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Digital transformation is affecting all business models and having a direct impact on value chains everywhere. With its investment arm Highland Pine Investment, Kienbaum finds promising innovative business ventures to cooperate with and invest in. What all investments have in common is that the recipients work in areas of relevance for Kienbaum’s people and organization consulting business in the age of digitalization and that they help reinforce Kienbaum’s digital portfolio as innovative HR and management consultants.

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Unternehmer-Schmiede is a joint venture of Kienbaum and etventure, based in Berlin and Munich. Unternehmer-Schmiede recruits promising candidates and equips them with the innovative methods and capabilities they need to establish digital units and execute digital projects. etventure and Kienbaum have pooled their expertise in the area of digital transformation and HR management in the joint venture to empower businesses to turn their vision of a digital future into living reality with the unique experience of digital entrepreneurs to guide them.

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Kienbaum is one of the investors of the digital recommendation service firstbird. Founded in Vienna in 2013, the start-up offers digital recruitment solutions on a referral basis: With special incentives and gamified elements to encourage them, firstbird gets the employees of its client companies to refer candidates for vacant positions and share job openings in their social networks. In August 2014, firstbird was picked from a selection of 500 start-ups for the Accelerator Programme of Microsoft Ventures in Berlin.

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Kienbaum is backing the digital business platform EDITION F. The media start-up publishes an online magazine in blog format for career-minded women, a job exchange, networking events, and webinars on business issues for female professionals. Launched in mid-2014, EDITION F already reached half a million unique users every month in 2016.



Kienbaum is one of the backers of the IT recruitment portal 4scotty. The Berlin-based online enterprise was founded in 2014 by Frank Geßner and Matthias Schleuthner. Its novel reverse-recruiting concept allows companies to apply for IT specialists with individual, transparent job offerings.

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Kienbaum is investing in the online job tendering tool JobTender24. The online platform is dedicated to digitalizing the processes taking place between companies looking for candidates and HR consultants dedicated to finding them. It makes filling vacancies much easier, more transparent, and faster by posting search commissions effectively in the consultant network of JobTender24. JobTender24 already has a network of 6000 consultants working in more than twenty countries.

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