Fourth Startup Night at HFT Stuttgart

Seven HFT startups present their ideas in the inner courtyard of the HFT

The seventh round of STARTPLAN ended last week - the teams presented their ideas to an expert jury and an enthusiastic audience. In just three minutes, the startups had to convince the jury with their idea, initial market figures and pilots. An exciting competition with a fireworks display of innovative projects.

Promising ideas that don't get off the ground - that's where most potential founders fail. To prevent this from happening, HFT's own start-up center PLAN G offered the STARTPLAN format for the seventh time in a row. Here, researchers, employees and students receive practical start-up support for their ideas. In a nutshell, the promise is: "A start-up in eight weeks."

This semester, various teams have once again embarked on the journey together. The various start-up ideas were presented at the grand finale, the HFT START-UP NIGHT last Thursday:

  • OWL: Benedikt Mais and Maximilian Kirsamer are developing a dashboard to provide SMEs with a better overview of their data
  • Green Report : Yann Ahlgrim helps SMEs to create their sustainability report (which will be mandatory for many companies from 2026)
  • Spot'me: Tommy Syllow develops a fitness tracker that is placed on the device and helps athletes to record their training sessions
  • StrawFriends: Mert Cepel and Leander Bors are working on an alternative to paper straws and the well-known problem of leakage
  • Acoustic insulating material: Jasmin Dietz is developing an acoustic insulating material made from ecological materials.


This semester, the teams were coached by Christine Kraus (PLAN G), Charlotte SilvaKnight (Campus Founders) and Sebastian Donath (EXI green and Social Impact Lab).

The STARTPLAN teams were complemented by experienced teams from HFT who had already gained some pitch experience. For this reason, the "old hands" were not included in the evaluation. Vaseboard, ethitek and Start Stuttgart pitched.

The pitches were evaluated by a top-class jury consisting of Prof. Dr. Lutz Gaspers (Vice-Rector for Studies and Teaching at HFT), Prof. Dr. Patrick Planing (Head of the Start-up Center) and Marion Riedel (Venture Architect and co-founder of improveMID).

After the jury had briefly withdrawn to deliberate, their decision was announced:

The jury prize went to Yann Ahlgrim with Green Report, whose solution recognized a problem that many small and medium-sized companies will face from 2026. The regulations will change, so that many companies will be confronted with a reporting obligation without having a good solution for their data. At this point, Green Report will offer a combination of consulting and standardized service.

The prize includes our start-up unicorn, which is produced in the HFT 3D printing lab VokuhiLab was created. In the start-up world, the unicorn stands for particularly rapid business success. In addition, we were able to award a wildcard to the winning team for the 12th state final of the ASAP BWuniversity competition , which will therefore go straight through to the final on July 16 without an application phase. The event will be broadcast live.

For the second time this semester, there was a competition in the new HFT laboratory VokuhiLab lab in the form of a unicorn, which in the start-up world stands for particularly rapid business success.

The online vote for the audience award produced a very uniform result: all the other teams received the same number of votes, meaning that they all won the audience award. All participants of the Start-up Night received a journal specially developed for start-ups, in which they can work out and document their further journey. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Leuchtturm1917 for providing us with the journals free of charge.

Are you also interested in start-ups and founding a company?

PLAN G - the start-up center of the HFT is available to answer your questions.

According to the motto found. simply. do. you can come to us with all your concerns about your idea (idea generation, first steps of implementation as well as funding opportunities and scholarships). If you don't have an idea yet, but still feel a tingling sensation when you think about starting up, feel free to contact us (or simply drop by for a coffee in Building 5).

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Publish date: 02. July 2024 By Christine Kraus ()