Max Wegner

Guest feature | The state of Health Technology in Six Visuals

Albeit most technological advancements are yet to be integrated into real world applications, uptake in the healthcare segment has been quite impressive. Newer techniques of detecting pathogens, treating diseases and preventing infections have been invented, tested and applied, and the WHO organization has a five-year increase in the global life expectancy over the past fifteen years to show for it.

The institution of smartphones close to a decade ago, evolution of health apps as a result and discovery of health-tracking devices over the last five years have been at the centre of this feat, and a projected progression in the foreseeable future may even upstage the milestone.

Perhaps the most stirring characteristic of the current state of health technology is how it has been structured to chime in perfectly with modern lifestyle and pursuits. In such a busy world, nobody would choose the stopwatch-and-calculator option when a fitness tracker can record, store and display the amount of calories burnt over a morning jog. Quick, unmonitored and effective is what the 21st century calls for and that’s what science is providing. More…

Nadine Korany

The secret’s out – these 52 finalists will be celebrating the digital disruption at the CODE_n new.New Festival in September

Over 380 young companies from all over the world applied for one of the four contest clusters under the overarching theme of ‘Digital Disruption’; now the best of the best have been chosen. The 52 finalists from 11 different countries will be travelling to Karlsruhe in Germany this autumn to present their digital business solutions at our new.New Festival, to potential customers, investors, mentors and visitors. Early bird tickets are available as of today.

“From Israel to Germany and over to the U.S., the young startup businesses represent an exciting spectrum of digital solutions in the four contest clusters: Applied FinTech, Connected Mobility, HealthTech and Photonics 4.0,” says GFT CEO and CODE_n Initiator Ulrich Dietz. As different as these four clusters might sound, they all have one thing in common; representing areas in which the digital revolution will take place – quickly, thoroughly, disruptively – changing our lives forever. Wonder what that future might look like? Our CODE_n Finalists of 2016 have the answers and while we will introduce all 52 startups in detail soon, we decided to present some exciting handpicked examples first!

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Nadine Korany

380 applications, 40 countries, 6 continents: The CODE_n CONTEST makes Karlsruhe go global!

Over the last three months, 380 startups from literally all over the globe submitted their application for this year’s CODE_n CONTEST “Unveiling digital disruption”. The deadline ended at midnight – sharp – and what we can tell already is that the first impression of submitted business models is quite impressive. CODE_n initiator and GFT CEO Ulrich Dietz is sure that “we’ll once again showcase this year’s highlights from the world of digital technology” – this time at our own new.New Festival in Karlsruhe.

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There, behind the doors and all around the area of the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM), 50 of the 380 applicants will get the chance to present their unique ideas revolving around the four CONTEST clusters Applied FinTechs, Connected Mobility, HealthTech and Photonics 4.0. They will get to meet our well-known partners, possible investors, potential customers, politicians, the media and research bodies.

As our new.New Festival website (which also went live today!) states: It’s the perfect place for digital pioneers, startups, lateral thinkers, experienced innovators – it might even be the perfect place for you! That is, if your into digital innovation. The CODE_n CONTEST jury, made of renowned experts from the world of business and media, will pick the 50 best candidates and make sure you will get to see 50 ideas with plenty of novelty and a high level of quality. Here’s a little sneak preview from what they get to choose from: More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n Alumni | Catching up with … Soma Analytics

In 2012, our CODE_n Alumnus Soma Analytics started out with an honorable vision: to reduce work-related stress and make work-life more sustainable. Three years later the company, now based in UK’s startup hotspot London, has just been named Europe’s best mHealth Startup. Their flagship product is an evidence based mobile resilience program for employees which provides personalized improvement plans and interventions based on biometric information tracked by a smartphone. We talked to Johann Huber, CEO of Soma Analytics, about his initial idea, his achievements, tips for young founders and the advantages of his adoptive home London.

Following on from your time as a CODE_n Finalist, what have been Soma Analytics’ greatest achievements?

JohannHuber_SOMAAnalytics_komprimiertJohann: Believe it or not we met one of our first and biggest clients at the CODE_n booth at CeBIT. Now we are working together with them in three countries. Besides that we have just been named “Europe’s best mHealth Startup 2015” by the European Commission. We also collected more than one million Euros in external funding through grants and angel investment.

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

Johann: It’s been an extremely steep learning curve in the last one and a half years. The biggest learning is that a great product is not selling itself. You need to be as innovative in sales as you are in product development. When we started we didn’t have many reference cases so it took a lot of convincing to get the ball rolling and to build momentum. But it is not always a disadvantage to be a small company. Larger companies like innovation and the speed with which startups are moving forward… so whenever you meet someone there is a bit of curiosity and people are intrigued how life is in a startup.

What were your biggest takeaways from your time at CODE_n?

Johann: Of course the biggest amazement was that we won the selfie challenge with Ulrich Dietz, so I guess an awesome picture counts as our biggest takeaway! All jokes aside, through CODE_n we were able to meet some amazing thought leaders in big data and speak to very interesting companies. And as I mentioned above we met our first big client there.

What advice would you give to startups looking to enter CODE_n?

Johann: Be prepared to give your pitch at least 500 times – so take some sore throat medication with you to CeBIT. But seriously, you will pitch a lot so keep smiling and be energetic. Also get some gadgets to show people and attract attention to your stand. Through our stress measurement app we got a lot of attention and amazing press. It also helped to explore the halls around CODE_n. Last but not least I would definitely recommend sticking around for the evening events which are great fun. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n Hall 16 at CeBIT: Smart ideas and high spirits on day two

The second day in CODE_n hall 16 at CeBIT, the international tradefair in Hanover, Germany, started out with an upbeat mood: 50 finalists from all around the globe, partners, politicans and CODE_n alumnis had been celebrating at the pioneer’s dinner the night before, letting the opening day of the exhibition come to a bright and relaxing end. It’s not everday you dine in a specially designed hall – in front of robots – together with good company and there was reason to celebrate, too: antendances at the fair, especially in hall 16, were good; quite a few startups were surprised by the amount of contacts they were able to count even on day one.

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So the positive spirit was brought to day two, which revolves around all of the four CODE_n 15 Internet of Things topics Digital Life, Smart Cities, Future Mobility and Industry 4.0, with an emphasis on the last of the four themes. The conference program, for example, started out with a stage dialog with CODE_n partner Trumpf, Engel Austria and finalists Oden Technologies from the United Kingdom, looking at machine building going cloud. The conclusion, by the way, was that machine building companies seem to be waking up. In the afternoon, Accenture presented the Industry 4.0 topic from a different point of view, tapping the full potential of future manufacturing, iniviting the following speakers on stage: Frank Riemensperger, Senior Managing Director, Accenture DACH, Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, President of acatech, Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Board of Siemens AG, Dirk Hoke of CEO Business Unit Large Drives of Siemens AG, Marten Schirge, Head of Sales of Device Insight, Harald Zapp, CEO of relayr.

Get Started by BITKOM brought in Felix Bauer, CEO of aircloak, to talk about the security and privacy in the Internet of Things, Nick Sohnemann, Founder and Managing Director of FUTURECANDY talked about the next technology wave. Marten Schirge, Head of Sales of Device Insight invited his listenors to think big, even if starting small and explained how business can benefit from smart remote services within industry 4.0. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

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…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | Lhings (Spain) – Having a positive impact on people’s lifes through IoT

Lhings quadratOur Digitial Life finalist Lhings from Spain has developed an innovative IoT cloud platform for end-users who can start using its services simply by creating a free account. Therefore, the platform allows people to interact with devices and with them, offer services to others. We talked to Agustin Navarro, CEO of Lhings, about his startup.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Agustin Navarro (Lhings): The core of our team are researchers who were involved in connectivity for medical laboratories years ago. Having the know-how and expertise, we realized it could be applied to anything with innumerable applications in our everyday life. Our vision, the passion for this idea and also the possibility of providing people with a positive impact on their lives through our technology were enough motivation to start the company.

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

Agustin Navarro (Lhings): The objective of Lhings is to provide consumers with a tool to enjoy the services and benefits provided by IoT technology, and at the same time provide a tool for service providers, integrators, corporations and even individuals, to render those services. More…

Dirk Baranek

Finalist | Ambiotex (Germany) – smart shirt for smart fitness

ambiotex quadratWe talked to Thomas Claussen, managing director of ambiotex. This startup is a finalist of CODE_n15 and is offering a smart shirt with which they want to improve the market of fitness wearables.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Thomas Claussen (ambiotex): I’ve always been interested in new technologies like wearables. I was at a trade show and the German technology institute Fraunhofer IIS was presenting an smart shirt, which immediately caught my interest. With the strong partnership with match2blue GmbH and their technology background in mind, I imagined a leading edge technology which would revolutionize the wearable technology market.

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

ambiotex develops and produces a sensor shirt for health-conscious individuals who want to measure, analyze and share their vital data to improve personal performance. ambiotex solves a number of pressing issues that address several lifestyle areas:

  • Performance optimization
  • The desire to monitor oneself and share data
  • Growing obesity
  • The management of stress and the cost of increasing “burnout”
  • The fact that cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death
  • The insurance industry’s desire to incentivize healthy living

Our target groups are:

  • The healthy: fit, lifestyle-oriented consumers
  • The stressed: workers in dangerous or high pressure jobs

The risk-takers: the foundations are in place to enter the healthcare market. Aside from this, we also will also focus on high-risk professions like law enforcement, the army, and defense contractors.

Tell us a bit about the company’s founders like their professional or industry background and the origins of the founding-idea.

The ambiotex team consists of a group of highly skilled and specialized individuals who came together around one table to create a unique product.

  • Dr. Andrea Claussen: Medical dvisor and co-founder, is a GP and the head of a private traditional Chinese medicine practice. She has a master‘s degree from INSEAD and works as a business coach. As our medical advisor, she is closely involved in the ongoing development of the product, drawing on her many years of experience in the fields of medicine, sport, coaching and stress management.
  • Klaus Bscheid: Product manager and co-founder, is an IT graduate who spent several years working as a consulting manager for Apple and then established a series of startups in the software technology, e-commerce, mobile apps and mHealth sectors. He continues to thrive as an entrepreneur, now specializing in the development of wearables. He is currently bringing his extensive experience to bear as the product manager at ambiotex.

Before I became Managing Director and co-founder of ambiotex, I spent over 20 years as a partner with the consulting firm Accenture. This allowed me to gain a wealth of experience in the startup scene as a business angel, serial entrepreneur and adviser. I’m now responsible for the business development, product development and investor relations strategies.

We’ve seen many health and fitness devices over the last years. Most of them are operating in a closed ecosystem with limited functionality. What will future health/fitness devices look like? In what way are ambiotex smart shirts different?

Our vision is that in the future wearable technology will be with us all the time and everywhere – so they will be much more integrated into daily life. What gives ambiotex an advantage over its competitors? A couple of things:
1. The HRV algorithm software, for daily stress management and burn-out prevention
2. Detection of the thresholds between aerobic to anaerobic zones during training and sport competitions, to optimize workout effectiveness
3. Analysis and sharing of fitness data online through a personalized dashboard in a private cloud
4. Functions for the consumer to see early on what condition he is in to make more informed decisions regardint the intensity of training
5. Ultimate wearing comfort, function and fashion
6. Collaboration with known specialists and scientists in the field of sports medicine, sports science and stress research. Piloting and field studies in process; to be published in scientific journals.
7. 24-hour batteries and flash memory capacity for exercising without a mobile device
8. Connectivity with any BLE-enabled devices, e.g., Apple HealthKit
9. Open API and SDK available end Q2 2015


See ambiotex live on the CODE_n Stage on Wednesday, 18.03.2015.