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We are 5 steps ahead and shape the business of tomorrow.

Managing the transformation of companies in the digital age means questioning the existing concepts, constantly learning and optimizing. In combination with the right methodology and a forward-looking mindset, this can lead to unexpected or disruptive solutions. To achieve this, we enable companies to use new technologies for their own benefit and derive ideas for new products, services and business models from them. And constantly focusing on the customer.


We deal with the technologies of the future and their relevant drivers for companies. We analyze trends and technologies in a market context and realize innovation projects in the field of digital transformation - from the idea to the marketable solution.

We set out to involve our customers in the process. We are convinced that co-creation is an important success factor in the development of new solutions. Very often great potential is revealed when it comes to a company's data. In particular, there are chances for optimizing existing processes and opportunities for the development of new business models.

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We are a corporate startup and part of a German family-owned company ELA Container. The history of ELA is characterized by expansions, new industries, innovative product developments and advanced technology. The high-quality ELA container rooms are used in many industries. With 5ahead, ELA Container will continuously initiate and implement new innovations in internal processes, technical applications and new business areas.




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Who we`re looking for

GIS Specialist (m/f/x)

At 5ahead we’re investigating the possibilities of implementing geoinformation systems to digitalize and optimize processes at ELA Container. For this, we design and create prototypes and conduct market research to investigate how we can implement our solutions on a larger scale. The prototyping involves formulating business cases, frontend and backend development, and application design.

ELA’s containers are manufactured at one of ELA’s locations and transported via ship or truck to the customer’s address, which we refer to as the placement site. The placement sites of containers need to fulfil certain criteria in order to achieve optimal stability and safety. Containers are also connected to plumbing and electrical facilities. After the renting period of the containers, they’re returned to an ELA location for any required maintenance and safety checks. These are just some examples of business cases that lend themselves well to the implementation of GIS.

Are you keen on, and experienced in working with, GIS and want to play your role in developing prototypes and solutions to digitalize and optimize business processes? And do the following subjects pique your interest?

Since we are a small team, we can offer flexibility. We’re open to the possibility of:

At 5ahead we also believe in an informal approach to job applications. If you see a match with us, feel free to send us your CV or a message on LinkedIn. Or stop by our office in The Gallery for a coffee.

We’re also always open to new ideas and ventures – what matters is motivation and an innovative mindset. We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact us

Hi, I’m Philip Kwiotek – founder of 5ahead. If you want to know more about our corporate startup or become part of our crew, feel free to contact me.

At home on the campus


Our modern office is located in The Gallery on the campus of Twente University. We take advantage of our university location to build collaborations and a specialized team.