In 2017, the second year of The Spark – Der deutsche Digitalpreis, we focused on companies within the field of artificial intelligence who offered an innovative, scalable concept and had been already successfully tested in a business context.

AWARD CEREMONY

Handelsblatt and McKinsey honored the award winners of “The Spark – The German Digital Award” for a second time together with an invited audience comprising 200 guests from politics, business, and science.
Ten digital pioneer-businesses presented themselves at the “Umspannwerk” in Berlin to the audience.

THE WINNERS 2017

All ten finalists inspired the jury with their business idea and presented their innovations to the audience of the award ceremony 2017. Following three impressed the jury particularly and therefor left as the winners of “The Spark 2017”:

1. PEAT
PEAT
2. CARGONEXX
Cargonexx
3. SMACC
SMACC

THE JURY SESSION

Within our application process ten finalists were preselected. On the 18th of September those finalists introduced their innovation at the live pitches during the jury session. The winners were announced at the award ceremony on the 12th of October in Berlin.

In 2017 following high-caliber jury with professional know-how selected the winners from the applications:

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Sven Afhüppe
Editor-in-chief Handelsblatt
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Cornelius Baur
Head of McKinsey Germany
Lakshmikanth "Lak" Ananth (43) übernimmt ab 15. November die Leitung der neuen Start-up Einheit next47 von Siemens.

Lakshmikanth "Lak" Ananth (43) has been appointed to head Siemens' new next47 startup unit, effective November 15, 2016.
Lak Ananth
CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and Managing Partner, next47
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Jackson Bond
CPO (Chief Product Officer) and Co-Founder of relayr
Geschäftsführung TRUMPF GMBH + CO. KG
Peter Leibinger
CDO (Chief Digital Officer) Volkswagen AG
Geschäftsführung TRUMPF GMBH + CO. KG
PETER LEIBINGER
Vice Chairman of the Managing Board of TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG and Head of the Laser Technology/Electronics Business Division, responsible for Research and Development
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Johann Jungwirth
CDO (Chief Digital Officer) Volkswagen AG
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Jörn Nikolay
Managing Director General Atlantic
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Christian Schlögel
CTO (Chief Technology Officer) KUKA AG
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Frank Rosenberger
Member of the Executive Board – IT and New Markets
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Klaus Glatz
Chief Digital Officer ANDRITZ AG
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Ann-Kristin Achleitner
Scientific Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies (CEFS), Technische Universität München
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Lucian Schönefelder
Director KKR, Head of European Growth Equity and Digital Media PE
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Bernhard Schölkopf
Director at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
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Megumi Ikeda
Managing Director, Hearst Ventures & General Manager, Hearst Ventures Europe
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Chris Boos
CEO & Founder arago GmbH
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Sabina Jeschke
Director of Cybernetics Lab RWTH Aachen University

The Nomination committee 2016:

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Grischa Brower-Rabinowitsch
Handelsblatt - Head of department company & markets
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Niko Mohr
Partner at McKinsey
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Michael Dowling
Professor for Innovation and Technology Management, University of Regensburg and Chairman of the Board of the Münchener Kreis
Prof. Alois Christian Knoll; Institut fur Informatik; 
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Alois Knoll
Director of the An-Institut of the Technischen Universität Fortiss GmbH and of the Graduate School of Information Science in Health (GSISH)

OVERVIEW OF THE FINALISTS

Between March and July 2017 we looked for the best candidates and chose ten as finalists. We would like to briefly introduce the finalists 2017 to you:

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Cargonexx GmbH

GmbH developed an innovative, data-based business model which organizes trucking more efficiently for freight forwarders, carriers and transport companies.

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Finalist: Max Lamelle / Fraugster Ltd.
Fraugster Ltd.

The software of Fraugster tackles online fraud in e-commerce with the help of an artificial intelligence engine which imitates the thinking process of a human analyst but is also scalable and has the speed of a machine.

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Gini GmbH

The real-time semantic analysis of Gini generates structured information out of unstructured documents – e.g. pictures of an invoice.

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octimine technologies GmbH

Octimine offers a software for the patent research and analysis which is fast, precise and user-friendly.

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PEAT

Plantix by PEAT recognizes plant diseases with the help of artificial intelligence and image recognition via smartphones and suggests treatment options.

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PRECIRE Technologies GmbH

askPRECIRE decodes written and spoken speech and makes precise statements about psychological parameters. By combining different effects it can create and deduct psychological typologies.

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Renumics GmbH

The simulation platform of Renumics analyzes design variations with less work effort, reduces licensing costs and provides product specific simulation tools.

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SMACC GmbH

The cloud-software application of SMACC offers full automation of operational finance processes in small and medium-sized businesses by using artificial intelligence.

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So1 GmbH

So1 offers a technology platform for brands and discounter based on artificial intelligence which targets customers with individual and effective discounts.

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Starmind International AG

Starmind creates collective expertise within organizations through self-learning algorithms in order to increase human productivity.