Maximum power for our first “Digital Business Speed-Dating”


Energy & Environment

Successful launch of our new speed-dating format

The lockdown following the COVID-19 pandemic has generated many creative solutions in companies. Digital solutions were the preferred choice. Following this approach, we at Innoloft also launched our first Digital Business Speed-Dating.

In order to continue our mission – connecting the most innovative players in all tech branches and promoting their projects even in this pandemic  – we launched our first Digital Business Speed-Dating together with 11 partners on June 16, 2020.

As consequence of  COVID-19, all events for which we had planned an analogue Business Speed-Dating were cancelled or postponed. So we were looking for a quick solution. Eleven partners from our network gave us positive feedback. They actively supported us with their networks during the implementation of the virtual Business Speed-Dating.

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With 272 participants we succeeded in our biggest Business Speed-Dating event to date. A large number of startups from our networks, numerous established companies as well as investors and representatives from the research sector took part.

A total of 720 matches took place on that day. In 12-minute online conversations, all participants had the opportunity to exchange information bilaterally. With the video function, personal conversations took place, just as you know it from face-to-face, analogue meetings at trade fairs and conferences.

We were excited about your positive feedback.

Digital networking event with international orientation

Digital Business Speed-Dating Map Pap Participants

 

Through our matchmaking process via our platform we build bridges for you to find suitable B2B contacts for your solutions and projects. We generated the contacts based on your interests and cooperation requests. You can then further deepen the contacts afterwards. This way we support you in generating leads.

Numerous companies and startups from all over the world have not missed this opportunity. With a share of 23 percent, participants in Digital Business Speed Dating came from Singapore, China, Indonesia, India, Australia, Canada, USA, Brazil and Ukraine.

What is our mission behind?

Innovative solutions need a test field or access to the market. You as a startup have invested a lot of work in your technical solution or innovation. After all, it is waiting to be tested by potential users. As a company, you can provide this test field to the startups and maybe you are looking for such a solution for your customers yourself.

Our speed-dating events enable you to establish contact with movers and shakers quickly and easily. As a company or investor, you can also make contact with start-ups you have never met before.

Our central concern is to bring you together as potential cooperation partners to work together on innovative solutions and projects. This mission has been supported by our Digital Business Speed-Dating partners by contributing their networks. We would like to thank them sincerely for this and would like to introduce them to you individually here.

First Digital Business Speed-Dating powered by:

Digital Business Speed-Dating Partner

BDEW – Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft

As the central association, BDEW Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft e.V. represents your interests in the fields of electricity, gas, local and district heating, drinking water and wastewater, electricity and gas grids as well as heating and cooling networks. BDEW already unites more than 1,900 municipal and private companies from the sector. They lay great importance to a sustainable, economic and secure energy supply in Germany. Thus, BDEW is committed to climate protection and a reorganization of the energy supply taking into account the concerns of its members.

Berlin Partner for Business and Technology GmbH

Berlin Partner for Business and Technology GmbH offers you support with customized services and networks in science and politics. With its free services for startups, companies and investors, Berlin Partner helps you get a foothold in Berlin. They provide support for all your business activities in Berlin. They are a Public Private Partnership initiative. This initiative is supported by the Berlin Senate and over 280 companies and scientific institutions in Berlin. Berlin Partner is also responsible for global capital city marketing.

Digital Economy (DWNRW) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitisation and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia – six DWNRW Hubs

The “Digital Economy NRW” initiative of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of NRW helps startups and companies to set up and establish new digital business models. Digital solutions and digital know-how are in demand everywhere today. As startups with digital business solutions, you will receive support for your projects and for scaling up in one of the six Digital Hubs of the “Digital Economy NRW” initiative. At six locations: digitalHUB Aachen, Digital Hub Bonn, digihub Düsseldorf, Digital Hub Cologne, Digital Hub münsterLAND, ruhr:HUB they connect you with investors, medium-sized businesses, large companies and research. As an established company, the hubs provide you with access to new digital technologies for your digital change and the realignment of your processes and business models.

E-world energy & water

If you no longer want to miss a hotly discussed topic of the energy industry, then the E-world energy & water leading fair is ‘the place to be’. Europe’s energy industry meets here every year in February. On this great platform you can network and exchange ideas with decision-makers and doers. As an established company you can present your highlights and innovations here. As startups you will meet international decision makers and an interested B2B audience. There will also be exciting impulses for current market trends, the challenges and solutions for the energy world. E-world energy & water is thus a source of inspiration for the industry and beyond.

EIT – European Institute of Innovation and Technology

The EIT’s mission is to promote innovation and partnerships across the European continent. With its various innovation communities, it brings together business, education and research to bring together universities, labs and companies and to create solutions to existing challenges. To this end, the EIT carries out a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship activities. It includes training and courses that teach technical and entrepreneurial skills as well as business creation and acceleration services.

Inno Energy

As an innovation engine for sustainable energy InnoEnergy is your contact for your innovation projects throughout Europe. InnoEnergy is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. With a holistic view of the energy value chain they are committed to the introduction of groundbreaking new technologies.

EIT Digital

EIT Digital will help you grow your deep tech business throughout Europe. With its focus on entrepreneurship, EIT Digital offers tailor-made growth support to help European technology scale-ups build international client relationships and raise capital. Its focus is on strategic and social challenges in Europe.

EnergieAgentur.NRW

EnergieAgentur.NRW offers a broad range of tasks and comprehensive expertise in the energy sector. On behalf of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, it supports you in all questions relating to energy. Its field of activity includes energy research, technical development, demonstrations and pilot projects, as well as market launch. The EnergieAgentur.NRW not only supports and advises companies and end consumers, but also local authorities. It offers you a broad programme of events, as well as a wide range of information on energy, the economical use of energy and climate protection. Via its social media channels you will be kept up to date on the activities and events of the EnergieAgentur.NRW.

GTAI – Germany Trade & Invest

Germany Trade & Invest GTAI is the foreign trade agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. It promotes Germany as a business location and helps foreign companies to settle in Germany by providing you with free industry analyses, information on tax and legal issues as well as on financing and funding opportunities in Germany. They also support you in exporting your products abroad or gaining a foothold in foreign markets. Moreover, GTAI helps you with research, information and updates on call for tenders.

HANNOVER MESSE

You do not focus solely on the energy sector, but work on solutions for the industry? Then you’ve come to the right place at HANNOVER MESSE. It is probably the most important platform for everyone working on technologies related to industrial processes, from research and development, manufacturing, industrial automation, logistics and services to energy and mobility technologies. It thus combines key technologies and the core areas of industry in one place. You can use the resulting synergies for your business and establish international contacts with decision-makers from industrial companies. Every year in April HANNOVER MESSE opens its doors for you.

SET – Startup Energy Transition of the German Energy Agency (dena)

As a global innovation platform, SET supports you in finding partners and implementing your innovations for the energy turnaround. The SET platform brings you together with companies and investors. The SET Award and the SET Tech Festival create a stage for all your solutions and business models with which a sustainable future can be created. With its growing global network, SET connects you with political decision-makers and organizes direct exchange for you. SET is an initiative of the German Energy Agency dena in cooperation with the World Energy Council WEC.

VINCI Energies

As a service provider and systems integrator, VINCI Energies helps you to modernise your infrastructures and build digital solutions in the fields of industrial engineering, energy technology, IT and building services. With its focus on implementing new technologies, VINIC Energies ensures that energy, transport and communication infrastructures in factories, buildings and information systems are state-of-the-art. In doing so, they lay the foundations for digital transformation and energy system transformation.


 

Finally, some information on our own behalf…

If you don’t want to miss any more of our events, please register on our platform. All those who are working on innovative solutions and are looking for cooperation partners for their innovation projects can become members of our innovation network.

By registering with a personal and/or company profile on Innoloft, you can use many features of our platform completely free of charge and get notified about our next Digital Business Speed-Dating.

As a startup you can apply as “Startup of the Week” with a completely filled out profile and your cooperation application. We will promote you with an interview on our blog as well as on our and our White Label Partner Platforms. We also distribute your interview via our social media channels. This way, we help you to grow your brand-awareness!

Join the Innoloft Community now!

Smart City – LoRaWAN as an opportunity for municipal utilities


Energy & Environment

In the last decades, we have experienced the rapid development of digital technologies. Products and solutions based on these technologies are becoming increasingly important. Parallel to this development, urbanization is a continuing trend. Many people are attracted to cities, which at the same time causes logistical and infrastructural challenges for the cities. Separated living, working, and leisure areas lead to a high volume of traffic and pollute cities. In addition to high emissions with polluted air, traffic jams and noise have a negative impact on life in the cities. Smart City solutions aim to avoid these. They want to make cities more liveable.

What is meant by a “Smart City”?

The aim of Smart City solutions is to make life more pleasant and enjoyable for the inhabitants of cities. Cities are to become cleaner and more people-friendly, while simultaneously increasing the quality of life. But how can this be achieved? The answer is by applying the latest digital technologies that enable smart connectivity. This primarily includes the so-called Internet of Things – IoT. This is based on a sensor-supported data network that can be used to collect and evaluate data. For this, it requires the establishment of appropriate communication infrastructure.

This is where modern communication technologies such as LoRaWAN technology come into play. LoRaWAN stands for Low Power Wide Area Network. This technology is a wireless, battery-powered radio technology with a long-range and high penetration. It enables cities to build their own license-free IoT network. By adding sensors to urban infrastructures such as power lines, roads, lanterns, buildings, and facilities, data can be collected and transmitted wirelessly via gateways to network servers. The incoming data can then be processed and finally analyzed. Thus, an evaluation for specific purposes and applications in areas of daily life can be carried out.

Which applications do Smart City solutions allow?

A variety of Smart City applications can be realized by building a radio-based IoT communication network using LoRaWan technology. The use cases range from local, sustainable energy supply and intelligently controlled waste management to intelligently controlled street lighting, parking space management, building management, or facility monitoring. For example, LoRaWAN data can also be used for intelligent control of public transport. Processes can be managed more efficiently by collecting and evaluating data. This in turn supports process optimization for utility companies, such as municipal utilities or transport companies, and helps to reduce costs.

Smart City applications as a new business area for utilities?

For the utilities, this means two things: On the one hand, they can open up new business areas and establish services by building up such an infrastructure. On the other hand, they contribute to solving key challenges facing cities. By building the necessary infrastructure for IoT applications, they can help rid cities of air pollution, particulate matter, traffic jams, noise, etc. Utilities can position themselves as modern infrastructure providers and citizen-friendly companies.

However, the development of new digital business areas requires companies to be willing to innovate and to enter these new areas. Likewise, it requires intensive involvement with one’s business processes, and the development of technical and digital skills, for example in the areas of IoT and LoRaWAN. In addition, moving towards new digital business models requires a willingness to invest.

What conclusions can be drawn?

Are utility companies, such as municipal utilities and transport companies, prepared to take this path? This would offer them the opportunity to position themselves not only as modern infrastructure providers. By setting up digital communications infrastructures, they enable other companies to develop new services and business areas and thus realign their value creation. For citizens, they pave the way to a smart, citizen-friendly, and liveable city.

Innoloft is currently implementing projects in Aachen and Oberhausen and helping to establish the Smart City as a new business model.

Contact person:

Marcel Nebeling
Head of Innovation Management

Email: m.nebeling@innoloft.com
Schedule an appointment

 

Innoloft Benefits Program – Boost your Startup


Banking & Finance, Energy & Environment, IT & ICT, Mobility, Smart City & Buildings

 

Startups face numerous challenges with each startup period bringing its own. In the seed phase, every activity focuses on turning a concept and functional prototypes into a marketable product. According to this the focus is on winning customers and partners with a well thought-out business model. In addition to market access, startups primarily need advice and financing.

In the growth phase, the number of customers and thus the turnover increases. However, this in turn requires the recruitment of new employees and the establishment of suitable corporate structures. These often lay the foundation for the following years. At the same time, the expectations and quality standards of customers with regard to products and services often grow during this phase. Business strategies are also adjusted or expansion is carried out in this phase. New business partners are gained and the own company network grows.

But no matter what phase a startup is in, the lack of resources is always a bottleneck. Startups need support and assistance in the form of access to infrastructure and networks as well as to financial and non-monetary resources.

Partner of the Innoloft Benefits Program

As a startup we know from our own experience how important it is to be supported in its activities. That is why we have initiated the Innoloft Benefits Program. Together with partners we offer you startup assistance.

Our partners currently include Amazon Web Services (AWS). Through their AWS Activate Program they provide companies with infrastructure services. As a startup, you can register for this via our platform and receive credits worth up to $5,000. One of the conditions to profit from the AWS-Benefit is that you invite another startup to our innovation network, which registers with its own profile. The invited startup in turn can use our network with all its features for free and can also participate in the Innoloft Benefits Program.

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Eventbuddy GmbH

One startup that could already profit from the Benefits Program is the Eventbuddy GmbH. The Eventbuddy GmbH offers an innovative and intuitive platform for event management and digital ticket sales.

“As a startup in the growth phase, you are quickly confronted with the scaling of your digital infrastructure. Through Innoloft’s Benefits Program, we were able to profit from a partnership with Amazon Web Services, so we can now focus on the further development of our platform.” – Lucian Holtwiesche, Head of Product 

Digital B2B support to cushion the corona crisis


Energy & Environment, Health & FoodTech, Industry 4.0 & Logistics, Mobility, Smart City & Buildings

Innoloft supports you with its digital network in times of Corona

The COVID19 pandemic is spreading worldwide. It affects all of us and comes along with lots of uncertainty. What we will face in the upcoming months nobody knows. The economic consequences of the crisis can’t really be quantified yet. Nevertheless, we are not completely helpless facing the crisis. While there are major cuts in the analogue economy and the “lockdown” forces to slow economy activities, digital solutions can help to bridge this situation. Millions of people in Germany and around the world currently work from home. Doing home office would not work without internet connections, digital tools and platforms.

Plenty of companies are currently offering support in these times of crisis. We at Innoloft would also like to contribute and help to cushion the economic restrictions. We’re making our digital network platform available as a “white label application” to networks, associations, clusters, trade fairs and other private organizations. For this purpose we adapt it according to your corporate design. Our Innoloft network operating system is designed to initiate business contacts and connect solution providers, such as startups, with solution seekers.

 

What features does our digital B2B networking platform provide you?

– Create company profiles & personal profiles

– Place technologies, products and services

– Find business partners

– Automated business matchmaking

– Share news across your ecosystem

– Access a global network of innovation stakeholders

 

In addition to these key functions, the digital B2B network platform with its network feed, chat and mailing functions between network members offers further opportunities to exchange information and stay in touch with network users. Thus, the platform supports you in establishing new business relationships and serving existing ones, regardless of time and place.

 

Economic added value via digitised business relations also for the time after COVID19

With our digital B2B network platform, we would like to give you support for a difficult period of time. For this reason our offer is limited in time. For a period of six month, we are able to provide you with the platform in your design and we’ll make ends meet to shift the development costs. The platform is only suitable as a business network and is not designed for private use.

In the long term, we want to be available to you as a digital B2B network that will enable you to prepare for the digital future, even after the coronavirus. Our platform offers you and your network members the chance to network effectively with other companies, start-ups, organisations. You can establish and maintain business relationships in a digital manner. With the functions mentioned above, our platform offers numerous opportunities for new “customer leads”, partnerships, contacts, innovations and projects.

 

Learn more about our Platform

Are you interested in our six-month Corona B2B support offer and would like to learn more about it?
Get in touch with our CEO, Sven Pietsch.

Contact and further information

Email: s.pietsch@innoloft.com
Phone: +49 152 33668237

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Startups of the Month March 2020


Energy & Environment, Industry 4.0 & Logistics, IT & ICT

Our five startups of the week in March at a glance

In the month of March we presented five startups in our Startup of the Week format in an interview. Interviews were conducted with Blue Boson, FSIGHT, Motius, SPAROX and AMPEERS ENERGY. Here we give an overview of their solutions in our Startups of the Month article. If you want to learn more about their offers, you can also have a look at their profile in our Innoloft database. There you will also find their and other customer and partner searches.

 

Blue Boson – water treatment without any chemical additives

Blue Boson uses a technology for the treatment of contaminated wastewater that does not require any chemical additives. This enables them to remove incrustations and deposits in an environmentally friendly way. By protecting systems from corrosion, they extend their service life. They are already on the market with two patented products called SCAT® and SCAT REXCIT®. Their hydraulic flow modules ensure supramolecular treatment of water, but are also suitable for treating other liquid or gaseous media. They manufacture or modify their equipment according to requirements and application. Fully automated, they can be operated around the clock. They distribute their products according to the ESCO model. This refers to an energy-saving contracting model that is geared to energy efficiency and cost savings. They also offer equipment rental and sales as well as other services.

To the Startup of the week interview KW10

FSIGHT – Artificial Intelligence Platform for the energy sector

The startup FSIGHT focuses entirely on artificial intelligence and shows how this can be used profitably in the energy industry. With its energy management platform, energy flows can be calculated with foresight and adjusted according to demand. With the help of their Energy-AI platform, they can combine the consumption behavior of consumers with the energy production of renewable energies and energy market prices. They use over 40 machine learning models for this purpose. Their trading model for energy communities allows private households, commercial customers and industrial companies to trade the electricity they generate themselves. In addition, energy savings of up to 20 percent can be achieved for end consumers. At the same time, its platform helps to stabilize local power grids. Its Software-as-a-Service solution benefits energy customers and consumers as well as energy companies and network operators. FSIGHT’s customers are located all over the world.

To the Startup of the week interview KW11

Motius – Modern technologies for every kind of use case

Motius GmbH has an answer to the rapid changes in the tech world. Its mission is to open up technologies for customers from the most diverse areas for their respective fields of application. For this purpose the Motius team uses extensive tech expertise. As technology experts, they serve the innovation needs of their customers on the one hand through their interdisciplinary talent pool and on the other hand by integrating technology and management hubs. In doing so, they offer support in generating ideas and applications, in providing proof of concept and in product rollout. Motius focuses less on specific industries and target groups and more on the application of new technologies in a broad customer segment. Motius has been on the market for seven years. For some time now, they have been among the fastest growing start-ups in Germany.

To the Startup of the week interview KW12

SPAROX – Amazon for spare parts in the energy sector

Sparox procures spare parts for energy systems. Via their platform, they supply plant operators of all types of energy production in German-speaking countries. For this purpose, they have built up a network of suppliers with a wide range of products. Their portfolio currently includes over 15,000 spare parts. There is an emergency function on the platform for spare parts that are needed quickly to prevent plant failure. With SPAROX3D they also serve a segment where 3D printed spare parts can be ordered. For plant operators, the use of the platform is free of charge. For suppliers they charge a transaction fee. Especially in the current corona crisis, the added value of the Sparox platform is evident, not least in the avoidance of downtimes and the securing of energy supply.

To the Startup of the week interview KW13

AMPEERS ENERGY – Energy Management 4.0 for Decentralized Energy Supply

With their Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, AMPEERS ENERGY are giving the decentralized energy turnaround the right impetus. Based on a self-learning technology, it allows decentralized generation to be combined and controlled with energy consumption. AMPEERS ENERGY offers three cloud-based applications that can also be used individually. These include its AE District Manager as a comprehensive neighbourhood energy management solution, its AE Local Supplier fully automated, integrable tenant electricity software and its AE Fleet Optimizer solution for intelligent control of charging processes and loads for electric fleets. All three components interlock technically, are user-friendly and connect market participants. Their SaaS solution not only enables innovative business models, but also provides all participants with environmentally friendly efficiency advantages and cost savings. AMPEERS ENERGY’s approach not only convinced the jury members of the kraftwerk city acceleration bremen Challenge last year, but also won the Fraunhofer Gründerpreis 2019.

To the Startup of the week interview KW14

“Flexibility as a business model” – Where are lucrative business opportunities for energy companies?


Energy & Environment

Our lattest issue of our industry trend report “blue oceans” provides answers

The current issue of our industry trend report “blue oceans”, produced together with energate, deals with the question of how “flexibility as a business model” in the energy sector can be used. The third issue on this topic was published in February 2020. In addition to a comprehensive market analysis using the Innoloft database and insights from our partner energate, we present concrete flexibility solutions by using examples. In the report, you will find news, interviews with startups, requests for cooperation in the form of calls and a detailed business case. With this case, we present you with a business model for flexibility marketing that is little known but already profitable.

 

Flexibility in the energy sector is a broad topic. Its importance is growing because of new technological developments and the increasing spread of renewable energies, energy storage, and electromobility while at the same time reducing conventional energy production. Thus flexibility affects the areas of generation and consumption as well as the areas of trade or cross-sectoral use of energy.

 

Six startup use-cases with “flexibility as a business model”

Using six examples from our trend report, we would like to present to you in excerpts the flexibility solutions that young companies and startups are offering and the business approaches they are pursuing. In interviews, their CEOs share their views on the development of the topic. Our trend report, as well as our Innoloft database, provides you with more details and startups.

blue oceans trendreport

 

Sympower – flexibility for networks with the help of Demand-Side-Management

The Dutch startup Sympower was founded in 2015. Their product opens up flexibility based on flexible consumers, such as intelligent heating and cooling systems for households and companies for energy supply. With their demand-side management (DSM) solution, they offer the energy supply system an alternative to fossil fuels as flexibility reserves. Instead of coal and gas power plants, they integrate heating and cooling systems, energy storage, ventilation systems, water boilers and other devices located in the vicinity. They pool these sources of flexibility on one platform. With their DSM solution, greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced and fluctuations in the supply of renewable energy can be balanced. Transmission system operators, as their main customers, can derive added value from their offer. Thus they are able to react to increasing demands on the energy market.

 

In his interview in the blue oceans trend report, Simon Bushell, Founder and CEO of Sympower B.V. tells you more about their Demand Response Solution for energy grids.

 

View Sympower Profile

 

Bl!xt – Analog circuit-breakers converted into digital multifunction switches

The startup Blixt has its focus on circuit breakers. It was founded 2018 in Sweden. While conventional circuit breakers are used to switch off the power, Blixt has developed a digital alternative. With their multifunctional switch, they can not only control energy flows but also monitor them. Their circuit breakers enable real-time remote control of the household’s energy supply. This provides consumers and energy service providers a new tool. They combine different functions of a breaker, remote control, and smart meter – all in one single device. Thus they create the prerequisites for intelligent demand-side management. As a B2B company, Blixt has set itself the task of bringing a new digital circuit breaker infrastructure to the market. But they are not doing this on their own. They want to cooperate together with existing suppliers and face the demands of a future energy market.

 

Why Bl!xt is focussing on digital circuit breakers and how their technology can contribute to flexibility Charlotta Holmquist, Co-Founder and CFO, explains in her interview in the blue oceans trend report.

 

View Blixt Profile

 

Urban Energy – Controlling charging points with the help of smart grid technologies

With its Energy Data Hub, urban ENERGY connects consumers and producers in an intelligent way. The startup from Berlin has created a B2B software IoT platform that uses intelligent algorithms to collect all data in urban districts in real-time. In order to manage plants, buildings and charging points in a way that relieves the strain on the grid, AI models create forecasts. For example, it calculates when the best time is to charge an electric vehicle. With its smart grid solution, urban Energy is initially focusing on municipal utilities and housing associations. The solution may also be of interest to logistics and commercial customers who are converting to an electric fleet.

 

David Stolz, the CEO, talks in his interview in the blue oceans trend report amongst others, how their solution prevents the grid becoming a bottleneck for e-mobility and how they are going to use flexibility marketing to grow.

 

View Urban Energy Profile

 

EnergyCortex – Creating transparency in energy data

High energy consumption generates high energy costs. Both are directly connected with each other and play a significant role, especially for commercial and industrial customers. The company EnergyCortex, founded in Aachen in 2018, pursues the goal of reducing energy costs and energy consumption for end consumers by using AI-based data analysis. EnergyCortex has developed intelligent cloud solutions. Their software provides an interface to the data of its customers and its own services. It can be used to prepare and visualize data. Currently, they serve the B2B segment in Germany with their cross-sector, intelligent services. At the same time, there is the possibility of a worldwide roll-out.

 

Bastian Baumgart, the CEO, talks in his interview in the blue oceans trend report, how they ensure transparency for commercial and industrial customers and what kind of added value their solution provides.

 

View EnergyCortex Profile

 

Senfal – Generating economic added value for customers on the basis of AI

Senfal, founded in the Netherlands in 2014, has developed a demand-response platform using a self-learning algorithm. Their AI-based solution regulates electricity purchases based on energy consumption data from plants and companies whose market prices are forecast for intra-day electricity trading. This enables them to control the consumption of the plants and to optimize the purchase of electricity. In this way, the startup can generate economic added value for its customers. At the same time, customers have transparent access to the information. Senfal was purchased by Vattenfall in 2019.

 

Bart de Vries, Business Owner, Vattenfall Flexibility Services gives more insights to Senfal’s solution in his blue oceans trend report interview. He answers in detail the question of what the advantage is to be part of a big energy supplier.

 

View Senfal Profile

 

gridX – Strengthening customer benefits with the help of flexible platform solutions

Founded in Aachen in 2016, the startup has developed a platform in conjunction with a holistic energy-IoT solution. It connects end devices independently of manufacturers and manages their energy consumption. Their Independent Homes, Smart Charging, Microgrids, and Smart Commercial solutions provide connectivity and communication of a bunch of devices. In doing so, they connect a wide variety of manufacturers and devices. In the long term, the platform will integrate not only energy consumers and storage devices but also producers such as virtual power plants. For the marketing of its solutions, gridX is already relying on strong partnerships to achieve win-win situations and create customer benefits.

 

How gridX is going to achieve its goal to become the central platform for energy producers and consumers and why the customer can participate in their business model, David Balensiefen, Co-Founder and CEO is explaining in his blue ocean trend report interview.

 

View gridX Profile

Conclusion

There are plenty of flexibility solutions for the energy market. Using these in a targeted manner by using new intelligent technologies is a task that startups and young companies have taken on. The global energy turnaround and the worldwide transformation of energy systems the topic of “flexibility as a business model” is gaining importance. Our trend analysis shows this, as do the examples and the survey of market players in the energy industry conducted by energate.

 

blue oceans offers all innovative market players who are dealing with new business fields in the energy market in general and promising business models in the field of flexibility in particular relevant information on the flexibility trend as a future topic of the energy industry.

 

Do you like to take a short look? Here you will find a reading sample as well as the whole report.

 

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Venios is winner of the FNN-InnovationHub Challenge – Congratulations!


Energy & Environment

 

On December 4th and 5th, 2019, grid experts from industry and politics met at the FNN Networks Congress in Nürnberg. They exchanged their views on the current state and future of grid technology and grid operation in Germany. The FNN Congress provided a stage for innovative start-ups to present their smart grid, grid technology and grid operation solutions. After sucessful application to the Startup-Challenge of the “FNN InnovationHub”, which was launched by VDE | FNN, the finalists were given the chance to pitch their smart solutions to the audience of the FNN Congress.

 

And the winner is …

The aim of the competition is to accelerate innovations and digital solutions for the energy system. With its platform technology, Venios won the FNN InnovationHub Challenge and thus also an order worth 25,000 euros. Venios convinced the jury at the FNN Congress with its solution for detecting the system status of energy grids. Venios is able to provide real-time location and time-based information about the status in low and medium voltage. Due to its solution, Venios can also provide information on the network operating resources by measurements at network-critical points.

They also use mathematical models to create simulations. In this manner they provide relevant informations to the operators, in which they also include secondary data for their forecasts. Beyond this bottlenecks can be detected early.

Flexibility can be provided, enabling network operators to intervene foresighted. This enables grid control as well as the balancing of energy bottlenecks. This prevents overloading of networks and thus network failures. In addition, grid operation can be optimised and costs for grid expansion can be reduced.

 

Next steps

After the challenge, Venios will develop an app together with VDE | FNN by the end of 2020. It is intended to map the system status of a region on the basis of the application rule “Interface between transmission and distribution grids” (VDE-AR-N 4141-1). The software solution should help distribution system operators to meet the requirements of the application rule. FNN members should later be able to obtain the software at a reduced price.

 

Innoloft was involved as a partner in the implementation of the FNN InnovationHub – Challenge through our white label website, the digital application process and marketing.

 

Review of the year – Innoloft highlights & the greatest successes in 2019


Energy & Environment, Industry 4.0 & Logistics, IT & ICT, Mobility, Smart City & Buildings

 

By the end of 2019, we finished our strongest and most energetic business year to date since the founding of Innoloft GmbH. Even though we can not look back on a long company history, the year 2019 came up with a number of highlights for us that we would like to share with you through a review of the year.

Here we go!

 

Platform in a brand new look and an expanded range of functions

A step that set the course for us was without a doubt the relaunch of our platform. We have completely redesigned our platform to make it not only more user-friendly thanks to an optimized structure and use of modern web technologies, but also to offer our users additional added value through new features. Thus, our new platform comes with all kinds of new functions.

What kind of functions we integrated to improve the implementation of your innovation projects with the right partners you can check in the graphic below or read about it in our blog post, stage free …

 

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But that’s not all!

 

Rebranding opens the door to new industries and internationalization

We continued as our previous (brand) name “Energieloft” was also put to the test, and with it our entire corporate design. It took several months to develop, adapt and redesign it. We were happy to officially announce our rebranding on October 1, 2019. The story behind how Energieloft became Innoloft can be found in this separate blog post: Energieloft becomes Innoloft: Here’s why! … . Furthermore, you can learn more about the evolutionary process that we have followed with our B2B innovation network since the end of 2015.

The energy sector will remain a very central pillar for us. But innovations are also waiting to be implemented in other industries, such as the health, financial and industrial sectors. In addition, we have committed ourselves to the ambitious goal of accelerating innovations across industries as well as worldwide, together with you across Germany’s borders – “Create Tomorrow Together”.

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Event highlights and successful projects in 2019

Of course, we did not only deal with our design and our platform during the year. In addition to the new strategic direction and positioning, we haven’t lost sight of our “daily business”. Filtered from our business repertoire, we would like to present you some selected event and project highlights from the past financial year, which we implemented together with customers and partners.

 

Startup Speed-Datings 2019

A central core element, which on the one hand is part of our digital innovation system, but on the other hand takes place analogously, are our Startup Speed-Datings. For this we traveled across Germany last year and even came to Paris in autumn. With our speed dating we bring startups together with established companies and investors.

In a very effective way, in short 8-minute dates, the participants who have previously registered on the web pages can be connected according to their wishes, interests and cooperation requests. To do this, we use an intelligent algorithm that, based on the entered data, selects the most interesting conversation partners.

At the following events in 2019, we organized our startup speed dating and matched a total of more than 700 participants at around 2,800 matches.

 

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January: E-world – Europe’s leading trade fair for the energy industry, Essen
March: ISH – Industry meeting point for air conditioning, heating, cooling and bathroom design, Frankfurt am Main
April: Tech Festival, Berlin
April: HANNOVER MESSE, International Industry and Industry Fair, Hanover
May: The smarter E, leading trade fair for the new energy world, Munich
November: dena Energiewende Congress, Berlin
November: European Utility Week, Paris

 

Startup Challenges 2019

While our startup speed dating focuses on providing the participants with the right business contacts for innovation projects, our startup challenges are competitions at the push of a button. The startup challenges are also a central component of our B2B innovation network. They enable startups to participate in a targeted manner.

At the same time, established companies can advance their innovation projects and look for cooperation partners from the startup ecosystem. This results in a win-win for both sides. After all, startups rarely have their own established customer networks that have grown over many years. They also often lack the relevant experience on the market. Despite this, they often bring a lot of fresh know-how, new technologies, courage and willingness to take risks – in other words, the so-called “entrepreneurial spirit” that is needed to implement innovation projects.

With our challenges, we act as an intermediary and leverage our platform, which now has more than 2,500 established companies and around 2,000 startups. In 2019 alone, we were able to screen a total of 314 applications for our startup challenges and forwarded them to our partners.

The most successful challenges last year included:

U-START Challenge 2019 | Veolia, Thüga & BS | Energy
Metro Startup Challenge
EWE Mobility Challenge
E.DIS Startup Challenge

 

You can take a look at our challenges here…

 

Successful innovation projects

In addition to our digital platform and our white label partner platforms, events and challenges, we foster innovation processes in order to accelerate innovations directly in companies. We support you with know-how and innovation consulting for developing and searching for business opportunities, accompany the conception and implementation as well as conduct marketing and scaling.

Our innovation managers, who are specialized in industries and technologies, help you find suitable partners via screening and scouting and integrate them into projects. They advise you on the development of business models and develop customer journeys. In this way, we realized several successful innovation projects together with customers and partners last year.

You’ll find a selection of some of our innovation projects here …

  • IoT platform Stadtwerke Aachen
  • IoT platform evo Oberhausen
  • Digital power product, Stadtwerke Aachen
  • E-scooter sharing Aachen, business crowdfunding
  • Mobility project, Stadtwerke Neuss

 

If you have any questions about the individual projects, please do not hesitate to contact us!

 

What else to report …

Much more could be reported about the past year. Therefore we’d like to refer to further highlights in a short manner …

Our team grew from 18 at the beginning of the year to 28 team members at the end of the year. Together we spent a team week in the Eifel and let the year end with a cozy Christmas party.

Together with our cooperation partner energate GmbH, we published the trend radar for the energy industry blue oceans – a new trend report on important energy trends. The first report was focused on smart building solutions and was presented at E-world 2019 in February. A second industry report followed last summer on the topic of smart mobility services.

We started with new social media formats to let you participate in the current Innoloft events. Our follower numbers are developing positively and our social media community is growing happily. You can find us on the following channels: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Linkedin.

We started our first collaborations and projects in Asia in 2019 and are continuing to work with our white label innovation platforms, which we have also relaunched.

Last but not least … At the end of the year we were very pleased that Gründerszene Awards had chosen us as one of the fastest growing startups in the area of digital business models. After all, we made it into 21st place in Germany with our startup in the TOP 50 and became industry winners in the energy sector. You can find out how we achieved this in an interview with our CEO Sven. You can read about it here: Start-up scene … 

 

A big thank you to our team, customers & partners

Everything we have achieved in the past year would not have been possible without our customers and partners or without a powerful and committed team. Therefore, a big thank you to you and we look forward to continuing this. Because now it means to look ahead and start again with full energy and power ahead.

 

Outlook for 2020

The first projects are already in the starting positions and you can save the following dates. These are the events we look forward to in the first months of this year.

Save the date!

 

Startup Speed-Dating

February 11th & 12th 2020, E-world Startup Speed-Dating – Information & registration

March 5th & 6th, 2020, Fiberdays Startup Speed-Dating – Information & registration

March 24th, 2020, Tech Festival Startup-Dating – Info & registration

April 20th. 2020, HANNOVER MESSE Startup Speed ​​Dating – Info & Registration

 

The new year can begin. We are ready to take off!

 

 

 

How FinTech Startups overtake traditional banks – 7 examples from the Innoloft network


Banking & Finance

Online-payments are becoming more and more critical for many businesses. In 2018, 6.4 billion transfers were made in Germany alone. And according to a Statista forecast, approximately 2.35 trillion euros will be realized worldwide in B2C e-commerce. The mostly old-fashioned, slow systems of many banks hinder these processes enormously. Disruptive FinTech Startups offer a faster, alternative approach.

In today’s increasingly fast-moving society, the focus shifts to more important things and complicated processes such as manual transfers or post-identification procedures don´t fit in the present time. With the new European directive “PSD2” further authentication steps have become necessary for security. The fast adaptation of important changes is the decisive argument for startups. This is one of the reasons why the fast registration, the simple handling and the innovative image of FinTech Services are so interesting especially for younger target groups. These required payment & authentication solutions are implemented by FinTech Startups as end-user-oriented solutions. We present you seven FinTech Startups from our innovationnework operating in these areas.

 

Seven FinTechs represented from the Innoloft network

 

TransferWise – Money without Borders

 

Conventional banks often lure customers with “free, cross-border transfers” and thus create the impression that they do not take any commissions for the currency transfer. However, if one looks at reality, one often does not see which exchange rate, which was usually chosen for the clear advantage of the bank, was used for the calculation. With more than 1,000 country combinations in 49 currencies and true medium exchange rates, TransferWise offers a business model that sounds too good to be true. The FinTech easily outperforms most banks in terms of transparency and performance. TransferWise takes low and above all completely transparent transfer fees and thus offers a real alternative when it comes to money transfers abroad.

 

AUTHADA – Simple authentication anytime and anywhere

 

Since 2010 the electronic identity card offers the possibility to verify oneself on the internet. This principle is also used by AUTHADA, which offers an authentication solution that enables simple verification via mobile phone. All the user has to do is hold his identity card on his mobile phone and the data is transmitted via NFC. For security reasons, the app requires the previously defined eID-pin of the ID card. A stand-alone, but also a white label option for implementation in both online and onsite applications makes the service suitable for adapting to many different applications. Thus the Startup would like to use the potential of the eID clearly more and replace it by the fast and flexible method Post-Ident and Skype-video-verification.

 

Bluecode – Digital Payments with no new account

 

Why do I need a new bank account with every mobile payment provider? The Austrian FinTech Bluecode also asked itself this question. The team has come up with a solution that makes it obsolete to have to use additional accounts and at the same time significantly speeds up the payment process at the checkout. Once registered and with the current account with direct debit authorization deposited, Bluecode offers payment by barcode. So-called Bluecode tokens are generated to make payments “scanable” directly on the mobile phone. With the implementation of certain customer cards and benefit systems, Bluecode also offers the advantage of not always having to carry all cards around with you. Bluecode cooperates with Alipay in a trans-European-Chinese alliance in order to establish itself as a counterweight to the American companies Google Pay and Apple Pay.

 

Tabbt – Time is money or money is (shared) time?

 

Whether it’s a barbecue, eating in a restaurant or tickets to the festival. It happens almost every day that colleagues, acquaintances and friends lend each other money when, for example, someone has no or not enough cash. In order to prevent annoying voucher collecting, the Tabbt-app offers an easy way to send money directly to other people. The transfer is usually received by the recipient after one business day. Tabbt is the first payment provider to pursue a so-called “zero knowledge” security concept, in which all sensitive data such as pin-codes or account numbers are not visible to the startup and enable the smartphone to communicate directly with the bank in encrypted form. Combined with the simple handling, this results in a free, fast and simple payment provider with the focus on making daily life of its customers much easier.

 

Adyen – Payment-technologies that suit every need

 

Adyen, which roughly means “start from scratch”, offers versatile payment-solutions for every need. The founders saw the possibility of a unified payment system for companies that have more than one sales channel and are easy to use. No matter whether directly in the shop, at the delivery service or mobile at the ride-sharing platform. Thanks to the anonymous evaluation provided, the startup not only offers the payment service, but also the possibility of analyzing the data to improve the sales processes. Thanks to the flexible design, the company has already secured well-known customers such as eBay, Spotify and Uber. In addition, Adyen also offers end user value through standardized payment options and a benefit system. In the long run Adyen tries to implement this standard as “Unified Commerce”.

 

IDnow – Verification by artificial intelligence

 

Hybrid identification solutions through the advantages of man and machine. This is how IDnow could be summarized in one sentence. The startup focuses on a mixture of machine learning and trained identity and fraud specialists in order to achieve enormous reliability with 99.95% correct identifications. Above all, IDnow can be used in areas such as finance, telecommunications and eCommerce with compliance with many security standards such as the DSGVO and continuous auditing. The end user, for example, only scans the image of an ID document with his smartphone and then his face, which is verified in seconds. This ease of use allows the startup not only to significantly improve the end user’s onboarding experience, but also to significantly improve the conversion rate.

 

Klarna – A payment a day keeps the trouble away

 

The Swedish based bank Klarna offers online shoppers all over the world the possibility to freely choose how they want to pay. Whether by invoice, in instalments or directly by bank transfer, the Startup offers the right payment model for every customer. With over one million transactions per day and 2500 employees, Klarna is already one of the heavyweights among FinTech companies. Through continuous development in all areas, Klarna is able to offer its customers an even better user experience. One-click payment options, push messages for due dates or pausing instalment payments are just a few of the numerous convenience functions for users. Klarna stands out from many of its competitors with its strengths in flexibility and excellent buyer protection.

 

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Broad innovations for the transformation of the energy system


Energy & Environment

Austria strengthens its role as an energy innovation country

Our Austrian neighbours are also working intensively on converting their energy system to sustainable and renewable energy. With their climate and energy strategy #Mission2030, they are pushing ahead with the expansion of renewable energies. Umweltförderung (UFI) and the Climate and Energy Fonds (KLI.EN) also support the promotion of projects for the sector-coupled use of renewable energy in the heating, building and mobility sectors. Thereby, 9 million tons of CO2 emissions could be saved each year in Austria, provided that the share of renewable energy increases.

Merely with the current technologies it will be difficult. Further expansion will require technologies and innovations on the one hand and actors as well as markets on the other. Applications and use-cases will only arise when research results and technologies leave research laboratories and find their way into practice, for example through pilot projects. Similarly, innovative business models bring new solutions to the market. Here, statutory regulations as well as financial resources and lighthouse projects are helpful for pionieering innovations. Dr. Leonhard Schitter, MA, President of Austria’s Energy Agency (OE) and Maria Patek, Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, conveyed these messages to the participants of the fourth Austrian Energy Trendforum.

 

Fourth Austrian Energy Trendforum with focus on innovations and startups

The event took place on 21 November 2019 for the fourth time this year in Vienna on the topic “Innovations for the energy system of the 21st century”. The importance of research and future technologies as well as their implementation in the industry as means to reduce CO2 emissions were emphasized.

“Energy is the top topic of our time” said Dipl. Ing.in Maria Patek, Federal Minister of Economics for Sustainability and Tourism, MBA

“Austria and the EU have set themselves very ambitious goals. By 2050, Europe should be the first climate-neutral continent. At the same time, prosperity and competitiveness must be maintained at a high level. The courage to innovate is the driving force behind an eco-social market economy that successfully meets the challenges of the 21st century. Research and innovation are a basic prerequisite for achieving national and international climate and energy goals”.

 

Decarbonisation requires new technologies and innovations

Accordingly, there is a high demand for innovations. In cooperation with the Austrian E-Economy „Oesterreichs E-Wirtschaft“ OE, we launched an innovation platform. On this platform we collect and filter information and cooperation requests to accelerate the realization of innovative projects. Companies, startups and investors can create their own profile on said platform. Startups can publish requests for free to find suitable development, sales or strategic partners as well as investors. This gives them more visibility to established companies. At the same time, companies can also submit cooperation requests or initiate specific challenges where innovative startups apply for cooperation projects.

“In this way, we can accelerate innovation. We are very pleased about the cooperation with OE,” says our CEO, Sven Pietsch. “It helps us to further connect the innovation ecosystems of Germany and Austria. To fulfill our mission, we are dependent on partners. Therefore, the procedure would not be possible without the support of OE“, Sven continues and added: „The cooperation with OE has been running for 2 years. After the first good experiences, we have now improved the platform again to provide members of the association with even more functions such as LIVE Matching. Users can easily adjust in which areas they are currently looking for innovation and regularly receive suggestions, innovative project ideas or find implementation partners via the platform”.

Click here to take a deeper look at the new OE Innovation Platform.

 

Startup Pitches at the 4th Austrian Energy Trendforum

Three other startups, Greenwell Energie GmbH, MYPV and Luvside pitched their innovations at the fourth Trendforum. Greenwell Energie GmbH developed a smart solution for providing geothermal energy to the agricultural sector. The startup MYPV ensures the use of PV power for heat supply in rooms and for hot water supply. Startup Luvside is working on vertical rotors for the offshore sector. Greenwell Energie will present its solution to a large professional audience at Austria’s Energy Congress 2020.

These and many more startups can be found with more information in our Innoloft database.

 

Picture credits: OE / Christian Fürthner

Picture description: Dr. Leonhard Schitter, President of OE (2nd left), Maria Patek, Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism for Energy Policy (middle, left), Sven Pietsch (middle, right), CEO Innoloft GmbH; Barbara Schmidt, Secretary General of OE (2nd right)