Mehmet Tanriverdi’s story is the typical German dream. He came to Germany from Turkey when he was 18 and founded not one, but two companies here. His own translation firm financed his degree in electrical engineering.
Now, at 52, he is prospering with two companies: Translate4you, which employs 70 freelancers, and Meta Bearings Distribution in Gießen, which supplies rolling contact and ball bearings for the automotive industry.
“When you’re founding a company, it doesn’t make a difference whether you’re an immigrant or not,” he said in perfect German. “My name didn’t matter.”