Cologne We reveal which start-up has received the highest investment so far, which founder appeared most frequently on the show – and what Löwen investor Georg Kofler pays attention to when it comes to founders.
Since the start in 2014, the founder show “Die Höhle der Löwen” (DHDL) has regularly thrilled an audience of millions. The principle has remained the same over the years: founders present their idea or their products in front of a group of investors, the so-called “lions” – and they then decide whether they want to participate financially in the young companies or not. Now the 10th season starts at Vox with a few new features. We answer the most important questions:
When does the new season of “Die Höhle der Löwen” start in 2021?
The first episode of the new season will be broadcast every Monday at 8:15 p.m. on Vox from September 6, 2021. Until then, all episodes of the old seasons can be seen on TVNow, the streaming portal of the RTL media group, to which Vox also belongs. The new episodes can also be seen there from September 6th – and for the first time also episodes of the US version of the program “Shark Tank”.
What will change in the new season “Die Höhle der Löwen” 2021?
In addition to the previous lions Judith Williams, Carsten Maschmeyer, Ralf Dümmel, Georg Kofler, Nico Rosberg, Dagmar Wöhrl and Nils Glagau, guest lions with Anne and Stefan Lemcke will also take part for the first time in the history of the show. The two founders appeared on the show themselves in 2016 and were looking for investors for their “Ankerkraut” spice factory. At that time, ex-lion Frank Thelen invested. The small start-up became a millionaire company, which the founders have since successfully sold. Now they want to invest in other start-ups in the show themselves.
Broadcast dates: When will “Die Höhle der Löwen” run in 2021?
The show runs – as already known from the DHDL season in spring, on Monday evenings at prime time on VOX. You can look forward to one of the eight new episodes for a total of eight weeks. The special thing about it: the 10th season is a true anniversary season. Because with the broadcast of the last, eighth episode, the 100th episode of the successful show will be broadcast on German television.
All broadcast dates at a glance:
- September 6th, 2021 at 8.15 p.m.
- September 13, 2021 at 8.15 p.m.
- September 20, 2021 at 8.15 p.m.
- September 27, 2021 at 8.15 p.m.
- October 04, 2021 at 8.15 p.m.
- October 11, 2021 at 8:15 p.m.
- October 18, 2021 at 8.15 p.m.
- October 25, 2021 at 8.15 p.m.
Who are the investors in “Die Höhle der Löwen” 2021?
The cast of the lionesses and lions themselves remains largely unchanged. The new thing is that two “guest lions” are also expected. These are none other than two former participants in the show itself: Anne and Stefan Lemcke from “Ankerkraut”. You should be known for Season 3’s Den of Lions Fans.
This year’s lionesses and lions at a glance:
Who will moderate “The Lion’s Den” 2021?
Here it stays the same: The “Die Höhle der Löwen” moderation veteran Amiaz Habtou will lead through the program on Monday evening, as in previous years. He has been a presenter since the first season.
Where can “Die Höhle der Löwen” be seen on TV and stream in 2021?
The program can of course also be viewed live online and without a television connection. All episodes can be accessed online via the “TVNOW” streaming portal. In addition, reruns of “Die Höhle der Löwen” are shown every Sunday at 10.30 am on the news channel n-tv and on Fridays at 8.15 pm on the Voxup channel.
Which start-ups will appear in “Die Höhle der Löwen” in 2021?
Which start-ups appear is of course still a strict Leo secret. One thing is clear: the viewers can look forward to innovative, exciting ideas week after week, which with a little negotiating skills can soon find their way onto the shelves of drugstores and supermarkets.
In the tenth season, for example, the lions will evaluate a motorcycle innovation, an ultra-compact motorhome trailer, a new balance bike and a product for wheelchair users.
You can find out all the information about which products can be bought where after the broadcast of the respective episode of the 10th season “Die Höhle der Löwen”.
How long has “The Lion’s Den” existed?
The first episode of the show was broadcast on August 19, 2014 on Vox. At that time, the show came on Tuesdays. The television station brought the British format “Dragon’s Den” to Germany. From the first season, only Judith Williams is there today. The entrepreneur and FDP politician Lencke Wischhusen got out after the first two seasons, as did the travel entrepreneur Vural Öger, who got into financial difficulties. The two were replaced in the third season by Carsten Maschmeyer and Ralf Dümmel, who are still part of the show today. The founder of the adventure company of the same name, Jochen Schweizer, left after the third season.
What was the name of the first start-up that was a guest at “DHDL”?
The first start-up that was allowed to present its product in the German program was Crispy Wallet. The two founders Marvin Metzke and David Hagenkötter wanted to make wallets and mobile phone cases from recycled material and were even able to convince Frank Thelen and Lencke Wischhusen of an investment in the program. But there was no great success. In the meantime, the company even had to file for bankruptcy.
What was the highest amount invested at DHDL?
1.5 million euros. Founder Markus Dworak from Erkrath received this sum in the fifth season of 2018 from the lions Carsten Maschmeyer and Ralf Dümmel for shares in his start-up Smartsleep. The dietary supplement is intended to improve regeneration during sleep. The two lions secured a third of the company shares with the investment, in which one third was paid in the form of media volume. Smartsleep was valued at 4.5 million euros at the time. When media entrepreneur Dirk Ströer joined Smartsleep in 2019, the valuation is said to have already been 15 million euros. For comparison: The lowest amount that was invested (several times) in the broadcast was 20,000 euros.
How many start-ups did the show?
In the ten seasons there were 513 pitches, i.e. appearances in which founders presented an idea. The Lions have invested 261 times in the company – a total of more than 50 million euros. Georg Kofler says the many presentations on the show made him even more curious. “It inspires when you come into contact with young people and their ideas,” says the investor, who has been part of the show as a lion since 2017. At first he represented Judith Williams, who fell ill while filming. Later he got involved completely. “I have to have the feeling that the founders have the intellectual and social skills to build a company so that an investment becomes interesting for me,” says Kofler, describing his approach during the show.
Which founder was seen most often on the show?
Over the years, more or less prominent people have appeared on the show, such as handball national goalkeeper Johannes Bitter or reality TV star Giulia Siegel. One founder, on the other hand, achieved a little prominence through the show. Because Marvin Kruse has already appeared on the show three times. Record! In 2015, Kruse presented an online shop for animal accessories, and later he wanted to convince the lions with a bratwurst. Because no investor bit, he tried it for the third time in 2019 – and presented the idea of a bratwurst restaurant chain called “Brad Brat”. But even this attempt failed because of the lions’ skepticism.
How many viewers are watching the show?
At its peak, the show was seen by up to 3.41 million viewers aged three and over. According to thequotemeter.de portal, an average of 1.8 million viewers tuned into the first season of 2014. In the fifth season there were on average more than a million people more. But recently the ratings fell again, with the ninth season, which was broadcast in the spring, the average viewer was only 2.1 million. “For a program director, it is incredibly lucky to have a format like DHDL,” says Georg Kofler. Today’s investor should know, after all, in the past he already managed the TV channel Prosieben and the then pay-TV channel Premiere.
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