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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IoT connctd is the Startup of the Week 16: IoT Service Creation simplified


Energy & Environment, IT & ICT, Mobility

By now it is normal that technology helps us humans to perform activities. The Internet of Things connects physical and virtual objects and lets them work together. Our Startup of the Week uses IoT not necessarily for smart homes and voice assistants, but for the development of data-based services. CEO Axel Schüßler of IoT connctd told us more about this in an interview.

Hello Axel! Thank you for taking the time today. What do you offer at IoT connctd?

We designed and implemented the open and scalable Service Creation IoT platform to simplify the development of data-based services. We offer service providers and manufacturers the flexible and universal system.

In doing so we pursue 3 overriding goals. For example, supporting the creativity of customers in service development and the use of data from networked devices. They no longer have to deal with technical features and specifications.

The second goal is to support agile developments. First simulate, then test and pilot, then scale. The platform supports each of these steps.

The third goal is to let the platform grow with customer requirements. Furthermore, we want to support digital trnasformation in an efficient way. We guarantee high quality and availability at the same time.

A very exciting topic. Can you tell us more about your technology?

The Internet has been functioning for years through interfaces and the various combinations to generate services and products. We bring this model into the physical world. Internet services and everyday things merge. For this purpose we have developed the cloud-based Service Creation IoT platform with a range of functionalities. Independent of specific infrastructures, “things” are described in a particularly “Internet-suitable” way. For us, this means Things concept and is derived from and compatible with the “Web of Things” the Internet standardization group W3C. We give these things a physical or logical structure. For us this means UNIT concept and supports any form of digital twins.

Data wants to be read out or things want to be controlled. Everyone offers APIs for this. But if these APIs are not well designed, the developer will have a hard time. That’s why we offer a very innovative GRAPH-API in addition to the classic REST-API. It is a really cool tool for developers who can use our platform like a Google search engine for the Internet of Things! We strictly decouple the user data from the IoT data, because only our customers should create this link. IoT connctd is not a “data copy company”. All interactions are encrypted and access is only possible via secure authentication!

Are the services always run in the cloud?

Of course we are a cloud company, but this does not mean that everything is always and everywhere in the cloud. We offer the possibility to run services combined in the cloud and locally. This means that data acquisition, data processing can also be done in the EDGE device – i.e. locally. The service developer then decides which services or data are used in the cloud. For us this is quite natural and the question of cloud or “on premise” does not arise here at all. It is a clear “both and”.

Our platform grows in minutes with the requirements of our customers. Hosting takes place in Germany and the EU. But we can also get close to international markets on all continents with our customers. Together with our infrastructure partners, we thus ensure very fast platform interactions.

What sets you apart from other competitors?

We offer software to manufacturers to use our IoT platform as an IoT backend while maintaining full control over the devices or keeping them in place during their life cycle (via remote access and device management).

For service developers we offer a very flexible working environment and the already mentioned GRAPH-API. What is that? A simple and familiar example explains it quite well.

As an operator of parking garages I want to offer a service to assign the exact parking space. For this purpose, I have digitally recorded my car parks and my parking decks and the individual parking spaces, some with sensors, others with cameras. Some car parks also have charging infrastructure for electric cars. It is the developer’s goal to develop the query in such a way that it can be performed efficiently and quickly.

So it would be silly if I had to query every parking space individually. So our platform works like a search engine: “Give me the nearest free parking space with charging station” + “Set the usage indicator to reserved” + “Start the timer when the sensor detects the car as parked”. All these combined queries are not feasible in classic API logic and thus lead to many individual queries. With our API there are basically 3 combined and filtering queries. The whole thing is really efficient!

I see. What is the business model behind the services?

Initially, we built the Service-Creation IoT platform for service developers. Therefore we offer free access for testing and a fair pay-per-use model for commercial use.

However, we also know that not all of our partners have IoT skills or service creation experience, but they do deal with customer requirements or operational process problems. Therefore we offer a range of project-based support from IoT coaching to full-stack co-development, which we partly implement with a partner network.

As an additional model, we are currently preparing to enable the owners of the data to pass on this data to authorised users and receive a data fee for this. The role of connctd here is to orchestrate a data marketplace without being the owner of the data itself and to ensure a very simple process for the diverse provision and use of data. There is much talk of Open-Data: We believe that there should also be a coordinated marketplace for data of various kinds where the players can interact commercially.

Which industries are you addressing with your solution?

From the very beginning, our orientation was to provide a universal service creation IoT platform so that any kind of device manufacturer can represent their innovative products on the Internet and service developers (energy providers, telcos, banks, insurance companies, facility managers, media houses/publishers, health care providers, logistics companies, etc.) can safely concentrate on their line of business and applications.

Our know-how lies in IoT and cloud services. The areas of application are thus multifaceted and start with Smart Home/Building, go on to Smart City and extend to mobility, logistics, transport and production. Our high-performance IoT platform supports service offerings worldwide, whereas we have so far concentrated on the European market for projects.

How far is your platform with its services in terms of development?

Our offer is “ready to use”. Yet we still work on it constantly, of course. We have a number of additional platform functionalities in preparation to provide even more comprehensive support for service developers and manufacturers. The main focus is on tools for data analytics.

Today our platform is already in use in various industries. We also report regularly on this on our website.

We are aware of the situation – especially in the energy industry – that first-time contact with IoT requires special procedures. For this reason, we also focused on the Service Creation Process at E-World 2020 in Essen. In this way we show how much our partners and customers can concentrate on WHAT and how little they have to worry about HOW. At the E-world we also showed examples of how our solutions suit more secure data sharing perfectly. The data could be shared with third party developers, who should not be granted direct access to their own, e.g. LoRaWAN infrastructure. In addition to that we demonstrated how easily e.g. energy-related services can be based on different systems.

Axel, we thank you for the interesting interview! We wish you continued success and are eagerly following your developments. If anyone wants to know more about you, they can find more information on your Innoloft profile and in your requests.

ChargeX is the Startup of the Week 5: Future-proof charging infrastructure for electric mobility


Energy Efficiency and Environment, Mobility

The switch to alternative drives in the field of mobility is in full swing. E-mobility is one way to implement the energy transition on the road. But the expansion of charging infrastructure is long and complicated. It is therefore only a question of time before a shortage in the availability of charging points appears. ChargeX, our Startup of the Week, has developed a product for that. It makes the assembly and development of new charging points easier and more efficient. An exciting idea, which we talk about in an interview with co-founder and CBDO Michael Masnitza.

Hello, Michael! We are happy to learn more about your startup today and therefore we will start right away. What is your idea at ChargeX?

At ChargeX we develop modular charging solutions for electric cars.

It would be great, if you would give us some background information about your solutions. How does your idea work in detail?

With our modular charging solution for electric cars called “Aqueduct” many parking spaces can be electrified at low cost and with little installation effort. The modular concept enables operators of fleet parking lots and underground garages to expand their charging infrastructure cost-effectively and in line with demand.

The modular charging system of ChargeX starts with the start module. This is regularly installed by an electrician. It forms the first charging point and contains all core components such as the energy meter and the internet connection. Now further charging points, the expansion modules, can be added as required, simply as “plug & play”. Based on our intelligent charging algorithm, the electric car to be charged is determined during operation. From the customer’s point of view, we offer a modular multiple socket for charging stations. From a grid viewpoint, we create a small microgrid of charging stations to make optimal use of the existing grid connection.

Since electromobility is currently on everyone’s lips, most of the problems are already known and are being addressed by many young companies. What makes your solution special and how do you open up the way to practical application?

Aqueduct makes optimum use of the existing network infrastructure thanks to our sequential load management and the plug&play system reduces installation costs to a minimum. Our product concept focuses on advantages that can only be used if several parking spaces are electrified. In addition, we save many components, which also makes the hardware significantly cheaper. This makes it very easy for our customers to set up a large-scale charging infrastructure. Aqueduct is a complete system. Even the internet connection to a backend is pre-configured. So the customer only has to unpack it, install the system and he has immediately set up several charging points. If he needs more charging points in the future, he can easily add more modules.

What is the pricing-model for Aqueduct?

Our system is primarily aimed at companies that need charging points for their fleet or employees. Of course, it is also ideally suited for urban living areas, i.e. large underground car parks. Each charging module costs 750€. We offer a Starter-KIT consisting of 4 modules and all installation materials for 3499 €. If the customer needs an additional backend system, we deliver a partner backend directly with the system.

You have just briefly mentioned your target group that ChargeX addresses. In which other segments and industries are your customers establishing themselves?

Our charging solution is designed for private and semi-public charging of electric cars, i.e. at home or at work. The applications are the electrification of company parking lots, underground garages or garages of residential buildings with more than one electric car. The customers are communities of owners or operators of these fleet parking lots and underground garages. In addition to private individuals, a Renault car dealership was acquired as a test partner and we have validated our concept in several customer meetings and received LOIs.

We compete with manufacturers of low-cost charging stations and with hardware-oriented providers of load management systems. However, these cause high costs per charging point, are expensive to install or not suitable for the electrification of several parking spaces. By deliberately avoiding the market segments of quick charging stations and public charging, which are in the focus of the media, we can offer a more suitable and cost-efficient solution for the customer. We are targeting the growth market of charging infrastructure in the private and semi-public charging segment. Our product can be used throughout Europe.

Which brings me to my last question: You founded the company in 2017 and have certainly reached some milestones since then. What are these milestones? Where do you currently stand in the development of Aqueduct?

With our first prototype, we have achieved proof of concept thanks to the support of the Climate-KIC Accelerator. In mid-2018 we were able to convince the first business angels of our idea. The product (MVP) is certified since March 2019 and the first pilot customers like Volkswagen are already equipped with charging systems. Aqueduct can be ordered regularly. However, as a startup we cannot cover all areas of the value chain. We are primarily looking for local resellers for our charging solution. Currently we are looking for seed financing of 1.5M€ for the preparation of scaling.

Michael, thank you very much for the interesting interview! We wish you every success in the further implementation of your vision. If anyone would like to support ChargeX, please have a look at their Innoloft profile or the Innoloft requests.

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 …

 

Infographik innoloft benefits

 

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.

 

innoloft speed-dating

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Urban Energy is the Startup of the Week 43: Smart City of tomorrow


Energy Supply, Mobility, Smart City & Buildings

The topic of electromobility has become an integral part of current socio-political debates. Although the goal set by the German government in 2010 of having around one million electric cars on German roads by 2020 is far from being reached, the number of newly registered electric vehicles is rising steadily. What should always be borne in mind, is that if many e-cars are connected to the power grid for charging, this can lead to new charging peaks and in the worst case to a grid overload. Our startup of the week, Urban ENERGY, addresses this problem and is developing a cloud to optimize network utilization. In our interview with Managing Director Paul Dittrich, we learn more about their solution.

Hello, Paul! We’re glad you’re here today. We start directly with the first question: How would you present Urban ENERGY in one sentence?

urban ENERGY takes energy management to a new level with AI and optimises network utilisation!

And how exactly do you make the AI usable for these purposes? Feel also free to tell us something about your products and services in this context.

The urban ENERGY Cloud Platform is a modern solution for the integration of cost efficient and highly scalable Smart Grid Analytics in real-time. Data from existing charging stations or energy management solutions can be centrally integrated and reused within milliseconds. In addition to the platform provided as a service (PaaS) for the development of their own use cases, customers also benefit from the Data Analytics function for Smart Grids. The urban ENERGY Cloud platform, which can be operated on-premise, public (e.g. AWS, Azure) or hybrid, provides a highly modular all-in-one solution to operationalize Energy Intelligence in real time using predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics and machine learning.

This sounds very promising, especially with regard to the technologies used. In order to survive on the market in the long run, you still have to prevail against competing companies. Which unique selling proposition do you use to approach this competition?

Yes, there are already major players such as Siemens with heavyweight solutions or providers in certain niches such as charging station or classic energy management for buildings. urban ENERGY fills this gap and takes on the role of an energy broker for the integration of different applications with the aim of making a Smart City as energy- and cost-efficient as possible through artificial intelligence.

How do you integrate your cloud solution and the various services into one business model?

Even before urban ENERGY was founded, we held discussions with potential customer groups for over a year. During this time, we have optimized our business case and developed a license model that is optimal for the customer. A relevant profitability for the customer is already given from 5 charging stations. In addition to charging points, other use cases such as predictive maintenance or predictions of energy quantities are also possible. With adesso AG, a large IT company, and Phoenix Contact, a globally active electrical engineering group, we not only have two investors, but also strategic partners with an extensive sales network. We are currently conducting further talks in the energy and real estate industry.

And where is your target market located?

In addition to municipal utilities, projects are carried out in close cooperation with the relevant real estate companies. urban ENERGY is also becoming increasingly interesting for logistics and commercial companies that want to gradually electrify their vehicle fleets. Supplying several trucks or buses with electricity at the same time will be one of the great challenges of the future that urban ENERGY wants to take on. We are currently concentrating on the German-speaking region, as we are receiving more and more enquiries from public utilities and housing associations who see the challenges in the distribution network and are looking for appropriate solutions here.

Where do you stand at the moment with the development of Urban Energy? Is your cloud platform already usable?

Exactly, the actual IoT cloud platform is already in place. We are currently expanding this Energy Data Hub to include further use cases: e.g. the temporal shifting of loading processes, the prediction of energy quantities from renewable energies. We are therefore currently looking for the first projects to test the urban ENERGY platform and the first use cases. As part of a research project starting in December 2019, we are working over a period of three years together with the city, the municipal utilities and the TU Dortmund as well as the Fraunhofer Institute on a neighbourhood solution.

That brings us to the end of our interview. Thank you very much for the exciting answers! We wish you continued success and would like to take this opportunity to draw attention to your Innoloft profile and your Innoloft request. Interested parties can find more information about you there.

ParkEfficient is the startup of the week 41: Intelligent management of company’s parking areas


Mobility

As progressive as many companies are now: Innovation stops with the management of their parking areas. Parking spaces are usually allocated per employee and are therefore empty during holidays, business trips or sick days. Not only does this sound uneconomical, it also creates dissatisfaction among employees who are looking for a parking space every morning.
Our startup of the week is tackling this inefficiency. ParkEfficent is developing an app with which vacant parking spaces can be determined and re-allocated. Managing Director Konstantin Wilms explains to us in the interview how exactly the app works and what other added value ParkEfficient offers.

Hi Konstantin. Thank you for taking the time today! Would you give us a short pitch to get us started?

The ParkEfficient App helps companies to achieve 140% utilization of their parking space – without risky overbooking, but with an intelligent allocation system.

That sounds like a very benefit-oriented solution. What does the app look like in detail and how does it work?

Our product is an app that can be individually adapted to the needs of our customers. Parking management in companies is often a complex problem that is strongly dependent on the organisational form, location and accessibility of the parking spaces.The majority of German companies offer their employees a very limited number of parking spaces, which are allocated according to the principles of fixed allocation or limited access. This inevitably means that up to 40% of the parking spaces are not optimally utilised every day, for example due to holidays, business trips, illness or mobile work.In addition, there are large differences with regard to the leasing/subsidisation of parking spaces: While some companies rent parking spaces/access points for a whole year, others rely on monthly debits or individual models.We offer unique solutions for unique cases.For each corporate customer, a profile is created that can only be accessed by employees. Modular features are then added. Depending on requirements, parking tickets can be offered on a monthly or daily basis and can be purchased free of charge or for a fee. Costs can be invoiced via the app or via a link to the customer’s payroll accounting system.With ParkEfficient, employees on long waiting lists have the opportunity to use the company’s own parking spaces. No more time is wasted on cost-intensive parking searches in large cities. The data collected by the ParkEfficient App enables daily forecasts to be made. For a utilization of up to 140%.

There are already some services for parking space management. What do you see as the USP that motivates companies to use your solution?

Previous ParkApps only offer the rental of parking spaces to third parties. ParkEfficient, on the other hand, concentrates on company-owned parking spaces and employees. The primary aim is to increase employee satisfaction. Additional income can be generated, for example by subletting to employees.Flexibility and efficiency. This makes ParkEfficient unique. We are able to map the needs of our customers in real time and offer an individual solution. In addition to our know-how, we also have a large amount of data at our disposal, which allows us to predict the constantly changing workload. This is particularly interesting for new construction projects – the number of parking spaces to be built is often a critical factor in planning, where investors and cities negotiate against each other. New laws and regulations allow investors to reduce the number of new parking spaces to be built if intelligent parking management solutions are demonstrably used. This is what ParkEfficient offers.

Software solutions are distributed by many companies as license models. Is that the same for you or do you use a different business model?

For the use of our app we usually charge a license fee. This varies, based on the previously collected potentials that our app creates on site and the number of additional features booked.In addition, we offer our customers the option of individual customizing, for which a one-time payment is usually required.We are constantly developing our business model further. In the meantime, in addition to our standard product (the procurement of fixed parking spaces), we offer intelligent solutions for the optimisation of parking areas operated by First-Come-First-Serve. In addition, we are currently developing optimization options for office space utilization.

During your previous answers you briefly addressed your customers: Companies with their own parking spaces. Do you make any further selections within this target group?

We primarily address companies with their own parking spaces. The more parking spaces and locations a company has, the more lucrative the business becomes for both sides. However, this does not mean that we only serve companies with a certain number of parking spaces: our solution also offers profitable solutions for small companies. In cities such as Düsseldorf, Cologne or Dortmund, an externally rented parking space costs up to 390 euros a month, in Zurich even 500 euros. An unused parking space means one thing above all else: loss. This is where we come in and offer companies an intelligent and resource-saving way out. Currently our marketing is aimed at companies in NRW. However, we also want to address cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna as soon as possible. Our business model is scalable and can therefore be transferred to any company worldwide.We also support new construction projects that can reduce the number of parking spaces to be built by using ParkEfficient.

ParkEfficient was founded in 2017 and since then surely pushed the development of its products steadily. In terms of agility: Has your strategic direction changed since then, or are you still pursuing your core vision?

The core product was developed in 2018. At that time we invested in the product design, the business plan and the business concept. The core version initially only addressed customers with fixed floor space. In the meantime, that has changed: Features such as e-parking spaces, ParkSecurity (allocation of women’s and guest parking spaces as well as parking spaces for people with disabilities) and in-App payment transactions expand our product portfolio.And the list is getting longer and longer; as is the demand for the ParkEfficient App.With our solutions, we want to make a contribution to society by using existing resources sparingly and efficiently.

Konstantin, that brings us to the end of our interview. Thank you very much for the exciting input! Of course we wish you much success with the further development of ParkEfficient and hope to hear a lot more from you. At this point we would like to draw attention to your Innoloft profile as well as your Innoloft funding and customer requests.

Energieloft becomes Innoloft: Here´s why! The Story behind us.


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

 

Dear network member, dear network partner,

1st October 2019: Energieloft becomes Innoloft. A day and a milestone that we have been working towards for a long time. You wonder what moved us to this step? We’d like to share this with you and take you through our startup journey. Let’s first take a look back at the very beginning, the starting point of our journey.

 

How it began

 

Why is progress on the energy transition, one of the greatest challenges of our time, moving so slowly? This was the question we asked ourselves four years ago at the end of 2015. We, the founding team, were in the final stages of our studies and were looking for answers to the big question in our immediate environment. As it turned out, outcomes from many research projects remained locked away in old file cabinets, never reaching implementation in the business world. How could we change this? Our solution: A digital platform that digitizes the transfer of research – “ener.wi – transparente Energiewende” – was born.

We quickly noticed that research and established companies are quite well connected and that interest in our platform was limited. However, we repeatedly received requests from contacts in established companies: “We’re looking for startups with innovative technologies and business models. Do you also have these in your network?”

Since we are a startup ourselves, we were also confronted with the fact that nobody knew us and that finding pilot customers and partners was a big effort. It became very clear to us that young and nameless startups developing highly innovative business models and technologies, are not sufficiently networked. From this problem came Energieloft at the beginning of 2016.

 

From database to network

 

Initially “only” a startup database, we soon came to the conclusion that a database alone does not solve the networking problem sufficiently and that digitisation offers far more options. Thus the development of new, intelligent formats, such as our Startup Speed-Datings or Challenges, led us away from a pure database to a network.

At the same time, more and more companies realized that they needed the innovative power of young, avant-garde companies. Whereas newly founded startups are looking for partnerships with established companies to gain access to customers and resources. For both sides, this means tangible win-win advantages. Both newcomers and established companies benefit from cooperation. Since then, more and more startups and established companies from the energy sector in Germany joined our network and came together via our platform, our formats and our projects in the field of business model development. A success of which we are quite proud of.

 

Industry convergence and internationalisation meets Energieloft

 

In recent years, established companies in the energy sector have been pivoting more and more to new sectors and looking for new business fields as part of their innovation activities. As a result, we kept being asked more and more often whether we as Energieloft also addressed new topics such as mobility, smart city or industry 4.0. Slightly irritated, we always replied: “Yes, of course! We are an innovation network.” This gave us the impression that even the name “Energieloft” might not be the best choice for the established energy sector.

At the same time, not only did we want to accelerate innovations abroad with our network, but the startups in our network also signalled the interest in networking abroad. When we began to stumble across the name “Energyloft” with our first partners and customers abroad, we thought to ourselves: “Hmm, that’s actually not our name, it’s not how you write it”.

Not only the experiences described above, but also the realization that global and cross-sectional innovations are necessary to solve the social and economic challenges of our time. This led us a while ago to the conclusion that Energieloft must become Innoloft.

And here we are: Innoloft.

 

Not just a new look: Energieloft becomes Innoloft

 

We’ve been working for several months on our change of name and corporate identity. But not only that. Our platform should also come with a new look and new features to make networking even faster and easier.

Our new intelligent matching system is waiting for you! It will connect you with suitable business contacts in a matter of seconds based on your requests. In addition, Innoloft now offers you a personalized network feed that will keep you up-to-date on relevant network activities, but also many new search and filter functions to make it even easier for you to find innovations and partners.

We’re very excited to show you our new features, and we have many more in our pipeline!

We kindly invite you to take a look at our new platform! We look forward to your feedback, reach us any time at contact@innoloft.com.

Your (now) Innoloft Team

Nekonata XR Technologies is startup of the week 35: We virtualize mobility, safety, training


IT & ICT, Mobility

Nekonata XR Technologies is an european tech venture performing in the field of automotive retail & testing. The company develops the worlds first mixed reality testdrive system using real vehicles. The technology supports Marketing, Sales and R&D Executives on their way to autonomous driving. Lukas Stranger, CEO of Nekonata XR Technologies, takes us along his startup journey and explains how this technology will be applied in the automotive industry.

Hi Lukas, thank you for taking us on your journey. As mentioned in the introduction, Nekonata XR Technlogies connects the real world with the virtual one. Can you describe in one sentence what your startup is doing?

Nekonata provides the world’s first mixed reality showcase and test-drive system using real vehicles, supporting Sales, Marketing and R&D Executives on their way to autonomous driving.

That sounds very innovative. How can sales and marketing managers as well as customers benefit from your XR technology?

Our technology is tackling challenges occurring within the sales cycle at dealerships, tradeshows or launch events, which usually do not allow an initial interaction with the presented car. Lecatex supports Sales & Marketing Managers to convey the car’s brand story as well as its technical features like advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) into interactive mixed reality driving experiences, easily understandable for consumers. For Sales & Marketing Executives, Lecatex is a simple tool supporting in the negotiation and explanation process with customers, if and which assistance system or engine power should be considered and fits best to them. Due to the high realistic environment, R&D centers use the technology to test human factor interactions. The technology is designed to be installed in the dealerships car’s, waiting for its potential buyers to show what it has to offer regarding ADAS, features and performance.

The potential buyer simply steps into the car, equipped with the Nekonata Sensor-System, allowing to transfer real world inputs into virtual world outputs, puts on our unique mixed reality glasses showing a virtual world outside the car and enjoy its interactive virtual guided tour through the cars assistance systems and learns how they were operated. The vehicle is placed on small turntables to ensure an appropriate rotation of the steering wheel when driving in mixed reality.

With your XR technology, customers can gain insight into the inner workings of a vehicle and get a deeper feeling of new technology. Would you say that these impressions are realy strong sales arguments for your customers?

The technology allows to showcase potential buyer’s new vehicle technologies appropriately and in a way that was not possible until now. Today, cars, trucks and motorcycles become safer every day. Unfortunately, for Sales and Marketing Executives, it is nearly impossible to demonstrate and sell these technologies easily leading to decreasing revenues on newly developed ADAS.
With our solution, we make these systems transparent for potential buyers while supporting sales and marketing on their customers journey.

The technology and the solution approach is one side of the coin, to earn money the other one. Can you tell us what is your business model about?

Our business model is based on the license of the interactive guided mixed reality showcase experiences to dealerships and car manufacturers + a success fee on every ADAS sold with the technology.

As a startup from Austria, which is your market focus and which target groups do you like to adress your solutions?

Our target audience is primary the automotive industry in specific its manufacturers, R&D centers and dealerships.
Nekonata XR Technologies operates internationally, as we already serve customers in Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
With over 200 car manufacturing companies and over 300.000 Dealerships worldwide, we face a huge market potential for a comprehensive technology-rollout.

This leads to my last question: What phase of implementation are you currently in?

We are currently conducting further proof of concepts with our latest software-update to gain further market feedback and fit. We furthermore are closing our first financing round – so far, the company is 100% bootstrapped due to successful customer projects in our early days such as with Mercedes Austria.

Thanks a lot, Lukas, for the exciting insights into your startup. This gives us a pretty good idea of how XR technologies will be applied in the future. We wish you good luck with your market and technologie roll-out. We will keep carefully an eye on your further developments. At the moment you are looking for an investment. Anyone who wants to learn more about you and your product Lecatex finds more information on your Energyloft Profile and your Request as well as your contact infos.

blue oceans Trend-Report Vol. #2: Smart Mobility Services


Energy & Environment, Mobility

What kind of business models are used to conquer the market of shared mobility? – Industry report analyses market trends

The range of shared mobility services available in cities is growing. In addition to the car, bike and ride sharing services that have been available for years, there is now an increase in e-scooters and electrically operated pedal scooters as well as pooling services. One of the reasons why these services are becoming more attractive is their easy access. Location and availability can be easily determined by app via the smartphone. Billing is usually automated when the user logs off. Prices are transparent and acceptable. As a result, Smart Mobility Services are attracting more and more users.

This does not only include tourists and visitors. The offer is also used by local companies and inhabitants of cities. Companies have also discovered sharing and pooling services. More and more companies are setting up their own vehicle fleets, which they make available to their employees or allow them to make use of such services. Because in many places cities reach their traffic limits. The consequences are traffic jams, noise and air pollution resulting from emissions. But there are technically mature economic solutions that can reduce the environmental burden through new offerings and services.

A broad spectrum of new mobility services for passenger and goods-transportation systems

Not only individual passenger transport can benefit from these mobility services. Goods can also be transported in a variety of ways using innovative vehicles. The logistics and transport sector offers great market and application potential for mobility services. Especially for the last mile in cities, Sharing and Smart Mobility services offer opportunities to reduce traffic congestion.

But who are service providers? What solutions do they offer? What industries do they come from? What business opportunities do they see and what business models do they apply? We asked ourselves these and other questions and, together with energate Energiefachverlag, a leading B2B communications service provider, produced the current trend report “blue oceans” focusing on “Smart Mobility Services”.

Trend report analyses growth opportunities for Smart Mobility Services

You will not only find out which trends have been taken up and followed up by start-ups or which offers have already been established by companies in the mobility and energy sectors. The market for mobility services opens up new business opportunities for energy suppliers (EVU) and municipal utilities in particular. We have compiled a trend analysis on how they use these for their own purposes and which market trends are emerging.

In interviews, insiders from selected start-ups and companies from the mobility and energy sector tell you about their project experiences and provide background information. In News and Calls you can find out about cooperation opportunities. We also introduce you to the most common business models in the mobility sector for Smart Mobility Services. All information on start-ups, business models and investments is based on exclusive data from our Energieloft database.

An exclusive market survey conducted by energate among the users of its information services for Trend-ReTrend report analyses growth opportunities for Smart Mobility Servicesport reveals how decision-makers and managers from the energy and mobility sectors assess the mobility market and its developments. More than 80 companies from municipal utilities, energy suppliers, energy and mobility service providers, automotive and consulting companies took part. energate has compiled a summary of key results of the survey for you. All details about the survey including graphics are available in the full version of the report, which you can also order as a print version.

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If you like, you can take a look at the trend report and get a small reading sample here.

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The Full-Version of the Industry Report you can find here: blueoceans.energy/

CIRRANTiC is the Startup of Week 33: Guiding New Mobility.


Mobility

Electromobility is currently determining the socio-political discourse on new and promising mobility concepts. However, this trend topic was already recognised as such by our startup of the week in 2014 and successfully implemented in the form of digital services. Managing Director Ulrich Heitmann explains more about CIRRANTiC’s ideas, potentials and services in our interview.

Hello Ulrich. Nice to have you here today. Can you give us a short pitch to get us started?

CIRRANTiC creates infrastructures for electric mobility, for example by guiding electric car drivers to the best public charging station for their current needs.

And how exactly do you do that? What is the idea behind it?

The change in mobility towards e-mobility is in full swing. Charging is always part of the process. To ensure that EV drivers can use their vehicles as efficiently as possible, we support them with our information and services. We provide the free MOOVILITY app for all EV drivers, support charging station operators and traction current providers with our B2B whitelabel mapsites and automotive manufacturers with our information web services. The novelty of our services is the focus on multisource data, quality assurance and enrichment, forecasting, tariffs and eWallet charging tariff management.

What concrete added value does the use of your services offer?

Our services enable EV drivers to use their vehicles in the best possible way, even in unknown regions and on long distances. We provide the necessary confidence in loading infrastructure and avoid negative surprises in loading costs. EV driving is safe and easy – and saves costs! Our USPs are the prediction of charging station availability / usage, our provider-independent tariff overview and embedding and our completely new eWallet service to be able to use all charging tariffs in one app. Our demand for quality information convinces global navigation service providers worldwide, such as Apple Inc.

You have just addressed EV drivers as profiteers of your services, that is a very broad field. Could you specify your business model a little?

Our business model is B2B. This means that charging station operators and traction current providers benefit from informing our users/ EV drivers about their services and making their use as simple and safe as possible. Automotive manufacturers and navigation service providers benefit from our globally unique coverage and market-leading quality standards. In addition, with our Business Intelligence Portfolio we support customers in the area of Market Insights and will soon also provide a portfolio for the vehicle trade.

And your market is the B2B mobility sector? What potential do you currently see there?

Our market is the automotive and energy sector. B2B Target groups are all charging station operators, traction current providers, automobile manufacturers and navigation service providers as well as the vehicle trade. In the process of the shift from fossil fuels to sustainable and efficient e-mobility, a market worth billions is currently growing in Europe alone. We have been operating internationally and globally from the very beginning and prove this on a daily basis. Of course, our services are also available in the B2C sector, i.e. for end users.

You’ve already named a nameable partner or customer – so you’re not completely new to business and can already sell your products well. What are your next steps towards further growth?

We have been in the first growth phase since 2018. Our products are mature and have been proving their efficiency in B2C and B2B daily for several years. Customers such as Apple Inc, AUDI, Porsche, renowned charging station operators such as Innogy, EnBW and IONITY, networks such as ladenetz.de and Stromnetz Hamburg, institutions such as StMWi Bayern, traction current providers such as VLOTTE and Deutsche Telekom benefit daily from using our services and upgrading their core products. Our next big App Update with completely new unique features is about to be launched. We are currently in intensive talks with investors on the Stage A financing round, with the help of which we aim to expand our position as the leading information platform for e-mobility providers and users over the next 2-3 years.

Ulrich, thank you very much for the exciting interview! We wish you much success for the further realization of your vision. Those who would like to support you in this, may have a look at your Energieloft profile and your Energieloft Request in which you are looking for sales partners and investors