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Matthias

Corporate Entrepreneur

Role title

Corporate Entrepreneur

Based

Marl, Germany

Segment

Creavis

Joined Evonik

2016

Study

PhD in chemistry

About Matthias
Role title

Corporate Entrepreneur

Based

Marl, Germany

Segment

Creavis

Joined Evonik

2016

Study

PhD in chemistry

Motivation through flexibility

My first contact with Evonik came quite early, luckily: As part of my doctoral work on the chemical modification of amino acids and its influence on the spatial structure of peptides, Evonik supported me in a variety of ways. I gained my first insight into industrial research and development through the Evonik Foundation. The head of Innovation Networks, my mentor from the R&D area, talked with me often about critical research topics and networked me step by step within the company.

This is why, towards the end of my studies, it was a very easy decision to make. I was thrilled and really motivated to take on exciting and innovative work at Evonik. Fortunately, it wasn’t long before I got a position at Creavis, where I worked on nutritional topics in the Sustainable Businesses department beginning in September 2016. It wasn’t exactly a traditional job for a chemist, as my workplace was a desk and not the familiar laboratory bench. This interface between R&D and industry was what excited and challenged me more than anything. In this period, I was able to organize my work flexibly, and to choose and work on whatever subject matter I found interesting. You also get a lot of support from your colleagues, work in a comfortable atmosphere, and learn something new every day. A really nice feeling of freedom and trust.

A particularly exciting part of my daily work was preparing and taking part in the global Ideation Jam 2018 at Evonik. We competed as a four-person team with our idea in innovative dental hygiene and made it through all the screening processes to the final round. There, we were able to persuade both the audience and the jury, and win the award.  Beginning in September 2018, I will be a “corporate entrepreneur” for 12 months, which will give me the freedom and agility to concentrate on our joint project and make key decisions on my own—easily, independently, and flexibly.

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