On April 3, “The Lion’s Den” comes back with fresh faces: Janna Ensthaler and Tillmann Schulz are new investors. Georg Kofler and Nico Rosberg are leaving the start-up show for this.
Fans of the start-up show “Die Höhle der Löwen” can be happy: From April 3rd there will be new episodes of the long-running TV show, as confirmed by the broadcaster Vox. For season 13, the staff in the investor chairs will be properly shuffled. Nico Rosberg and Georg Kofler are no longer there. They are replaced by Janna Ensthaler and Tillman Schulz, who get a permanent place in the pride of lions. Ralf Dümmel, Carsten Maschmeyer, Judith Williams, Dagmar Wöhrl and Nils Glagau are also there as lions
Former Formula 1 world champion Rosberg has been part of the start-up show since 2020 and sees himself as a green tech investor. The former media manager Kofler has even been there as a lion since 2017. Since the merger of its Social Chain Group with Ralf Dümmel’s DS-Products company, the group has been represented by two investors on the show – in future there will only be one again.
“The Lion’s Den” – Janna Ensthaler new
The new lioness Janna Ensthaler used to be a management consultant and made a name for herself in the start-up scene by founding the cosmetics company Glossybox, among other things. She is already on the road as an investor: in 2022, together with Manon Littek, she launched the “Green Generation Fund”, which invests in green start-ups. Thanks to the support of various financiers from the German start-up scene, the fund has seed capital of 100 million euros, as reported by “Gründerszene”.
Ensthaler says about her entry into the “Lion’s Den”: “As a four-time founder, it is a matter close to my heart to pass on my experience, my knowledge and my expertise and to be able to accompany the successful path of exciting ideas and founders.” As an investor, she wants to focus on sustainable technologies in order to contribute to the fight against climate change.
Tillman Schulz – CEO in his early 30s
At just 33 years old, Tillman Schulz is now the youngest lion on the TV show. Schulz is the third generation to lead the family business MDS Holding, which supplies large food retailers such as Aldi and Lidl. The company conglomerate includes a number of subsidiaries that manufacture and sell both food and non-food products. The group is expected to generate sales in the three-digit million range.
“As the managing partner of an international family business, I know that it is not easy to assert oneself in the market,” says Schulz in a Vox statement. “I am extremely excited about innovations and challenges and am really looking forward to getting to know great founders.”