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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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Our strong network

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

Masterstudent - Business Model Innovations (m/f/d)
Location: Enschede - Fulltime

1,400 employees. 24 locations worldwide. 60,000 containers in circulation. We have been growing steadily since our foundation in 1972. We are specialists in mobile space solutions in container construction. Our family-run company is growing dynamically, which is why we are constantly looking for qualified, friendly and team-oriented employees in all areas worldwide.

We are currently looking for Master’s students who are looking for an exciting topic for their thesis. You are a person with your own personal profile of qualifications, talents and desires. And we are not like any other company. We offer exciting tasks, opportunities for further development and a relaxed, friendly culture. Interested? Then we should get to know each other better.

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how to apply

The best way to send us your documents is by e-mail to welcome@5ahead.com. Just send us your CV and a few lines about what makes you special, why we are a good fit and how you heard about us. The best way for us to get to know each other is to meet in person over a coffee in our office. We look forward to meeting 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.