Ths List of the finalists Hessian Founder’s Prize 2020 in four categories was announced and Food and IT are the focus of the twelve young companies in the final of the competition
The semifinals of the Hessian Founders Award were doubly exciting: On the one hand, because of the 44 founders who presented their business ideas to the 32-strong Hesse-wide jury. But the event itself was also challenging in Corona times: the venue in Kassel is a high-risk area, and infections are increasing in Hesse. That is why project manager Elisabeth Neumann determined to hold the jury session via online conference. “That was a novelty, but it worked out great, I’m very happy about that. We had already gained experience with events that were wholly or partly held virtually, ”reports Neumann. “I very much hope that we can meet again in person in 2021, but I’m also proud that we didn’t cancel our competition. Especially in the pandemic, young companies deserve support and attention. ” The twelve finalists are already asPrize winners of the Hessian Founders Prize 2020 and will compete against each other on November 27, 2020 to determine a winner in each category. The final and award ceremony should actually take place in Kassel, but are now also being held online due to Corona.
he city of Kassel is most strongly represented regionally with three finalists. Together with two others from the region, North Hesse is the geographic focus of the award winners. In previous years, most of the finalists came from the Rhine-Main area, this year in second place with two companies from Darmstadt and two more from the region. The finalists are thus an example of the brisk start-up activity outside of the metropolitan regions. Thematically, two areas stand out: four companies each are with food or withBusy IT topics . The Hessian Founders Award has a different regional partner every year to support the start-up process on site. This is often reflected in a higher number of regional applications, but is neutralized by the Hesse-wide composition of the jury.
The category “start- ups from university” is also firmly in Kassel’s hands: The intelligent, elastic STRAFFR fitness band by Stefan Weiss, Hanno Storz and Torben Hellmuth was developed there. And Lea Schücking and Leya Bilgic have their shards tiles made from recycled rubble at the University of Kassel developed. In Offenbach , however, the idea is for isolated house emerged that simple, temporary shelter and sustainable have Jonas Eiden, Marius Mersinger and Fabian Hegner invented.
I n the “Innovative Business Idea ” category , founder Benjamin Federmann and his team from doks.innovation from Kassel qualified for the final . The company enables automated inventory in warehouses. The team around Max Limper and Miguel Sousa from the Darmstadt Graphics Group was also able to convince the jury in this category. You automatically optimize complex 3D models for visualization. The third finalist offers innovation in a completely different area Simon Schmidt and his team from Gründau with their tea balls : pressed tea balls made from plant extracts that dissolve in hot and cold water within a short time — tea without a bag.
With his company “You are the boss here — the consumer brand”, Nicolas Barthelmé from Eltville reached the final in the “Social Impact” category . It creates transparency and participation for buyers in the food market. The senior-friendly app Lylu by Felix legsz and Vitalij Hilsendeger from Darmstadt connects seniors with their environment . F ensure ÜR contacts between humans and animalsNina Schönrock and Christian Schulte from VertrauTier with their offers for animal-assisted therapy in Willingen (Upland) .
In the category “Sustainable successor” , are represented two companies in the food industry: With Christoph Jestätt the tenth generation has the Hannheinehof in Fulda taken and produced there organic and sustainable foods . Also Katharina Koch in Calden in the existing since 1877 Landfleischerei Koch competed within the family succession and vigorously modernized. Timo Reinhardt started out as an apprentice at the Balzer painting company in Marburg and is now the owner . Integration is a top priority here: three of his employees come from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Syria .
You will find an overview of all finalists including contact details here:
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