DS Group - A company of The Social Chain AG

Innovative. Experienced. Loyal. Strong as lions.

Since 2016, Ralf Dümmel has been investing in innovative products and great founders as one of the lions on the German startup show “Die Höhle der Löwen” – because we love smart, unique problem solvers and startups with a vision!

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We make it big together

Our unique infrastructure allows us to help founders make their vision come true – because we bring products to market quickly and across the board.


Since 2016, our boss has a part-time job on television…

...in fact, his firm place as a “lion” investor is clearly much more than just a side job. It is a “date” with super smart founders. Ralf invests diligently and already brought hundreds of great products to market together with their founders – from Abfluss-Fee, the innovative sink plug, to washies, the sustainable make-up removal pads, to “Iss doch WURSCHT”, the delicious curry sausage that comes in a glass.

Ralf's famous triumphant “Dümmel fists” whenever he makes a deal are an expression of real joy – just as his disappointment is real when a deal is not reached. We love working with startups, and we love good products that solve problems and make countless people happy.

If an idea is to our liking, we support it with our full sales and logistics power

We can do this and more for our startups:

Does the product meet market requirements? Our years of experience enable us to answer this question and provide strategic advice to founders.

From the idea to the shelves – we cover all services along the value chain in-house. That's 550 new employees working for your startup.

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No one will be able to do without this novelty: We bring your product to all relevant online marketplaces and local stores – at least all over Europe.

We share the same vision– which is why your brand is in the best hands with us.

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We look forward to hearing from you.

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If you arouse our interest, we will get back to you as soon as possible.


    Silke Stappenbeck
    Tel: +49 40 675 73 - 0
    Mail: [email protected]