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Success stories

Read the success stories of entrepreneurs who have successfully set up their own business with help and advice from the STARTERCENTER NRW.

Anthony Sarpong is preparing food in the kitchen.

Interview with Anthony Sarpong, Anthony’s Kitchen

Trained chef, Anthony Sarpong, opened his first restaurant with its own cookery school in April 2015 in Meerbusch. His culinary skills even earned him a Michelin star in 2017.

Interview with Anthony Sarpong, Anthony’s Kitchen - Learn more

Dirk Strothmann sits in repair shop at desk, works in front of a laptop.

Interview with Dirk Strothmann, Magnic Innovations

From their hobby of cycling, the two brothers Dirk and Jörn Strothmann developed the Magnic Light System. An eddy current generates energy and illuminates the road in a way such that cyclists do not feel any noticeable pedalling resistance or have to think about installing batteries or lights.

Interview with Dirk Strothmann, Magnic Innovations - Learn more

Judith Huppertz and Christoph Verstraeten in their violin making workshop, working on violins.

Interview with Judith Huppertz, Vitula

Skilled violin makers Judith Huppertz and Christoph Verstraeten set up their own violin construction workshop in the centre of Aachen in November 2015. Then aged 28 and 29, they were the youngest violin makers to run their own workshop.

Interview with Judith Huppertz, Vitula - Learn more