Pilot projects with companies made possible – ten start-ups develop solutions in only three weeks
Three-week program links ten IT and high-tech startups with medium-sized and international companies and helps them to successfully enter the market. The highlight was the finale with presentations in front of more than 100 guests, 23 companies and a four-member jury in the new Business Development Center Heidelberg.
A tailor-made and solution-oriented networking between start-ups and companies from Baden-Württemberg took place in November as part of the state-funded accelerator “Up2B”. “It was partly a search for the needle in a haystack. The actual work took place before and not during the program,” explains Paul Becker, project manager in the Up2B Accelerator. “Two points were essential for a perfectly fitting network. First, identifying the challenges that companies currently face and want to address with smart startup solutions. Second, an intensive search for startups that can solve the challenges.”
Ten startups from all over Germany were networked with five companies in this way before the start of the three-week programme. The aim was to improve the start-ups in the further development of their products and to support them in successfully entering the market. Additionally
At the final of the program, the guests were welcomed by André H.R. Domin: “With the Up2B Product Booster, we have succeeded in finding perfectly fitting start-ups and networking them with companies from the region for pilot projects. These cooperations were very intensive and the applications, which were developed in three weeks, are now being implemented quickly. In all cases, the contacts we made led to an exchange from which both start-ups and established companies benefit”.
The jury awarded the startups KimoKnow from Karlsruhe and Plasmion from Augsburg as winners of the Up2B Product Booster. Klaus Schimmer, Open Innovation Chief Architect, explained the decision: “The Plasmion and KimoKnow start-ups exceed the precision of the human senses and at the same time support people in their everyday working lives. We were convinced by the wide range of possible applications for the solutions in industry”.
The technology of the start-up company Kimoknow can automatically recognize objects using artificial intelligence, revolutionizing quality assurance and employee support.
Plasmion has developed “electronic nose sensor” that monitors odours of volatile and organic compounds in real time and in almost any industrial environment.
Lukas Kriete from KimoKnow sums up: “It was an enrichment to be part of this program. We received great coaching, were prepared for working with companies and were able to present our product to many companies and have promising discussions. As the winner, the start-up company takes home a cheque for 500 euros. The prize money was provided by the Techniker Krankenkasse.
The Up2B Accelerator is a joint project of Technologiepark Heidelberg, Startup Mannheim and innoWerft Walldorf and is financed by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the European Social Fund (ESF).
The participating startups
RabbitAI (Heidelberg), sentin (Bochum), ZReality (Kaiserslautern), urobots (Pforzheim), Lexatexer (Berlin), Sooqua (Darmstadt), KimoKnow (Karlsruhe), Plasmion (Augsburg), Semron (Dresden), Isarsoft (Munich/Karlsruhe)
The partner companies
KSB SE & Co.KG (Frankenthal), IDS Innovation GmbH (Obersulm), Gelita AG (Eberbach), Digital Agency Heidelberg and City of Mannheim
Dr Philipp Vorst (ABB AG Research Center), Dr Bernhard Buck (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG), Klaus Schimmer (SAP SE), Lone Aggersbjerg (Tink Tank GmbH)