Pilot projects with companies made possible – ten start-ups develop solutions in just five weeks
Five-week program links ten IT and high-tech start-ups with medium-sized and international companies and helps them to successfully enter the market. The highlight was the digital finale with presentations in front of more than 60 guests, 15 companies and a three-member jury.
A tailor-made and solution-oriented networking between start-ups and companies from Baden-Württemberg took place in November as part of the state accelerator “Up2B”. “It was partly the search for the needle in the 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 start-ups that can solve the challenges”.
Ten startups from all over Germany were networked with seven companies in this way before the start of the five-week program. The aim was to help the start-ups improve their products and support them in successfully entering the market.
At the program’s finale, the guests were welcomed by Paul Becker: “The cooperations have the potential to further develop new technologies and make them applicable. Combining the size and market power of established companies and the agility and innovation level of the start-ups creates a constellation from which all participants benefit”.
The jury awarded the startup Datability from Darmstadt as the winner of the Up2B Product Booster. Philipp Vorst, Department Manager at ABB, explained the decision: “The start-up has developed a technology that helps companies to digitize spare parts management within a very short time. All that is needed for data acquisition and transmission is a smartphone. It couldn’t be simpler! We were convinced by the wide range of possible applications for the solutions in industry”.
Startup Datability’s technology enables the identification of spare parts through image processing with machine learning.
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
Polysecure (Freiburg), Minktec (Braunschweig), Cellulosic (Augsburg), DeepVA (Freiburg), LatAU (Munich), Biochip Systems (Munich), 3DPartzz (Berlin), Datability (Darmstadt), Cellulosic (Stuttgart), Quadcover (Berlin), Spectelligence (Magdeburg).
The partner companies
IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH (Obersulm), BASF SE (Ludwigshafen), Freudenberg & Co.KG (Weinheim), ZEISS Innovation Hub (Karlsruhe), Röchling SE & Co.KG, Hübner GmbH & Co.KG (Kassel), O.Lab (Mannheim).
Dr. Philipp Vorst (ABB AG Research Center), Dr. Bernhard Buck (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG), Roberto Bifulco (NEC Laboratories Europe Gmbh)