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The winners of this year’s start-up contest Be an Innovator by BearingPoint have been selected! Ten student teams from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Romania qualified for the grand finale in Berlin, where they presented their digital project ideas in front of the BearingPoint jury. Team Skipper from Switzerland won first place with their digital solution for SMEs, in order to provide these with more price transparency and benchmark opportunities within the freight container logistic sector.

On 05th May 2017 ten teams presented their digital project idea in front oft he BearingPoint jury and showed a wide variety of innovation and creativity.

The finale took place at the co-working and event space “Factory Berlin” in Berlin Mitte. Here, young start-ups and entrepreneurs work on innovative business ideas everyday. This atmosphere and the industrial flair of the location was the perfect surrounding for the Be an Innovator finale 2017.

The first place, with a prize money of 8,000 Euro and one year of consulting from BearingPoint, was won by the Swiss Team Skipper from HSG University St.Gallen. Timarian Rust and Andreas Beirholm presented their business model, which was developed for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in order to provide these with more price transparency in the freight container logistics sector. The focus of this digital platform is on the freight routes between the USA and Europe and is supposed to empower SMEs to optimize their logistics and to create a stronger basis for negotiation.

The team now has the opportunity, with the support from BearingPoint, to realize their idea and to take the next step with their start-up. Timarian Rust stated after winning the contest: "The Be an Innovator event from BearingPoint was an outstanding learning opportunity for us due to the intensive support. Having won, we are excited to continue working with BearingPoint as a competent and resourceful partner."

1st Prize: Team Skipper (Switzerland) – 8,000 Euro and one year consulting from BearingPoint

From left to right: Kai Wächter (BearingPoint Partner and Jury), Andreas Beirholm and Timarian Rust (Team Skipper), Kiumars Hamidian (BearingPoint Partner and Jury)

2nd Prize: Team Inveox (Germany) – 3,000 Euro

Team Inveox was represented by CEO Maria Driesel and CTO Dominik Sievert. Under the motto “rethinking pathology”, they presented their innovative product: a digitized container for tissue specimine, in order to optimize the process, avoid errors and save costs. “Be an Innovator was a fantastic event for us with great pitches and contact to other participants and the jury. This really will really advance our start-up! Great feedback and networking with a top-class jury! Thank you BearingPoint.” is what Maria Driesel stated after receiving the 2nd prize.  

From left to right: Kai Wächter (BearingPoint Partner and Jury), Dominik Sievert and Maria Driesel (Team Inveox), Kiumars Hamidian (BearingPoint Partner and Jury).

3rd Prize: Team RetailQuant (Germany) – 1,000 Euro

Representing Team RetailQuant, Gordan Volaric and Arcadi Llanza took the stage and presented their digital product idea for stationary retail. A measuring device placed at cash registers is supposed to anonymously record certain demographic parameters of customers and process these into usable data. A whole digital eco-system is being created and therefore, retailers can evaluate the customer behavior and develop according strategies. The team was happy to win third prize and told us: “The most important component for us at the Be an Innovator contest was the close collaboration with BearingPoint and especially with our coach. At the event itself, we were thrilled by the atmosphere and the openness oft he other start-ups. Networking and discussions about possible cooperations were on a very friendly level and left a lot of opportunity for creativity. The Be an Innovator Contest and the received feedback were in all aspects an enrichment for RETAIL-Quant and for us as founders.”

From left to right: Gordan Volaric (Team RetailQuant), Kai Wächter (BearingPoint Partner and Jury), Arcadi Llanza (Team RetailQuant), Kiumars Hamidian (BearingPoint Partner and Jury)

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