A combination of Check24 and Amazon in the field of e-learning, digital training, certification and (online) studies – that is what the Munich startup Treasurize wants to become in the future. The founders let us know more in our interview.
Munich Startup: Who are you and what do you do? Please briefly introduce yourself and your product!
Treasurize: Looking for high-quality specialist knowledge or the right kind of training is difficult and takes time. To provide interested individuals with a comprehensive overview, Treasurize acts as an online marketplace for specialist knowledge and digital training. Users can find not only professional training programs and online degree courses on the platform, but also market and industry studies. In the future, however, we don’t want to be “just” a marketplace, but want to develop into a comparison portal for e-learning and digital training.
Treasurize was founded by Thorsten Mötje in May, 2018. Thorsten has been a business consultant for more than twelve years and worked in the most varied fields, industries and companies — from major corporations to SMEs and startups. He has experience most particularly in developing and implementing business models.
Team member number two is Marco Englert. As a systemic business coach and management consultant, Marco has experience in supporting decision makers with complex issues in everyday business. The specialist for brand communication, online marketing and digital sales got on board with Treasurize in 2019 as Chief Marketing Officer.
Treasurize gathers lots of previously unknown providers
Munich Startup: But that’s nothing out of the box!
Treasurize: Comparison websites have been established for years now when it comes to finding the cheapest cell phone rates, energy provider or car insurance policy. In the field of training and e-learning, however, no options exist that provide a comprehensive overview so you can compare offers and find the best and most cost-effective course for yourself. Particularly in the field of training and e-learning, there are many different providers at the moment, but very few of them are well known or established. That makes it difficult to gauge the quality of what’s on offer.
Munich Startup: What are the three main ingredients in your recipe for success?
Treasurize: A scalable business model that doesn’t exist yet, enjoying what you do and working together as a team.
Happy with what’s been achieved so far
Munich Startup: Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty: How is business going?
Treasurize: The marketplace went live in August, 2018. But there was nothing on it — no providers and no products. We now have more than 120 providers and over 65,000 products. That includes the biggest and most well known companies in each field — so we’re very happy about what we’ve achieved so far. Nonetheless, raising awareness is still very difficult.
Munich Startup: What does Munich mean to you?
Treasurize: Thorsten moved to Munich more than twelve years ago after completing his studies. The city and its surroundings with all its lakes have become his home away from home. Marco doesn’t live in Munich. But we still work together very closely and very well — and that shows that all the technical options available these days mean you don’t necessarily have to sit together in the same office. In terms of its startup environment, Munich is perfect and offers every opportunity you could possibly hope for.
Munich Startup: How will your startup become the next unicorn? Or will we be seeing you at an Epic Fail Night soon?
Treasurize: With the attention we’ll receive through Munich Startup, we’re going to become the next unicorn.
A wide selection of e-learning products
Apart from that — our selection of products is constantly growing and has more than doubled in the last few months. We want to keep up that rate of growth and soon have a total of more than 100,000 products available on Treasurize, with most of that growth happening in the field of e-learning.
We also want to give our customers even more information, which is why the Treasurize Online Magazine is now available. In the magazine, we offer specialist articles about e-learning, training, certification, knowledge management, the exchange of knowledge and digitization. We also want to expand our consultation service “Treasurize4u.” With this service, we help companies find the best and most cost-effective e-learning courses and training opportunities for their employees.
Munich Startup: Beer or Prosecco?
Treasurize: Definitely beer!