RESTUBE brings the 2015 German Startup Award to Karlsruhe

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.

Preisträger RESTUBE, Kategorie StartUp |Bildquelle: Franziska Krug / Deutscher Gründerpreis

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

Innovation award NEO – More health for the Karlsruhe TechnologyRegion

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.