MTH Unboxing: Savvi

The MTH Unboxing is a month­ly for­mat. One start­up from the port­fo­lio of the Media­Tech Hub Acce­le­ra­tor will be pre­sen­ted in each issue. This time, you will learn more about the HR-tech start­up Sav­vi.

Whe­ther for school, stu­dies or lan­guage - the fields in which lear­ning apps can be used are quite diver­se. And thanks to their design, eit­her in the form of digi­tal flash­cards or as tasks sub­di­vi­ded in small lear­ning units, they are rela­tively easy to inte­gra­te into ever­y­day life. The start­up Sav­vi, which is based in Pots­dam, has deve­lo­ped an edu­ca­tio­nal app that can be used to learn and con­so­li­da­te skills for work in a playful way. In this edi­ti­on of MTH Unboxing, the two co-foun­ders, Juli­an Forn­off and Colin Weit­mann, explain how Sav­vi was foun­ded and how they came up with the idea for it, what advan­ta­ges Pots­dam offers for start­ups, and what goal they are pur­suing with their company. 

MTH Acce­le­ra­tor: What is Savvi?

Sav­vi: Sav­vi is a gami­fied lear­ning app for soft skill trai­ning in a pro­fes­sio­nal con­text: it’s like Lin­ke­dIn Lear­ning and Duo­Lin­go having a baby. Trai­nees, mana­gers or sale­s­peo­p­le, for exam­p­le, estab­lish bet­ter habits in the long term by using adap­ti­ve, prac­ti­cal lear­ning nug­gets las­ting 30 minu­tes each week. At the same time, Sav­vi makes lear­ning suc­cess mea­sura­ble and sup­ports com­pa­nies with detail­ed insights into impro­ving lear­ning initia­ti­ves in a data-dri­ven way and adap­ting them to cur­rent needs. 

MTH Acce­le­ra­tor: How did Sav­vi come about?

Sav­vi: During his time as a con­sul­tant and as a CMO at a start-up, Juli­an Forn­off was always con­fron­ted by the fact that pri­va­te lear­ning for such are­as as lan­guages, habits or even sports was pos­si­ble in a playful, enter­tai­ning and app-based way whe­re­as the focus in a pro­fes­sio­nal con­text was always on leng­thy, inef­fec­ti­ve semi­nars. We want to use Sav­vi to app­ly this enter­tai­ning and playful approach to pro­fes­sio­nal deve­lo­p­ment. Cur­rent psy­cho­lo­gi­cal fin­dings are also being given a hig­her prio­ri­ty along­side modern gami­fi­ca­ti­on in the desig­ning of the trai­ning pro­gram­mes and the methodology. 

Sav­vi Lear­ning App | Image Cre­dit: Savvi

MTH Acce­le­ra­tor: Why found a com­pa­ny in Potsdam?

Sav­vi: The idea of a lear­ning app for soft skills trai­ning had exis­ted for some time, but the com­pa­ny was foun­ded in 2022 as part of the Exist scho­lar­ship at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pots­dam, in coope­ra­ti­on with Pro­fes­sor Dr. Eric Kear­ney as Chair of Lea­der­ship. Pots­dam is an ide­al bree­ding ground for ide­as and our net­work becau­se of its pro­xi­mi­ty in terms of con­tent to the uni­ver­si­ty as well as the geo­gra­phi­cal pro­xi­mi­ty to Berlin. 

MTH Acce­le­ra­tor: Why the MTH Accelerator?

Sav­vi: The MTH Acce­le­ra­tor offers indi­vi­du­al sup­port and net­wor­king oppor­tu­ni­ties to young start-ups like us at Sav­vi. The local poo­ling of exper­ti­se and clo­se men­to­ring by experts crea­te useful pos­si­bi­li­ties. As a part of this inter­na­tio­nal net­work of the media and digi­tal eco­no­my, Sav­vi can bene­fit from the exch­an­ge of ide­as within the com­mu­ni­ty of foun­ders as well as from events and sup­port in ven­ture development. 

MTH Acce­le­ra­tor: What is your mission?

Sav­vi: At Sav­vi, we belie­ve that employees are the most valuable resour­ce in the working world. And that their per­so­nal and pro­fes­sio­nal deve­lo­p­ment is cri­ti­cal to the suc­cess of busi­nesses in our rapidly chan­ging world. Our visi­on is to alre­a­dy have now iden­ti­fied tomorrow’s most important com­pe­ten­ci­es and then deve­lop them in a sus­tainable way. We have two maxims for this: on the one hand, mea­su­ra­bi­li­ty, i.e. which com­pe­ten­ces should someone have in a cer­tain posi­ti­on? And on the other hand, sus­taina­bi­li­ty, i.e. to what ext­ent the deve­lo­p­ment mea­su­re is sui­ta­ble for estab­li­shing this com­pe­tence for the long term? 

MTH Acce­le­ra­tor: What are the top skills that you can bring to your start-up as founders?

Sav­vi: As a psy­cho­lo­gist, Juli­an pro­vi­des the neces­sa­ry exper­ti­se for rele­vant trai­ning pro­gram­mes and effec­ti­ve trai­ning metho­do­lo­gy. Moreo­ver, he had alre­a­dy been invol­ved as a CMO and Head of Busi­ness Deve­lo­p­ment in set­ting up a B2B SaaS start-up and, as a for­mer con­sul­tant, has the neces­sa­ry tool­set to pro­vi­de Sav­vi with a stra­te­gic focus. As a for­mer pro­ject mana­ger of soft­ware and pro­duct teams with over 60 deve­lo­pers, Colin pos­s­es­ses the tech­ni­cal exper­ti­se for estab­li­shing Sav­vi as an inno­va­ti­ve pro­duct com­pa­ny and deve­lo­ping a sca­lable, func­tion­al app, as well as the lea­der­ship skills for crea­ting pro­duc­ti­ve pro­ces­ses and structures. 

Sav­vi Team | Image Cre­dit: Savvi