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Dr. Arndt Schwaiger: Knowing the individual DNA of your business model is crucial for success

Our interview series "Meet the Mentors" features coaches and mentors from our Future City and Future Health Accelerators. This edition showcases Dr. Arndt Schwaiger ⭐️


What do you currently do? And what are you currently fighting for?

As an entrepreneur, coach, consultant, speaker, and business angel, I have a multifaceted approach to helping teams achieve success. My expertise in different areas allows me to provide comprehensive guidance to clients, whether they are startups or established businesses looking to pivot. I help teams identify their strengths and weaknesses, develop actionable growth strategies, and build sustainable business models and financial plans that can adapt to changes in the market.


What are 3 things you’ve learned from your work with entrepreneurs?

1. The life of an entrepreneur is a rollercoaster of emotions with hopefully more ups than downs.

2. I can confirm an open secret: The key to success is the team. You need to choose your team wisely in terms of co-founders, investors, and employees. It feels a bit like a marriage, and separation is often painful.

3. There are different and very individual ways to succeed, no worries! ;)


What trends do you foresee in the next 5 years in the world of entrepreneurship? 

It is not that easy to say, but in the next 5 years, I foresee the continued growth of AI and machine learning technologies, presenting new opportunities for entrepreneurs. Innovative SaaS models will also rise, while funding and bureaucracy challenges hopefully improve. Sustainability will remain a focus, creating both challenges and opportunities for innovative solutions. Collaboration and partnerships between businesses will become more common, leveraging each other's strengths and creating more value for customers and stakeholders.


What currently excites you in your field?

As an entrepreneur, coach, and consultant, I am currently excited about the potential of AI and machine learning technologies. These technologies have the potential to transform many industries and create new opportunities for innovation and growth. Additionally, I am excited to see more and more businesses embrace digital transformation, both in the B2B and B2C sectors. This shift towards digital services opens up new possibilities for entrepreneurs to create value and improve customer experiences. Overall, I am excited to be a part of a dynamic and evolving field that is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible.


Tell us one practical hack to boost work and life productivity.

One practical hack that has helped me to boost work and life productivity is to prioritize my tasks based on their importance and urgency. By focusing on the most important tasks first, I am able to make progress toward my goals and avoid getting bogged down by less important tasks. Additionally, I find that it's important to make time for self-care activities such as spending quality time with friends and family, engaging in sports or other physical activities, and traveling. These activities help to recharge my batteries and keep me motivated and focused on achieving my goals. Overall, prioritization and self-care are two simple but effective ways to boost productivity and achieve a healthy work-life balance.


Can you share a memorable moment or experience from your time as a mentor/coach within the FCA/FHA?

I like the moment when the teams understand the individual mechanism / DNA of their business models and even financial planning starts to be fun ;)


Is there anything you would like to share with the audience?

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BIA is a boutique agency developing innovation, transformation and learning journeys for corporates, startups, and scaleups. Our pre-seed startup accelerators are our special impact initiatives, supporting ambitious entrepreneurs working to disrupt the future of urban life, health, and technology. Our programs are backed by the Berlin Senate and the European Social Fund