It’s a historically unique deal for the season finale, which will be sealed Monday on Vox’s founders’ show “The Lions’ Den” (DHDL). The Five Lions invest together in a company – something like that has never happened in 14 seasons. As FOCUS Online has learned, this is the gaming startup “Zeedz” – an online game that makes climate change tangible.
All five Lions are on board for a huge deal
The five investors Ralf Domel, Nils Glagow, Carsten Maschmeier, Tilman Schulz and Dagmar Forel receive five percent of the company’s shares. The “Black” paid a total of 600 thousand euros in exchange for 25 percent of the company’s shares.
This is the first time in the TV show that the founders have been able to convince the Five Lions. So far there have been two stadiums that were all black initially, but then the deal fell through. Things seem to be going better at “Zeedz”: the founders and investors have already gone to a notary, and will be registered with the commercial registry shortly after the offering, FOCUS Online has learned.
Making climate change noticeable – that’s the mission of “Zeedz”
“Zeedz” is a so-called mobile game, that is, a game for a cell phone or tablet. Small characters, called Zeedles, can be collected, traded, or sent into battle against each other. Each of the 100+ characters belongs to a “family” and has specific climate preferences.
Each Zeedle can “grow” anywhere in the world on a digital map. Real weather and climate data is included in the game. If it’s too dry, too hot, or too windy, users will also notice that in their numbers.
Benjamin Ebner, Sven Junglas, and Lukas Mutch, all of whom studied at the University of Mannheim, are the ones behind the game. They have been pushing their game idea forward since March 2021 – seemingly successfully, as the Assad deal proved.
Thanks to enthusiasm, a highly topical concept and a large target group, founder Sven Junglas is said to have finally convinced experienced entrepreneurs. The promise is that ten percent of the proceeds from in-app purchases will be donated to climate protection projects around the world.
Working with five investors won’t be easy
Beyond the deal for the founders, working with the Five Lions as investors has become more difficult. After agreeing on the TV programme, there are further discussions. And perhaps also more capital, further rounds of financing and strategic advice. This may be easy for an investor. When two Leos invest, they usually pay attention to each other’s priorities. With five investors, good coordination is required to make the company successful.
The founders can be optimistic, after all they managed to get an exceptional deal on the TV show. Lions should also do everything they can to help the startup succeed. After all, you are investing your own money.
You can see how founder Junglas managed to convince with his show In the Lion’s Den on October 16 at 8:15pm on Vox or on RTLplus.
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