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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: R3 – Reliable Realtime Radio Communication GmbH from Germany

Wireless communication as safe and secure as cable-based communication – but cheaper, lighter and more flexible in usage. That’s what R3, one of our CODE_n CONTEST finalists in the “Connected Mobility” cluster, is offering with their invention called EchoRing™. Dr. Mathias Bohge, Founder & Managing Director, told us more about R3.

R3_Logo_pic_1What is R3 all about?

Mathias: R3Coms develops and commercializes ultra-reliable real-time enabled wireless communication infrastructure – currently focusing on industrial applications where robustness, safety and security are a primary concern. Generally, our technology applies to the area of IoT where in the future wireless communication with deterministic, robustness, low latency and safety features are required as more and more communication between embedded systems (M2M) will arise.

With our products we reduce the costs imposed by today’s cable-based communication as cables are not an economical feasible option for the increasing connectivity and mobility demand in the future. In such case, cables are not flexible, impose high planning and execution complexity and increase ultimately cost. Our technology is a scalable software that is implemented on standard off-the-shelf radio chips and we offer two performance categories of our software according to the need of the higher layer application.

How did you come up with the idea?

Mathias: We are the worldwide expert in ultra-reliable real-time wireless communications. Basis for our experience and knowledge is a long period of analytical research by Prof. James Gross from the KTH in Sweden. In 2012 he filed the first related patent application and in 2015 a first demonstrator/prototype was ready. There was a lot of positive response when it was first presented to a public audience, so Prof. Gross and Christian Dombrowski, a PhD student of his, decided to found a company to commercialize their invention: EchoRing™.

Once upon a time, Prof. Gross and Dr. Bohge did their PhD together at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TUB). While Prof. Gross became an award winning scientist, Dr. Bohge made his way as a strategic consultant at a top management consultancy. Here, he met Florian Bonanati, expert in business development and in the field of restructuring for more than eight years. As they both became dads at the turn of the year 2014/2015 (independently), they decided to leave consulting behind. By chance, Dr. Bohge met Prof. Gross again.

We first sat together in May 2015 to discuss prospective opportunities and challenges, founded our company in July 2015, had our first industry cooperation with BMW in September 2015 and won first prices in December 2015: Our EchoRing™ technology and respective communication system was awarded a VDE/ITG Software Award and the Deep Tech Award of the city of Berlin. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: 8tree from Germany

Here we are with the next part of our CODE_n CONTEST finalists series! This time we talked to Erik Klaas, Co-founder and CTO of 8tree. Based in Germany, 8tree develops 3D surface inspection tools that solve specifically defined chronic problems. Let’s find out more about the Photonics 4.0 finalist!

8tree_LogosWhat is 8tree all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Erik: 8tree makes 3D surface inspection tools that empower users to solve specific chronic problems, with the click of a single button. Zero-learning curve product design and instantly actionable ‘go/no-go’ results empower users to improve workflow efficiency on the line, thereby breaking through traditional manufacturing bottlenecks.

The 8tree team brings more than two decades of successful product development experience from the optical metrology industry. Over the years, we noticed that traditional optical metrology tools were designed for use by highly skilled engineers. We decided to create a company focused on precision 3D optical measurement tools for the semi-skilled worker on the line. Our hypothesis was that this focus would help boost manufacturing/maintenance efficiency, by empowering the worker on the line. Rapid adoption of 8tree products across different industries continues to serve as a strong validation of our early hypothesis.

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

Erik: At 8tree, we live by the words of Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief of the MIT Technology Review – “Don’t bend to technology, make technology bend to your needs”. 8tree products, although technically complex, are designed with an immense thrust on ‘usability engineering’ methods. This results in a simple, elegant and powerful user-experience – 1-button operation, zero-learning curve, instantly actionable ‘go/no-go’ answers that apply the principles of Augmented Reality. This innovative product design, allows us to empower the average line-worker with industrial-grade precision measurement performance. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: BuchhaltungsButler from Germany

52 CODE_n CONTEST finalists – that means 52 amazing teams, 52 innovative business models – and – also, 52 exciting interviews: Over the next weeks, we will present each finalist with a short Q&A, giving you a first impression and some valuable insights before you can get to know them yourself during our new.New Festival in September. We are happy to start off this series with BuchhaltungsButler – a Berlin-based startup belonging in our Applied FinTech cluster. Read on to find out all about their “out of the box accounting” tool!

Logo für BlogWhat is BuchhaltungsButler all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Maximilian:
BuchhaltungsButler is all about automatizing the financial accounting process. It is designed for the needs of SMEs and automatically turns transactions and invoices into accounting records.

The user just has to connect the bank accounts and upload the invoices. Instead of manually doing the sorting (invoice to transaction) and accounting work, the user only has to validate the automatically generated data.

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

Maximilian: We tried to design an accounting tool out of the box, that not only meets the requirements of freelancers and solo entrepreneurs but still meets the requirements of SMEs, currently working with Lexware or DATEV. Our main focus is automation. We do not want to over engineer our product and might never have all features DATEV has, but we aim to automatize 80%+ of the accounting work through AI, that is currently done manually.

You’re one of the 13 finalists in the Applied FinTech contest cluster. Which challenges do you think young companies have to face in this sector? How do you handle these challenges?

Maximilian: I believe that the FinTech industry is still behind other industries when it comes to digitalization. It is a sector that is mostly dominated by bigger players with larger resources, who are slowly getting aware of the challenges of digitalization. Although there is huge potential for Startups in disrupting this industry, there is also a big risk of being pushed out of the market by existing players, once they use their resources to build something innovative. So speed is absolutely crucial to succeed in this industry! More…

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Guest article | Accenture: Germany’s future lies in digital services – Part 2

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Frank Riemensperger, Chairman of the Board of Accenture Germany & Board Member of BITKOM

Part 1 of the guest article by Frank Riemensperger highlighted a number of issues for many industry sectors, which lead to one conclusion: companies that remain purely product manufacturers will sooner or later be pushed backwards in the performance chain and ousted by a better supplier. Companies that want to grow against this not only need to simply use (more) IT, but also develop business models that cover a product’s entire lifecycle. This follow up article will reveal even more insights on the Accenture study.

The Internet of Things illustrates that the digital caravan is heading clearly in this direction. As soon as our intelligent products leave the factory, they connect to the Internet and are then reachable to many via digital means. Just how enormous and in particular how quick this digital revolution can be for the business models of established manufacturers in Germany is often still under-estimated.

Ultimately, for patients it’s not about the best X-ray machine, but rather the best evaluation of the X-ray image. A diagnosis based on millions of digitally collected reference images can be a crucial support for radiologists.

Now, medical equipment manufacturers can offer such a service in future as an additional service to their product. Otherwise a third-party provider will supply the service. One thing is for sure: only companies that keep (long-term) patients tethered to the digital umbilical cord will be able, with all likelihood, to take charge of their all-round care too. More…

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Finalist | Kumi for health (Germany) – improving health care provision, enabling clinical excellence

Our Industry 4.0 finalist kumi for health developed a web-based, platform-type software delivered to hospital departments as a service. kumi Flow offers a patient-specific innovative link between diseases, corresponding clinical pathways and tools allowing for care-team-interaction. Within kumi Flow’s smart logistics solution, network- based information (e.g. from sensors/ location trackers) will dynamically drive optimization of Health Care professionals proposed workflows and lead to better provision of care. We talked to Dr. Timothy Mende, CEO of kumi for health about his solution.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Dr. Timothy Mende (kumi for health): Bad quality of treatment in hospitals and overwhelmed and often frustrated clinicians – both closely linked to insufficient clinical care processes – are problems I experienced daily while working as a physician at a large German university hospital. From there on I was hooked on the idea of making hospitals a safer place for patients and a more rewarding and less cumbersome place for clinical staff. We found our company’s name by looking at our core values: „kumi” means „team” in Japanese – which perfectly fits in with our belief that healthcare provision needs to be teamwork at its very best!

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

Dr. Timothy Mende (kumi for health): kumi is bringing the digital todo list to where it creates the biggest value: hospitals! Our industry-specific intelligent ‚Wunderlist‘ is to be used by doctors, nurses and further members of clinical teams in the in-patient hospital setting (e.g., a cardiology or orthopedics department). For clinicians we will solve the problem of cumbersome and only partially effective work routines by replacing workflow-related ad-hoc communication and pen & paper todo lists with a smart, engaging and beautiful tool. For patients this approach leads to solving the problem of variant and partly inferior quality of care. Finally, we are helping hospital executives in their struggle to ensure best in class treatment quality and safety while running their hospitals efficiently. More…

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Finalist |KIWI.KI (Germany) – Connecting cities by making the physical key obsolte

KIWI is a handsfree access-as-a-service infrastructure for apartment buildings providing efficiency gains for the real estate industry and true convenience for residents. KIWI makes the physical key obsolete and connects cities by connecting every front door. We talked to Dr.-Ing. Christian Bogatu, Managing Director Product, Sales & Marketing of KIWI about his solution.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Christian Bogatu (KIWI.KI): The idea for KIWI actually came from our co-founder Claudia Nagel. Standing in front of her door one day, hands full of shopping and the kids at her side, she was wondering why she still has to use physical keys these days. When she then spotted mail men and garbage collectors with their huge key chains, she realized that a more intelligent solution to deal with all the key hassle could actually be quite successful. That’s how the idea for KIWI was born.

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

Christian Bogatu (KIWI.KI): KIWI.KI builds a citywide IoT infrastructure based on KIWI – secure, hands-free access-as-a-service for apartment buildings. For our business customers, access is at the core of their daily activities. Package delivery, waste management, and other service providers need to gain entry in order to do their jobs. This necessitates a huge headache of physical key management. With KIWI installed, it’s simple: A single “Ki” opens all authorized doors and management is done centrally and securely. The private residents, on their part, enjoy the safety and convenience of hands-free access with KIWI. But there are even more potential user groups like rescue services or in the field of ambient assisted living. For example, the Berlin fire brigade has already been using KIWI in a pilot project since December 2014. More…

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GPredictive (Germany) – Knowing in advance who is bringing in the turnover

GPredictive-Björn Goerke

Goerke, Founder & CEO of CODE_n Alumnus GPredictive

As CODE_n finalists from 2014, they are attending CODE_n15 at CeBIT as start-up veterans: GPredictive from Hamburg analyzes buying behavior from customer data to derive patterns for the future. The young company offers its analytical expertise as software-as-a-service. This means that it is affordable for smaller and medium-sized companies too.

As alumni, you’re again represented at this year’s CODE_n15 at CeBIT. Looking back, what were your impressions last year of your CODE_n premiere?

Björn Goerke (GPredictive): I think the entrepreneurial spirit at CODE_n is really exciting. There was a tremendous amount of energy in the venue. And the interest that our stand generated was simply overwhelming. It was usually after 4 p.m. before I managed to get anything to eat … Being mobbed by so many interested trade fair delegates was great fun. Everyone who came to see us really enjoyed looking at our business model.

What’s happened to your start-up in the last twelve months?

Björn Goerke (GPredictive): We’ve doubled in size and we now have a ten-strong team. We sourced a major investor in the form of Target Partners, and we’re now in a position to increase our team even further. Overall, we’ve massively optimized our product approach. Our analytics solution “Scores out of a box” now runs virtually fully automatically, which means that we’re able to respond much more quickly than we did a year ago. We now have a mature product and a growing number of satisfied customers. More…

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Finalist | relayr (Germany) – WunderBar: Making tech approachable

Our CODE_n Industry 4.0 finalist relayr combines hardware and cloud Software-as-a-Service: Their flagship product WunderBar is a sensor kit with 8 sensor channels, 6 Beacon BlueTooth 4.0 modules and a Wifi Master module. The WunderBar is for rapid-prototyping new smart solutions combining hardware and software while the relayr OpenSensorCloud provides 6 SDKs, APIs, rich documentation and tutorial apps.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

relayr: The Internet of Things – devices and objects being able to communicate with each other independently – is changing the way we interact with the world around us by making everything from dishwashers to production lines smart. But we realised that one key thing was missing – the accessibility for developers and businesses to rapidly bring their ideas and prototypes to life.

To create new IoT products you need a stable and secure cloud, hardware to prototype and SDKs to start developing your software. Our idea was to create the entire package, the relayr stack, that includes everything a developer or business needs to start creating their own smart devices and solutions that will help them innovate new products, or make their existing products more efficient and more productive. More…