Project "Who are we at InnoVentum?"

InnoVentum Team at Christmas 2016

This is another interview in a series of conversations with the InnoVentum Team members called "Who are we at InnoVentum?" and today let me introduce to you our newest Team member - Tino Sperk.

Tino focuses on the German market, but also takes part in preparation of technical solutions for other customers and helps with installations. He is a professional and individual with many talents that became a fantastic addition to the InnoVentum Team, which I am sure you'll appreciate after reading this interview with Tino.

Introduction: Tino Sperk

Ala Kazlova (AK): Tell us a little bit about yourself – what is your background, family history, education, travels, interests in life – please make a small introduction.

Tino Sperk (TS): Born in Germany in 1984, I grew up with my parents and my younger brother in the countryside, in a little village with the cute name Billroda. As kids we spent a lot of time with friends outdoors in the fields and forests. Later I did an apprenticeship as electrician. After my graduation in 2004 I found that the popularity of renewable energy technologies in Germany was enormous. So I decided to study renewable energy at the University of Applied Science in Nordhausen, Germany. The study was a very good mix of theoretical and practical subjects and gave me comprehensive knowledge in this field of study.

During my holidays I always take the chance to travel. I did some very good road trips across the countries of Eastern Europe. Furthermore, I’ve got the chance to go to Mozambique – amazing!

After my study, I worked as an engineer for the solar module manufacturer Bosch Solar Energy and for a big utility company in Erfurt. Both companies gave me the chance to enhance my knowledge and to manage solar and wind power projects.

In 2015 it was time for me to travel again, but this time I planned for a longer than a usual holiday trip. I decided to step out to do work and travel through the north of Europe. I bought an old bus and prepared for my discovery trip. In spring 2015 it was time to start! I’ve got the chance to explore Iceland, Norway and Sweden with their different cultural and natural features. And not to forget, I was able to pursue my favourite hobby – playing the guitar.

I don’t know why but the main target from the beginning was Sweden. After this trip I applied for a job at InnoVentum.

Tino on a boat trip in Mozambique

Working at InnoVentum

Tino at the installation site

AK: When did you join InnoVentum?

TS: I joined InnoVentum in May 2016 for an internship. After my internship I was offered a job and in August 2016 I moved from Erfurt to Malmö to work full time for InnoVentum as Project and Sales Manager.


AK: Why did you decide to join InnoVentum?

TS: During my work & travel trip in 2015 I visited Malmö. The city impressed me and I was seeking for interesting and innovative companies working with renewables. InnoVentum and its products fascinated me and matched perfectly my vision of renewable energy. I felt it was the right thing to make it smaller and smarter – to give power to the people!


AK: What is it that you like about your job at InnoVentum?

TS: To work with the unique products. If people see our products they say “wow” – they are fascinated. It’s a kind of wood art which brings an aesthetic touch to our renewable energy solutions. For me it’s a great job to go to the people and say - look at this!

AK: What would you like to improve in the future?

TS: Find ways to make the sales process of our products more efficient and to sell first Dalifants in Germany – of course!


AK: A couple of words about the team at InnoVentum - please share your thoughts.

TS: We are an international and a very well-educated team. Everybody has the same rights and their own responsibilities. The team works very well together. This is only possible if everybody trusts and respects each other – good team spirit!


Tino at the 20 m height

Proust Questionnaire

AK: Now we’ve learnt about your role at InnoVentum, it is time to reveal some aspects of your personality (in a playful light-hearted way, of course)! Please answer some questions of the Proust Questionnaire:

(The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlour game popularised (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.)


AK: 1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

TS: For me it’s more of a feeling. For example, if you stand in a forest, fresh air flows through your lungs and the birds sing their greatest hits. At that moment I’m totally happy.


AK: 2. What is your greatest fear?

TS: To forget the importance of my answer to the question above.

Bob Dylan

AK: 3. Which living person do you most admire?

TS: Bob Dylan


AK: 4. What is your greatest extravagance?

TS: To invest too much time in topics which are useless in the end


AK: 5. When and where were you happiest?

TS: On my road trip in 2015 I was very happy

Tino on a hike in Iceland

AK: 6. Which talent would you most like to have?

TS: To play the blues guitar so well that I could jam with Jack White and Dan Auerbach. Unfortunately, they would never play a jam session together ;-/


AK: 7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

TS: A little bit less thinking, a little bit more doing


AK: 8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

TS: My trip through Scandinavia in 2015. Living in a bus for a half year. Great experience!

Tino on the road in Scandinavia
Jam in the van

AK: 9. What is your favourite occupation?

TS: Learn to play the guitar really well – that’s my never ending story


AK: 10. What is your most marked characteristic?

TS: Forehead wrinkles


AK: 11. What do you most value in your friends?

TS: On real friends you can count – especially in difficult times


AK: 12. Who are your favourite writers?

TS: Sven Regener, Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, Hermann Hesse

AK: 13. Who is your hero of fiction?

TS: C. Nolan’s version of Batman alias The Dark Knight


AK: 14. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

TS: Robert Johnson


AK: 15. Who are your heroes in real life?

TS: My little brother Sandro


AK: 16. What is your motto?

TS: “All I can do is be me, whoever that is” – Bob Dylan


AK: Excellent! Thank you very much Tino

The two brothers - Tino and Sandro