Tado, a smartphone-enabled heating-control service, headed up by a Munich-based team has taken the crown at the Pitch Fight battle at the Heureka Conference 2013.
Sixteen startups battled it out in an attempt to win a full-page ad in Business Punk magazine, coverage in VentureVillage and Gründerszene, a logo design by 99designs and the potential to win the much-coveted wild card by Axel Springer accelerator Plug & Play. The startups had to impress an experienced panel of judges, including serial entrepreneur and business angel Christophe Maire, Westtech Ventures partner Alexander Kölpin, Jürgen Hopfgartner from Axel Springer Ventures and VentureVillage’s own Managing Editor, Linsey Fryatt.
Despite claiming the title, Tado missed out on the wild-card entry into Plug & Play, with judge Jürgen Hopfgartner favouring the social media content management app Tame, which makes sense given the Axel Springer-run incubator’s focus on media products. Tame will now embark on a three-month long accelerator programme culminating in the opportunity to again take to the stage and pitch their concept to an elite audience of local and international investors.
The live final saw Tado battle against Tame, plus Admineo – a data-streamlining software aimed at suppliers and distributors.
The finalists at a glance
Co-founders Christian Deilmann and Johannes Schwarz founded Tado back in 2011. This geolocation app actively monitors when you leave and return home, turning down the heating accordingly. Not only will it anticipate and prepare for your arrival, it will adapt and learn from the outside climate and intelligently adapt conditions in your house. According to Tado, using its services will save the average household 27 per cent on its annual heating bills.
Previously Christian was a co-founder of the mobile telecommunications company BellPepper.
The trio, Arno Dirlam, Frederik Fischer and Torsten Müller founded Tame in mid 2012. With backing from the Ministry of Economics and Technology, the real-time content management tool aims to provide users with a means to navigate the massive wealth of information that sites such as Twitter peddle.
Michael Bohmeyer and Eugen Martin, are the two-man team behind the data workflow software system Admineo. It aims to tackle big business and upset the tried and tested Excel spreadsheet in an attempt to standardise data exchange and increase transparency.
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