The Hamburg startup appinio is the winner of the Webfuture Award 2015 of the initiative nextMedia.Hamburg. On Wednesday evening, the award for founders was handed to appinio’s co-founder Jonathan Kurfess during the prize-giving gala at Hamburg’s betahaus in Schanzenviertel. The market research app that claims to be the world’s fastest, supplies companies with 1,000 feedbacks in five minutes, while animating the user with playful elements and vouchers to use the app. Endowed with 5,000 euro, the first prize also includes a one-year PR mentorship programme.
The Other Winners
The Hamburg-based company Connected Health won silver with their digital medical record project “Lifetime”. The third prize went to Spottster, simplying the life of online shopper by providing a digital notepad shopping on the Web. In the afternoon of the final round, all ten finalists were given the opportunity to present their business idea in a five-minute “business Idea-speed dating” to a jury made up of entrepreneurs and industry experts.
Recommendations to the Founders
The speed dating was well received by the founders. Freya Oehle, co-founder of the third-placed startup Spottster, called the need to pick the jury at various points and to find a new twist to the presentation of the startups the special attraction of the pitch. The event was once again hosted again by the jury chairman Tarek Müller (Project Collins), who told the start-ups to quickly realise their ideas.
Praise for the Hamburg Branch
The opportunities opened up by the Webfuture awards for startups were clarified vy Hauke Windmüller, founder and CEO of Familonet, in his keynote speech. Since winning the competition in 2014, the number of users of the Family app has increased from 50,000 to half a million people. The Webfuture Award has contributed much to this success. Dr. John Jacubeit of Connected Health praised the startup sector of the Hamburg as a place where the right companies were founded at the right time.