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The start-up award Baden-Württemberg 2020 of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe goes to the LSA startups AUCTEQ and Kamedi

Baden-Wuerttemberg Founder Prize 2020 from the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe
Savings banks award five start-ups
Prize winners come from Karlsruhe, Mannheim and the Rastatt and Rhein-Neckar districts

Due to the corona pandemic, the award ceremonies take place regionally in the
Savings banks take place on site.

Technological progress, improved processes, digital solutions and new ones
Ideas when it comes to addressing customers: company start-ups ensure fresh
Wind in their economic regions. Your innovative strength does not only serve that
own profit, but also sends important impulses to the domestic economy.
Many of today's global players have their roots in Baden-Württemberg.
The Baden-Wuerttemberg Start-up Prize is an appreciation of the start-up scene
in the country. The Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Baden-Württemberg has been lending money since 1997
the award to young companies with a convincing business plan. In addition, a
Award for an entrepreneurial life's work.
This year the awards ceremony could not be held in May due to the lockdown
occur. A second appointment, which was scheduled for December, also had to be made
canceled. The prizes, endowed with 25,500 euros, will nevertheless be awarded
awarded - but not as usual at the Sparkassenakademie in Stuttgart. The
instead, five award winners will be held in the coming days
directly on site by Sparkasse President Peter Schneider and their savings banks
Regions honored.
“Even after the Corona crisis, we will be innovative and committed business ideas
Founders need who are crucial to our business location
help shape. That is precisely why I am pleased that we are a
be able to send a positive signal, ”explains Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut MdL, Minister
for business, employment and housing construction in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

The Minister of Economic Affairs usually hands over the prizes at the ceremony in the Sparkasse Academy. This year she will send your congratulations in writing.
The minister continues to see Baden-Württemberg as an excellent location for start-ups, even if their number in the first half of 2020 was lower than usual due to the corona: "Those who set up a company here have the best possible chance of establishing themselves," she emphasizes.
The state actively supports founders with a wide range of programs, competitions and support offers. “We are doing our best to get start-ups through this crisis well. Because the technical know-how, the courage and the creativity of our founders contribute to the prosperity and economic strength of Baden-Württemberg, ”says Hoffmeister-Kraut. "They are the employers of the future and thus a role model and inspiration for others."
The first prize will be presented to AUCTEQ Biosystems GmbH from Mannheim in the Sparkasse Rhein Neckar Nord. The biotechnological company develops bioreactors for growing cell cultures. The special thing about it: The bioreactors grow with the cell cultures, which enables cost-effective, sustainable and safe production.
The startup Kamedi GmbH in Karlsruhe uses its smartphone to get to grips with insect bites. The founding team relies on therapeutic hyperthermia. The product is called heat_it, is plugged onto a smartphone like an attachment and controlled via an app. The four founders were awarded second place for their convincing business plan. The prize will be presented this year in the Sparkasse Karlsruhe.
As an LED discounter in the online business, Alexander Balabanov would like to put LED-Centrum Handels GmbH & Co.KG in Durmersheim in the Rastatt district on a new strategic and operational basis. The company's successor, who is honored with the third prize, relies on simple ordering and delivery of inexpensive, up-to-date quality products as well as friendly service. The award ceremony takes place in the Kreissparkasse Waiblingen.
Animal health is at the heart of Alison Meadows-Hertig's work. The veterinarian founded the Saarstrasse veterinary practice in Oftersheim in the Rhein-Neckar district. State-of-the-art equipment and up-to-date diagnostics offer the opportunity to increase the chances of recovery for sick animals. The foundation is awarded the fourth prize. The award is presented in the Sparkasse Heidelberg.
Brauquadrat GmbH in Mannheim specializes in brewing craft beer. The young company, which was awarded fifth place, offers not only delicious craft beers but also insights into the “glass brewery”. A special feature are the self-tapping tables in the restaurant, where guests can help themselves. The award ceremony will take place in the Sparkasse Rhein Neckar Nord.

Prize winners in the start-up category
1st place with 10,000 euros in prize money
AUCTEQ Biosystems GmbH, Mannheim
Business idea:
One of the major challenges in the biopharmaceutical industry when producing cell cultures is the high production costs. The cell cultures, the volume of which is initially in a range from a few milliliters to 20 liters, must be transferred manually into larger bioreactors with each growth step before they are cultivated in bioreactors with a capacity of several hundred liters. These steps are time-consuming and capacity-intensive and are subject to considerable contamination risks.
The growing bioreactor developed by AUCTEQ Biosystems solves this problem: its size continuously adapts to the increasing cell culture volume. Fewer work steps, a significantly lower risk of contamination and lower disposal costs have already resulted in cost savings of over 30 percent for pilot customers.
AUCTEQ Biosystems was founded as a GmbH in August 2019. With Sanner GmbH from Bensheim and the biotechnology company Cytena GmbH from Freiburg, two strong cooperation partners have been won for development and sales. The prototype of the bioreactor that grows with the child, developed at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, is based on the PCT process and was further developed as part of an EXIST start-up grant in the direction of a marketable product. The focus is currently on series production of the bioreactor.
Homepage: www.aucteq.com
Valentin Kramer, managing director, is the inventor of the growing bioreactor. He studied pharmaceutical biotechnology at the University of Biberach and completed his master's degree at the University of Mannheim with a focus on bioprocess development. He also acquired specialist knowledge by participating in various entrepreneurship, management and leadership training courses. Kramer worked as a student trainee at BASF Ludwigshafen in the field of bioprocess engineering, where he was able to deepen his skills in the field of bioreactors and process development.
Frederik Gertz studied biotechnology with a focus on bioprocess development (M. Sc.) At the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences. In addition, he worked as a student trainee in the field of quality management and certification of medical products at CeloNova BioSciences Germany GmbH. Gertz is responsible for research and development as well as quality assurance. His strengths lie in the fermentation of cell cultures and in the development of prototypes.
Prof. Dr. Karin Arregui is the project's mentor. As a professor at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences, she teaches Entrepreneurship and Drug Development. She is a coach for startups at home and abroad, especially in the life science sector. Before teaching, she developed medical devices in the pharmaceutical industry. She studied chemistry at RWTH Aachen University and the University of California Los Angeles and completed an MBA at INSEAD with a focus on entrepreneurship.
The application for the Baden-Wuerttemberg Start-up Prize was submitted via the Sparkasse Rhein Neckar Nord.

2nd place with 7,500 euros in prize money
Kamedi GmbH, Karlsruhe
Business idea:
While kitesurfing, Lukas Liedtke learned how to treat insect bites using therapeutic hyperthermia. During this treatment, the affected area of ​​skin is heated to a temperature of around 50 ° C for a few seconds. The heat regulates the release of histamine, which can quickly reduce itching and pain.
The operating principle was absolutely convincing for Lukas Liedtke, but the available products were not: He found them too bulky and inflexible. So why not use your smartphone to supply and control such a stitch healer with energy? No sooner said than done: With “heat_it”, Kamedi has developed the first stitch healer that is supplied with energy and controlled from a smartphone.
Due to the coupling with the smartphone, heat_it is smaller and more intelligent than other devices and also ideally controllable via app. This allows the treatment to be adapted to individual needs and is also perfectly suitable for children.
Kamedi launched the heat_it very successfully this year and sold tens of thousands of devices. The start-up manufactures the medical product itself in Karlsruhe and wants to lay the foundation for an innovative medical technology company with the success of heat_it.
Homepage: www.heatit.de
Lukas Liedtke (CEO) studied at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He completed his master's degree with a thesis at Caltech (Pasadena, USA) on the subject of nanophotonic implantable intraocular pressure sensors with distinction. Liedtke is the initiator of heat_it and, as CEO, leads the young company with a focus on business development and marketing.
Armin Meyer (COO) completed his mechanical engineering studies at KIT with distinction. He is an expert in hardware development and prepared specifically for founding a start-up during his studies. He gained industrial experience at Trumpf. Meyer assumes responsibility for the company's financial and accounting matters and, as COO, is responsible for the operational management of personnel, production, sales and fulfillment.
Stefan Hotz (CCO) specialized in software development during his mechanical engineering studies at KIT, Purdue University (together with his co-founders Armin and Lukas) and at KU Löwen.For his master's thesis, he researched lab-on-a-disc devices suitable for nuclear magnetic resonance and has been an expert in medical device approvals since 2018. Hotz takes on responsibility for regulatory affairs, software development and customer support.
Christof Reuter (CTO) completed his mechanical engineering degree with a focus on product development with distinction. At Bosch, he gained important industrial experience for several years before he joined Kamedi GmbH as the fourth full-time managing director at the beginning of the year. Reuter is an expert in quality assurance, product and production development and property rights.
The application for the Baden-Wuerttemberg Founder Prize was submitted via Sparkasse Karlsruhe.

3rd place with 5,000 euros in prize money
LED-Centrum Handels GmbH & Co.KG (Durmersheim, Rastatt district)
Business idea:
LED light stands for progress, technology, cost savings, for resource conservation, but also for lifestyle. It is not just a commodity, it also has an impact on the atmosphere, mood and wellbeing.
In Durmersheim, LED-Centrum Handels GmbH & Co.KG was looking for a company successor due to growing management and logistics tasks. Alexander Balabanov wants to face the challenge with a strategic and operational realignment. His goal is to expand the existing business through new business areas, efficiency and strong controlling. He sees new business areas in particular in local medium-sized companies as well as in the expansion of online business, including in the area of ​​LED discount. Alexander Balabanov sees a unique selling point in customer benefits: quick and easy ordering and delivery of inexpensive, up-to-date quality products, accessibility through a fast and friendly hotline service and transparent, environmentally conscious action. The focus is not on product sales, but on needs-based lighting solutions.
The necessary know-how is to be built up through further qualification of the employees as well as cooperation with external consultants. In this way, employee satisfaction should also be increased and jobs secured.
The introduction of corporate and management principles creates liability for every employee and is exemplified by Alexander Balabanov.
Homepage: www.led-centrum.de
As a fully qualified lawyer, Alexander Balabanov has 18 years of sales and management experience at a large grocery discounter. His sales successes include the conception and implementation of daily routine diagrams for the store managers of this discounter to reduce personnel costs.In 2016 he was able to record the strongest sales development and generation of a benchmark tool for controlling the use of personnel and the loss ratio transcripts. Efficiency is one of the success factors in the discount business and it is precisely this efficiency concept that he will implement in the LED center.
The application for the Baden-Württemberg Founders' Prize was submitted via the Kreissparkasse Waiblingen.

4th place with 2,000 euros in prize money
Veterinary practice Saarstraße (Oftersheim, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis)
Business idea:
The need for small animal medicine has been increasing continuously for several years. For animals, treatment methods are now possible that approach the level of human medicine. Veterinarian Alison Meadows-Hertig is committed to this.
With her re-establishment of the Saarstrasse veterinary practice in Oftersheim, she closes a gap in the previously manageable animal treatment options in the Rhine-Neckar district. In addition to veterinary activities, their range of services also includes advanced diagnostics and therapy. Alison Meadows-Hertig's unique selling points include special soft tissue operations. Your practice is state-of-the-art and takes part in the Mannheim emergency service.
Advice, information and knowledge transfer are a matter of course for the founder. With modern treatment methods and surgical techniques, it can improve the chance of recovery and reduce the stress on the animals and their owners. The extras include lectures, first aid courses and puppy play lessons. The needs of pet owners are also taken into account. Among other things, you have the opportunity to be present at the induction of the anesthesia and in the recovery area. This is how the veterinarian achieves clinical level with her practice in Oftersheim.
Homepage: www.tierarzt-oftersheim.de
Alison Meadows-Hertig graduated as a veterinary practitioner from the Institute for Veterinary Medicine (IFT) in Viernheim in 2010. In 2016 she completed her studies in veterinary medicine at the Free University of Berlin with a license to practice medicine. Until she started her business, she worked as an assistant veterinarian in a renowned referral clinic for small animals in the Rhein-Neckar district with a supraregional catchment area. The founder is characterized by her commitment to social and voluntary work, such as her voluntary work at the Heidelberg Youth Farm in therapeutic riding, in the animal welfare and castration project at Associtata Helping Animals and with the Veterinarians Without Borders.
The application for the Baden-Wuerttemberg Founders Prize was submitted via the Sparkasse Heidelberg.

5th place with 1,000 euros in prize money
Brauquadrat GmbH, Mannheim
Business idea:
As before, no other alcoholic drink is as popular in Germany as beer. So-called craft beer has been in trend for a number of years. The reasons for this are the extraordinary variety of flavors, but also the regionality that is associated with craft beer. Through special manufacturing and maturation processes as well as the refinement of the raw materials, completely new, individual beer specialties are created.
As the first craft beer brewery in Mannheim, Brauquadrat GmbH wants to make a visit to the brewery an experience for its customers. This is achieved, among other things, through the "glass brewery", which gives guests an insight into the brewing process, as well as through events such as beer tastings, brewery tours and brewing courses. There are special dishes on the menu that go well with the beer. Self-tapping tables, at which guests can draw their beer fresh directly from the brewery tanks, ensure enthusiasm. Beer cocktails complete the offer from Brauquadrat.
Homepage: www.brauquadrat.de
Since his apprenticeship as a retailer, Ben Herrmann has gone through almost all career stages in the food trade. He has been running the upper glass craft beer store in Mannheim since February 2014 and is familiar with the infrastructures that are important for the industry. He is one of the two managing directors and is particularly responsible for administrative activities and sales.
Just a few years after completing his training as a merchant in wholesale and foreign trade, Dennis Fix dared to take the step of self-employment in the design sector and a little later in the direct marketing sector. In January 2015 he published a book on craft beer. As managing director, he is primarily responsible for marketing, design, social media and the network with partners and suppliers.
After completing his apprenticeship as a brewer and maltster, Andreas Dietrich worked for a few years in a large brewery before completing the master brewer course in 2001. He then worked in several craft breweries. In 2015 he started his own business as a brewer. Andreas Dietrich is responsible for the entire brewing and production process.
With his Craft Beer Bar Taproom Jungbusch, which opened at the end of 2015, Benjamin Vivell proved that Mannheim is ready for craft beer. As a former marketing manager, he founded a brewery in India together with business partners based there at the beginning of 2019. He takes on the varied gastronomic tasks up to event and trade fair planning.
The application for the Baden-Wuerttemberg Start-up Prize was submitted via the Sparkasse Rhein Neckar Nord.