Janina Benz

PATXI ECHEVESTE: “This community will be our little treasure”

Patxi Echeveste - Founder of Wattio

Patxi Echeveste – Founder of Wattio

Patxi Echeveste, founder of Wattio, is a serial entrepreneur in the fields of green energy and energy efficiency. He believes that generating green energy is less interesting than conserving it, because the greenest energy is the one that is not used. He launched his first company, a solar company, at the age of 25, right after completing a masters in Economics Engineering. Now aged 33, his second company is aimed at turning normal houses into SmartHomes with Wattio, a powerful, flexible and cost-effective solution.

Janina Benz:What makes Wattio different than other smart home systems?

Patxi Echeveste: Wattio brings you a complete solution for saving energy and managing your home in a smarter way: we master software, firmware, and hardware to make your life greener and easier. It is extremely easy, secure, flexible, scalable, open, cost effective, and cool.

JB: What’s been your biggest challenge so far?

PE: This project has taken four years of hard R&D work in order to bring a complete solution for SmartHomes to you all. But, honestly, the big challenge now is to place it in the market, and to catch the attention of the media!

JB: You’ve just launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. Why did you decide to raise money through a crowdfunding platform?

PE: We wanted to recruit a unique user base. This community will be our little treasure and we want to grow with it. We will take care of their problems and love their feedback. You know, taking care of the environment and the people we love is a big task—that’s why we need this community. Of course, supporters will get great benefits.

JB: What do you plan to do with the money that you raise?

PE: The more you support us, the more products and solutions we can offer you. Apart from the electricity and comfort system, we will offer solutions in the security and health fields as well. And of course, the platform will be continuously improving and growing.

JB: Aside from contributing, how else can people get involved?

PE: Ask folks to spread the word and make some noise about our campaign! Use the Indiegogo sharing tools, get one of our running t-shirts. We will be always grateful.

JB: Thanks, and good luck!

Editor’s Note: We’ll be featuring some of our finalists on the blog in the weeks leading up to and after CeBIT, but their participation has no bearing on the contest results

Paula Cizek

Congratulations to the CODE_n13 Winners!

After months of deliberation, we are proud to announce the winners of the second annual CODE_n contest! Changers.com won first place in the Startup category, and GREENCLOUDS took first place in the Emerging Company category; each received prize money amounting to €15,000.

Although the two company serve different customers, their commitment to cleantech solutions is clear. Changers, based in Berlin, has developed portable solar-powered chargers for smartphones and tablets. The chargers measure the amount of CO2 that has been saved and convert it to “Changers Credits,” which are posted to the online community and can be exchanged for sustainable products and services. The Netherlands’ GREENCLOUDS has developed a technology platform that makes idle resources in data processing centers to others, which allows companies to create a new source of income while reducing the data centers’ carbon footprints.

CODE_n13 Award Show

CODE_n13 Award Show

The contest was highly competitive from the beginning: of the 250 companies from 35 countries that entered, just 50 finalists were invited to exhibit at the CODE_n hall at CeBIT. “We found selecting the winners was a very difficult task,” stated Ulrich Dietz, CEO of GFT and initiator of CODE_n. “Many of the finalists caught our attention with their exceptional business models addressing the energy transition.”

In addition, carzapp and Codeatelier were recognized with special prizes sponsored by the international automotive supplier, Continental, the newest partner to CODE_n. carzapp, based in Berlin, operates a private carsharing platform through which anyone can make their car available for rental, while Burgstetten-based Codeatelier has developed Homee, an app that allows users to control a variety of devices in their home. The companies will share a show booth with Continental at the international automobile show IAA in Frankfurt, as well as receive mentoring from experienced innovators.

Changers and carzapp are continuing their winning streak this week with additional awards: just yesterday, these two companies won a special crowdfunding prize at CODE_n. From now until May 5, private investors with a bank account in Germany can visit seedmatch.de to buy shares in the companies starting at €250. In total, both companies have a chance to earn up to €250,000 in venture capital.

If you’re at CeBIT, we encourage you to stop by our both and congratulate the winners and the other finalists; they’ll be at Hall 16 until Saturday. Congratulations once again to all who participated!

To read the associated CODE_n press release please click here.

Janina Benz

Audio Interview with Boudewijn Mos from EcoChain

I often wonder how sustainable products really are, so I was looking forward to interviewing EcoChain, an application in which environmental administration is coupled throughout the supply chain, forming real-time and continuous life cycle analysis calculations.

EcoChain

EcoChain

Boudewijn Mos is co-founder; he explained the concept of EcoChain and how the idea came up in the first place.

Janina Benz

Audio Interview with Daniela Schiffer from Changers.com

On the third day of CeBIT, we arranged an interview with Daniela Schiffer, co-founder of Changers.com. Changers.com is the first marketplace for private carbon emission trading. Founders Markus Schulz and Daniela Schiffer are very passionate about their startup: they want to motivate millions of people to produce their own energy, stop global warming, and increase the awareness of the impact of how our behavior affects society.

Interview with Daniela Schiffers from Changers.com

Interview with Daniela Schiffers from Changers.com

In the Soundcloud interview, we talk with Daniela about Changers, how hard the startup business can be, and why she thinks that there should be more female entrepreneurs.

Laura-Marie Schneider

Audio Interview with CODE_n finalist Christian Deilmann (Tado GmbH)

On our third day at CeBIT, we got the chance to speak to Christian Deilmann, founder of Tado. He developed the first smartphone-based heating control that adjusts to the user’s daily routine automatically .

In the interview, Christian explains how he came up with the idea of Tado and the difference between Tado and other smartphone-based heating solutions.

Laura-Marie Schneider

Audio Interview with Ridha Azaiz (Solarbrush)

Entrepreneur Ridha Azaiz is the founder of SOLARBRUSH, a robot designed to clean solar panels. Although Ridha is having a very busy day at CeBIT, he took 5 minutes to answer our questions. In his interview, the CODE_n finalist introduces SOLARBRUSH and speaks about what being a young entrepreneur means.

To listen to the interview, please click here.

Laura-Marie Schneider

Interview with Andy Bäcker of Sustainable References

If you’re interested to learn about what the CEO of Sustainable References, Andy Bäcker, thinks about sustainability and his business solution SURE, you should check out his interview here. And if you want to meet Andy in person, you should stop by at CeBIT! He’ll be showcasing his company here until March 9th.

Janina Benz

Meet the CODE_n13 finalists for: Carbon Footprint & Sustainability

Carbon footprint became a buzzword of the 21st century. It acts as an indicator for sustainability. The innovations of our finalists in this field help to have a better eye on the carbon footprint and therefore offer an opportunity to reduce it. Have a look at Carbon Control, EcoChain, ecotastic, Get-neutral, Opara, Sustainable Reference and TheGreenAge*.

Carbon Control - Darragh Kirby

Carbon Control – Darragh Kirby

EcoChain - Boudewijn & Jochem Mos

EcoChain – Boudewijn & Jochem Mos

 

 

 

ecotastic - Anna Yukiko Bickenbach

ecotastic – Anna Yukiko BickenbachGet-neutral - Holger Rupp

Get-neutral – Holger Rupp

Opara - Gustavo Monteiro

Opara – Gustavo Monteiro

 

Sustainable Reference - Andy Bäcker

Sustainable Reference – Andy Bäcker

*As soon as we receive the questionnaire of TheGreenAge it will be found here as well.