Dirk Baranek

Finalist | Insulin Angel (UK) – sensors for temperature-sensitive medication

Diabetics need continual medication, which is very sensitive to extreme temperatures. If temperatures become too extreme, health can be compromised. Angel Insulin tackles this problem by monitoring temperatures with smart sensors. Here our interview with Amin Zayani, co-founder of our CODE_n finalist.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Amin Zayani (Insulin Angel): I myself am a diabetic, and my little brother too. We depend on insulin to stay alive and well. Coming from a hot country, we know how sensitive insulin is to hot and cold temperatures. Still it just sometimes happens that either these temperatures are exceeded and our health is compromised, or we are not sure about the storage conditions of our medication, so we throw it away. The other challenge is to never lose it or forget it (or the blood-sugar meter). So knowing what’s possible with technology, I decided to tackle the problem and developed Insulin Angel, to help solve these two challenges.

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Finalist | Wicross (France) – one application for all smart devices

There are more and more smart and connected devices. In most cases the user needs to manage a whole bunch of apps to manage and control them – which can sometimes be a little bit inconvenient. The French startup Wicross wants to simplify all this and is offering one app for all smart devices. Here’s a short interview with the CODE_n finalist.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Wicross: The idea came from observing emerging technology in France – and more widely in Europe – and the Internet of Things ecosystem. It seems to be the reference point throughout the world. We thought: “For once, why don’t we try to keep all the added value created by this ecosystem over here (data and services relating to the IoT), instead of giving it all to the USA?”. Wicross was born.

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Finalist | reelyActive (Canada) – Smart Spaces

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The Canadian startup reelyActive creates smart spaces by collecting and analyzing data from people and things in these spaces. In the following interview, the founders of the CODE_n finalist explain a little bit more in detail, including the kinds of scenarios they try to enable.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Jeffrey Dungen (reelyActive): The idea for reelyActive came from the perceived need for a simple, accessible platform for identifying and locating people and objects via wireless devices. How simple could we make the technology? Simple enough for the average person to set up? Probably. How disruptive could we make the business model? Disruptive enough to open a variety of new markets? Sure!

Drawing on over twenty years of domain experience, we embarked full time on the project as soon as we signed up our first client: a smart parking startup. Then, within a year, the Internet of Things hype had exploded and our timing could not have been better! This was our chance to show the world how our idea could drive IoT adoption, creating efficiencies and at the same time promoting transparency in a fully-connected society.

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Finalist | Novi Security (United States) – Take your home security with you, even on the move

novi security quadratNovi Security developed a security system that offers renters, homeowners, and small-business owners an all-in-one security system for an affordable price. We talked to Gavin Tanner, VP of Marketing at Novi Security, about the vision of the young company, the benefits of the product and the cool story of how they came up with the idea in the first place.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Gavin Tanner (Novi Security): We actually started the company in a class in college at Brigham Young University. We were assigned with the task to go out into the market and find a pain that needed to be solved. So we went to the mall parking lot and just sat and observed. What we found is that car alarms were going off, but the owner of the car had no way of knowing it because they were inside shopping. So we thought it’d be a great idea to build a wireless car alarm that would notify the car owner via their smartphone if their car alarm was going off. Well, after going door-to-door and talking to hundreds of people, we found that most people didn’t care so much for the car alarm but would rather have a home alarm system that would do the similar thing. So we pivoted and have since been in the pursuit of creating the world’s most simple home security system without contracts or monthly fees. More…

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Finalist | Secucloud (Germany) – Bracing society against growing threats

Secucloud has invented ECS2, a cloud-based IT security system, that filters your entire data stream on IoT devices both at home and on the move. Secucloud is offered for mobile users, smart homes, businesses and Industry 4.0. We talked to Aleksander Groshev, senior operations manager, to find out more about the young company and its mission to prepare society for growing threats.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Aleksander Groshev (Secucloud): Dennis was founder and for many years CEO of an international firewall vendor and provided high-end security systems to major enterprises. Noticing changes in the market, especially in the cloud sector, Dennis wanted to bring those high-end systems to mobile and home users. A security system should be created that mastered the challenges of IoT and Industry 4.0.
secucloud was born and we made it our mission to prepare society for growing threats on the internet in a reliable and affordable manner. secucloud protects Internet of Things devices, both at home and on the move, in a manner in which only major corporations are usually protected – however it does this flexibly, affordably and without compromise at the highest level. More…

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Finalist | Glagla (France) – Footwear gets interactive with Digitsole

A shoe which tracks your activity, is connected to your smartphone and can even warm your feet – this tech vision will be realized by the French startup Glagla. We asked the founder Karim Oumnia – who worked for a number of years as an engineer in the footwear industry – how he came up with this idea and where this will lead to.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

The idea came from a hunting company. The first time I thought about the Digitsole was when an old French company specialized in hunting products (guns) asked me to help them create a shoe collection, as an engineer. They wanted an innovation that would help them create a marketing buzz to launch their hunting shoes; but after a whole day of brainstorming at their office, nothing came up.  More…

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Finalist | Cozify (Finland) – Revolutionizing Home Automation

cozify quadratOur CODE_n15 Finalist Cozify wants to bring home automation to everyone. We talked to Antti Vihavainen, business developer at Cozify, about the origins of the idea, their vision, as well as the rather surprising results of their own market research.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Antti Vihavainen (Cozify): It originated directly from the need of Kimmo Ruotoistenmäki, the co-founder and CEO of Cozify. He was renovating an old house to be used as the home for his family and planned to invest in home automation. However, it turned out that traditional home automation is cumbersome to design, buy, implement and use. Moreover, the result would be static and not evolve as technology develops during the life cycle of the house. So Kimmo and Tony Risikko, the other co-founder, decided to revolutionize home automation by enabling retrofitting with state-of-the-art smart devices and easy automation of actions.

For which kind of audience is your product or service intended and what problem is it solving?

Antti Vihavainen (Cozify): Based on our own primary market research which was conducted in Finland, Germany and the USA, we have determined that there are three distinct consumer target groups with slightly varying preferences regarding application area (comfort/security/energy), functionality and pricing. Right from the beginning the product was planned for use by the early majority and not the early adopters – even if their developer access needs will also be accommodated.

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Finalist | Ambiotex (Germany) – smart shirt for smart fitness

ambiotex quadratWe talked to Thomas Claussen, managing director of ambiotex. This startup is a finalist of CODE_n15 and is offering a smart shirt with which they want to improve the market of fitness wearables.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Thomas Claussen (ambiotex): I’ve always been interested in new technologies like wearables. I was at a trade show and the German technology institute Fraunhofer IIS was presenting an smart shirt, which immediately caught my interest. With the strong partnership with match2blue GmbH and their technology background in mind, I imagined a leading edge technology which would revolutionize the wearable technology market.

For which kind of audience is your product or service intended and what problem is it solving?

ambiotex develops and produces a sensor shirt for health-conscious individuals who want to measure, analyze and share their vital data to improve personal performance. ambiotex solves a number of pressing issues that address several lifestyle areas:

  • Performance optimization
  • The desire to monitor oneself and share data
  • Growing obesity
  • The management of stress and the cost of increasing “burnout”
  • The fact that cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death
  • The insurance industry’s desire to incentivize healthy living

Our target groups are:

  • The healthy: fit, lifestyle-oriented consumers
  • The stressed: workers in dangerous or high pressure jobs

The risk-takers: the foundations are in place to enter the healthcare market. Aside from this, we also will also focus on high-risk professions like law enforcement, the army, and defense contractors.

Tell us a bit about the company’s founders like their professional or industry background and the origins of the founding-idea.

The ambiotex team consists of a group of highly skilled and specialized individuals who came together around one table to create a unique product.

  • Dr. Andrea Claussen: Medical dvisor and co-founder, is a GP and the head of a private traditional Chinese medicine practice. She has a master‘s degree from INSEAD and works as a business coach. As our medical advisor, she is closely involved in the ongoing development of the product, drawing on her many years of experience in the fields of medicine, sport, coaching and stress management.
  • Klaus Bscheid: Product manager and co-founder, is an IT graduate who spent several years working as a consulting manager for Apple and then established a series of startups in the software technology, e-commerce, mobile apps and mHealth sectors. He continues to thrive as an entrepreneur, now specializing in the development of wearables. He is currently bringing his extensive experience to bear as the product manager at ambiotex.

Before I became Managing Director and co-founder of ambiotex, I spent over 20 years as a partner with the consulting firm Accenture. This allowed me to gain a wealth of experience in the startup scene as a business angel, serial entrepreneur and adviser. I’m now responsible for the business development, product development and investor relations strategies.

We’ve seen many health and fitness devices over the last years. Most of them are operating in a closed ecosystem with limited functionality. What will future health/fitness devices look like? In what way are ambiotex smart shirts different?

Our vision is that in the future wearable technology will be with us all the time and everywhere – so they will be much more integrated into daily life. What gives ambiotex an advantage over its competitors? A couple of things:
1. The HRV algorithm software, for daily stress management and burn-out prevention
2. Detection of the thresholds between aerobic to anaerobic zones during training and sport competitions, to optimize workout effectiveness
3. Analysis and sharing of fitness data online through a personalized dashboard in a private cloud
4. Functions for the consumer to see early on what condition he is in to make more informed decisions regardint the intensity of training
5. Ultimate wearing comfort, function and fashion
6. Collaboration with known specialists and scientists in the field of sports medicine, sports science and stress research. Piloting and field studies in process; to be published in scientific journals.
7. 24-hour batteries and flash memory capacity for exercising without a mobile device
8. Connectivity with any BLE-enabled devices, e.g., Apple HealthKit
9. Open API and SDK available end Q2 2015


See ambiotex live on the CODE_n Stage on Wednesday, 18.03.2015.