Out of numerous applicants, several student teams from universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Romania qualify to take part at the final event of the start-up contest Be an Innovator and have the chance to present their project idea in front of the BearingPoint Jury. Three teams with especially innovative ideas, are then awarded with attractive prizes.
The first place 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.
From left to right: Kai Wächter (BearingPoint Partner and Jury), Andreas Beirholm and Timarian Rust (Team Skipper), Kiumars Hamidian (BearingPoint Partner and Jury)
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.
From left to right: Kai Wächter (BearingPoint Partner and Jury), Dominik Sievert and Maria Driesel (Team Inveox), Kiumars Hamidian (BearingPoint Partner and Jury).
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.
From left to right: Gordan Volaric (Team RetailQuant), Kai Wächter (BearingPoint Partner and Jury), Arcadi Llanza (Team RetailQuant), Kiumars Hamidian (BearingPoint Partner and Jury)
The team EyeScan develops an App, which uses the front camera of a smartphone to track the gaze and movement of the eyes and enables the navigation of the smartphone via gesture-patterns. It enables users with severe handicaps or cerebral disturbances affecting motoric capabilities (in Germany 2.5 Million people) to navigate their smartphones.
Anton Wachner & Barish Istipiler from EyeScan, Kai Wächter, Partner and Industry Leader Public Services for Central Continental Europe at BearingPoint, and Marcel Nickler, Partner and Regional Leader for Central Continental Europe at BearingPoint.
Sensoc develops washable smart socks, which can measure the pressure on the soles via conducting fibre, thereby allowing to analyze and track e.g. gait and pronation/supination. The socks deliver data for doctors, patients and rehabilitation centers via an integrated Bluetooth chip to smartphones and tablets. Approximately 70% of the population in the EU suffers from an (often undetected) malalignment of foot. As a result, roughly €4 billion is spent on physiotherapy every year. These socks help identify health issues and assist during rehabilitation and physiotherapy phases, while increasing accuracy and reducing costs of therapy.
Fabian Brunner & Johannes Fankhauser from Sensoc, Kai Wächter, Partner and Industry Leader Public Services for Central Continental Europe at BearingPoint, and Marcel Nickler, Partner and Regional Leader for Central Continental Europe at BearingPoint
Lumind is a personalized assistance system for diabetics and their relatives. The app is connected to a glucometer and shows statistics on the blood glucose levels. In addition, a separate device indicates via different light colors whether the blood glucose level deviates from the normal level.
Kevin Röhl & Henrik Dransfeld from Lumind, Kai Wächter, Partner and Industry Leader Public Services for Central Continental Europe at BearingPoint, and Marcel Nickler, Partner and Regional Leader for Central Continental Europe at BearingPoint
Paula Schmelzer (4th from left) and Daniel Dilger (2nd from the right) from the team myFoodMap with the jury members Alexa Haisermann (1st from the left), Marcel Nickler (3rd from the left), Kai Wächter (3rd from the right) and Klaus Kalthoff (1st from the right) as well as their Be.Project Coach Helen Schnepf (2nd from the left).
This team is using the mega trend of „free from- food (food for allergy sufferer). People suffering from food intolerances like Lactose, Fructose, Histamine etc. must invest much time to find the right food. The app „freefromMap“ should help them to find suitable products. In cooperation with food shops this is creating a completely new sales channel for the retail. In further steps the project can be enlarged to specific food requests such as „myKosherMap“, „myHalalMap“ or „myLowCarbMap“.
Sascha Bührle (1st from the left), Dorina Thiess (2nd from the left) and Arik Röschke (1st from the right) from the team Ceveeo with Kai Wächter, Managing Director BearingPoint.
The team could create a new cover for dogs which includes not only a GPS tracker (invisible leash) and an Activity Tracker (pulse, body temperature etc.), but can also detect health problems in an early state. The use of an app makes it possible to trace and understand health problems of the dog. This concept can also be adopted to other animals like horses or even camels.
Felix Meissgeier (1st from the left) and Marco Maier (1st from the right) from the Team Viscopic with Kai Wächter, Managing Director BearingPoint.
What this team wants is not less than to revolutionize the First Level Support for the machine industry, especially for small and medium-sized companies. With help of Video Live Stream, visualized instructions and Whiteboard-Functionality, the support employee can – from a distance - instruct his colleague respectively the customer how to fix a problem. The objective is to raise the quality and efficiency of the service and therefore to reduce the cost for the First Level Support.
They have developed a smart alarm system which is integrated into a LED bulb and linked with the internet. It is cost-saving, efficient and doesn’t request a video surveillance. The user can control it via app and hence react also in emergency cases via the internet.
President of the Jury Marcel Nickler, Stefanie Turber, Marcus Köhler (from the left)
They could convince the jury with a forward-looking solution of cleaning sewage water by enzymes, created by moss and hence to counteract pollution.
Because the demand for meat rises and our resources get shorter, they try to establish insects as a "tasty meal" for the people.
SmargeTech (Switzerland) - an invention that charges electric cars with the most environmentally friendly electricity.
AirSerenity (France) - Interior depollution device.
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