Following the huge success at this year’s CeBIT, GFT and strategic partners Ernst & Young and the Deutsche Messe are putting the CODE_n13 contest into motion. We are searching the globe once again for the 50 most exceptional startups and young companies of the digital world. Under the motto “Smart Solutions for Global Challenges”, this year’s contest will focus on concepts for sustainable energy supply and usage.
Sustainable business ideas that connect IT and energy
Innovative concepts for energy distribution by way of smart grids, efficiency maximizing cleantech or electro-mobility approaches, and modern management models for electricity supply in cities and buildings all fit into this topic area. Whether offering products, services or methods, anything goes as long as it serves to optimize energy usage. “The transition towards alternative energies is a colossal issue for all of us. That’s why we have to motivate the young generation to develop and market solutions,” says contest initiator Ulrich Dietz.
CODE_n as a global interface for startups and corporate players
It is more than just an innovations initiative; it strives to create an international CODE_n community. Central to this goal is the exchange of best practice between partners and young companies. Startups profit from the knowledge of experienced entrepreneurs who supply valuable tips on how to successfully implement and position a business model globally. Young companies gain insight into IT-based business models and trends in digital business.
CODE_n finalists present at CeBIT 2013
50 finalists will be chosen from the pool of received entries. They will then each have the chance to present their business concepts to the international public within the spectacular setting of the largest IT exhibition in the world. The highlight of the event is the announcement of the CODE_n13 contest winner during an award ceremony held directly at CeBIT. Cash prizes totaling €30,000 are up for grabs.
What criteria must participants meet?
All companies that have completed at least one business transaction and were founded in or after 2006 are eligible to participate. Applications may be submitted online via the CODE_n website.
The deadline for submissions is November 18, 2012.
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