Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
Julia Römer is a succesful industrial engineer, that has previously developed patents in alternative cooling technologies. She is furthermore a member of the board at Germany's leading environmental advocacy NGO BUND (Friends of the Earth Germany). As an entrepreneurial side project she ran a sustainable ear ring and accessories label that recycled bottle caps and other waste. Since Julia initiated Coolar the label has been taken over by her co-founder.
Arno Zimmermann is a serial entrpreneur that was a co-founder of CupCycle, an environmentally sustainable coffee cup upcycling project, which he and his co-founders successfully sold to an company invested in a similar endeavour.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Coolar is working closely with the EIT Climate-KIC network, which promotes climate friendly innovation across Europe. It is furthermore a member of the alumni network of the Social Impact Lab Berlin - led by Ashoka Fellow Norbert Kunz - which is pioneering and facilitating social entrepreneurship in Germany.
On the business development side Coolar is supported by Prof. Fichter, Prof. Nicolai and Prof. Birkner who teach entrepreneurship at University of Oldenburg.
On the technology development side, Coolar works closely with the Technical University of Berlin's chair of energy systems engineering (Prof. Ziegler) and chair of machine systems construction (Prof. Meyer).
Furthermore Coolar has received written endorsements and promises of support from Doctors without Borders, representatives of the Philippine's government, as well as Health Builders (a private administrator of health centres in Rwanda). These serve as a proof of the need for Coolar's technology in medical facilities in developing regions.
Additionally Coolar has the support of Invensor, a company that markets large industrial-scale adsorption refrigeration systems in Germany, but can help Coolar with information where to procure materials and contacts in the supply chain.
Within this strong consortium of supporters, Coolar however operates as a completely independent organisation.