For the 10th time Wirtschaftswoche invited the most innovative minds to the annual "Neumacher" founder award. With around 200 startups participating in the competition, only six have earned an opportunity to pitch their ideas to an outstanding jury. Thorsten Marquardt stated after the jury meeting "I find it absolutely fascinating that there are so many founders, who are driven not by money, but by an idea of a better world".
Last year the title of the winner was given to Thomas Kirchner, who impressed the jury with a glove (ProGlove) that ease the work in factories and warehouses. This year he took a seat in the jury himself thus helping to decide who is to bring the "Neumacher meets Weltmarktführer" prize home on the 30th of November. The prize is worth fighting for: it entitles a starting capital of 10,000€, a package of non-cash benefits in the amount of around 300,000€ and a seat in the jury for the "Neumacher" prize 2017.
Green City Solution
Combining plants and modern technology, Green City Solution presents "City Tree" – a product devoted for cleaning the air in cities. Not only toxins, fine dust and CO2 are filtered out of the air – the surface of "City Tree" provides a convenient space for advertising solutions.
The gridBox is designed to save both energy and money. This is done by an intelligent control concept whereby free capacities are used in the electricity market. It activates the first adapter, which can be used independently from manufacturer.
Inveox introduces an intelligent container that automatically gathers pathological samples. Their product ContainR is primarily used to process tissue samples in cancer diagnosis.
Landbox is created to replace Styrofoam packaging. Based on straw fibers packing technology, it does not only regulate moisture and absorb shock, but is also 100% biodegradable. What is more, the production costs are only 1 / 50th of a styrofoam packaging.
ParkHere develops a parking sensor that works without an external power source. Energy efficient sensor strips are attached to the floor. They work in a combination with a separate GPRS module that send information to a server where data is analysed.
Plantix, a product of Peat, is a software that detects damage of plants. Over 40 different types of harm can be recognized: from sickness to infection. The software can be used in agriculture via droves or robots.
Our résumé after the jury meeting was: A very colorful mix of the digitalization has been presented. From innovative medical to parking solutions and early plants damage detection.
We really liked Landpack! They are down to earth and their product is absolutely convincing. Landpack addresses the “Zeitgeist” of sustainability. The founders implemented it quickly and with a lot of courage. The surprising thing it really stands apart from purely digital models putting the focus on industry 4.0 instead.