ProGlove is a Munich-based company whose founding members previously worked for BMW and IDEO. They founded their start-up in December 2014 based on the idea to create intelligent gloves for the Industry 4.0. Their gloves help production and logistics employees to perform their usual tasks faster, safer and easier. Today, the 80-member team works with over 250 customers, most of them from the automotive industry, from the logistics sector, or suppliers.
Starting a business is always a big step and involves many risks. Have you ever thought about what happens if it doesn’t work?
We worked together on projects early on and brought products to market maturity. But I also founded startups before ProGlove, which were less successful, so I know what it feels like when it doesn’t work.
You have turned an ordinary clothing, a glove, into a technical innovation. How did you come up with this idea?
During his studies, Paul guided groups of visitors through the Munich BMW plant and thus gained an insight into the work processes of the automotive industry. There, he noticed that all workers wear working gloves. At the same time, both workers and managers try to save crucial seconds in the scanning process. With the aim of enabling workers to work efficiently and ergonomically, we developed a prototype for a new generation of the first intelligent glove and presented it at the “Make it Wearable” competition of Intel in Silicon Valley. We were actually able to convince the jury and won thus the seed financing for the creation of ProGlove.
We want to thank Thomas Kirchner for the interview and the insights into ProGlove!
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