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The world is changing. Challenges such as turbo-digitization, climate crises, and pandemics can no longer be met with technical skills alone. Emotional skills such as flexible problem solving and resilience will be crucial in the future. With DeepSkill, we enable all employees in companies to develop these skills. 

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Deutsche Startups

hubraum, the incubator of Deutsche Telekom, and Hermann Ude (tt-s. com), invest a six-figure sum in DeepSkill. Read more


Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

After a seven-figure financing last yearCologne-based start-up DeepSkill continues to grow strongly
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Employees no longer want to pretend on the job. For companies, it’s a matter of promoting and embedding empathy. “You first have to acknowledge that empathy is a skill that can be learned.” Read more


Wirtschaft Köln Unplugged

From hierarchy to empathy, from demanding to encouraging: Not only are the places where people work changing in many companies, but the way they work is also changing. And this means that many managers in particular are facing new tasks. Miriam Mertens is convinced that “you can also learn human leadership.”
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M&A Review

The early-stage investor High-Tech Gründerfonds invests together with the Cologne-based management consultancy Kienbaum and other investors. The international law firm Osborne Clarke advised DeepSkill. Read more



The Cologne-based ed-tech start-up DeepSkill can look forward to pre-seed financing amounting to a seven-figure sum. Among others, High-Tech Gründerfonds and Kienbaum believe in the start-up’s idea. Read more


Basic Thinking

In our series “Homescreen!” we present the homescreens of people from the social media, marketing, media and tech world – including app recommendations and tips for everything from to-do lists to small games for in between. Today: Miriam Mertens, co-founder and CEO of the Cologne-based start-up DeepSkill. Read more



DeepSkill has received a seven-figure sum in its pre-seed funding. The startup plans to use the money to further build its platform and expand its team. Thomas Leidinger, formerly of Statista, will become chief technology officer. Co-chair of the female investor network Encourageventures Ina Schlie and Tandemploy co-founder Anna Kaiser also participated. Read more


Startup Valley

DeepSkill: Digital platform for holistic personnel development. What is the vision behind DeepSkill? Who is the target group? Where is the path leading? Interview with Miriam Mertens (CEO) and Peter Goeke (CMO & CPO). Read more


Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Cologne. The Cologne-based start-up DeepSkill has raised a seven-figure sum in a financing round. New investors include High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and Cologne-based management consultancy Kienbaum. Read more



DeepSkill is the name of the HR startup. Interview with Co-Founder and CPO Peter Goeke and Co-Founder Miriam Mertens. Read more


Deutsche Startups

Management consultancy Kienbaum and angel investors like Ina Schlie and Anna Kaiser invest a seven-figure sum in DeepSkill. The Cologne-based EdTech company, founded in 2020 by Miriam Mertens and Peter Goeke, focuses on “emotional skills and holistic personnel development. Read more



Düsseldorf. The founders of the Cologne-based tech start-up DeepSkill, Miriam Mertens and Peter Goeke, can press ahead with the expansion of their digital platform for holistic HR development. The early-stage investor High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) joins management consultancy Kienbaum and other investors such as Ina Schlie, co-chair of the female investor network encourageventures, and Anna Kaiser, co-founder of the recently sold start-up Tandemploy, to invest a seven-figure sum in the start-up. Read full article


High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF)

Founded in 2020 by entrepreneurs Miriam Mertens and Peter Goeke, Cologne-based EdTech start-up DeepSkill, a digital platform for holistic HR development, has received a seven-figure sum in pre-seed funding. Read More


Deutschlandfunk Nova

Female founders and investors are still heavily outnumbered in Germany, as new figures show. Why this is and what could change. Miraim Mertens is herself a co-founder and CEO of a startup and believes that the low percentage of women in the scene has several reasons. Read more


Kölner Stadt-Anzeige

Digital transformation, employee turnover and the war for talent: Many traditional companies are facing major challenges, explains Peter Goeke, co-founder of Deep Skill in the podcast “ekonomy mit K”. With the start-up, he and co-founder Miriam Mertens want to help companies not only meet the challenges of change with new tools or processes, but also take their employees by the hand. Listen to podcast



Miriam Mertens founded DeepSkill together with Peter Goeke. For the first time, the company enables all employees to develop and expand their emotional skills, i.e. competencies, by means of tech-supported people development programs. Mertens, a computer scientist, is passionate about emotional competence and technology. Read more



Women are significantly less likely to access venture capital than men. Funding for female founders is often not easy. Watch video


Business Insider

There has to be at least one woman on the founding team.” The idea for the network came from multi-supervisory board member Ina Schlie. Together with other women, she invested in the startup Tandememploy – and found the collaboration so good that she wanted to expand it to broader bases. So, among other things, she invested in the startup DeepSkill – a platform for digital people development from Cologne by Miriam Mertens and Peter Goeke. Read more



Young, white and male – that’s how it usually looks in management at startups and venture capital funds. But that’s about to come to an end. 60 top female managers are building a network for female founders in Germany, including financing. A large venture capital fund is also planned. Read more


Süddeutsche Zeitung

Famous female managers want to invest – in women’s start-ups. That’s because it’s often too difficult for them to raise capital. A new network of female investors is trying to change that. Miriam Mertens knows how it works when she has to present her business model to investors. And she has found one. Read more


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