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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Valsight from Germany

All good things go by thirteen! Here we are with our last Applied FinTech finalist for the CODE_n CONTEST: Valsight. The Berlin based startup deals with the integration of value driver trees and advanced analytics into the controlling processes of planning, reporting and forecasting. How that works? Managing Director Khai Tran gives the answer!

What is Valsight all about? How did you come up with the idea?

valsight_logoKhai: Valsight is a SaaS solution for enterprise performance management and financial modeling based on value driver trees. The core of our software is a visual modeling editor with a powerful simulation engine that can be used to create financial models, for simulation-based planning and forecasting with predictive analytics. It makes financial controlling more focused and goal-driven by making processes more transparent, flexible and efficient. Our software is especially designed for the needs of management and financial analysts. No programming skills are needed to build financial models or to simulate different scenarios.

Our founding team came up with the idea for Valsight during many years of research with in-memory technology at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam. The growing importance of simulation and predictive methods in financial management combined with the maturity of in-memory technology for ultra-fast calculations was the ideal starting point. We have tested our approach early on with a Fortune 500 company, and have since then focused on building state-of-the-art SaaS software to dramatically improve corporate controlling and financial modeling.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Khai: The idea of Valsight is to improve traditional controlling and financial modeling processes with methods like simulation and advanced analytics. Our focus is to empower business users to create complex and multidimensional models themselves and to benefit from statistical and predictive features. The core challenge is to keep a strong focus on the needs of the finance community in order to make even complicated functions easy and intuitive to use. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: fino from Germany

These days, even your bank account switch happens digital and runs off paperless. The next CODE_n finalist in our blog series – fino – offers a digital account switch service. By now, more than 80 banks are using fino’s service, which helps them in the on-boarding process of new customers. We talked to Florian Christ, founder and CEO of fino. In our interview, he tells us all there is to know about his FinTech.

fino_logoWhat is fino all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Florian: At the end of 2014, fino started with the idea to enable people switching an existing bank account to a new bank within a few minutes without any paperwork. During that time, an account switch to a new bank was only possible with a lot of paperwork for both the customer and the bank. After building the founding team of fino, the development for the digital account started in May 2015. In September 2015, just six months later, the first version of the digital account switch was ready for launch as a web and mobile solution. Today, two years later, the account switch service has been used by thousands of customers across Germany, helping them to move their old account to a new bank.

Meanwhile, more than 80 banks such as Commerzbank, 1822direkt, Wüstenrot and others are using the digital account switch of fino. The service helps banks in the onboarding process of new customers. Within that context, fino has developed a range of additional digital services in the past six months. All services were developed in close collaboration with banks. This includes a credit card and deposit switch application, as well as new processes for account opening and loan applications. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: LightFab from Germany

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LightFab produces prototypes and series of complex 3D glass parts from customer CAD data. Moreover, the German CODE_n CONTEST finalist (Photonics 4.0 cluster) sells machines to rapidly produce 3D glass parts using selective laser-induced etching (SLE). The LightFab 3D printer is also used for precision ablation, waveguide writing, internal glass welding, and two-photon polymerization. LightFab enables the mass production of 3D glass parts by scaling the SLE process with special high-speed modules. Jens Gottmann, one of the three LightFab Founders took the time to tell us more!

What is LightFab all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Jens: LightFab uses the photons from the fs-laser and the bits in a CAD-file to produce 3D glass things with revolutionary design freedom with the large precision and speed of the LightFab 3D Printer.

Starting about 2005 during our research time at RWTH Aachen University we experienced how the fs-lasers got rapidly faster (MHz) and more powerful (>100W) and it became clear to us, that we need faster digital beam moving systems to get the lasers’ power on the road. Thus, we developed a combination of 3D beam scanning system with micro focus including various modules for extreme high speed deflection. We demonstrated the scaling of the 3D glass printing process using our new high speed microscanner: With a tailored mass production machine we can produce 3D glass parts at costs only known from molded plastic parts. That was the time to bring this technology into the real world and to start LightFab.

The 3 founders and CEO of LightFab from left to right: Jens Gottmann (machines), Jürgen Ortmann (software & machine integration into production environment), and Martin Hermans (production of 3D precision parts)

The 3 founders and CEO of LightFab from left to right: Jens Gottmann (machines), Jürgen Ortmann (software & machine integration into production environment), and Martin Hermans (production of 3D precision parts)

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: dynacrowd from Germany

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dynacrowd developed YOU OS to provide a core technology for location-based services needed in app development and the internet. It’s about matching users to micropages based on location, interests, time, gender, and age. Micropages provide multiple functions such as identifying people, groups, events, chats, votes, etc. It’s open to 3rd-party process integration. Revenues are generated through SaaS and PaaS, with options to enter into SDK licensing and micropayment integration for content and services. Want to find out more about the CODE_n CONTEST finalist? Read out interview with founder Christoph Dümmen:

What is dynacrowd all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Christoph: Communication is eating the world. It’s about getting in touch with things that matter. That’s why we founded dynacrowd to build a platform solution for hyperlocal instant connectivity, communication and interaction. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a human, device, service or a beacon no matter whether you want to chat or shop. That’s our vision. And we built the technology to do exactly that.

dynacrowd founder Christoph Dümmen

dynacrowd founder Christoph Dümmen

We saw, that there is no working solution for instant local communication. I’m convinced that just placing pointers on maps isn’t going to be it. Just the question “Which pin is relevant for me on this map?” highlights the limitations of that concept. We knew that we had to come up with a totally different approach to enable people to connect and communicate within their environment. That’s also why we developed the Wasabi Local Messenger Ecosystem as a scalable platform where people, communities and businesses can establish their communication, interaction and businesses’ needs. What is unique about our platform is that each piece of content is rated in realtime for each individual user based on multiple dimensions (e. g. distance, time, age, gender, interests, etc), and in doing that, we provide relevant data to the people instead of thousands of pins around. That makes discovery easy, relevant and fun. Which is really cool, new and contains a lot of business models. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: AmbiGate from Germany

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AmbiGate, a spin-off of the university of Tubingen, is specialized in 3D sensor solutions. The team, compromising 3 founders and 6 professors, wants to disrupt the physical therapy market through a combination of innovative AI and sensor-motoric algorithms, 3D sensors, and a highly motivating treatment approach called ExerGame. The startup is also a CODE_n CONTEST finalist in the HealthTech cluster. We talked to Caroline Dabels, founder and CMO of AmbiGate, to find out more.

What is AmbiGate all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Caroline: AmbiGate develops innovative motion sensing solutions. Awarded by the federal ministry of economics was our product eReha – a video game-based exercise therapy for domestic and business environment, developed by AmbiGate. It can be used preventively, parallel to physiotherapy and for corporate healthcare programs. As an ExerGame, the system provides medical exercises in a virtual environment. A 3D sensor analyses the patient’s executions and locates false movements in real time. During the workout, innovative disease-specific parameters are measured and sent to the physiotherapist for a dynamic therapy adaptation and progress.

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AmbiGate’s highly motivating treatment approach called ExerGame.

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Roboception from Germany

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Roboception, one of our CODE_n CONTEST finalists in the Photonics 4.0 cluster, offers innovative navigation, real-time perception, and manipulation solutions for robotic systems. The startups’s innovative sensor solutions enable customers across all robotic fields to generate real-time 3D data products that also revolve around timing and location. It aims for highly intuitive, user-friendly interfaces, parametrization, and programming. As a result – and this is really good news – no detailed knowledge of robotics is required to set up or operate our solutions. Roboception CEO Michael Suppa tells us just how this is done!

What is Roboception all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Michael: Roboception offers innovative real-time perception, navigation and manipulation solutions for robotic systems.

Vision in robotics is a very challenging problem. Today’s vision solutions are nowhere near being as efficient and intuitive as they need to be in order to comply with the rapid advances in the robotics industry. What’s more, a very strong expertise is still required to operate them, hence only real experts can set up these solutions. Last but not least, the robot’s environment must be engineered and adapted in order to achieve robust and reliable operation of a vision system. All of this requires individual engineering, resulting in high cost and limited versatility. Add to that the fact that camera solutions and lasers usually come at a high price (for just the sensor!) so that in combination with the engineering cost, an automation of processes becomes economically unviable, especially for small batches.

We founded Roboception to overcome these drawbacks and make robot vision available to a wide range of both existing and novel applications. It is our mission to enable our customers to equip each of their current or future robots with our solution and to hence allow them to perceive their environment.

Our low-cost innovative sensor solution is combined with an intuitive user interface enabling even non-experts to work with robot vision. From the very first line of code we’ve written, we have been working closely with interaction designers in order to achieve this challenging goal.

Finally, our robotic applications are ready-to-use so that our customers can directly generate value in automating previously manual processes in their production.

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The Roboception Team and Their Product

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Ginmon from Germany

gm_logoCODE_n CONTEST Finalist Ginmon allows customers to invest money in a globally diversified portfolio based on proven scientific methods. Customers gain access to high returns while enjoying the low risk associated with broad investments in over 10,000 companies in 47 countries. The FinTech startup provides a transparent, all-inclusive solution that enables customers to understand their investments and give them the feeling their finances are in safe hands. How? That’s what CEO and founder Lars Reiner, told us in this interview.

What is Ginmon all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Lars: Ginmon is all about providing a modern and efficient personal wealth management. While working for one of biggest commercial banks in Germany I realized that proven scientific concepts were often not offered to customers. Those concepts are taught around the globe and proven many times. Banks do not offer products based on those concepts because they are very low margin and not as profitable as traditional products. Therefore to really profit from professional wealth management one has to study investment theory and do it himself or pay horrendous sums to personal wealth managers. Additionally it seemed to me that large companies could not or did not want to react and adapt to the possibilities digitalization provided. As a technology and innovation loving person I had a concrete idea about how customers could benefit from digitalization, but the established financial industry did not provide me with the right setting to implement those ideas. Finally the request of many friends and family members who were looking for a solution to build wealth efficiently triggered my decision to start Ginmon. To put it in a nutshell: I wanted to implement the ideas I had for digital wealth management, provide an investment concept which was up date only restricted to professionals and last but not least enable my friends and family members to build up wealth efficiently.

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: SpinDiag from Germany

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SpinDiag enables fully automated, PCR-based screening for drug-resistant pathogens in less than 30 minutes. The system consists of a disposable lab-on-a-disk and a portable device. Hospitals can screen quickly and reliably during patient admission and isolate and treat risk patients. This significantly reduces the risk of infection to other patients and cuts hospital costs. In this interview, Mark Keller, Co-Founder of SpinDiag, tells us more about the vision for his startup and the challenges their facing in this very specific sector:

What is SpinDiag all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Mark: Hospitals have a big and increasing problem with antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are brought in by patients and that can infect other patients. Our SpinDiag one system enables the detection of these antibiotic-resistant bacteria directly from common swab samples. Therefore, when patients are admitted to a hospital they can be tested quickly and non-invasively. This allows doctors to decide right away if a patient needs to be treated in isolation to protect others from getting infected. This idea actually came to us when we were talking to clinicians and became aware that the best way to prevent an infection is to know about it directly at the hospital gate.

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“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Mark: Our SpinDiag one system will be the first to cover all relevant antibiotic resistances while providing this diagnostic result in a fast and affordable manner. For the first time, this will allow hospitals to consistently screen any risk patient (or even every patient) at his or her admission. Because all in all, our system will save money both for hospitals and the health care system in general, will protect staff and patients and will allow targeted treatment of infected patients, we believe that it will disruptively change our way how we fight antibiotic resistances in the near future. More…