6 industrial leaders, 6 different tasks
and the chance to win 3,000 EUR in cash

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CONTEST TASKS

  • Each partner company formulated one task. There are six competition tasks in total. Check the tasks
  • You can deliver maximal one task solution for each of the three fields of industry Energy (E.ON, PRE, innogy), Automotive (Brose, ŠKODA AUTO) and ICT (SAP). That means - you can deliver three task solutions at maximum.

Who can apply?

  • startups, freelancers, students - applications from all over the world will be accepted.

How to apply?

  1. Fill in the online form to register. In this step you will mark the task/s you want to work on.
  2. Prepare your solutions.
  3. Pitch your solution/s in a short video presentation OR a slideshow in English, which shows your concrete solution/s. The video should be not longer than 3 minutes, the slideshow shoud have max. 10 slides. Deadline for delivering presentation/applications is 15th September.

What can you win?

  • All top 6 winners will receive individual service packages from the consulting partners of the competition - Deloitte and Roland Berger. The winners can choose individually concrete services from their portfolios.
  • The overall winner will receive 3.000 EUR sponsored by the organizer of the competition – the Czech-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry - and one year free membership in the chamber.
  • Check the prizes!

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Brose

Brose is the world’s fifth-largest family-owned automotive supplier. It’s mechatronic systems for doors, seats or electric motors and drives can be found in every second new vehicle around the world today. Over 80 manufacturers and 40 suppliers rely on the efficiency and performance of the company. More than 24,000 employees at 60 locations in 23 countries guarantee quality and innovation.

The Brose Group has been on the front lines helping to shape the future of the automobile for over a century. Our products enhance vehicle comfort, safety and efficiency. Whether lightweight design, electronically commutated motors or door and seat systems: a wide range of patents underscores the innovative strength of our international, interdisciplinary teams.

Brose's plant in Ostrava has significantly gained in importance over the last decade: whereas some 600 employees produced seat adjusters and closure systems for eight European and overseas customers in 2004, the plant now has a workforce of more than 3.000 people in production and administration. Its range of products includes front and rear seat structures, closure systems and electric motors for more than 30 carmakers and automotive suppliers around the world. General Manager Niclas Pfüller-von-Wobeser emphasizes: "We expect a lot of our employees, especially when it comes to above-average commitment and high expertise and quality requirements. In return we offer attractive jobs and social benefits and the opportunity to advance their careers worldwide within the Brose Group."

COMPETITION TASK

Communication app for staff members in production area

Today’s business is becoming increasingly dynamic to meet the demands of the automotive supply industry. Quickly responding to customer requests is part of our daily tasks. For this to work, we need flexible and highly motivated people on the shop floor. 

Your task is to present a smartphone app for employees that enables advanced communication with staff members in the production area.

Our aim is to establish an employee app for smartphones that allows us to communicate and inform our staff quicker and more effectively than time-consuming text messages (SMS) or phone calls.


E.ON Group

With more than 60.000 employees, the German based E.ON group is one of the leading energy groups worldwide.

Under its „Empowering customers. Shaping markets.“ strategy, E.ON’s drive to retail distributed and novel energy technologies and business models will be supported by venture-capital activities for strategic partnerships. They are designed to find the next big energy propositions that will improve E.ON’s offer to its millions of customers around Europe via its global and regional businesses.

The best new businesses will be selected for collaboration and commercialization opportunities and equity investments. The investments will focus on strategic technologies and business models that enable E.ON’s desire to lead the move to distributed, renewable and disruptive energy propositions. Customers can be offered the best energy choices for their needs. And new technology companies benefit from early scale while E.ON accesses cutting edge innovations and participates in the value created.

To date, E.ON has taken stakes in more than a dozen start-ups in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Its portfolio is diverse. It has invested in companies ranging from Sungevity (which develops innovative software for planning solar rooftop systems) to Enervee who provides a dynamic platform on which consumers can make more energy-efficient choices when it comes to household appliances, devices and electronics purchases. The start-up AutoGrid is dedicated to bring the power of Big Data, predictive analytics and Internet scale computational techniques to the production and consumption of electricity. In Germany E.ON has invested in Thermondo, a Berlin-based start-up whose online platform enables customers to quickly compare a variety of heating units.

Since 2004,  E.ON Czech is a part of the E.ON group. Today, E.ON Czech group is one of the leading integrated energy companies in the Czech Republic serving approx. 1,2 Mio electricity and 0,2 Mio gas customers mainly in South Bohemia and South Moravia.

E.ON Czech also focusses on environmental friendly and decentralized generations units and offers energy solutions for a sustainable development.  Inter alia, projects like smart metering, electro-mobility, smart street lighting, support for CNG vehicles and the associated development of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and filling stations for CNG vehicles are being developed.

COMPETITION TASK

Engage in social responsibility


For the E.ON group Social responsibility plays an ever increasing role. We support whole range of social activities (see them here). We would like to connect customer engagement towards the E.ON group via modern technology (e.g. Smart phone applications) in order to contribute positively to the Czech society (eg. Environment, Social needs, children).

Needless to say, everyone, whether existing or future customer will have fun to be engaged.


PRE

Pražská energetika, a. s., (PRE) is one of the biggest energy suppliers in the Czech Republic with ambitious goals for growth.

PRE is part of the German energy corporate group EnBW, which owns Pražská energetika jointly with the Capital City of Prague. The key activities of PRE are sales of electricity and gas throughout the Czech Republic, distribution of electricity in Prague and in Roztoky, generation of electricity from renewable sources and provision of energy services. 

PRE is a reliable partner for its customers and contributes responsibly to the development of the Prague region. It draws on the experience gained from its almost 120-year history and as part of its business activities, PRE professes the principle of constant sustainable development.  

Energy services represent an important segment of growth. In this area PRE has embarked on new innovative routes.Just as our parent company EnBW, we believe in innovations being developed “the startup way” – which shows in our cooperation with startups not just at PRE level, but throughout the entire Group (e.g. EnBW innovation campus and the company’s own venture capital firm). 

We are convinced that new thoughts and ideas represent the future of our business and we look forward to the joint realisation of new projects.

COMPETITION TASK

Energy services & devices for households

PRE is looking for cooperations with startups in the field of innovative energy services & devices, in particular for households. Your solution helps PRE´s clients to 

  • save money - tracking and managing consumption through metering and smart controls etc.
  • increase energy independency -  through business models around rooftop-PV, micro-CHP or home batteries installation, operation, financing etc.
  • avoid troubles - services, apps and smart devices that make processes (e.g. installations, repairs or meter reading) for the customer quicker, less cumbersome and more transparent
  • increase comfort - special services for designated groups such as automatic emergency calls

In a nutshell: Everything that makes a household a bit “energy smarter”!


innogy

We want to shape the future energy system as innovation leader. Be part of it!

Innogy is one of Europe’s five leading electricity and gas companies that brings energy to 23 million people every day.  However, the traditional business model of an energy utility is facing challenges as the whole European energy sector is undergoing fundamental transformation.

The changes are so radical that we say the world is living an energy revolution: The energy sector is witnessing a transition from fossil fuels to renewables, from centralized energy production in large facilities towards decentralized systems, households and enterprises are increasingly evolving from consumers to ‘prosumers’, who can produce their own electricity. More and more customers are seeking to make efficient use of energy and want to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the digital revolution.

These unquestionably revolutionary changes have already been set in motion and will continue to pick up speed in the coming decades. At innogy, we believe this offers us entrepreneurial opportunities that we intend to seize. Our strategy is to shape the future energy system as innovation leader.

Therefore, we pay much attention to innovation, both of user experience as well as product portfolio as such. We have multinational platforms where Innogy experts work together with external partners on breakthrough products and services related to energy as well as beyond. Innogy has intensive interaction with start-up enterprises in hubs such as Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and Berlin. 

Being well established energy company in the Czech Republic with more than 1.7 million customers, we consider a direct interaction with local start-ups to be an important element of this innovative movement of Innogy. 

Join the competition and let us shape together the energy world of tomorrow!

COMPETITION TASK

Smart Factory

Propose a solution optimizing production processes and costs within a manufacturing company with regards to increase of energy consumption efficiency.  

Focus on the following phenomena: 

o   Internet of things (Communication of various devices, automation, etc.)

o   Big Data (Analytics of measured energy data, production planning, data from accounting, etc.)


SAP

SAP has been a trusted leader in business transformation for many years. Numbers speak for itself: 300,000 customers. 25 industries. 43 years in business. 21 research locations. 77,000 employees. But those numbers don’t give an idea of the trust that we built with our customers, more important are following numbers.

74% of the transaction revenue moving around the world every day passes through an SAP system. 

98 companies of the world’s top 100 brands are SAP customers. The world’s top companies trust SAP to help them run better today, and run better tomorrow. To even speed up the innovation we are running Startup Focus program that unite more than 2000 startups. There are 175 production solutions ready to use in 22 industries, 57 countries and 9 lines of business.

COMPETITION TASK

Cloud solution in IoT or Big Data

We can get your idea to 1300+ customer companies of SAP in the Czech Republic. Or think big: 300 000 customers worldwide! Propose and design an innovative solution to drive digital transformation of enterprise customers in the area of Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data. We are looking for agile innovators who intend to offer a true Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, which meets the following criteria:

  • enables Digital Transformation of businesses in the space of Internet of Things and/or Big Data
  • helps customers drive improved efficiency of their business processes or act as an enabler of new business models
  • is business relevant with significant anticipated business impact
  •  is to-be-developed and hosted on SAP HANA Cloud Platform or migrated from another platform
  • can be offered as a true Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

ŠKODA AUTO

 The company ŠKODA AUTO a.s., headquartered in Mladá Boleslav, is an industrial heavyweight in the Czech Republic and one of the world’s oldest car makers with its origins going back to 1895. ŠKODA is an international company with a presence in more than 100 countries and part of the Volkswagen Group for 25 years. ŠKODA stands for impressive automobiles, a strong brand, a motivated and capable team and the ability to turn innovations into “Simply Clever” customer benefits.

Despite its rich history, ŠKODA is intensively working on projects and tasks that will form the future of the mobility. Our aim is to co-shape the automobile future. We are very closely following the megatrends that influence the life of billions of people - eMobility, Digitalization, Connectivity or Autonomous driving. Here we see the future of the car industry and mobility and the biggest changes and challenges since decades.

In the future, the customer will newly define the individual driving experience and the car will become the ultimate mobility device as it will bond the dream of freedom and connectivity.

Just recently on the CES 2016 in Las Vegas, ŠKODA has received the Connected Car Award 2015 in the ‘Pioneer-Award’ category for the innovative connectivity solution SmartGate, being the first European OEM to bring Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror Link into the volume segments.

In this way, as an open minded company, ŠKODA is looking to join the community of open minded people with fresh and cool ideas and out of the box thinking, to work jointly with them on projects for the future to find new business models and opportunities for our products a services.

COMPETITION TASK

Modern mobility

We are looking for startups with exciting, “Simply Clever” business ideas in the area of modern mobility. Show us, that you can shape the way people move about, meet, chat and travel in real or virtual space in a smart, inventive way.