Eight startups worked together with experts for four weeks to improve their software. Program completed with a Corporate Speed Dating: The startups presented their products to the corporates.
“So far, we’ve supported startups in our accelerator programs, especially on business topics, developed marketing strategies with them and linked them with investors. With Up2B ProductBooster we go one step further: The Up2B ProductBooster focuses on improving the software, “says Thomas Prexl, head of the startup support office and one of the minds behind the Up2B Accelerator. In order to make the leap from prototype to market, eight IT startups worked four weeks in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Walldorf on their software solutions (B2B), which they presented to company representatives on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
The startups had 9 minutes time to inspire eleven company representatives. The so-called Corporate Speed Dating was the highlight of the Accelerator program. After four weeks of intensive work, the young entrepreneurs received feedback and valuable company contacts. The best startup won a check in the amount of 750 euros. Sparkasse Heidelberg sponsored the prize money.
The jury decided about the winner: Prospeum from Stuttgart. The founders Philipp Rathjen, Daniel Soller and Friedrich Kern offer a cloud-based service for the optimization of purchasing processes. Complex tasks are simplified by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The three founders and award winners were impressed by the new program: “Without Up2B Product Booster, we would not have progressed so fast with our software – we also learned how to develop a user-friendly interface. But the most important thing for us is the contact to experts and mentors in the field of product development “. The second and third place was awarded to Industry List from Frankfurt am Main and Darmstadt and Treye Tech from Mannheim.
Companies participating at the finale event:
KSB, HI Innovation, etventure, EnBW, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, SAP, Sovanta, edataconsulting, OSconomy, Netzwerk Smart Production and ABB
Prospeum, SFMS, Retest, Industry List, Treye Tech, Palin, Home Network, Gentleminds