HPI Business Plan Competition 2021

On September 6, the final of the 9th Business Plan Competition took place at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI). Three teams were in the final round, competing for start-up capital and support worth 100,000 euros. In the end, team Nailvision was able to convince the jury, consisting of Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, Robin Staszek, Dr. Moritz Matthey and Dr. Frank Pawlitschek, of their business idea.

The finalists, the jury - Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel, Robin Staszek (Senior Manager Direct Investments HPC Group & Managing Director HPI Seed Fund), Dr. Moritz Matthey (Manager Business Development and Strategic Projects at Hasso Plattner Foundation and HPC Group), Dr. Frank Pawlitschek (Director HPI E-School & Managing Director HPI Seed Fund) - and the E-School team at the final of the HPI Business Plan Competition 2021. (Photo: HPI/K. Herschelmann)

HPI E-School organized the HPI Business Plan Competition for the ninth time in 2021, in which it aims to support young start-ups together with the HPI Seed Fund. A total of 18 start-up teams with at least one HPI member participated in the competition. Since mid-May, the young entrepreneurs have presented their ideas and received targeted feedback and input over several phases in order to work intensively on their business model.

The winners of the HPI Business Plan Competition 2021: Nailvision

With the idea of using artificial intelligence to examine, monitor and support patients in the treatment of their nail diseases, the founding team Nailvision convinced the jury and won the ninth business plan competition at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI). On the morning of September 6, Nataniel Müller, Konstantin Dobler and Simon Shabo were delighted to receive their prizes, which include personal scholarships of up to €50,000, an investment offer of €50,000 from the HPI Seed Fund and one year of business coaching from the HPI School of Entrepreneurship (E-School). The competition is organised by the E-School together with the HPI Seed Fund. The E-School also supports the teams in the process of developing their start-up idea.

The three HPI master's students would like to use the winnings to start their clinical studies to pave the way for CE certification and to implement initial pilot projects.

"We would like to support students at HPI to develop their ideas and products and to create their own companies from them", says HPI Institute Director and jury member Professor Christoph Meinel. Together with Robin Staszek (Senior Manager Direct Investments HPC Group and Managing Director HPI Seed Fund), Dr. Morith Matthey (Manager Business Development and Strategic Projects at Hasso Plattner Foundation and HPC Group) und Dr. Frank Pawlitschek (Director E-School and Managing Director HPI Seed Fund), Meinel congratulated the winners and handed over a symbolic cheque for 100,000 euros.

The combination of practical university education and integrated entrepreneurship support at HPI is unique and allows the young talents in Potsdam to benefit twice over: https://hpi.de/studium/entrepreneurship.html

An overview of the finalists

Team Nailvision

Over 50 systemic diseases such as lung cancer, kidney disease and melanoma affect the structure of our nail plates. Developed by Nataniel Müller, Konstantin Dobler and Simon Shabo, the Nailvision tool uses Artificial Intelligence to examine, monitor and help patients manage their nail diseases. It combines smartphone-based image analysis with an intelligent medical questionnaire to detect the disease and subsequently recommend clinically validated treatment procedures. By integrating AI and clinical knowledge, the team aims to make Nailvision the one-stop shop for nail disease screening and treatment support. With the winnings, the founders hope to finalize their product for launch next year and implement initial pilot projects. All three are master's students at HPI. www.nail-vision.de

Team Neopolis

With their business idea, Michael Mansfeld, Johannes Unruh and Sebastian Windek have set themselves the goal of advancing digitization in industries with a high proportion of conceptual text work. Inspired by methods from software development neopolis enables companies, departments and law firms to work on professional text documents with external parties in a structured and controlled manner. Instead of sending emails back and forth as usual, writers can share documents directly with clients using the neopolis Word Add-in. The clients themselves can comfortably edit the document via the neopolis WebCommenter on the device of their choice, a text editor is not required. www.neopol.is

Team Cultway

The platform developed by Frederik Görtelmeyer, Mara Ziemann and Simon Siegert supports museums in bringing their knowledge to life digitally. To this end, the team is developing a construction kit with which museums can quickly and easily create multimedia guides. With the accompanying app, users can view the content as an accompaniment to their visit to the museum or from home as a digital exhibition. Through storytelling and an interactive format, Cultway also wants to get people excited about culture who have rarely visited museums up to now. www.cultway.de