Six Tips to Find Your Perfect Startup Co-Founders

Thomas Klir, Kevin Tscholitsch and Fabienne Horlaville are co-founders of Nachhaltigkeitshelden.

When Kevin Tscholitsch met Thomas Klir at a Founders Forum event at TechQuartier last year, something clicked.

“I just want to do something with my life that will leave an impact.”
- Kevin Tscholitsch

Good Teams

“Founding together is like marrying each together. You have to really think about it. You have to give each other time to see if their ideas and work styles fit.”
- Fabienne Horlaville

“It’s important to have people around you who are working on the same vision. Communication is also very important. You have to have an honest discussion about expectations,” Kevin said.

Tips for co-founders

  • Clearly define your vision and values. Before you start looking for a co-founder, make sure you have a clear idea of your startup’s vision, values, and goals. This will help you to identify potential co-founders who share the same vision and values.
  • Look for complementary skills and expertise. You want a co-founder who can bring different skills and expertise to the table, complementing everyone’s strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you’re a technical person, you might want to look for a co-founder with strong business or marketing skills.
  • Assess their commitment and work ethic. Starting a business is a significant commitment, so you want to find a co-founder who is willing to put in the time and effort to make it work. Look for someone who has a strong work ethic, is passionate about the vision, and is willing to take on challenges and overcome obstacles.
  • Consider cultural fit. You will be working closely with your co-founder, so it’s important to find someone who shares your work style, communication style, and values. Look for someone who is easy to work with, has a positive attitude, and is open to feedback and collaboration.
  • Test the waters with a trial period. Before you commit to working with someone as a co-founder, see how you work together and whether you share a similar approach to problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Network in relevant communities. Attend industry events and engage with other entrepreneurs. This will help you to meet potential co-founders and build relationships with people who share your interests.



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