THE FOUNDER PITCH OF KIT

 

The Founder Pitch is organized by KIT Innovation and Relations Management and takes place within the framework of the Innovation Day NEULAND. Five innovative, promising founder teams from KIT will have the chance to present their business ideas to a broad audience and a jury of experts, venture capitalists and business angels. Jury prizes in the amount of 1,000 to 3,000 euros as well as an audience award endowed with 500 euros are in prospect.

 

Entry criteria

Eligible for participation are student and scientific start-up teams in the (pre-)start-up phase as well as companies founded by KIT scientists and graduates which are not older than two years and achieve annual sales of 100,000 euros maximum.

 

Project specifications

The innovative product (incl. services) has a strong USP and technological depth.

The business model is based on a technology that enables a sustainable successful positioning in competition.

An attractive market and growth ambitions of the management team show clear development potential.

 

Application

The application deadline for the Founder Pitch 2019 was 31.03.2019. Applications for Innovation Day 2020 are currently not yet open.

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Award Winner 2021

catavis
1st place: catavis

1st place FOUNDER PITCH: catavis

The founding team of the KIT spin-off catavis could convince the jury and the audience twice with their CataGel technology. (Picture: Magali Hauser / KIT)

Mara Solutions
2nd place: Mara Solutions

2nd place FOUNDER PITCH: Mara Solutions

MARA Solutions was rewarded with the second place at the Founder's Pitch - the team develops a deep learning analysis method, which is supposed to evaluate customer feedback in an automated way. (Picture: Magali Hauser / KIT)

femfeel
3rd place: femfeel

3rd place FOUNDER PITCH: femfeel

The women's power duo from femfeel took 3rd place with their developed app for women's menopause. (Picture: Magali Hauser / KIT)

catavis
Audience Award: catavis

Audience Award FOUNDER PITCH: catavis

Not only the jury but also the audience liked the pitch: The audience award went to catavis. (Picture: Magali Hauser / KIT)

Award Winner 2019

1st place jury award 2019: heat_it
1st place jury award 2019: heat_it

1ST PLACE FOUNDER PITCH: HEAT_IT.

Start-up Kamedi convinced the jury with its product heat_it: The adapter for smartphones enables the treatment of insect bites within seconds by means of heat. (Picture: Magali Hauser / KIT)

The winners of the audience award 2019: Cepri
The winners of the audience award 2019: Cepri

AUDIENCE AWARD FOUNDER PITCH: CEPRI.

The audience liked two pitches equally: Cepri received the first audience award.  (Picture: Magali Hauser / KIT)

The winners of the audience award 2019: heat_it
The winners of the audience award 2019: heat_it

AUDIENCE AWARD FOUNDER PITCH: HEAT_IT

Not only the jury but also the audience liked the pitch: the second audience award went to heat_it.  (Picture: Magali Hauser / KIT)

Award Winner 2018

1st place of the jury award 2018: Nesto
1st place of the jury award 2018: Nesto

1ST PLACE FOUNDER PITCH: NESTO.

The jury prize was awarded to start-up Nesto, which has developed an intelligent software solution for demand-oriented workforce planning. (Picture: Sandra Goettisheim / KIT) 

 

1st place jury and audience award 2018: Heisenberg Quantum Simulations.
1st place jury and audience award 2018: Heisenberg Quantum Simulations.

1ST PLACE JURY AND AUDIENCE AWARD 2018: HEISENBERG QUANTUM SIMULATIONS

Also awarded first prize was the team from Heisenberg Quantum Simulations, who develop algorithms for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries that can also be used on quantum computers. They were able to convince not only the jury but also the audience and were also awarded the audience prize. (Picture: Sandra Goettisheim / KIT)

Award Winner 2017

The winners of the jury award 2017 Renumics GmbH
The winners of the jury award 2017 Renumics GmbH

1ST PLACE FOUNDER PITCH: RENUMICS GMBH

The jury prize was awarded to Renumics GmbH, which specializes in automation Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) using artificial intelligence.

 

The winners of the 2017 SciMo audience award.
The winners of the 2017 SciMo audience award.

AUDIENCE AWARD FOUNDER PITCH: SCIMO.

The audience award was given to spin-off SciMo for its innovative technology that enables fully automated production of high-performance electric motors.

Award Winner 2016

The winners of the jury award 2016 SMActuators.
The winners of the jury award 2016 SMActuators.

1ST PLACE FOUNDER PITCH: SMACTUATORS.

The jury prize was awarded to start-up SMActuators. The young company has since renamed itself to memetis and is developing foil-based miniature actuators made of shape memory alloys.

 

The winners of the Audience Award 2016 Selfbits GmbH.
The winners of the Audience Award 2016 Selfbits GmbH.

AUDIENCE AWARD FOUNDER PITCH: SELFBITS GMBH.

Spin-off company Selfbits was pleased to receive the audience award. The team has developed a cloud-based service in the field of knowledge management, a backend-as-a-service solution. This enables the company to develop mobile business applications quickly and easily.

Award Winner 2015

The winners of the jury award 2015 Campusjaeger GmbH
The winners of the jury award 2015 Campusjaeger GmbH

1ST PLACE FOUNDER PITCH: CAMPUSJAEGER GMBH

The jury prize - donated by KIC InnoEnergy - went to the start-up Campusjaeger. With their HR service for medium-sized companies and start-ups, they enable efficient recruiting of student employees and young professionals.

The winners of the award for the best energy idea 2015 otego GmbH
The winners of the award for the best energy idea 2015 otego GmbH

AWARD FOR BEST ENERGY IDEA: OTEGO GMBH

The "Best Energy Idea" award was presented to spin-off otego. otego develops novel thermoelectric generators (TEG) that convert heat directly into electricity. The prize was sponsored by KIC InnoEnergy.

 

The winners of the audience award 2015 otego GmbH
The winners of the audience award 2015 otego GmbH

AUDIENCE AWARD FOUNDER PITCH: OTEGO GMBH

In the audience award, the audience could vote for their favorite team. otego not only prevailed in the prize for the best energy idea, it was also able to convince the audience.

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