We have written about the “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative and we often highlight one of the most dynamic areas of the current German economy, that is, start-ups. This time, we want to mention a few start-ups that were part of the recent “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition.
The Germany Land of Ideas 2017 “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition shined the limelight on 100 different projects (German) across the country. These projects each proposed new solutions to answer “complex challenges such as immigration, digitisation and globalisation.” Experimentation, curiosity and “courage to rethink issues” were all important issues in deciding on the winners.
Ultimately, these nation-wide projects are aimed at moving Germany forward and creating a more open society. The prize winners receive advice from mentors on how to secure financing, improve their public relations and create a business plan.
Here is list of some of the more interesting start-ups on the list:
(1) ReCup: the company launched in 2016 and provides reusable coffee cups and various ways of encouraging users to reuse them.
(2) Binee: provides a decentralised return bin for electronic appliances which promotes easy, transparent recycling.
(3) Querfeld: sells oddly shaped fruits and vegetables which helps prevent them from being dumped before reaching the point of sale.
(4) Aponix: makes vertical pot planters which allows for vegetables gardens to be grown even in small urban spaces.
(5) Conflictfood: distributes speciality foods from conflict zones to help local farmers and encourage peace.
(6) Flowtify: simplifies quality and hygiene management for restaurants.
(6) Mecuris: uses 3D printers to make and fit patients with prostheses.
(7) Africa Greentech: is a social start-up that uses mobile solar power plants to provide clean electricity to villages in Africa.
(8) Beeming Box: sells organic produce and uses the funds to support local aid projects.
(9) Tsenso: helps people determine the actual shelf-life of products which helps reduce that amount of perfectly good food that is discarded.
(10) dresslife: with the aid of big data, the company aims to reduce the number of expensive and wasteful returns for clothes bought online.