These are the Overall Winners
of the ACHEMA Start-Up Award 2015
Volterion, 4GENE and Ionera are the three talented winners of the first ACHEMA Start-Up Award. The awards were presented today during the Opening Session of ACHEMA in Frankfurt. The concepts of the three winning start-up teams convinced the experts on the jury from both a technological and an economic point of view. Besides the cash prize of 10,000 euros, the winners - together with the other finalists - now have the opportunity to present themselves all week to an international audience of professionals and to forge vital business contacts.
Just like the Oscar Awards ceremony: up to the last minute, none of the nine finalists had any idea who would receive the trophy and take home the 10,000 euros prize money. Right up until the Opening Session of ACHEMA the names of the winners were kept strictly under wraps:
In the Energy category, Volterion's concept of a new storage technology for private homes was the outright winner. Volterion produces and markets small-scale vanadium redox flow batteries (2 kW - 10 kWh) for decentralized storage of renewable energy sources (solar) for use in private homes. Dr. Michael Brandkamp, Executive Director of High-Tech Gründerfonds, was particularly impressed by the advanced stage of development and high market relevance of the technology.
With Flavor-on-Demand, 4GENE was unrivalled in the Industrial Biotechnology section. 4GENE develops, produces and markets natural, biotechnologically engineered, activatable aroma glycosides. Hans-Peter Ilgner, member of the Executive Board of Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain, underscored the creativity of the approach from which consumers may well soon reap the benefit.
Ionera, winner in the Measuring Technology/Analytics category, has developed a nanopore-supported platform technology enabling single-molecule through to DNA analysis. Prof. Dr. Rainer Diercks, Chairman of DECHEMA e.V., highlighted the tremendous diversity and potential of this method.
The winning teams together with the finalists of all three categories will be on hand to provide information about their concepts throughout the ACHEMA week at the ACHEMA Start-Up Award stand in Hall 9.2.
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