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Start-up Matchmaking Event at the Berlin Universities

The Berlin-based partner for development and technology promotion, Berlin Partner organized the Berlin Demoday on 13th February 2017 together with B!, the foundation network of berlin universities. It showcased the latest start-ups from the universities and colleges of Berlin. The goal is to present the start-ups to a broad public of the economy and thus to offer them a stage. Through this exchange, start-ups can win customers and partners, while company representatives can already get to know the innovations of tomorrow today. Not infrequently, innovation partnerships are a result of this format. For all those who could not be personally present, a list of all start-ups with a link to their websites can be found at the end of the article. In case of a contact request (Ambi-Vation), we would be happy to introduce you personally.

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Open Innovation with start-ups and Artificial Intelligence start-ups in San Francisco & the Bay Area

At the end of February I traveled to the Bay Area (Europeans frequently call it Silicon Valley) to learn more about Open Innovation of companies and start-ups as well as about start-ups in the field of Artificial Intelligence. I’ve been planing already for a while to connect with the global “innovation” hub and used the trip to learn best practices in both domains.

The two-weeks learning journey started in Berkeley at Cal, the University of California Berkeley, where a good friend of mine did a research semester at Haas School of Business. Getting to know the open mindset and having a nice conversation with Henry Chesbrough kickstarted my trip to the Bay Area. Henry is famous for coining the term “Open Innovation” and does a lot of research in this domain with the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation. The team of next47 also matchmakes start-ups for collaborations with the Siemens AG and we had great conversations on best practices and bad practices when doing open innovation with start-ups. The trend scouting is an essential topic as well as the visibility in and the strong network of the Bay Area. An impressive open innovation project (not sure if start-ups are involved) is the Airbus – Siemens e-aircraft moonshot.

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Artificial Intelligence Start-ups in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (AI)

This article is intended for everyone interested to learn more about artificial intelligence start-ups, their business cases and application fields. The topic is very exiting for me considering the breadth of application fields, the business impact, the security implications and the impact on humans/society (see singularity).

The artificial intelligence technology has wide fields of application, different sub-fields, related topics and overlaps quite a lot. Examples therefore are machine learning, natural language processing, deep learning, human-machine interactions, computer vision, image recognition, gesture control, personal assistants, bots, content recognition and many more.

The following list showcases start-ups using artificial intelligence (or stating to use), that are based or headquartered in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (the German-speaking countries) as of 12/2016 (Download: Excel, PDF, Infografic).
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Startups und der Mittelstand: Strohfeuer oder guter Ansatz zur Digitalisierung und zum Innovationsmanagement?

Am 20.06.2016 wurde das Thema „Start-ups: Strohfeuer oder nachhaltiger Schwung für die digitale Wirtschaft?“ im Rahmen des Formats Digital Talk der IHK Köln diskutiert. Diese Frage erkundet Richard Gutjahr mit Prof. Tobias Kollmann, Thomas Bachem (CODE.university), Kanika Kaltenberg (Zuckerzahn) und Christoph Baier (Ambi-Vation) beim Digital Talk 06 von Digital Cologne. Zu Beginn klärt Prof. Tobias Kollmann (der digitale Lehrmeister) die Zuhörer über die Bedeutung von Startups auf, die zum zukünftigen Mittelstand erwachsen.

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Kooperationsformen zwischen Startups und etablierten Unternehmen

Dieser Artikel ist am 21.01.2016 auch auf deutsche-startups.de erschienen.

Wie Startups und etablierte Unternehmen zusammenarbeiten können und auf welche Schritte besonders geachtet werden sollte

Die Entwicklung von Innovationen, ist der Punkt an welchem die verschiedenen Unternehmensformen wie Startups (ein Startup ist eine Organisation geschaffen für die Suche nach einem wiederholbaren und skalierbaren Geschäftsmodell) und etablierte Unternehmen vor der gleichen Herausforderung stehen. Beide müssen neue Produkte, Prozesse oder Geschäftsmodelle entwickeln. Während Startups oftmals die Chance haben “out-of-the-box” zu denken, haben innovative Unternehmen das Potential ihre bestehenden Ressourcen und ihren Kundenzugang zu nutzen. Zum Beispiel werden Startups mit einer internen Kanibalisierung konfrontiert und können daher größer denken. Diese heterogenen Stärken der beiden Unternehmensformen zeigen auf, warum eine Kooperation von beiden sehr wertvoll sein kann.

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Cooperation forms between startups and established companies

How startups and established companies can collaborate and which steps to pay attention to

Developing innovations is the point where the heterogeneous company forms like startups (is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model) and established companies face the same problem. Both have to take care to develop new products, processes or business models. While startups often have the chance to think more out of the box, innovative companies have the potential to use their existing resources and customer access. For example, startups do not face internal cannibalization and therefore can think bigger. These heterogeneous strengths of both company forms illustrate why a collaboration of both company forms can be very valuable.

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