Lisa Flieg

“Bring lots of enthusiasm and perseverance”: Alumnus SpinDiag shares lessons learned in finding investors

Some exciting news from the CODE_n Community! When we read the story at the end of last month it was nothing short of phenomenal. One of our alumni, the HealthTech startup SpinDiag, has just drummed up €1.6 million in seed capital. The team plans to use the funding to roll out its revolutionary point-of-care screening system for antibiotic resistance and conduct initial trials in hospitals. The HealthTech startup has been working on its novel solution since 2016, following a spinoff from the Hahn-Schickard R&D institute. The system could potentially save hundreds of thousands of lives, thanks to a simple screening test that can ascertain in as little as 30 minutes if a patient is carrying drug-resistant bacteria and thus requires treatment in isolation from other patients. Introducing the screening systems to hospital wards could drastically reduce mortalities resulting from germs: Colonization and infections can be detected immediately and positive patients treated in isolation, thus preventing the transmission of drug-resistant bacteria in the long term. We spoke to the team about the seed funding initiative and asked them what tips they would give to startups. Of course, we were also dying to hear about their plans!

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Lena Gaede

Partnering up – let’s change perspective! 5 keys to success for corporations when collaborating with startups

The larger a business grows, the harder it becomes to champion innovation. Deep-rooted routines and long decision-making processes can keep a business from realizing its full potential. But there is hope! Thriving startups are driven by entrepreneurial energy, excitement, creativity and a killer desire to change things for the better. So, why not partnering up with a startup to ensure a fresh breeze?

But how do you guarantee success?

Corporations, listen up: here are our 5 tips for the collaboration with startups.

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Lisa Flieg

“Banks are at real risk of losing their power position”: FinTech feature part 1 with Meniga

Banks need to wrap up warmly – the upheaval across the whole sector has only just begun! Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are on a mission to revolutionize our monetary system, roboadvisors are superseding human financial advisors using sophisticated algorithms that predict the best personal investment strategy, or transfer money at the click of an icon on your smartphone. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is huge potential for disruptive concepts to take us off the beaten track into entirely new realms of banking and finance! The keys to the door for the promising FinTech startups now entering the market are customer service and automation. These two factors are defining current goals, as startups dare to challenge the hegemony of traditional financial services and the age-old banking system. How? By combining cutting-edge technology like blockchain systems, artificial intelligence and big data, and using them to create new and enhanced services for their customers. As part of our Future of Finance and Banking series, we will be looking at this fascinating topic and speaking to some of the “revolutionaries” in the sector. Their aim will be to predict developments in this rapidly evolving market from their standpoint, lifting the lid on visionary FinTech business and gaining insights into the kind of financial world we can expect to experience in the future!

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Lena Gaede

Status Quo and major challenges of digitalization for SMEs – and the solutions!

Digital transformation is only for the big players? What a persistent myth. In fact, digitalization holds great opportunities for SMEs and can even level out inequalities between small and big companies. Yet, not all small- and medium-sized enterprises embrace digitalization: A study by IDC from 2016 revealed that only 42% of small businesses worldwide are actively engaged with digital transformation to automate functions, derive real-time insights, and optimize processes for performance gains.

But there is so much to gain! The mentioned study also showed that there is a connection between the state of digital transformation and revenue growth: Whereas 52% of the most fast-growing SMEs stated a rather high progress in digital transformation, only 28% of companies with flat or declining growth declared the same. Still, it is understandable that smaller firms dread bigger investments and the risks that come with it. But standing still is also not an option. Instead, let us look at the major challenges of digitalization for small and medium-sized companies and how they can tackle it!

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Mathias Jäger

Guest feature | Startups@Reeperbahn pitch – we are waiting for your applications!

On September 20th, Hamburg will be THE place to be for startups and entrepreneurs. On this day, the Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch will take place. This international competition brings the best European startups together and is organized by the independent platform Hamburg Startups for the fifth time in Hamburg. How can you apply? What can I expect? It’s all coming up now.

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Lisa Flieg

“Women have every ability to go out and take risks” – Female pioneers talk about women in tech and startup life

The contributions made by women to driving forward with innovation is incredibly valuable for the startup scene. But female founders, especially in the tech field, are still few and far between in today’s world of entrepreneurial activity. Why? What is important to female digital pioneers? And what are their experiences when it comes to their careers and doing their own thing? We’ve taken a closer look and asked three visionary women in the CODE_n community about their viewpoint on the topic – one pursuing innovation in retail analytics, another doing pioneering things in smart energy, plus an entrepreneur who built up a startup network from scratch. And guess what: They were more than happy to share their inspiring stories with you! Learn from female entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders about their amazing insights into women in the world of business and startups.

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Lena Gaede

Mobile workforce: what businesses have to watch out for

We recently highlighted the increased efficiency that remote working has on a business in our article the future trends of work for companies. The ability to work from anywhere is now commonplace and widely accepted thanks to new innovations, technologies and a change of working culture, which strives for efficiency. Consider for a moment how much time we waste on travelling to work, meetings, people not turning up on time etc. As we try to squeeze more and more into our day, time is arguably at its highest premium.

So the question is; how can we work more effectively with clients, suppliers and colleagues with the use of new technology?

In this article we review two very important aspects of connected collaboration: mobile collaboration applications and IT-security.

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Lisa Flieg

This company enables you to better leverage business opportunities and optimize risk management: meet AXON INSIGHT

Our next community member is ready to be announced! We are delighted to spread more fantastic news about the CODE_n SPACES – there has been another exciting addition to the Innovation Campus: A team from the smart data company AXON INSIGHT moved into CODE_n SPACES in June 2017. AXON INSIGHT is part of the Axon Active Group, which developed the map technology for Google Maps among other things. The company offers insights into real-time network relationships – which can be extremely valuable in case of customer acquisition and risk management! One of the company’s plans is to establish a new generation of digital marketing in the financial industry in collaboration with GFT Technologies SE. Their focus here is on digital assistance systems for consultants in the financial industry, in the distribution, risk management and fraud prevention sectors. We spoke with Almir Adrovic (head of business development and member of the Executive Board) about the business concept and asked how they became the latest resident of CODE_n SPACES. Welcome to the CODE_n family, team AXON INSIGHT!

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