Future technology. Sven Bauer, CEO and founder of the BMZ Group, has turned the company from Karlstein am Main in Lower Franconia into a global player in the energy storage sector. Now he wants to set up his own battery cell production in Germany in order to become independent of Asian suppliers.
The problem of climate change will only be tackled if we stop using fossil fuels for the foreseeable future - no oil, no gas, no coal," says Sven Bauer. Then he corrects himself. To speak of a "problem" is actually wrong. He likes "challenge" better. "Because the good news is that a real energy revolution is possible. We can decarbonise all sectors - electricity, transport and heat. But for this we need energy storage systems, vast amounts of energy storage systems. And that's where I come in."
Hidden champion. When you dive, you need air - clean and safe. The compressor manufacturer Bauer from Munich is regarded as the market leader and industry ace. A third generation woman guides him through an increasingly hostile environment.
Innovation. When it comes to high-tech textiles, most people think of intelligent clothing with woven-in sensors or batteries. Technical textiles are in the process of revolutionizing a wide variety of industries. They open up completely new market opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Against the main stream.
Entrepreneurship. Everything is different with Ulrich Kubak. And again and again. The majority shareholder of Klassik Radio AG from Augsburg broke all rules and turned a loss-making niche station into a European market leader. Portrait of a free thinker, creative doer - and a company with plenty of potential.