We started katapult:now in 2015 initiated by this guy and this guy. It took more than a year to get a first understanding of what katapult:now wanted to be. Once we knew, we started to help organisations. But then we stopped.
Now, katapult:now is a platform for entrepreneurs who use their skills, talent and energy towards making the planet a good place.
There are a few simple rules. If you feel or think you are such an entrepreneur and want to be part of the katapult:now journey, feel free to join.
Sebastian Fittko has more than 15 years of internet and digital industry experience in various roles and positions at startups and corporate companies. He has co-founded several corporate innovation and startup programs like Deutsche Telekom's hub:raum incubator, Axel Springer Mediahouse and since 2015 innogy's Innovation Hub in Berlin.
For more than 10 years he is a passionate advocate and driver of corporate-startup-innovation to unleash the power of startups as a key factor for successful transformation of corporate and SME to master the challenges of change.
In 2016 he co-founded katapult:NOW a network of 15 top notch digital entrepreneurs empowering old industry for transformation in action.
Sebastian also shares his knowledge and experience on several startup and entrepreneurship topics as lecturer at Zeppelin University and as a mentor at Founder Institute Berlin, Axel Springer Plug and Play, Flying Elephant of WestTech Ventures and Katapult Impact Accelerator in Oslo.
Thomas was born in the US and grew up in Europe in an environment dominated by natural sciences which heavily influences his thinking to this day, but instead of pursuing a scientific career - which would have been the obvious choice, or becoming a rockstar - which was his childhood dream, he instead discovered the internet at around 1996 and started building digital platforms almost immediately which led to a series of businesses, initiatives, projects and ventures ranging from collaboration platforms to mobile couponing systems, least cost routing services, service providers and ecommerce platforms.
His driving force since childhood is to contribute towards making the planet a good place for everyone. This is not only lead by his strong belief that if we all contribute towards this goal, we can make the planet a happy place for everyone, but also for his son Noah, whom he feels accountable to. For a long time he believed that we could make this happen with technology but in the past years he has learned that while we technically can solve the planetary problems with technology, we cannot use these solutions until we have changed our minds about how we want to live. In order to contribute towards a guiding narrative for the future we want to build, he is describing a good future in his book MOTHER.
We are a movement of knowledge hungry generalists who know how can apply their thinking across domains.
We aim to understand and shape the opportunities and capabilities of technological innovation in order to work towards ensuring that these technologies have a positive impact on the world.
HOW WE SUPPORT(ED)
We have supported large corporates with cutting edge formats and programs to faciliate their efforts towards transformation.
These transformation efforts were mostly digitisation and culture oriented.
supporting large organisations because we found out that without a CEO and a board of directors with a strong will, deep courage and thorough understanding of the urgency of the global situation and the potential of technology when combined with the cultivation of wisdom, any attempt of transformation simply does not work.
Unfortunately we have yet to find such an organisation.
A good place
It will be increasingly harder for humanity to survive on a planet with collapsing ecosystems. After one and a half centuries of deep exploitation which gave many the virtual riches of money and humanity the riches of science and technology we have to fundamentally change each and every assumption on how we manage ourselves - as humanity - on the planet.
This is a massive, almost impossible undertaking and it requires the best minds, most courageous humans and deep cultivation of wisdom. We still have hope. We still can turn things but we have to act. Now.
There are a few simple rules. Sanctions are straight forward.
We use the Chatham House Rule
Only speak from experience never from opinion
Don't use up all the oxygen - share what needs to be shared and make room for others
Be respectful of others. They are just as vulnerable and courageous as you are
All of us break rules from time to time. But if you break the rules above too often you will simply not be invited anymore
We invite all members to join us in a regular video-call.
Calls will open 15 minutes before the start
You have to join during those 15 minutes
If you are late, you will not be admitted
The calls have three elements:
First we will focus on presenting one entrepreneur with a concrete initiative that has the potential to touch a billion lives in a positive way
Then everyone has the opportunity to share constructive feedback, offer connections or any other kind of support
In the end participants will be grouped in random breakout groups for open conversations
You will soon receive an invitation to our next meeting. We are happy to have you on board with us!
Become a member
If you have read and understood the text on this website and you have an email of someone who is already a member and can vouch for you, please use this form to join. Yes, it is that simple.
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