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Hamburg start-ups taking off

Evitado (Aeronautics)

Great idea that helps aircrafts to avoid damage during taxi on the airfield. The parking aid can be installed temporarily on the aircraft monitoring the area while it is moving, and alerting the ground support team if a collision risk appears. Smart stand-alone solution as integration into the aircraft's body would trigger a lengthy recertification process. We met with Alex, one of the founders, at the AirbusBizlab in Hamburg on 27/02/2020.

Oak25 (Lifestyle)

Three years ago, Jakob and Emil wrote about creative ideas for digital tools in their “Secret Book for Digital Boys”. Now they are back with a reflective functional backpack that has attracted a huge kickstarter crowd and got covered in all major local tabloids. We are impressed by their limitless effort to speak to experts, media and potential investors to learn as much as possible about backpacks and production while working for the largest German on-line retailer and mail order group, Otto.  We met the two founders for a coffee in Hamburg on 04/11/2019.

PRIOjet Logistics (LogTech)

Emergency services in logistics are always considered a margin enhancing complement for a highly cost-pressured industry. This platform approach tries to match the needs of logistics companies with the offering of on-board couriers which often work freelance and and have a high variability in their utilisation. The question remains if companies are willing to make process and pricing more transparent while eventually rolling their existing networks into this solution. Maybe it is better to build an own emergency solution with a fully automated workflow management and resource scheduling. We met with Christian, founder and CEO, at the AirbusBizlab in Hamburg on 27/02/2020.

NautilusLog (LogTech)

The digital logbook for shipping is probably the most successful idea out of the Digital Logistics Hub, a regional initiative to promote start-up ideas around Hamburg harbour and the maritime industry in general. The event-based app allows tracking, reporting, and collaboration between the ship and the control tower on-shore which bears a lot of similarities to our Labstep investment though in a very different environment. Data privacy is certainly a concern, especially when shared in real-time logging all crew movements. We met with Lian, who recently joind the team, at the AirbusBizlab in Hamburg on 27/02/2020.

Souleway (Lifestyle)

Timeless design, sustainable production and the possibility of individualizing products distinguishes Souleway from a lot of other start-ups in the highly competitive lifestyle market. The Classic Weekender is their signature duffle bag for short trips or a week of summer holidays while backpacks and other accessories are under development. High-quality craftsmanship and fair working conditions are high on the agenda of this young label which took its time to select the right suppliers to ensure quality and appearance of the processed materials. We have met with Flemming, one of the founders, on various occasions since their start in 2017.


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