On 06/30/2015, this year’s Deutscher Gründerpreis (German Startup Award) was awarded in Berlin. The competition is hosted by the partners stern, Sparkasse, ZDF, and Porsche and is one of the most meaningful distinctions for founders and entrepreneurs in Germany. Every year, this prize is awarded in the categories Student, StartUp, Shooting Star, Special Award, and Lifetime Achievement. This time, two KIT startups made it into the finals and had high hopes at the festive award ceremony.
Image source: Franziska Krug / Deutscher Gründerpreis
The startup RESTUBE GmbH competed against Customized Drinks GmbH and OnPage.org GmbH in the category “StartUp.” RESTUBE develops, produces, and sells inflatable buoys for water sports. In a critical situation, a buoy inflates using a gas cartridge. This way, the user can save him or herself from drowning. RESTUBE is so-to-speak the inflatable backup for all athletes in water sports. On the evening of the award presentation, RESTUBE asserted itself against its competitors with its worldwide unique “life buoy.” The team headed by Christopher Fuhrhop and Marius Kunkis won the German Startup Award in the category “StartUp.” We congratulate the team on this great success!
The KIT spin-off Nanoscribe GmbH, founded in 2007, competed in the category “Shooting Star” next to Jimdo and Little Bird. Nanoscribe was nominated for the Startup Award due to technical and entrepreneurial competency as well as the leap from pure research to market success. The company manufactures 3D printers on a micro and nanometer scale and offers photoresists and process solutions for an array of uses. Unfortunately, the jury ultimately chose a different team, honoring Jimdo with the German Startup Award in “Shooting Star.” Nonetheless, getting to the final round gives the Nanoscribe team great recognition.
We are especially proud that two KIT teams made it to the Startup Awards this year. We are delighted to see the development of the startup culture at the KIT and in the “fan city” of Karlsruhe. We congratulate both teams on their successful participation in the renowned competition and on their special recognition for outstanding entrepreneurial performance in Germany!
For more information about the German Startup Awards, visit www.deutscher-gruenderpreis.de
The company Falquez, Pantle und Pritz GbR offers software-as-a-service for flow and noise prognoses in technical device development. With the help of the cloud-based platform NUBERISIM, complex high performance simulations can be driven and operated easily via browser. Therefore, potential sources of noise are found as early as product development and measures for noise minimization can be taken early on. In an interview, we asked Dr. Iris Pantle about the idea, the startup time, and the future prospects.
Team of NUBERISIM (f.l.): Balazs Pritz, Iris Pantle, Carlos Falquez (Source: KIT / Markus Breig)
For the third time, from March 23rd to 27th, 2015, the spring school for soon-to-be founders and scientists interested in founding took place. As previously, the HECTOR School of Engineering & Management was a cooperational partner of the spring school.
As usual, the participants came from a wide array of areas: from toxicology through to genetics and ranging to robotics and interactive real-time systems. We were pleased that the spring school attracted some more female participants this time – nearly half of the 14 participants were female. Continue reading
Aging is a process that no one can defy. Additionally, demographic change and other factors accompany aging. The Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion (TRK) takes up this topic in the course of its innovation award NEO. With this prize, the TRK wants to promote innovative solutions that influence our future life. The award is presented by the TRK with a different topic every year. The emphasis of the NEO 2015 is the topic of health technology. More specifically, innovative solutions in the areas of diagnostics, therapy, rehab, prevention, health support, and telemedicine.
The competition is directed toward all people, academic and other institutions, companies, and clubs that are connected to the TRK, be it through studies or the location of the company. Do you have an innovative business idea in the area of health technology? Then use this opportunity to win € 20,000 and apply by April 27, 2015!
The competition has two stages. After the first round of applications, the jury will make a preselection and invite 10 applicants to hand in a detailed draft. The grand award ceremony will take place on October 13, 2015 at Biologische Heilmittel Heel GmbH in Baden-Baden.
Whoever dares to take the step of starting their own business from a business idea often has to rely on supporters and advocates. Especially in the search for capital, one has to convince investors of the idea and business model. But how to convince major investors and multipliers of the idea?
The most important step: The potential investor needs to get to know about the idea; the founders must introduce him to their business concept. In a very brief time, the investor should understand the idea and realize the market potential. This presentation situation is known as “Elevator Pitch”: In two minutes, at the most, the prospective entrepreneurs present their business idea, waking the potential investors’ appetite for a promising investment. Here, the decisive factor is the first impression that the entrepreneur leaves with the investor. In this important moment, the founder must succeed in selling his business idea and himself as good as possible and make the investor curious. If you believe the elevator pitch, the chances for an invitation to a follow-up meeting are not bad at all. In an in-depth discussion, the comprehensive business plan can then be submitted and the business idea discussed in detail. A well-prepared pitch is therefore the “entry ticket” to key contacts and opportunities for further development.