walking aids for the mobility-impaired has expanded its product portfolio. With the acquisition of Ganymed and its award-winning product designs, Ossenberg has reaffirmed its commitment to its strategy of expansion and innovation.

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zwei.7-Gruppe acquires Ossenberg GmbH

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zwei.7-Gruppe acquires Ossenberg GmbH zwei.7-Gruppe acquires Ossenberg GmbH

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The zwei.7 family equity company has acquired the Ossenberg Group, Germany’s market leader for walking aids and forearm crutches. For the Osnabrück-based zwei.7 Group, it was the first acquisition in the healthcare sector since the company’s founding in spring 2018. Both companies have confirmed their intention to intensify and build on Ossenberg’s history of growth in recent years.

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New Acquisition: LevlUp

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New Acquisition: LevlUp New Acquisition: LevlUp

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Since December 2019, the zwei.7 Group has been an equity partner for LevlUp, an eCommerce firm that has rapidly established itself as a leading German company specializing in energy drinks for the eSports/gamer market.

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In demand – NOZ

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In demand – NOZ In demand – NOZ

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The 1 December 2019 issue of the Business Newsletter (Wirtschaftsnewsletter) published by the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung featured an interview with Karsten Wulf, in which the founder and CEO of zwei.7 Holding discussed the topic of family equity.

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Mothers from Osnabrück and Wallenhorst counsel parents with handicapped children

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Mothers from Osnabrück and Wallenhorst counsel parents with handicapped children Mothers from Osnabrück and Wallenhorst counsel parents with handicapped children

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On 13 November 2019, the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung published an article about Wunderbunt. The organization gives a hand to parents with handicapped children regardless of their circumstances, gives them practical advice, and helps them with their worries. The four founders of the organization are from Osnabrück and Wallenhorst; zwei.7 Holding GmbH has supported Wunderbunt since November.

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Osnabrück man wants to get involved with companies

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Osnabrück man wants to get involved with companies Osnabrück man wants to get involved with companies

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On 24 July 2019, the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung featured an article about zwei.7 Founder and CEO Karsten Wulf and his new enterprise. The cofounder of buw and independent entrepreneur outlined how he would like to use his knowledge and capital to help mid-sized companies.

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Grand opening of the UpSprung trampoline hall

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Grand opening of the UpSprung trampoline hall Grand opening of the UpSprung trampoline hall

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On Ascension Day, right on schedule, Osnabrück’s first trampoline hall opened its doors. We wish UpSprung, our tenant at our property in Osnabrück-Hellern, great success, and we wish their guests a lot of fun!

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From the desert to the Antarctic

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From the desert to the Antarctic From the desert to the Antarctic

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The Association of Family Businesses (Die Familienunternehmer e.V.) invited Karsten Wulf as to speak at their event in Oldenburg. He explained to the over 30 business owners from throughout the region how various business challenges can be overcome. To round out his presentation, he used vivid, practical examples from his own career as an entrepreneur.

zwei.7 returns home

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zwei.7 returns home zwei.7 returns home

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Yet another property has made its way into the portfolio; zwei.7 has acquired an office and logistics complex in the Hellern neighborhood of the company’s hometown of Osnabrück.

2019 Christmas Event

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2019 Christmas Event 2019 Christmas Event

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Traditions are worth maintaining. For this reason, we once again had our Christmas cards crafted in Osnabrück, this time in cooperation with the Paulus kindergarten on Tannenburgstraße. During the Christmas party, among games and songs, a check for the amount of €2,700 was donated. As thanks for the outstanding pictures they drew, all of the children also received a Christmas present.

New office building in Nuremberg

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New office building in Nuremberg New office building in Nuremberg

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6,600 m2 of floor space in downtown Nuremberg was added to the portfolio in January 2019. zwei.7 acquired the office building on Waldaustraße via an SPV owned by the Frankfurt-based RFR Holding GmbH.

2018 Christmas Event

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2018 Christmas Event 2018 Christmas Event

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In 2018, zwei.7 supported the “Altes Wasserwerk” inclusive kindergarten in Osnabrück. Alongside singing and Christmas cheer, a check for €2727 was made out to the kindergarten; to thank them for the pictures they drew, the children also received Christmas presents.

Listen up!

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Listen up! Listen up!

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A recent project by the Förderstiftung Osnabrück requested donations for the installation of noise prevention systems in nursery-school rooms. Children that suffer from hearing impairments often have significant difficulties with listening and concentrating without these noise-reducing modifications in buildings. zwei.7 was glad to support the installation of one of these “quiet rooms,” and donated €2,700.

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Running for a good cause

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Running for a good cause Running for a good cause

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The zwei.7 team participated in a charity relay featuring the slogan “Who’s faster than the grandmas?” around the Rubbenbruchsee near Osnabrück. 33 teams with a total of 200 runners participated and, in the end, collected €17,000 for HelpAge.

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Keystone laying

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Keystone laying Keystone laying

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zwei.7 celebrated the laying of the keystone at the Mertenshof in Bonn-Graurheindorf.

Residential space for Bonn

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Residential space for Bonn Residential space for Bonn

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zwei.7 has broken ground with Brings general contractors on a 36-unit housing development in Graurheindorf.

A space for zwei.7

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A space for zwei.7 A space for zwei.7

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A delightful article about zwei.7’s new home in the current issue of “stylus.”
stylus Magazin MS/OS, issue 1/2018

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Time for Sylt

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Time for Sylt Time for Sylt

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zwei.7 has expanded its real estate portfolio and is happy to announce its ownership of high-value properties on the charming island of Sylt.

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New residential development in Bonn

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New residential development in Bonn New residential development in Bonn

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Building permit secured, 36 housing units to be completed, location directly on the Rhine. Project completion planned for late 2019.

2017 Christmas Event

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2017 Christmas Event 2017 Christmas Event

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The zwei.7 2017 Christmas cards have been designed with the help of the “kleine Strolche” (little rascals). In gratitude for the kindergartners’ efforts, they received gifts and a donation of €1,000.

Opening of galerie w

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Opening of galerie w Opening of galerie w

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Première in Osnabrück: galerie w has opened its doors and will serve as a platform for young creative talents.

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Moving in… on success

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Moving in… on success Moving in… on success

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zwei.7’s property in Leipzig on Torgauer Platz is approaching full occupancy.

Celebrating a new location and a great cause

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Celebrating a new location and a great cause Celebrating a new location and a great cause

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The opening of zwei.7’s new headquarters was also an opportunity to raise money for HelpAge, during which €20,000 was collected for the charity.

Keep on moving

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Keep on moving Keep on moving

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In September, zwei.7 moved into its new office building in Osnabrück.