Start-ups are playing an important role in the construction of the Körber ecosystem. In the category of traditional acquisitions, the Group’s investments aim to completely take over a company and its technology from the very start. That has been the case with Connyun, for example. Körber bought this German start-up in 2018 and integrated it into its Business Area Körber Digital. “We immediately realized that Körber’s existing core expertise would be perfectly complemented by the expertise of the new team,” says Ruh.
By contrast, Körber’s equity investments in start-ups are primarily aimed at ensuring that both sides learn with and from each other very quickly and intensely. That way, each side offers what the other one is seeking. “Start-ups in particular give us access to new technologies, business models, and markets, as well as speed and new ideas,” says Ruh. “We contribute many years of valuable industrial and sector experience to our cooperation.”