At the tender age of 16, Stefan Hamann founds Hamann-Media GmbH as a classic internet agency. The schoolboy and technology buff is soon such a familiar figure in Schöppingen that he becomes a point of contact for every possible computer problem for most people in the village.
After the firm was founded, Stefan brings in his brother Sebastian, and his creativity has a crucial influence on the company. The brothers' different skills form the perfect symbiosis of technology and design.
The Hamann brothers receive an order from www.arktis.de to develop an individual shop system. The solutions already on the market are both technologically and visually inadequate at that time.
Stefan and Sebastian develop a shop system that sets new standards in technology and design terms. They take the decision to market the system as a standard product – and Shopware is born.
Stefan Heyne, a mutual friend of the Hamann brothers, joins the company as the third Board member.
Based on his experience as a sales professional, Heyne sets up the structures for indirect sales in Germany and abroad.
The product name becomes the company name: the Hamann bothers and Stefan Heyne found Shopware AG.
Since the joint-stock company was founded, Shopware has seen organic growth and continues to finance itself through equity capital, which is extremely unusual in the sector.
In the autumn, Shopware brings an open-source "Community Edition" to market.
The company's strict belief in openness and "community-driven development" motivate the Schöppingen company to take a crucial strategic decision.
After the release of the open-source version, the download figures break all records overnight and make the system known to the wider public.
The trend of high annual growth rates has continued to this day – Shopware has backed the right horse.
...that we have already been invited to the Summer Festival of the parliamentary group for SMEs (PKM) by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel?
...that at the age of 16, Stefan Hamann was actually too young to found a company and therefore needed special permission from the district court?
...that we are planning another company building at the moment, because otherwise we would soon have no more room for new staff?
Head over to the download area, where the free version of our open source solution – the Shopware Community Edition – is available for download. You can install Shopware in your own hosting environment, a virtual system image or locally on your PC, Mac or Linux computer.
Want to take Shopware for a spin? You can easily test Shopware in our public live demo or request your own personal demo.
Here you can set up your own online shop in a cloud environment with just a few clicks. Test Shopware, free of charge, for an hour in the cloud with Bitnami, where you have the most popular cloud services, including Google, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Amazon Web Services, CenturyLink or 1&1, available to choose from.