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HPI Business Plan Competition 2017

A startup team from the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) was chosen the winner of the Business Plan Competition 2017 and receives the prize totaling around € 100,000. Four of the 17 participating teams of this year's competition made it to the final round.

The winners of the Business Plan Competition 2017 from team "Quantosparks", the jury consisting of Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, Yair Re'em (HP Ventures), Dr. Gero Decker (HPI alumnus und founder), and Dr. Manuel Effenberg (HPI Seed Fund), as well as the other finalists and the E-School team. (Foto: HPI/K. Herschelmann)

It was the “Quantosparks” team’s cloud-based software tests for app developers that convinced the jury. The innovation was the winner of Hasso Plattner Institute’s (HPI) fifth Business Plan Competition, held in conjunction with the HPI Seed Fund. On the afternoon of August 6th, Andre Guerreiro (27), Steven Reinisch (34), Manuel Meyer (38) and Robert Bach (36) were chosen as the lucky prize winners of startup capital valued at up to € 100,000 to realize their business idea. The four founders want to make programming apps easier and faster. “Our software is designed to minimize the hours of work and high costs spent by developers in testing their self-written apps,” said HPI graduate Steven Reinisch, who with Manuel Meyer founded the point of sale system “orderbird.”  Thanks to intelligent algorithms, all test sequences are fully automated. “Our program first creates a map of the app that lists all the interaction possibilities. Subsequently, step by step, the map is analyzed systematically by our algorithms,” said the computer scientist.

The solution simulates different application scenarios; for example, differentiating between the path chosen between inexperienced and experienced users. “Our algorithms can also include special cases. Such an instance might be if a user were to only type special characters in the text input fields,” says Reinisch. The team came to the contest with past experience under their belts. The four founders had already set up and led several companies. In total they have more than 17 years of experience between them in the app development sector. With their winnings they want to turn their prototype into a product.

A total of 17 start-up teams participated in the competition with at least one HPI member in each team. Four made it to the final round after several preceding rounds.

“More and more of our students want to start their own companies and prove themselves in the free market. We want to support their endeavors with our constantly expanding enterprise offers,” said HPI Institute Director, Professor Christoph Meinel. Together with Yair Re'em (Managing Partner of Hasso Plattner Ventures), Dr. Gero Decker (HPI alumnus and Signavio founder) and Dr. Manuel Effenberg (Managing Director of the HPI Seed Fund), Meinel congratulated the winners, presenting them with a symbolic check for €100,000.

An overview of the finalists

Team Quantosparks

Andre Guerreiro (27), Steven Reinisch (34), Manuel Meyer (38) and Robert Bach (36)  want to make programming apps easier and faster. “Our software is designed to minimize the hours of work and high costs spent by developers in testing their self-written apps,” said HPI graduate Steven Reinisch, who with Manuel Meyer founded the point of sale system “orderbird.”  Thanks to intelligent algorithms, all test sequences are fully automated. 

The team came to the contest with past experience under their belts. The four founders had already set up and led several companies. In total they have more than 17 years of experience between them in the app development sector. With their winnings they want to turn their prototype into a product.

Team Auratikum

This business idea from Björn Wagner (31), David Eickhoff (30) and Richard Ottinger (28) is a digitalized card index system. The web application will enable researchers to structure and archive texts and ideas in a clear, intuitive way. Auratikum is intended as a comprehensive tool to support scientist in all phases of their work―from the first notes toward a detailed text to the creative elaboration of one’s own ideas. With the financial support of HPI, the team hopes to conquer not only the German scientific market but also the international sector. A first beta version can be seen at: https://auratikum.de/

Team LoyaltyChain

This innovative solution from Fabian Gompf (25), Björn Wagner (27) and Jonas Kemper (28), based entirely on block chain technologies, is designed to improve customer loyalty programs. With the help of the protocol developed by the founder trio―in the context of flight miles or hotel points―currencies can be exchanged without the need for intermediaries.

Team DiaCare

The founder team Niklas Riekenbrauk (21), Janos Brauer (24) and Harry Freitas da Cruz (32) have developed a software platform that calculates the optimal therapy plans for dialysis patients using machine learning algorithms. As a result, not only do the individual treatment results improve, but also the utilization of equipment.