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Levaru: Making Elevator Installation More Digital

Two architects, one mechanical engineer and an electrical engineer — are all you need for Levaru. The Munich startup is working on making elevator installation faster and more cost effective. The four founders let us know how exactly they plan to do that in our Seven Questions.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

Levaru is developing digital technologies for high- precision work in elevator installation. When elevators are installed, the guiderails that the cars run along have to be adjusted exactly to a fraction of a millimeter. That is currently done by hand and can often take more than a week for a shaft in a high-rise building. Moreover, quality can’t be guaranteed, which is why elevator rides can often get bumpy.

Our digital assistant device guarantees not only that the job is properly done, but also speeds up the installation process many times over. That saves money and provides a smooth-riding, low maintenance elevator.

Our team of four includes our two initiators, Julian Trummer (24) and Wolfram Meiner (25), who developed the concept at the Department of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich. Swagat Chopra (32), who is an electrical engineer and computer vision expert, and mechanical engineer Heitor Gartner (23) completed the team in summer 2018.

A compact and intuitive solution

2. But that’s already been done!

Of course, but what already exists is complicated, error-prone and has to be adjusted manually with a great deal of effort. Our compact solution is intuitive, fast and can also guarantee the quality of the work.

3. What was your biggest challenge so far?

A minor weakness of ours might be the fact that we’re a very technically skilled team, so we tend to get wrapped up in the details.

But we’re usually excited to take on new challenges because they bring us closer together as a team and you learn an unbelievable amount from the experience.

4. Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: How is business going?

Because we’re currently in the product development stage, there aren’t many concrete figures yet. But we plan to have a flexible business model that appeals to the global elevator market and includes roughly one million new installations per year.

Munich is the ideal location for Levaru

5. What does Munich mean to you?

Even though we come from different parts of the world, Munich has become our home. The network around the Technical University of Munich and the wide range of suppliers, investors and customers make the city the ideal location for us.

6. How will your startup become the next unicorn? Or will we be seeing you at an Epic Fail Night soon?

Although both sound interesting, we would naturally prefer the first option. We’re definitely excited to see what the future will bring!

7. Isar or English Garden?

Why not both? On a nice afternoon, you can easily do both – and it’s even better if you add a short bike trip!

Regina Bruckschlögl

Nach eigenen Startup-Erfahrungen blickt sie als Redakteurin von Munich Startup nun aus einer anderen Perspektive auf die Münchner Startup-Szene – und entdeckt dabei jeden Tag, wie vielfältig das Münchner Ökosystem ist. Startup Stories, die erzählt werden wollen!

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