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DIMA supports innovative, entrepreneurially minded students through a mentorship program, in conjunction with the Gründungsservice of TU Berlin and the EXIST funding program. Volker Markl acts as mentor for start-ups in the areas of database systems and information management.

The following start-ups are mentored and advised by Volker Markl.


Finding tailored gift recommendations simple & fast with Surpreso!

Since April 2013 Surpreso is funded by the EXIST Business Start-Up Grant from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

The team consists of the three members: Christoph Nagel, Stephan Pieper and Jochen Schneider. Christoph and Stephan studied Computer Science at the TU Berlin, additionally they worked at DIMA and got a Master of Science degree. Jochen studied Business and earned a Diploma degree from the University of Hohenheim. The team develops an application to revolutionize the gift finding process with the help of social recommendation systems.

Thanks to our connection to large customer databases like Facebook or Twitter, Surpreso has developed an online gift recommendation service that offers more convenience for web users finding the right gift easily and quickly.

The user no longer has the obligation to provide information about the gift recipient manually but can instead use an automatic alternative via
Facebook Login. In this case, Surpreso can offer him suitable presents for all his Facebook friends. The database information is enriched by similarity calculations both between each Facebook user and between each Surpreso App user as well as user input and online behaviour data. Surpreso works commission-based as an agent between web users and selected retailers.

At the moment Surpreso leverages 70 retailers with a broad product range.


Spacedeck enables teams to collaborate visually. Within our digital Spaces users can create concepts and ideas effortlessly and share their work with colleagues or friends in real time. To organize projects and access rights Spacedeck offers folders structures.


aklamio rewards people for a social activity they spontaneously do in everyday life: recommending products to friends. Users earn money every time their sharing activity on Facebook, Twitter & Co. generates a valid sale. They can then choose to keep the money, share it with their friends or donate it to charity. 

For further information see the aklamio Website http://www.aklamio.com/

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