John Achim Holzhauer
John Achim Holzhauer, 26, is the founder and CEO of Semorai GmbH, with locations in Karlsruhe and Heilbronn. His passion for engineering and entrepreneurship was sparked in his childhood by the family-owned farm and his father’s work in the concrete industry. During his studies in industrial engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, he was able to expand his knowledge in the fields of engineering, IT, and business. In roles at Daimler, Bosch, and Bertelsmann, as well as in research at the wbk Institute for Production Technology, he developed solutions for the automation and control of production facilities, with a focus on artificial intelligence since 2019.
With the mission of giving engineers more freedom to develop highly innovative solutions for the challenges of our generation, he founded Semorai GmbH in 2022. Within 2 years, the team grew to 14 employees and a close network of 50 additional developers. In collaboration with OEMs and suppliers in the automotive, mechanical engineering, and medical technology industries, the team continues to develop their core technology, an AI-based engineer. Semorai’s previous solutions include the creation and quality assurance of specifications for OEMs, the automated evaluation of incoming customer inquiries and quote creation for suppliers, as well as the gradual automation of the FMEA. Additional services are currently in development. For their work, the team has been honored with various awards, most recently by RISE EUROPE as one of the most promising AI startups in Europe.