After the current season’s last episode of the tv show “Die Höhle der Löwen” (DHDL) aired, which is based on the UK reality tv show Dragon’s Den, viewer interest and show ratings remain exceedingly high. With an average 2.87 million viewers, this season, once again, achieved top scores and was able to reach its previous high score set in 2016 (2014: 1.84m / 2015: 2.04m / 2016: 2.87m / 2017: 2.83m).
In addition to the obvious interest from viewers in start-ups and the associated innovations, the interest from investors and their level of investments – in season 5: Carsten Maschmeyer, Judith Williams, Georg Kofler, Frank Thielen, Dagmar Wöhrl, and Ralf Dümmel – remains also high.
During this season, the total invested capital rose to 12 million EUR. Similarly, the average deal size rose, exceeding 0.3 million EUR. This trend of a growing interest in start-ups from the public reflects the current economic trends of higher capital investments, particularly in a B2C and B2B context. However, it is noteworthy that countries known for their well-funded and –performing start-up industries like the USA or Israel are far-ahead of Germany. (Israel, Connected Car, German Start-Ups)
During this season, the lion with the largest appetite (according to invested capital and the number of deals) was undoubtedly Ralf Dümmel.