Four start-ups won Monday (May 30) Hamburg Innovation Awards at this year’s “Hamburg Innovation Summit” in the ZAL TechCenter in Finkenwerder. A prize for sustainability was awarded for the first time as well. Over 1,000 visitors and 60 exhibitors flocked to the event, opened by Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, and Katharina Fegebank, State Minister of Science and Research.
More security for workers
The Hamburg Innovation Awards are presented in three categories. HiDoc, founded by André Sommer and Jesaja Brinkmann, won the “ideas” category for coming up with digital solutions to help patients with chronic illnesses. The “start” category award went to bentekk, a company based in the south of Hamburg. Matthias Schmittmann and Johannes Weber, founders of bentekk GmbH, have developed intelligent measuring technology for analysing pollutants locally. The measuring instrument, which was developed mainly in the Institute for Measurement Technology at TUHH, protects workers from chemicals like benzene, low concentrations of which can pose a health hazard.
Smart micro water turbine
Dermalog Identification Systems won the award in the “growth” category. The company was distinguished for its excellent business development, a broad range of products and an outstanding degree of innovation. A sustainability prize introduced this year for improving the efficient use of resources or reducing greenhouse gas emissions went to Pipe Hydro Energy. The founders, Mulundu Sichone and Felix Müller, have developed a smart micro water turbine which helps save energy when transporting water.
Future Candy Expo and interactive Master Classes
The summit also featured the Future Candy Expo allowing visitors to try out the latest technical innovations “Made in Hamburg” both inside and outside the ZAL Techcenter. Discussions led by experts in HHIS Master Classes focused on how start-ups can become mentors through various co-operation models, how new company structures can lead to greater knowledge transfer and what leadership means nowadays. Meanwhile, the HHIS Barcamp gave visitors a chance to work on some of the proposed issues.
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Martin Jung, Department Head of Innovation and Business Development at IFB Hamburg. Interview with: