HANDELSBLATT AND McKINSEY AWARD TOP INNOVATORS AND BRING THEM TOGETHER WITH RENOWNED BUSINESS LEADER

The Spark provides drivers of the digital revolution with the chance to present themselves on the big stage. The perfect award for startups whose ideas have the potential to cause ground-breaking changes within industry. You will not only have the chance to present your ideas to a prominent jury and high-caliber guests but also get in touch with other proponents of the digital revolution.

This year we focus on companies within the field of robotics who offer an innovative, scalable concept and have been already successfully tested in a business context.

MEET THE WINNERS OF 2018

Together, Handelsblatt and McKinsey honored the award winners of “The Spark – The German Digital Award” for a third time in front of an invited audience comprising 300 guests from politics, business, and science. Ten digital pioneer-businesses presented themselves at the “Arena Berlin” to the audience. Three of these businesses impressed the jury in particularly and therefor were awarded as the winners of “The Spark 2018”:

1. MAGAZINO
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2. VINCENT SYSTEMS
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3. QUANTUM-SYSTEMS
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YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET THE FINALISTS?

On the 8th of November we will honor the award winners of “The Spark – The German Digital Award” in Berlin for the third time. You are a proponent of the digital revolution and would like to attend our exclusive award ceremony? Just email us at the-spark@handelsblatt.com.

Get inspired by our ten finalists and top-class speakers: State Minister for Digitalization Dorothee Bär, ABB CEO Sami Atiya and Matthias Biniok from IBM.

You are not able to attend in person at the 8th of November in Berlin? Just visit us on Handelsblatt-Online and experience ten ground-breaking business ideas of our The Spark finalists in the livestream.

THE FINALISTS 2018

Within our application process ten finalists were preselected. On the 19th of September those finalists introduced their innovation at the live pitches during the jury session. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on the 8th of November in Berlin.

Jurysitzung zum "The Spark Award" am Mittwoch den 19.09.2018 in Düsseldorf  (c) Uta Wagner
ENWAY GMBH

Enways software transforms street sweepers into intelligent cleaning machines. With the help of sensory data the machines find their own way.

Jurysitzung zum "The Spark Award" am Mittwoch den 19.09.2018 in Düsseldorf  (c) Uta Wagner
FAIRFLEET GMBH

FairFleet offers a one-stop-shop for drones. Consulting, flight planning and image analysis – a real Uber for drone’s pilots so companies can save money and time.

Jurysitzung zum "The Spark Award" am Mittwoch den 19.09.2018 in Düsseldorf  (c) Uta Wagner
KEWAZO GMBH

Kewazo’s robotic system transports scaffoldings and materials on construction sites along the scaffolds. Kewazo therefore helps saving time and money and increases safety.

Jurysitzung zum "The Spark Award" am Mittwoch den 19.09.2018 in Düsseldorf  (c) Uta Wagner
MAGAZINO GMBH

With ACROS Magazino is building a software framework, which operates perception guided robots, manages their task execution, coordinates the robot fleet and gathers knowledge through a cloud based artificial intelligence.

Jurysitzung zum "The Spark Award" am Mittwoch den 19.09.2018 in Düsseldorf  (c) Uta Wagner
MEDINEERING GMBH

Medineering’s modular robotic-system supports doctors during surgery such as ear, nose and throat surgery. The system helps to reduce surgery time and increases accuracy.

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METRALABS GMBH

MetraLabs’s TORY is a mobile service robot that takes stock autonomously and fully automatically in warehouses and sales areas. Thus, retailer always have access to inventory information, can faster top up their shelves and sales can be increased.

Jurysitzung zum "The Spark Award" am Mittwoch den 19.09.2018 in Düsseldorf  (c) Uta Wagner
MICROPSI INDUSTRIES

micropsi industries’s MIRAI is a robot control system for industrial robots designed for complex assembly tasks. MIRAI skills aren’t programmed, but trained – through demonstration, correction, and repetition. This allows users to create skills without writing a single line of code or modelling the problem.

Jurysitzung zum "The Spark Award" am Mittwoch den 19.09.2018 in Düsseldorf  (c) Uta Wagner
QUANTUM-SYSTEMS GMBH

Quantum-Systems combines the advantages of helicopter drones and fixed wing airplanes. Their drones offer the ability to vertically take off and land without additional equipment. Besides they can fly longer and higher than traditional drones.

Jurysitzung zum "The Spark Award" am Mittwoch den 19.09.2018 in Düsseldorf  (c) Uta Wagner
REACTIVE ROBOTICS GMBH

VEMO, the medical assistant robot of Reactive Robotics, helps to mobilize critical care patients at an early stage. Therefore risk of thrombosis and the workload for nursing staff can be reduced.

Jurysitzung zum "The Spark Award" am Mittwoch den 19.09.2018 in Düsseldorf  (c) Uta Wagner
VINCENT SYSTEMS GMBH

Evolution 3, Vincent Systems’s robotic hand protheses, is similar to a human hand when it comes to size and weight. Furthermore each single finger can be moved via muscle signals.

WHAT IS IN IT FOR YOU

As finalist or winner of The Spark- The German Digital Award you’ll gain many benefits …

… valuable contacts, a competent network and relevant insights.

… a range of influence by presenting your company on stage and via our media.

… an approved distinction to raise your reputation.

OVERVIEW OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS

  • application

    Please apply for The Spark using our online application form till the 22nd of July.

  • preselection

    Applicants will be preselected based on the information given in their application. Only the best applicants will be selected as finalists.

  • jury session

    On September 19th, the finalists will present their business to our high-caliber jury in live-pitches. This will be the basis for the jury’s selection of the winners.

  • award ceremony

    On November 8th, finalists will be presented at the grand award ceremony in Berlin. Then the winners will be revealed.

NEED MORE INFORMATION?

In our Special on Handelsblatt Online (German only) you can find interesting articles about The Spark – The German Digital Award and this year’s topic robotics.

Since 2016 Handelsblatt and McKinsey award The Spark – The German Digital Award. Find out more about the winners, the jury and the finalists of the last two years here.

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