Lena Gaede

Trends and disruptive business models of FoodTech: changing the game in the food industry and our lives

While smart factories and smart homes are slowly becoming everyday life, technology has also entered the food industry. But what’s awaiting us? How will the restaurant industry look like in the near future and how will technology affect our nutrition? Take a look at the food trends 2017 – and discover how this industry and restaurants will be transformed by digitization!

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Felix Jansen

“Partners should always be found on a level playing field” – an interview with Jakob Schreyer from orderbird

At the first run of the CODE_n CONTEST back in 2012, orderbird was one of the Top 10 contest finalists. Since then, the Berlin-based startup has continued to develop. The latest chapter in the story of its growth: successfully arranging a new funding phase and bringing a new strategic investor on board. We talked to Jakob Schreyer, CEO at orderbird, about his company and the way innovation is dealt with in the financial sector.

Felix Jansen: Hello, Jakob. Congratulations on entering a new funding phase. You’ve raised more than 10 million US dollars with orderbird. How do you plan to use that money?

Jakob Schreyer: Thanks. We plan to invest heavily in product development and expansion in new markets. With our Series B funding phase, we aren’t just receiving a considerable investment, but we are also embarking on a new strategic partnership with our main investor, ConCardis. We will be working in close collaboration, specifically in the area of cashless payments, but we are sure to both benefit from know-how exchange in many other areas as well.

Jakob Schreyer CEO Orderbird

Last year, you launched a pilot project with PayPal. Yet ConCardis, your newest and largest investor to date, is a more traditional company from the credit business sector. In your collaboration, have you noticed that you approach the topic of innovation from very different angles?

The area of “mobile payments” has garnered a lot of attention in recent years. The topics moved forward by big American players such as PayPal, and now strongly pushed by Apple, are arriving in the German-speaking world. ConCardis has shown a great openness to innovation. Targets seem to lie further apart when it comes to traditional B2B companies.

To what extent do you find the financial industry willing to fundamentally question established business practices and move toward new digital business models?  More…

Janina Benz

Jakob Schreyer: “We’re incredibly surprised at how fast things have gone… But it’s important not to place too much value on press limelight and first successes. So 2012 will no doubt be full of suspense for us.”

Jakob is orderbird’s CEO and also one of our CODE_n finalists. We are very happy that we got the chance to ask him some questions regaring the status quo of orderbird’s development.

Janina Benz: Can you give us a quick overview of who you are and what orderbird does?

Jakob explains orderbird App to Dr. Philipp Rösler (Federal Minister of Economics and Technology)

Jakob Schreyer: It was Bastian’s idea – he’s our founder and product manager. His job at the time – working out in the field with cash register systems – together with his love of Apple products was the ideal combination for getting things started. We hope to become the primary ordering and payment platform in the restaurant and catering business. The first step involves creating an iPad cash register system for the industry, the second step involves developing a platform for directly connecting diners, further services, etc.

JB: How many restaurants currently use orderbird?

JS: A year and a half after founding the company in the heart of Berlin, orderbird AG has grown to become a company with 27 employees and over 350 satisfied customers throughout the German-speaking countries.

JB: Where are you focusing your strengths, individual restaurants or going for the big chains?

JS: At the moment, we’re still concentrating on individual restaurants. In the mid-term, we’d definitely like to reach both target groups though.

JB: How do you regard orderbird’s success? More…

Michael Hehn

CeBIT 2012: CODE_n Diary Day 4CeBIT 2012: CODE_n Diary Day 4

Who thought that after the award show the atmosphere would be less dynamic than on the days before was wrong. Punctual and in a good mood, though in some cases without having had enough sleep, the 50 finalists started their CeBIT day.

Later, the blogger tour organized by CeBIT and t3n visited hall 16. After some words of welcome by Andrea Wlcek the participants had the opportunity to visit some of the booths. We´re looking forward to read their posts!

Our last CODE_n party

And in the evening, it was party time again in the CODE_n Club – unfortunatelly for the last time. Accompanied by music and drinks, everybody was networking and – of course – celebrating. But also some melancholy was in the air, as the time to say good bye is getting closer.

What really made us happy yesterday: Amazing press coverage – for example by Germany´s national newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.
But the highlight came in the evening, when CODE_n made it to the main evening news on German TV.

Enjoy your remaining hours at CeBIT 2012!

*The FAZ is CODE_n media partner.Wer dachte, dass es am Tag nach der Awardnacht weniger dynamisch zugeht, hatte sich getäuscht: Pünktlich und gut gelaunt, wenn auch nicht in allen Fällen ausgeschlafen, gingen die 50 Finalisten wieder ans Werk. Und konnten sich über viele Besucher freuen.

Am Mittag enterte dann die Bloggertour von CeBIT und t3n die Halle 16. Nach einführenden Worten zum Projekt CODE_n durch Andrea Wlcek hatten die Teilnehmer dann die Möglichkeit, an einigen der Stände Gespräche zu führen. Wir sind schon gespannt auf die Beiträge.

Die letzte CODE_n-Party

Und am Abend hieß es dann zum letzten Mal: Party Time mit DJ im CODE_n Club. Bei Musik und Drinks wurden fleißig Kontakte geknüpft – und es wurde natürlich auch gefeiert. Aber ein wenig war auch Melancholie zu spüren, da der Abschied aus Hannover in greifbare Nähe gerückt ist.

Was uns gestern besonders gefreut hat: Tolle Berichte in der Presse – zum Beispiel in der FAZ* unter dem Titel “Die junge Garde der IT“.

Das Highlight war jedoch der Bericht des ZDF, der es sogar in die Hauptnachrichten um 19 schaffte. CODE_n ist ein riesiges Thema in den Medien.

Wir wünchen schöne restliche Stunden auf der CeBIT 2012!

*Die FAZ ist Medienpartner von CODE_n.

Janina Benz

CeBIT 2012: CODE_n Diary Day 3 – And the winner is…CeBIT 2012: CODE_n Diary Day 3 – And the winner is…

After six months of intensive preparation CODE_n yesterday reached its peak – the announcement of the CODE_n Award winner!

The last four CeBIT days just flew by. Also yesterday – time was just running between pitches, press interviews and the visit of Germany´s economic minister Philipp Rösler.

Directly after the trade fair ended for that day the highlight of the CeBIT week began. When all 50 finalists were asked to come on stage, the excitement was huge.

Moderator of the show was Khadra Sufi, who was guiding through the show with humorand charm, having fun on stage with Ulrich Dietz (GFT), Gerhard Müller (Ernst & Young) and Dr. Josef Reger (Fujitsu)
The tension was rising when the Top 10 were annonced: Orderbird, Transfluent, myTaxi, Synchronite, Corruption Trak, Arnega, Map My Story, Drive Now, Appear and Yavalu.

And then, THE moment was there: Although I already knew who the winner would be, I had goose bumps during the whole evening and was looking forward to see the final moment of the show. Gerhard Müller opened the envelope – “and the winner is… myTaxi”.

The myTaxi team was accompanied by thunderous applause when they entered the stage, looking really happy.

But as Johanna from our CODE_n team always says: “Everybody is a winner!”. The last five days with you were amazing – and even if there´s one CODE_n day left, we already like thinking back to the past days.
We cross our fingers for you and are sure, that you all will go your way.Nach sechs Monaten intensiver Vorbereitungszeit konnten wie uns gestern endlich auf den Höhepunkt freuen – die Bekanntgabe des CODE_n Award Gewinners.

Die letzten vier Messetage sind einfach nur an uns vorbeigeflogen. Auch der gestrige Tag verging im ereignisreichen Messealltag zwischen Pitches, Presseinterviews und dem Besuch von Philipp Rösler wieder in Windeseile.

Direkt nach Messeschluss um 18 Uhr begann dann der Höhepunkt der CeBIT-Woche: Als alle 50 Finalisten zur Begrüßung auf die Bühne gebeten wurde, war die Aufregung vor dem großen Moment spürbar.

Für die Moderation konnten wir Khadra Sufi gewinnen, die mit Charme und Witz durch die Show führte und auf der Bühne fröhlich mit Ulrich Dietz (GFT), Gerhard Müller (Ernst & Young) und Dr. Josef Reger (Fujitsu) scherzte. Dann wurde es richtig spannend: Zunächst wurden die Top 10 bekanntgegeben: Orderbird, Transfluent, myTaxi, Synchronite, Corruption Trak, Arnega, Map My Story, Drive Now, Appear und Yavalu.

Dann wurde es ernst: Obwohl ich schon wusste, wer der Gewinner sein würde, hatte ich eine Gänsehaut über die ganze Show hinweg und fieberte dem Finale entgegen. Im spannenden Moment öffnete Gerhard Müller den Umschlag – „And the winner is… myTaxi“

Tobender Applaus erfüllte die Halle; und dem myTaxi Team war die Freude auf der Bühne anzusehen.

Doch wie Johanna aus dem CODE_n Team immer zu sagen pflegt: „Ihr seid alle die Gewinner der Herzen!“ Es waren fünf unfassbare Tage mit euch – und selbst wenn CODE_n12 noch nicht ganz vorüber ist, denken wir schon jetzt gerne an die vergangenen Tage zurück. Wir drücken euch allen die Daumen und sind uns sicher, dass ihr alle euren Weg gehen werdet.

Janina Benz

CeBIT 2012: Ready to rumble! CeBIT 2012: Ready to rumble!

Tomorrow is the official start of CeBIT 2012 and the last couple of days have been very busy.

Already on Saturday the first part of our CODE_n team made its way to Hanover and took care of the last preparations in our hall of innovation.

The second team, which included me, started this morning at 7.30 am by car and we arrived just in time to take part in the press conference.

After six months of intense planing, finally seeing the hall, the finalists and the partners is overwhelming!

The next couple of days will be a once in a lifetime experience. We will enjoy the last silent hours before tomorrow CeBIT12 opens its doors and is welcoming thousands of visitors.

Check out our daily picture update on Facebook and get the CODE_n feeling!

 

Today’s press review about CODE_n (German):

Tagesspiegel: 50 Ideen für morgen – Ein Unternehmer aus Stuttgart lobt einen Preis für die junge Avantgarde aus.

Handelsblatt: Die Cebit will von Startups lernen

FAZ: Wie die Avantgarde auf die Cebit kommen soll: Formel CODE_nTomorrow is the official start of CeBIT 2012 and the last couple of days have been very busy.

Already on Saturday the first part of our CODE_n team made its way to Hanover and took care of the last preparations in our hall of innovation.

The second team, which included me, started this morning at 7.30 am by car and we arrived just in time to take part in the press conference.

After six months of intense planing, finally seeing the hall, the finalists and the partners is overwhelming!

The next couple of days will be a once in a lifetime experience. We will enjoy the last silent hours before tomorrow CeBIT12 opens its doors and is welcoming thousands of visitors.

Check out our daily picture updates on Facebook and get the CODE_n feeling!

 

Today’s press review about CODE_n:

Tagesspiegel: 50 Ideen für morgen – Ein Unternehmer aus Stuttgart lobt einen Preis für die junge Avantgarde aus.

Handelsblatt: Die Cebit will von Startups lernen

FAZ: Wie die Avantgarde auf die Cebit kommen soll: Formel CODE_n