Lisa Flieg

“Our mission is to make the regional startup ecosystems visible across the whole of Germany!” | Event review – launch party of StartupSpot BaWü

Following the fantastic news that Stuttgart has officially been named one of twelve digital hubs in Germany, on May 17, 2017 it was full steam ahead for business founders in Baden-Wuerttemberg thanks to an exciting lineup of activities. The launch of StartupSpot BaWü, the new startup relationship tool initiated by Sina Gritzuhn, the founder of Hamburg Startups, was marked by an amazing opening party at CODE_n SPACES in Stuttgart. Just under 80 special guests were invited, most of them representatives of the regional startup scene, businesses, and partners in the local community. Not only was this a chance to mark the official launch, there was plenty of time to forge contacts and do some networking. As well as the party itself, there was a unique presentation on the StartupSpot database and some of the new business ideas being worked on by local startups. Discover more about the background to the event, browse pictures taken on the evening, and read fun and fascinating facts about the initiative and the role it will play in galvanizing the activities of all kinds of startups in Baden-Wuerttemberg!

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

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.

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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…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

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…

Isabel Alexandre

Meet CODE_n finalist Kreditech

Sebastian Diemer is the CEO of Kreditech

Sebastian Diemer is the CEO of Kreditech

Kreditech uses Big Data and complex machine-learning algorithms to enable faster and better credit decisions. The technology developed by the German startup identifies and scores individuals online and decides over instantly paid out loans. All based on the processing of 10,000 data points in real-time.

In today’s interview, we talk to Sebastian Diemer, founder and CEO of Kreditech. He tells us how the startup uses technology to provide banking products to customers in emerging markets, allowing unbanked people with no credit bureau history to get credit. He also tells us how they are getting prepared to present their Big Data solutions at CODE_n and CeBIT.

Could you briefly explain what Big Data scoring technology is?

Our technology takes into consideration every piece of information that can be obtained about a person. We then analyze the results with statistical methodologies collected from our self-learning technology. Several thousand individual data points are merged into one big mosaic picture within seconds. It is not about single stones being red or green but the shape of red or green areas, illustrating the importance of coherence among several different data pieces.

What sets Kreditech apart from its competitors?

In comparison to other financial service providers and established credit bureaus, Kreditech only does live scoring. That means that we rate a customer’s creditworthiness by only looking at his or her current financial status instead of historical data. We gather information at the moment the application is submitted. Unlike FICO or Schufa, we neither retain the data afterwards, nor do we sell it. Our unique sophisticated credit scoring process uses the powers of machine learning algorithms and Big Data infrastructure to allow us to analyze more than 10,000 data points in less than one minute. That is what is unique about Kreditech.

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Isabel Alexandre

Meet CODE_n finalist G|Predictive

Björn Goerke is the CEO of G|Predictive

Björn Goerke is the CEO of G|Predictive

G|Predictive is a startup based in Germany that offers individual predictions on constantly recurring questions within the marketing and sales process. The enterprise developed Customer Lifetime Suite, a software-as-a-service application which provides an up-to-date overview of the current and future behavior of customers, each of which is analyzed individually. We are looking forward to meeting G|Predictive, one of the Top 50 finalists at the CODE_n contest at this year’s CeBIT. Björn Goerke, founder and CEO of the startup, will tell us a little bit more about their Big Data solutions and also how they are preparing for CODE_n.

When was G|Predictive founded and what was its inspiration?
G|Predictive was founded in December 2009. We started off consulting in the general field of big data. We soon realized that we there was a need for products. So, in late 2011 we made a complete u-turn and subsequently withdrew from the consulting business to focus on the product business. We hired data scientists and developers, and are currently building a sales force and are delighted to report that we are gaining momentum. More…

Janina Benz

mytaxi: “The media coverage was particularly impressive. Days after CODE_n, people were still blogging, tweeting and posting about myTaxi.”

Now that a month has passed since CeBIT took place, we were curious about the CODE_n12 Award winner, and asked the team at myTaxi what they’ve been up to since the trade show. MyTaxi’s marketing manager, Mareike Bruns, and location manager for Hamburg, Fabian Mellin, are no doubt familiar to most of our readers because they accepted the prize at the CODE_n Award Show. We interviewed the two of them and asked about their personal impressions of CeBIT.

 

Gerhard Müller (E&Y), Ulrich Dietz (GFT), Mareike Bruns & Fabian Melling (myTaxi)

Janina Benz: CODE_n took place about a month ago. The press coverage of the finalists and visitor interest in CODE_n exceeded all expectations. What hopes and ambitions did you bring along to CeBIT four weeks ago?

myTaxi (MB): The CODE_n Award offers startups the unique opportunity to present themselves to professionals and specialists on an international stage. We wanted to use this innovative framework to effectively position our young business venture in the media limelight and establish important contacts. Of course, our ultimate goal was to take home the prize, but none of us seriously thought we would.

JB: Looking back, how would you describe the 5 days spent at CeBIT?

myTaxi (FM): myTaxi attracted overwhelming attention. Interested end users, bloggers, journalists, investors, even politicians came by our stall to find out more about the app. This not only met our expectations but exceeded them by far. The week in Hanover was simply amazing! Not to mention the fantastic atmosphere in Hall 16 and the amazing support of the CODE_n team.

JB: Having won the CODE_n contest, we’re dying to know what you’ve done with the trophy?

myTaxi (MB): The trophy survived the move to our new location and has been given a place of honor in the office with a view of the Elbe.

JB: What happened after CODE_n? Were any of the contacts or stimuli immediately fruitful? Have any of your plans progressed faster as a result?

myTaxi (FM): Definitely! The many interesting discussions we had allowed us to exchange ideas that have directly affected our day-to-day work. The media coverage was particularly impressive. Days after the trade show, people were still blogging, tweeting and posting about myTaxi.

JB: A Facebook group has been established for the CODE_n Community, allowing members to continue the exchange of ideas among participants. How important do you consider this networking within the startup scene?

myTaxi (MB): The startup market moves ahead at breakneck speeds. At myTaxi, we don’t intend to miss the boat on new opportunities. Successful exchange and networking among startups is essential for this. CODE_n offers just the right platform to ensure this takes place, allowing startups to keep their finger on the pulse of fast-paced innovation.

JB: Apropos startups: A few days ago, we heard reports that the Berlin-based company Taxi Pay is working with the Viennese software firm FMS/Austrosoft to release an app. What do you make of this new competitor? Are they producing a very different type of product or is it an obvious copycat?

myTaxi (FM): We haven’t tested the app yet, so we can’t really make an assessment. myTaxi was the first app to hit the market, making it the pioneer of taxi apps. Actually, we’re pleased that myTaxi has been so well-received and even inspired other service providers. What makes us so different is the fact that we don’t have a control center. myTaxi is independent, transparent and distinctly individual. We establish a direct connection between driver and passenger that allows both parties to get in touch with each other. Passengers can view the driver’s profile details, complete with a picture, and review the ride in the end. The evaluation at Taxi.eu does not affect the order process when calling for a taxi, so good performance reviews do not directly affect the individual drivers.

JB: Time is really marching on for you guys. What kinds of things can we expect from you in the coming months?

myTaxi (MB): All kinds of things! We plan to relaunch the myTaxi app at the beginning of May. You can look forward to great new features combined with a new design, new functionality, and a whole new user experience. Internationalization is also at the top of our priorities list, but we can’t reveal which cities are next in line for our service – that’s top secret. 🙂

JB: Thanks for the interview. We wish you continued success and the best of luck

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