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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: KREATIZE from Germany

The next part of our startup series is here! This time, you’ll get to know KREATIZE, one of our Connected Mobility finalists from Tübingen, Germany. KREATIZE helps companies to take advantage of the benefits of digital transformation by changing the way that custom parts are ordered and manufactured. Co-Founder & CEO Simon Tüchelmann told us more about KREATIZE.

Kreatize_logoWhat is KREATIZE all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Simon: KREATIZE is about revolutionizing the way companies order and manufacture technical parts, exploring manufacturing possibilities for given geometries and the way businesses interact with each other, through outstanding digital tools, machine learning algorithms and intuitive design. KREATIZE is about empowering every engineer to realize great products, it is about converting high tech prototypes into mainstream products, ultimately making custom manufacturing so competitive that high quality prosthesis, green cars or fast and safe travelling options are widely available due to the decreased development costs.

I faced the challenge of high transactions costs when trying to realize high quality custom parts. I noticed that the search for the right production process, materials and reliable suppliers was very cumbersome for both parties: customers and suppliers. I knew something needed to be done in order to drastically reduce the transactions costs. Therefore, I engaged Daniel Garcia Rodriguez to look for ways to create a digital solution which would ease the pain. After looking at the multiple components of the manufacturing process, from prototype to delivery, we came up with the idea of the smart project realizer which led to the basis of what KREATIZE is now.

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

Simon: KREATIZE is an agent for digital transformation in the manufacturing world, we are the supply chain management and procurement solution for the 21st century. Before KREATIZE, most of the processes were analog, from costing and pricing, to order placement. Phone calls, fax, emails and spreadsheets were the common tools. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: twip optical solutions from Germany

“The innovation of our product is a combination of many details,” states Dr. David Fleischle, Managing Director of twip optical solutions. The German startup is a supplier for 3D measurement solutions and one of our finalists in the “Photonics 4.0” contest cluster. Find out more about twip in the latest part of our finalists blog series!

twip_logo_picWhat is twip all about? How did you come up with the idea?

David: twip is a supplier for 3D measurement solutions that can be used for automation process in manufacturing. We developed the idea while we were working at the University of Stuttgart. As members of the institute staff, we received a lot of requests for measurement solutions that can be implemented into fabrication and manufacturing.

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

David: The innovation of our product is a combination of many details. Nevertheless, the biggest and most outstanding is the small size and low weight. We were able to realize the compact design due to the implementation of a new measurement approach: The use of a microlens disc in our special setup. With the reduction of size and weight of 3D measurement systems, the cornerstone for the movement from these measurements technique out of the lab into production is set. And with this aim in mind, a complete change of quality assurance is possible! More…

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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: Diafyt from Germany

Another week, another part of our startup series! Clear the ring for Diafyt, one of the 13 HealthTech startups that made it into this year’s CODE_n CONTEST final. Thomas Wuttke, founder of Diafyt, wanted to use new technologies and medical knowledge to develop the missing tool simplifying the everyday life of diabetes patients. In our interview, he tells more about the idea behind Diafyt and how exactly the promising smartphone app works.

Logo_DiafytWhat is Diafyt all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Thomas: Estimating the optimal amount of insulin at the right time is challenging for people with diabetes. From a control point of view, the main challenges are time delays, constraints, meal disturbances, and nonlinear dynamics. Developing an easy to use and inexpensive way suggesting insulin doses to patients will simplify diabetes therapy for type 1 diabetes.

A minimally invasive system using subcutaneous continuous glucose monitoring and a smartphone app is needed. The tested method is using a stochastic regression method in combination with real-time sensory data and big data analysis.

The software prototype is running on a smartphone where data are collected from continuous BCL metering, a cell phone movement sensor and manual data entry for food intake (e. g. carbohydrates) and insulin doses.

I have diabetes myself and wanted to use the new technology and medical knowledge to develop the missing tool that will simplify diabetics everyday life. I’ve been thinking about Diafyt as early as I can remember – this idea that one day I will be able to live a life as if I did not have diabetes. I am a visionary who will persevere until Diafyt comes to life while making sure it is medically certified and following the highest IT security standards.

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

Thomas: Diafyt takes HealthTech to a brand new level. It changes our relationship with health management by providing a tool that uses the power of Big Data and our phones to compute information our brains are not able to manage. So far, new technology has been used only to monitor our life, like a digital diary of our health. Diafyt is on the verge of a new evolution that looks in the past to anticipate treatment needs. Diafyt is cultivating the idea that technology can be used for something else than leisure or business. It can be used to improve our health management and take away the burden of uncertainty. Take care of what you love, we take care of the rest. 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?

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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CODE_n SPACES Residents | blickshift: cutting-edge eye tracking technology

Meet our CODE_n SPACES Resident blickshift! The spin-off from the University of Stuttgart develops software for efficient analyses of the eye movement behavior. Their product, in short, enables the automotive, marketing, and gaming industry as well as the usability research to develop new applications and services based on eye tracking technology. We talked to Michael Raschke, one of the three team members of blickshift about his vision, entrepreneurship in general and the decision to move into our CODE_n SPACES:

Let’s start out with the obvious: Can you explain, in lay terms, maybe with a couple of nice examples, what exactly you do?

Michael: Sure. Imagine you’re interested in finding out how people actually read an illustration in a newspaper. So you show ten people an illustration and ask them a question about it; then you draw their eye movements. A handful of standard techniques already exist for this type of analysis, and, in principle, you can use them as they are. But the moment you need to analyze the information in more detail and find out how specific individuals looked at the illustration, or whether there are groups of people who tend to look at it the same way, these techniques show their limitations. Or it takes an eternity to evaluate just a small experiment. We’ve developed a solution that sidesteps these disadvantages, allowing for extremely efficient eye movement analysis involving a large number of people. In essence, it’s based on the use of big data analytics in combination with highly interactive visualization techniques.

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And who’s your solution for?

Michael: One example would be the car market. Imagine a situation like this: You’re driving down a road and you get to a really busy intersection with lots of people in cars and on motorcycles, and even pedestrians. And then there are road signs and traffic lights. Car companies want to know about drivers’ eye movements in such situations, so that they can evaluate them and adapt their driver assistance systems to better match the driver’s perceptions. The idea is to warn drivers about dangers they may not have noticed or perceived properly. So, for example, there might by a pedestrian who’s just about to cross the street and was almost overlooked. Car companies, their suppliers, and research institutions are carrying out tons of eye-tracking experiments on this at the moment.

This involves recording the eye movements of between 50 and 100 people in different situations, then analyzing the results and translating them into driver models that can be applied to vehicles further down the line. The analysis takes up a huge amount of time.
If you think about semi-automated or even fully automated driving, which the carmakers tell us will happen, they won’t just have to evaluate 50 or 100 guinea pigs, they’ll have to evaluate thousands, if not tens of thousands – just to allow for the development of extremely reliable driver assistance systems. Where we come in is when it comes to efficiently evaluating data from as many test drivers as possible, with just a few clicks of the mouse. At the moment, lots of things have to be done manually. Data has to be exported out of one application and imported into another. Lots of programs have to be written just to answer specific questions. This takes up a huge amount of time, so it’s very expensive. Also, it’s easy for errors to creep into the analysis. Our startup offers a solution to such problems. More…

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CODE_n Alumni | Catching up with … Connected-Health.Eu!

When entering the CODE_n CONTEST in 2015, the Hamburg-based startup Connected-Health.Eu had exactly one goal: to improve the connection between doctors and patients. The young company based around Johannes Jacubeit (Ph.D.) has come a long way since then, constantly improving the idea behind their product: finding a modern way to transfer a patient’s health data (medical records, radiographs, …) into the doctor’s office – via smartphone – securely and conveniently. For our CODE_n Alumni catch-up series, we had a quick chat with Gabriel Adorf, Designer at Connected-Health.Eu about the latest developments.


Following on from your time as a CODE_n Finalist, what have been Connected-Health.Eu’s greatest achievements?

Gabriel: We have succeeded in building a running beta version of our hardware and are testing it in 20 doctor’s offices in Hamburg. Corresponding to that we have successfully launched an iOS and an Android App. We have raised a seven digit seed investment in 12/2015 from High-Tech-Gründerfonds, Innovationsstarter Fonds of the city of Hamburg, and a group of private investors. (Editors note: You can find all the information in the respective press release.)

What lessons have you learned or failures you’ve experienced and how have you coped with them?

Gabriel: We talked to an investor too long, that eventually just jumped the ship after three months of negotiations. We should have canceled the deal way earlier. We coped with it by having better investors now who really believe in the product as well as the team.

What were your biggest takeaways from your time at CODE_n?

Gabriel: We learned how important it is to get everybody from the team out of the office from time to time to speak to customers and to people who never heard a thing about the product. It helps you in every position in the company to know how to explain everything in a few sentences and to know all the common questions about the product. More…