Members' stories: Innoviduum
How the most unlikely opportunities can push you into something great? The story of the Innoviduum's development is one just like that and you need to hear it!
We received this inspiring story from Markus Pollhamer, CEO & Enabler of 1MillionStartups' member Innoviduum that will give you some additional boost to push your boundaries and believe in yourself. Here is what he told us about what led to the creation of Innoviduum:
"The story behind the development of Innoviduum is a very personal one.
As a supposedly lazy and not particularly good student - at least that's what the grades said, I just didn't know what to do. Then I did something very obvious. I became a tiler, just like my father was. In my first job, however, I felt a bit like a penguin in the desert - it didn't flood properly. What was needed was precise, straightforward work according to precise specifications. But my strength is to bring new things on the way in a creative way. But I didn't know that at the time and that's why it didn't fit together. Not a trace of joy, lightness and high performance. Unfortunately, I was not self-confident at that time and had no idea what else to do. But I was very lucky to meet the right people at the right time. So, for example, a colleague in the army encouraged me and said that there is so much more in me than I currently show. The mother of my girlfriend at that time encouraged me to learn something that I really enjoy and finally I started to deal with my strengths myself. And suddenly something magical happened...
I got to know myself and my strengths and got the desire for learning and personal development. And so, I not only did a second, technical apprenticeship, but at the same time also completed my general qualification for university entrance, completed a course of study at the University of Applied Sciences for Innovation and Product Management, underwent coaching training, went on a trip around the world and developed professionally to become the research manager of a 5,000-person high-tech company. So I thought to myself, if so much development is possible with me, although the signs weren't the best, then it's certainly the same with other people. All it takes is a push or two and a little support along the way.
Fortunately, I wasn't alone with my idea for long. Soon there were five of us, and we started into the adventure of entrepreneurship. We took advantage of new technologies and tried to implement those processes digitally that are important for the development of potential. Little by little, we have succeeded in mapping reflection and feedback processes better and better. Not like existing systems or psychological test procedures, but dynamic and playful - in line with people's personal development. Innoviduum is a success in several respects. We can work on the topics that really matter to us and for which we are passionate - the development of people and organizations on the one hand and technology on the other. In addition, we have managed to create a completely new approach to the topic of employee engagement, which makes it possible to provide employees with continuous, user-friendly and cost-effective support in the development of their individual potential and in the development of important future and basic skills. Individual strengths can be used more effectively, which leads to more motivation and increased performance. The far-reaching benefits are becoming ever clearer, and we are also getting more and more positive feedback. We are very grateful and proud of the increasing interest of our existing and potential customers, the media response and the many awards we have won! But we also know that we can't stand still and we don't want to.
We will continue to sharpen our focus and are aware that at the end of the day it is all about helping our customers achieve their goals. Then we will also fulfill our mission - supporting people and organizations to realize their full potential. We are constantly learning new things. Not only as entrepreneurs and as a team, but above all through the feedback of our customers and partners. Innovative and reliable partners are an essential building block for success. We are also a partner when it comes to preparing employees, teams, and organizations for the challenges of tomorrow's world of work."
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