Root Factory 2018-09-12T16:54:41+00:00
 Root Factory has been a 9-month incubation program enabling newcomer entrepreneurs to develop their own business models out of their original business ideas

To learn more about the first members of the program, please check out the Grünhof blog or our facebook page!

Coaching & Mentoring

Core of the program was an individual support via startup coaches and experienced mentors from the Grünhof community. This way the members were able learn with and from  people with lots of expert knowledge.

Training & Knowhow

Together we developed each startup idea into a viable business model. With support and knowledge in the fields of business development, marketing, sales, language skills and financing.

Co-Working & Networking

The members had access to our co-working space and were working desk to desk with other entrepreneurs and innovators. Therefor they were able to use and profit from our fast growing business network in Freiburg.

The Root Factory Members

On April 19th five of the lasting seven newcomer entrepreneurs presentet their ideas to the public. During an exciting event more then 60 guests could learn about the motivation, challenges and success during business development of the Root Factory members. In following, we would like to introduce 6 teams of the 2017/2018 cohorte.

Reza Motahari – Think Best Do Best (Lean Production Management)

Omar Masoud & Hana Almutti – Masoud Catering

Hamdi Salih – Aya Trockenbau

Vahid Mortezapour & Niloofar Adeli – EdEXC (Academic Exchange)

Lina Ramadan & Milan Cerovski – Eden (Hamam and wellness products)

Omar alHelwani & Elie Ghashash – Bab Sharqi (arabic vegan food)

In addition to the training sessions the teams got support and individual coaching from experienced mentors. Our community of innovators did not only foster the business development, but also faciliated matters of daily life like language courses, legal advice etc. Thanks to our cooperation partners we were able to offer language courses and consulting specificly for women, too.

Thank You!

Out of 9 starting teams 3 already founded their businesses, 2 are almost ready and one person changed into a very well paid job in his own field, starting a career in a company. We would like to thank all of the Root Factory members for participating in the very first newcomer entrepreneurship program of Baden-Württemberg. It was a thrilling time where we were able to learn a lot from each other.

The application phase has ended. The program will start in August.


The program Root Factory would not have been possible without the courageous involvement of our partners. The nice thing about this cooperation: none of our partnership is all about money, but also about searching new ways to co-create and practice a learning community. This does not only make sense, but makes all of us have fun doing so.

Stiftung Evidenz
iq netzwerk
Start with a Friend
refugee law clinic freiburg

About us

Grünhof is creating a hub and home for the local startup and sustainability scene. We support people to create entrepreneurial impact, not only for themselves but also for society and the environment. We do not only care about “what” we do, but also “how”! We want to shape a new way of co-creation. Transparency and honesty are as important as a positive view into the future. One thing is for sure: together we will be able to move a lot!
If you want to know more please visit our (German) website:

Grünhof Website