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03 April 2024
Family Businesses & SMEs

In each episode of the FamilienUnternehmerTUM podcast "Sleepless Nights" ("Schlaflose Nächte"), a guest talks about that moment when everything could have gone very differently. We talk about doubts, deliberations, wrong decisions. We discuss how family business entrepreneurs have overcome their biggest challenges. And we look ahead and explore the question of how we can credibly inspire hope.

Every two weeks, business journalist Hans-Jürgen Jakobs and UnternehmerTUM COO Christian Mohr talk to family entrepreneurs about moments that were decisive for them. They cover doubts, deliberations, wrong decisions, and how they overcame challenges.

In episode 1, entrepreneur Philipp Hahn-Woernle talks about his decision to sell the 135-year-old family business to Toyota.

The podcast is now available on all podcast platforms (in German). Listen now on YouTube, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts!

There are a number of events, panels, and podcasts that deal with German SMEs and family businesses. And yet the most interesting questions often remain unanswered. Namely when it comes to doubts, emotions and the sometimes harsh consequences of decisions. We want to talk to our guests about these personal forks in the road.

Christian Mohr, COO of UnternehmerTUM and initiator of FamilienUnternehmerTUM

As a business journalist, I have always been particularly interested in SMEs and their family businesses, not least because I meet the most exciting people there - headstrong, independent, sometimes even odd. I am therefore all the more pleased to be able to talk to family business owners every two weeks about the decisive moments in their economic lives and to learn something about the German economy and its future.

Hans-Jürgen Jakobs, business journalist and author

Since 2021, the FamilienUnternehmerTUM initiative has been supporting family-run companies with innovation projects and start-up collaborations and offers a first point of contact at Europe's leading center for innovation and business creation. The network now comprises over 300 family businesses.

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