Successful and innovative start-up projects from Bavarian universities were honored with the HOCHSPRUNG Award in a virtual award ceremony on December 9, 2021. The search was on for female and male founders who had successfully mastered difficulties related to the Corona pandemic in an entrepreneurial way or start-ups that had even developed solutions for challenges related to the Corona pandemic. The all-female Hof-based start-up “Businettes” received a special prize in the process.
The HOCHSPRUNG Award promotes start-up dynamics at Bavarian universities. 34 start-up projects from all over Bavaria had applied for the HOCHSPRUNG Award. 6 finalists finally competed in the virtual award ceremony in front of jury and audience for the victory.
Targeted support for female founders
A special award of 500 € went to the team of “Businettes”. The startup from Hof University of Applied Sciences, which is supported as part of the EXIST funding program, has developed a digital incubator for female founders and uses the platform to specifically promote startups by women
One of the main reasons why women start up less than men is often a lack of confidence in their own abilities. To change this, we work with psychologically based methods to increase the self-confidence of our female customers. In addition, we help them improve their presentation skills using state-of-the-art methods, for example.”Victoria Arnhold, CEO Businettes
The event’s top prize of EUR 3000 went to “Uroletics,” a joint project between the Ludwig Maximilian University Hospital in Munich and Friedrich Alexander University in Nuremberg-Erlangen.The team supports prostate cancer patients before and after hospital treatment with a seamless, digital therapy that comprehensively complements the treating urologist.
Start-up scene remains vibrant
Bavaria’s Minister of Science Bernd Sibler paid tribute to the honorees
Even in these difficult times, our Bavarian start-up scene is active and very much alive. It demonstrates inventiveness, creativity and commitment. Innovative start-up projects are crucial for economic development in our state. But we also need them to tackle the social challenges of our time.”Bernd Sibler, Bavarian Minister of Science
More about the “Businettes” award winners at: www.businettes.de
HOCHSPRUNG is the entrepreneurship network of Bavarian universities and is a funding measure of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts. Through information, exchange and qualification, HOCHSPRUNG promotes the university-based entrepreneurship culture and is an important part of the Bavarian startup ecosystem.
The EXIST startup grant supports students, graduates and scientists from universities and non-university research institutions who want to realize their startup idea and turn it into a business plan. The start-up projects should be innovative technology-oriented or knowledge-based projects with significant unique selling points and good prospects of economic success.