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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 (formerly BE.Project) 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.

2016 Winners

1st prize: Team EyeScan, Germany (8’000 Euro and 1 Year consultancy offered by BearingPoint)

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.

2nd prize: Team Sensoc, Switzerland (3’000 Euro)

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

3rd prize: Team lumind, Germany (1’000 Euro)

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

2015 Winners

1st prize: Project myFoodMap Germany (8‘000 Euro and 1 Year Coaching from a BearingPoint Consultant)

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“.

2nd prize: Team Ceveeo with DogsSense, Switzerland (3‘000 Euro)

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.

3rd prize: Team Viscopic, Germany (1,000 Euro)

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.

2014 Winners

1st prize: Team comfy, Switzerland

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)

Here you can find the video of the interview.

2nd prize: Team PhyscoFilter, Germany

They could convince the jury with a forward-looking solution of cleaning sewage water by enzymes, created by moss and hence to counteract pollution.

3rd prize: Team essento, Switzerland:

Because the demand for meat rises and our resources get shorter, they try to establish insects as a "tasty meal" for the people.

2013 Winners

  • Benelux: One Nights Tent - a biodegradable tent for (music) festivals with the goal of reducing the ecological footprint of these events
  • France: FeetMe - an innovative shoe sole for early recognition of pressure sores to support diabetic people
  • Germany: KitRad - a wind turbine kit with allows anyone to generate electricity
  • Switzerland: SmargeTech - an invention that charges electric cars with the most environmentally friendly electricity

European winner for 2013 is:

SmargeTech (Switzerland) - an invention that charges electric cars with the most environmentally friendly electricity.

2012 Winners

  • Benelux: aQysta - Hydro-powered irrigation system for developing countries
  • France: Air Serenity - Interior depollution device
  • Germany: TeilMahl - A social platform to share spare food
  • Switzerland: partici.pe - An efficient system to support local volunteers

European winner for 2012 is:

AirSerenity (France) - Interior depollution device.

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