Benjamin Beloch was already self-employed for the first time at the age of 18, Michael Schultejann took the step at the age of 22. What it's like to be your own boss at a young age and what role business succession plays for both of them, they tell in the new episodes of the podcast "How was it with you...? Company succession in Münsterland". They were interviewed by members of the joint project Gründergeist #Youngstarts Münsterland.
"It was always in my mind that I wanted to start my own business, even when I started my apprenticeship," says Michael Schultejann, now a master baker. Immediately after graduating from business school, he completed his apprenticeship, then his master's degree, and finally became self-employed at the age of 22. In 2019, the now 24-year-old took over an old bakery in his home town of Wettringen that was standing empty. "The contact came through a neighbour," reports Schultejann, who was also supported by the Münster Chamber of Crafts during the takeover. He tells Frank Sibbing (Project Manager Gründergeist #Youngstarts Münsterland) and Nikolai Brinkmöller (opwoco Media) how he changed the concept, why he threw out frozen goods and why creativity is important for his profession and his entrepreneurial life.
A few kilometres away in Münsterland in Gronau sits the founder and company successor Benjamin Beloch. Sibbing and Brinkmöller were also guests there for a podcast discussion. Benjamin Beloch is 37 years old and has been self-employed since he was 18. In episode 11 of the Youngstarts podcast, he tells us how it came about that he took over a map publishing company in addition to founding p17 GmbH. He also reports on how it is possible to integrate a new perspective into an existing company and why it is so important to have the support of a tax consultant when taking over. Incidentally, Beloch has never regretted becoming self-employed. "The personal development is enormous and does a hell of a lot to you," he emphasises.
You can listen to this and all other podcast episodes at youngstarts-muensterland.com as well as on various well-known audio platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud, Apple Podcast and Google Podcast. Even more episodes are already being planned.
Behind the production of the podcast is the joint project Gründergeist #Youngstarts Münsterland. This project strengthens the start-up intensity in Münsterland and opens up new start-up potential and target groups with its offers. The project is funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Economics of North Rhine-Westphalia within the framework of the ERDF call "Regio.NRW". Münsterland e.V. is implementing it as lead partner together with the following partners: Wirtschaftsförderung Kreis Coesfeld GmbH (wfc), Wirtschaftsförderung im Kreis Warendorf (gfw), Technologieförderung Münster GmbH, TAFH Münster GmbH, Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft Steinfurt mbH (WESt) and Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft für den Kreis Borken mbH (WFG).