Ingpuls donation money goes to two heart projects
On behalf of all founders in the Ruhr region, Dr.-Ing. Christian Großmann (38), member of the management board of Ingpuls GmbH in Bochum, put on the traditional Moritz Fiege beer coachman's cap in February 2018. In March 2021, after careful consideration, the decision was made to award the prize money of 5,000 euros. This will go in equal parts to the "Worldfactory Start-up Centre" (WSC) of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the "Ruhr Area Children's Hospice Service" association based in Witten.
Financial injection for the start-up and founder scene in the region
The initial plan was to found a support association for tech talents from the region. But the steady growth of the company delayed the implementation time and again. The current pandemic has made it more than clear that the prize money should benefit important projects sooner rather than later. Ingpuls GmbH has had a close relationship with the projects that have now been selected for a long time. The Worldfactory Start-up Center (WSC) is one of the six "Excellence Start-up Centres.NRW" awarded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the 2018 funding competition. In addition to other entrepreneurs, the founders of Ingpuls also supported the project in an advisory capacity during the application phase. The same applies to the local start-up scene, which has actively supported the now medium-sized company from the beginning through various measures. "The typical values of the Ruhr region, such as the mentality of getting things done or the will to move things forward together, are deeply rooted in us. It was therefore clear to us that we would like to direct part of this donation amount back in this direction to support the start-ups in the Ruhr region," says Ingpuls Managing Director Dr.-Ing. Christian Großmann.
Accompanying terminally ill children - a project of the heart
The second half of the prize money goes to the "Children's Hospice Service Ruhr Area". The association coordinates the voluntary support of seriously or terminally ill children and adolescents and their relatives in the process of saying goodbye and beyond death. With the donation, Ingpuls is following the wish of its own staff, who declared the association to be their heart's project in 2020. "For several years now, we have conducted an employee survey in the last quarter of the year, in the course of which we select our heart's project. The projects are also suggested by the employees beforehand," says Felix Manhart (Marketing & Communications).
In addition to the donation sum, which is provided by Moritz Fiege, the staff also increases the donation sum: "The well-being of children in Bochum and the surrounding area is very close to our hearts, which can be observed in the proposed projects of our employees. This time the desire grew in us to support the seriously ill".