Founder and CEO of ArtNight

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Aimie-Sarah Carstensen

1. Try to describe yourself in 3 words only.

I am really passionate, willing to take a risk and I have a lot of positive energy.

2. Tell us about your current business.

ArtNight was founded in 2016 by David and me. The first installment by ArtNight is all about painting. Under the guidance of an artist, guests create their own artwork in local bars and restaurants. The special feature of an ArtNight is the high entertainment factor. Therefore, ArtNights are not only fun, but also provide great opportunities to meet new people or to have a nice evening with friends. The pictures and techniques are taught in a beginner-friendly way so that anyone can create a great picture on their canvas. You can improve your own painting skills or rediscover your passion to paint. Besides public ArtNights we offer private ones (e.g. team events or bachelor/bachelorette parties).

Furthermore, we have three new edutaining (=entertaining + educational) formats: ShakeNight - diversified Cocktail courses, BakeNight - it’s all about the real baking trade and PlantNight - DIY flower workshops for e.g. floral wreaths and macramé.

3. Where did you get the entrepreneurial spirit? (For example are any of your parent’s entrepreneurs, or was it self-motivation, how did you get there?)

I would say both! Definitely I also got the entrepreneurial spirit from my parents who teached me always to stand up for the things I want to achieve, to take risks and to believe in myself and what I do. But nevertheless, I think self-motivation is an essential factor to reach your goals and also to inspire others with your ideas and concepts.

4. How have your entrepreneurial motivations changed since you first started?

My entrepreneurial motivations have increased because I see that the concept of ArtNight and the concepts of our new edutaining brands ShakeNight, PlantNight, BakeNight, as well as all the work I am doing with my team, are really successful. It is great to see that our customers believe in us and that we’re growing so fast - internally and externally.

5. Do you believe there is a ‘winning formula for becoming a ‘successful entrepreneur’? If so, what is yours?

I think there are different ways to become a successful entrepreneur, but there are factors that support the process of becoming one. For example it is essential to be willing to take a risk and to try things out, also when you can fail - you always learn a lot through mistakes and you grow with it! For sure it’s decisively that you believe in your own concepts and that you see impossible things as a chance to make them possible. And - just do the things, sometimes that is more important than doing it perfectly.

6. Top 3 mobile apps, websites that make your work and life more effective?

Slack - it is our internal chat workspace. Our communication within the team in slack is effective because you can ask team-members without interfering them directly.

Over - a great app to design instagram posts and stories, which I use on a daily basis.

Spotify - to start the day with happy music during my run in the morning, and to end it with relaxed one ;)

7. What is the best advice you have received, and that you still follow?

Always ask yourself: what is the worst thing that could happen? The worst case is usually not as bad as you would have originally thought of. This helps you to dare more, take risks and to live the life you love.

8. What do you value most about being an EYES member?

It is amazing to see that there are so many inspiring members who support each other in a confidential space. I am happy to be a part of that passionate, international network where I can meet entrepreneurial young people, exchange with them and learn from them.

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