Startup Contest: And the winner is...

Macromedia’s Startup Competition has come to a close and the winners have been announced. At the award ceremony, ten teams/founders had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges while a crowd looked on. The event also offered an invaluable opportunity for networking. Congratulations to the winners, as well as Prof. Dr. Arthur Hofer, from the Friends of Macromedia Community eV, for the successful event.

"It was really a great event and very well-attended. Pitching was a lot of fun for me and I am very happy that my own university is getting involved in the start-up area. This will certainly encourage even more students in this direction in the future," says Rebecca Goeckel, contest participant and founder of NOMOO.

Two start-ups twice awarded

The team led by Macromedia graduate, Tim Kohlen, took first place in both the ‘Best Business Plan’ and the ‘Best Pitch Deck’ categories. The team received 2,500 Euros in funding. The winning idea? Roamlike. Roamlike helps create partnerships with brands and vacation rental owners. The idea is that products would be placed in the rentals where guests would have the opportunity to try them during their stay.

Gülay Ulas, Hamburg Alumni, was also awarded twice. Her idea, GoBanyo, is a shower bus for the homeless. She was awarded 1,000 Euros for ‘Best Social Entrepreneurship Start-up’ from Macromedia’s Development Association. Ulas also won the “Audience Award: Participation in the investment-ready workshop from primeCROWED- the start-up investor network.”

Second and third places in the category "Best Business Plan " were awarded to Patrick Götzl for RareFashion and Rebecca Goeckel for NOMOO. RareFashion is a reseller for limited-edition and rare luxury fashion items. The concept of NOMOO is a line of vegan ‘icecream’ products.  

Kevin Klett received a special prize for his concept Monikit. The award included business consultation from lawyer Dr. med. Christoph Rückel. Monikit is a prevention and detection system for the everyday use of people with chronic diseases, such as epilepsy.

Not an easy Verdict

The founders did not make it easy for the jury. The teams delivered excellent pitches- full of conviction and enthusiasm. Every business model was thoughtful and promising. Johanna Prior wants to use her concept, Lifesorka-Life’s Energy, for growing vegetables in greenhouses in Iceland. CITYFRAMES, by Alexander Müller, brings city models to life. The concepts also included innovative apps. Sarah Hoff combines mindfulness with journaling in the app INTUme. The app, Tricket, from founder Felix Brudler, aims to simplify the ticket purchasing process for public transport. Philipp Schrobenhauser created a new football app called CLUBFEED.  

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