Domenique Becker

We present CODE_n15 Top 50 Finalists from 17 countries

Mission accomplished: Out of 400 startups from all over the world, 50 are now finalists of this years CODE_n CONTEST “Into the Internet of Things”. From March 16-20, those handpicked young entrepreneurs will showcase their innovative Digital Life, Future Mobility, Smart City and Industry 4.0 solutions as part of our CODE_n hall 16 at CeBIT.

Selected by looking at criteria such as degree of innovation, quality of business case, quality of presentation or technological innovation, all 50 finalists have five days to connect with one another and to showcase their idea and business models to visitors, potential partners, investors and customers.

“In some cases you actually find yourself saying ‘I should have thought of that myself’. But in every single case, the dedication, technical expertise and vision displayed by our finalists to implement their ideas is truly impressive.”

says Ulrich Dietz, CEO of the GFT Group and Initiator of CODE_n

Curtain up for the 50 CODE_n15 finalists from 17 countries:

Digital Life

 

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aisoy

aisoy builds a revolutionary emotional robotic mentor for kids. Friendly, helpful, intelligent and connected, aisoy enhances creativity through discovery combined with a new class of personal robotic platform for an innovative educational concept.

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Ambiotex

ambiotex produces a smart sensor shirt for health conscious individuals, who have the desire to analyze their vital data and to improve their performance. The shirt combines fitness monitoring technology with state of the art textiles to obtain an innovative high-tech shirt which measures data such as heart rate variability (HRV), respiration rate, training performance and stress levels.

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Connected Health

Connected-health.eu builds a secure connection between doctors and patients.
Our product LifeTime allows patients to transfer health data be it medical history or data acquired by wearable tech devices in the doctor’s office locally & securely from and to their smartphones.

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Cozify Oy

Cozify is an easy and intelligent service to simplify the use of smart devices at home. The goal is to bring home automation to everyone. Cozify hub easily automates smart devices across different manufacturer specific silos.

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Dirk Baranek

Angel investing: what do angel investors expect of startups?

What exactly is ‘angel investing’? What do angel investors expect of startups? How should startups position themselves to attract angels and get them excited about their business idea? The first ‘angel labs’ held in Germany – an in-depth workshop for angel investors which was held mid November at GFT in Stuttgart as part of the CODE_n EVENTS – gave us a chance to talk to experts about the role angel investors play during the formative beginning of a startup. The answers to our questions provided some interesting insights…

What exactly is an angel investor and how is this different from a venture capital (VC) investor?

Matthias Götz (through his company Wert8, Götz consults private individuals and companies on investing in startups):
In the traditional sense, an angel investor bridges the gap to the next round of financing. That is, when a company is founded it takes the first steps on its own and can soon determine whether the business model is sustainable without money from outside or whether third-party capital is necessary.
The moment I need outside funding, an angel investor is the first port of call. Angels are there and waiting in the local area, and in Germany there are far too few VC providers for startups to turn to when they need one. This is the gap that angels can fill. Thankfully we have a vast pool of enthusiastic angels, who have familiarised themselves with these issues. They look at the business model in the early days and potentially only fund this initial phase to then give the green light on maybe continuing with a VC investor. That said, we are noticing more and more that the VC investor isn’t even needed in the end. These days angels can bring in just as much money as VC funding.

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What should I do if I have a startup and I want to attract attention from an angel investor?

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Dirk Baranek

Mitgründer.com supports you in building your team on solid ground!

Success begins with a great founding team.

Founders are the literary “foundation” of a start-up, decisions about with whom you want to build your company are THE major factors of success. Great teams can make a bad idea fly, but not the other way around.

Mitgründer-LogoYour co-founders’ qualities, expertise and flexibility are responsible for the actions your start-up team can and will take and therefore determine your start-ups future path. Decisions like: “How do we do it?”, “When will we do it?” and “Will we do it at all?” are a matter of consensus in your team.

So choosing your co-founders carefully and wisely is very important. Experienced founders invest time in building great and complementary teams, sometimes even before they decide about which business idea to follow.

At mitgründer.com our users have the possibility to get in touch with thousands of potential co-founders and they search in hundreds of cofounder ads for their complement (You!) for great founding teams.

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Dirk Baranek

Angel Labs at CODE_n EVENTS: Boot Camp for Angel Investment

Getting discussions going between startup founders and seasoned entrepreneurs is a fundamental aspect of the CODE_n ecosystem. That’s why CODE_n is hosting a one-day boot camp for Angel investors on Friday, November 14, 2014. The meet-up is directed at business angels and anyone who would like to become one. It will provide initial pointers on how to support promising startups with action and advice.

The format – dubbed Angel Labs – hopes to attract companies and private investors looking to enter the swiftly developing startup scene with the aim of offering dedicated support. Angel Labs have already been organized at various business hot spots across the globe, but never in Germany. This meet-up has been planned as part of CODE_n EVENTS and will be held at GFT headquarters – a genuine debut event for Germany.

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Felix Jansen

“Partners should always be found on a level playing field” – an interview with Jakob Schreyer from orderbird

At the first run of the CODE_n CONTEST back in 2012, orderbird was one of the Top 10 contest finalists. Since then, the Berlin-based startup has continued to develop. The latest chapter in the story of its growth: successfully arranging a new funding phase and bringing a new strategic investor on board. We talked to Jakob Schreyer, CEO at orderbird, about his company and the way innovation is dealt with in the financial sector.

Felix Jansen: Hello, Jakob. Congratulations on entering a new funding phase. You’ve raised more than 10 million US dollars with orderbird. How do you plan to use that money?

Jakob Schreyer: Thanks. We plan to invest heavily in product development and expansion in new markets. With our Series B funding phase, we aren’t just receiving a considerable investment, but we are also embarking on a new strategic partnership with our main investor, ConCardis. We will be working in close collaboration, specifically in the area of cashless payments, but we are sure to both benefit from know-how exchange in many other areas as well.

Jakob Schreyer CEO Orderbird

Last year, you launched a pilot project with PayPal. Yet ConCardis, your newest and largest investor to date, is a more traditional company from the credit business sector. In your collaboration, have you noticed that you approach the topic of innovation from very different angles?

The area of “mobile payments” has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. The topics moved forward by big American players such as PayPal, and now strongly pushed by Apple, are arriving in the German-speaking world. ConCardis has shown a great openness to innovation. Targets seem to lie further apart when it comes to traditional B2B companies.

To what extent do you find the financial industry willing to fundamentally question established business practices and move toward new digital business models?  More…

Dirk Baranek

StartUpBus GER & FRA make a stop at CODE_n

On their way to the Pioneers startup festival in Vienna, two busloads of young entrepreneurs stopped by at CODE_n on Sunday evening. While en route from Paris and Amsterdam, the passengers developed new startup concepts in the style of a “rolling hackathon” of entrepreneurship. The buses made a stop at CODE_n for their creatively-minded riders to showcase their projects and the associated business development ideas in 3-minute pitch presentations. The theme of the evening: “Growth Hacking.”

StartUpBus-bei-CODE_nSunday, 6:00 p.m. – a bus pulls up in front of GFT Technologies in Stuttgart-Hohenheim. 20 young founders armed with laptops and plenty of new ideas disembark from the StartUpBus GERMANY. The “buspreneurs” from the StartUpBus FRANCE have already turned up and made themselves at home in the GFT building. Having arrived unexpectedly early that afternoon, they improvised by turning the GFT location into a co-working space. The atmosphere is relaxed, focused, business-like: With the founders gathered around laptops in groups, concepts are discussed, developed and poured into presentations. There’s only time for a quick bite and a short introduction to CODE_n before the “pitch battle” gets underway. Each project team has only 3 minutes to present their business concept and discuss ideas for business development all the way to mass market rollout.  More…

Sally Ogilby

Social Startup: Exploring the world. Investing in people.

OneSeed Expeditions operates on the idea that travel can accomplish real and meaningful good. Founded by a group of former teachers, researchers, and guides, OneSeed uses the power of exploration to fund creative solutions to poverty. Our model is pretty simple: you take an amazing trip and a local entrepreneur gets the capital needed to grow their business.

Bishnu, Chris and Tek - founders of OneSeedExpeditions

Bishnu, Chris and Tek – founders of OneSeedExpeditions

While studying at Yale University and SIT (The School of International Training), Chris Baker traveled to Nepal to conduct research in Kathmandu and the Khumbu region near Mt. Everest. He studied Nepali, lived with a local family, and spent time exploring the mountains. Chris returned to Nepal twice more with Kiva, a microcredit organization aimed at connecting lenders with borrowers around the globe. While working with Kiva, Chris partnered with microfinance institutions, visited borrowers in the field, and saw how effective microfinance can be to help people alleviate themselves from poverty.

OneSeed Expeditions was founded in 2010 when Chris met Bishnu Thapa and Tek Bahadur Dong. Bishnu’s passion stemmed from her background as trekking guide in Nepal, which led her to research the challenges and opportunities that women guides face. Tek also brought valuable knowledge about Nepali tourism and had been dedicated to the industry for over a decade. Conceived as a social enterprise with a sustainable revenue stream, OneSeed Expeditions grew directly out of the research and work experience of its founders. OneSeed’s founders bring a unique mix of mountain guiding, ethnographic fieldwork, and non-profit skills.

Currently, OneSeed operates in four countries: NepalChilePeru, and Argentina. They run expeditions to Everest Base CampMachu Picchu, and the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, among many other locations. OneSeed partners with local microfinance institutions and lends 10% of its revenue to local entrepreneurs. With a focus on sustainability and low-impact travel, the team chooses partner lodges carefully to try to reduce the impact of their travelers. The OneSeed team believes that the model is replicable and hopes to continue investing in people and exploring other parts of the world.

Mitch Kranner

Corporate vice – startup virtue: The importance of technological innovation

Mitch Kranner - Head of Pioneers Blog

Mitch Kranner – Head of Pioneers Blog

Entrepreneurship is the driver of any economy. The reality is that established corporations shed jobs and lack new ideas. Entrepreneurs drive job growth and innovation. On average, they create over two-thirds of net jobs – stimulating wealth by driving innovation and bringing it to market.

Technological progress is a primary driver of human progress. Nonetheless, most cutting-edge technology will not solve any of our major challenges (global health, clean energy, inequality, education…) unless an entrepreneur pursues the idea and transforms it into a reality. More…