Lukasz Gadowski is one of the most influential online entrepreneurs, founders and venture capitalists in Germany. While studying at HHL, Gadowski founded Spreadshirt, an online shop offering customized printed apparel, in 2001. He started in a corner of the basement of HHL and built up a company with several hundred employees.
In 2005, Gadowski participated in the founding of the studiVZ social network which was sold to the Holtzbrinck publishing group for an estimated EUR 85,000,000 in early 2007. The same year, Gadowski moved to Berlin where he, together with several partners, founded Team Europe, an online holding company, in 2008.
His other start-ups and investments include the brands4friends online shopping club, which was sold to eBay for EUR 150,000,000 in late 2010, the madvertise advertising service provider, the Lieferheld pizza delivery service as well online optician Mister Spex, which he founded together with HHL alumnus Dirk Graber.
In 2010, Lukasz Gadowski founded the Point Nine Capital online venture capitalist together with HHL alumnus Pawel Chudzinski and other partners from Team Europe.
In January 2013, Lukasz Gadowski joined the “Young Digital Economy” Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). The board counsels the Federal Minister of Economics in all matters concerning the digital economy. The BMWi is hoping to improve the economic framework conditions for the digital economy and better seize the opportunities of digital economies by this means.
Lukasz Gadowski has a close connection with HHL, which was ranked repeatedly among the leading universities by the Financial Times for its Entrepreneurship focus. Just like HHL graduates Dirk Graber (Mister Spex), Jochen Klüppel (Grazia Equity), Rolf Schrömgens (Trivago) and many others, Lukasz Gadowski speaks at HHL’s Entrepreneurship lectures, serving as an excellent example of successful entrepreneurship for the students.
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