The Digital Education Foundation

The nonprofit Digital Education Foundation was founded in 2019 by Michaela Wienke and Jürgen Biffar.

Founded in 2019 by Michaela Wienke and Jürgen Biffar

In November 2019, the non-profit Digital Education Foundation was founded and approved by the Government of Upper Bavaria. The foundation sees itself as a service provider for educational institutions, which we want to enable to raise the level of education by creating and providing excellent learning tools. 

In a first pilot project, the Foundation proves that the development and exemplary use of learning software within the framework of an effective learning platform significantly increases teaching and learning success. At the same time, structures and processes are created that enable a rapid nationwide expansion.

We offer the educational institutions service packages for the creation of learning tools for other grades, subjects, school types and other regions.

The Founders 

Jürgen Biffar founded the software company DocuWare in Germering in 1988 as a student with former classmates. Together with his partner Thomas Schneck and, most recently, over 350 dedicated employees, he led the company to international success. Today, DocuWare is the world market leader for cloud-based document management and process automation in medium-sized companies. In 2019, both partners withdrew from the company and handed over the management of the company to experienced managers from within the company.

The donor couple Michaela Wienke and Jürgen Biffar live in Germering with their children. Already during his time at DocuWare, Jürgen Biffar was fascinated by the topic of digital education, inspired by his experiences at DocuWare, by the development of his own daughters and their circles of friends, and by the proximity to local schools that resulted from his volunteer work. Michaela Wienke was the main support for Jürgen Biffar and his family during his time at DocuWare. Thanks to this role and her many years of commitment as a parent advisory board member, she brings a great deal of practical experience to the joint foundation project. In 2019 both decided to invest a significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of the DocuWare shares in a foundation dedicated to digital education. Within the foundation, they also want to dedicate their own energy to the topic.

Our three Locations

Germering / Germany

Germering is the home of the founders, to whom both owe a lot. Together with friends, they offered the first "Girls Technik Camps" for girls aged 8 to 13 years as part of the Industrial Association Germering  in 2016. In December 2018, the DigiClub e.V. was founded out of this initiative with young pupils, students, local companies, schools and private sponsors. Thanks to many years of work in the local School-Business-Committee, there are close ties to the local Schools. The city and the network that has been created are the ideal location for the headquarters of our foundation.

Eichstätt / Germany

Jürgen Biffar and Prof. Dr. Heiner Böttger met in spring 2018. Heiner Böttger trains college students as teachers at the Catholic University of Eichstätt and is also a passionate neuroscientist. He was infected by Jürgen Biffar's enthusiasm for digital learning and so they jointly conducted the first study seminar "Learning Success Through Digitalization" in the winter semester 2018/19. Twenty committed students analyzed the existing range of digital learning tools, evaluated their suitability for school lessons and developed their own concepts for learning programs that are geared to the given curricula. The commitment of the students and the results of their work were so outstanding that Heiner Böttger and Jürgen Biffar felt encouraged to start the development of excellent digital learning tools together with student teachers.

Since then, Eichstätt has proved to be the perfect location for the content conception of digital learning. Highly dedicated students are enthusiastic about working here. The university impresses with its great dynamics. Experts for "user experience" are recruited from the nearby Ingolstadt Technical University. In April 2020, a separate office is opened, which serves as a co-working space, meeting room and office and is a permanent meeting place for our author's and UX team.

Sofia / Bulgaria

Excellent software, as we need it for digital learning, needs excellent programmers, software architects, quality assurance and operations managers. In 1998, Nemetschek Bulgaria was founded by the Munich-based software group of the same name in Sofia, Bulgaria. It offers software development for third parties. Our founder, Jürgen Biffar, was a DocuWare customer from the very beginning. Today, Nemetschek Bulgaria is majority-owned by George Brashnarov, who has been managing director of the company from the beginning and now employs over 300 people. When Jürgen Biffar told him about his mission to increase the learning success of students in public schools with the help of very good software, he was thrilled. He offered to provide our foundation with a very good team at favorable conditions.

That is why we have excellent engineers in Sofia today, led by experienced managers. They develop the digital learning tools in close cooperation with our authors from Eichstätt. The EU country Bulgaria is home to many highly motivated software developers who can extend us in the future.

 

Successful in the Team

Behind the Digital Education Foundation is an energetic and competent team from various fields. Together we consistently pursue the foundation's goal.

Would you like to join us? Send an e-mail to info@digi-edu.org

 

Authoring English

Prof. Dr.
Heiner Böttger

Mentor Authoring Team English, Head of Professorship English Didactics KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Leonie
Haas

Software Author, Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Friederike
Hornung

Software Author

Deborah Költzsch

Software Author 

Christina
Linner

Software Author, 
Aspiring Teacher

Ira 
Mittelsteiner

Software Author, Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Rebecca 
Pape

Student at the University of Eichstätt,
Software Author

Pascha
Port

Software Author, 
Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Sabine
Schächtl

Software Author

Cecilia
Scheller

Senior Manager Authoring English

Jakob 
Schmidt

Software Author, Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Veronika
Stampfer

Software Author, Student  KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Authoring Mathematics

Alina
Blasi

Software Author,
Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Eva-Maria
Falk

Software Author

Thomas
Haas

 Mentor Authoring Team Mathematics, Lecturer Mathematik-Didaktik KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt + Mathematics-Teacher Gymnasium Beilngries,

Oxana
Horst

Software Author

Marie 
Röttger

Software Author, 
Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Maximilian König

Software Author

Lucie
Schindhelm

Software Author, 
Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Michael
Maior

Software Author,
Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Sabrina
Scholz

 Software Author, 
Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Lena 
Meißner

 Software Author, 
Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Sonja
Völkel

 Senior Manager Authoring Mathematics,
Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Bianca
Höppner

Junior Mentor Authoring Team Mathematics, 

Software Author, Student KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

 
User Experience

 

Programs must be easy to understand, simple to use and at the same time inspire with graphics and animation. Our UX experts are responsible for this and for user tests, while at the same time providing a valuable link to software development.

Martin
Bartl

Media Coordinator

Lisa
Geier

User Experience
Specialist

Natasa
Jeftic

Graphics Designer

Aissatou
Niang

Graphics Designer

Hannah
Nicklas

Senior Manager
User Experience

Kerstin
Niefnecker

User Experience
Specialist

Charlotte Kelschenbach

Graphics Designer

Vanessa Straube

User Experience
Specialist

 
Engineers

 

Digital learning tools are programmed, tested and made available via the cloud for use by tens of thousands of users. This is done by our software engineers in Sofia.

Subby
Angelov

Team Leader

Nemetschek Bulgaria,

Engineering Team Leader

Pavel
Apostolov

Software Developer Nemetschek Bulgaria

Ibraim
Asanov

Senior QA Engineer

Nemetschek Bulgaria

Hristian
Dimitrov

Software Developer Nemetschek Bulgaria

Kiril
Iliev

Software Developer

Nemetschek Bulgaria

Nedyalko
Nedelchev

Software Engineer

Nemetschek Bulgaria

Yoana
Ilieva

Senior Software Developer

Nemetschek Bulgaria

Mariana 
Poroilieva

Software Developer

Nemetschek Bulgaria

Aleksandrina
Koleva

Software Developer

Nemetschek Bulgaria

Senior Software Developer

Nemetschek Bulgaria

Viktor
Minkovski

Team Leader Nemetschek Bulgaria, Engineering Team Leader + Software Architect

Andrija
Vuksanovic

Senior Manager Development

Miloslav
Todorov
Quality Management

Tobias
Glatz

Software Tester

Sabrina
Glatz

Senior Manager Quality Management

Nils
Kohl

Software Tester

Helena
Dreßler

Manager Data Privacy, Software Testing

Marketing

Friedrich
Koopmann

Press Manager

Anika
Föckersperger

Manager Communication, Student at KU

 Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

 
Administration

 

Stable processes and structures, reliable management and an appropriate image are essential for achieving our goals. We rely on the expertise of internal and external specialists.

Jürgen
Biffar

President Finance

Alexander
Koch

Kanzlei Koch,

Tax Counslor

Bianca
Krenauer

Giorgi Steuerberatung GmbH,

Accounting

Infografik Oberländer,

Marketing

Steffen
Oberländer
Steffen Oberlaender
Laura
Weglehner-Motz

Manager Project Controlling and Partner Relations

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Michaela
Wienke

President Finance

Lena
Zitzelsberger

Manager Team and Teacher Development

 
Join in and be Part of it

 

We are always looking for creative thinkers, motivated developers and committed team players.

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