Out of numerous applications from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Romania, nine student teams were pre-selected for the grand finale of Be an Innovator 2018 in Berlin. The event took place at the co-working- and event space “Factory Berlin” in Berlin Mitte, in midst of young entrepreneurs and innovative. With the support of their BearingPoint coaches, each team presented its pitch and faced challenging questions from the BearingPoint jury.
This year’s final teams were:
All the exciting, innovative and creative ideas made it very difficult for our jury to pick 3 winner teams, but after a long discussion, the decision was made:
Vlad Macelaru and Costin Costea from Team ClarK presented their AR (Augmented Reality) industrial smart glasses especially developed for the automobile and logistics industry. The smart glasses can provide employees more security and efficiency within the working process by simply localizing and identifying errors digitally in the process.
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.
Vlad Macelaru states after being announced this year’s winner: " "The opportunity to participate in the Be an Innovator competition and also visit Berlin motivated and got us working on our prototype and presentation. Everyone there was very well prepared and we learned a thing or two from every team. We're honored and happy to come back home with the prize and to see that our idea got validated once again.”
From left to right: Iris Grewe (BearingPoint Partner and Jury), Vlad Macelaru and Costin Costea (Team ClarK), Gabrieal Diaconescu (BearingPoint Coach), Andreas Tuchscherer (BearingPoint Senior Manager and Jury)
Team PAVE was represented by Florian Biller and Sebastian Schlecht. The SaaS (Software as a Service) tool PAVE developed enables digital and sufficient construction through AI-& Blockchain-based resource planning and digital construction management.
From left to right: Andreas Tuchsherer (BearingPoint Senior Manager and Jury), Andreas Elscheid (BearingPoint Coach), Florian Biller and Sebastian Schlecht (Team PAVE), Iris Grewe (BearingPoint Partner and Jury)
Representing Team Skinow, Judith Noerpel-Schneider and Reto Trachsel took the stage and presented their digital product idea for skiing region. The duo invented a ticketing app for dynamic pricing, data analytics and online marketing to provide mountain railways a sustainable solution.
The team was happy to win third prize and told us: “Be an Innovator brought exciting start-ups and young international minds together. The pitches and the mutual exchange/interchange of ideas were deeply inspiring so we are able to take away valuable experiences for our own business. We are proud to take place on the winners´ podium among 58 startups and looking forward to making the next steps with Skinow in the future.”
From left to right: Andreas Tuchscherer (BearingPoint Senior Manager and Jury), Reto Trachsel and Judith Noerpel-Schneider (Team Skinow), Eva-Maria Than (BearingPoint Coach), Iris Grewe (BearingPoint Partner and Jury)