And the winner is: Xarion inspires with unique laser sensors and takes the CODE_n Award to Austria

  • Vienna-based company leaves 385 competitors from 40 countries behind and secures the grand prize of €30,000
  • Xarion sets a new yardstick within the sectors of ultrasound imaging, process monitoring and testing technology
  • Ground-breaking laser microphone combines many benefits: insensitive to wind and vibration and very precise in extremely high frequency ranges

Karlsruhe, September 22, 2016 “Unveiling Digital Disruption” is the concept of the new.New Festival organized by CODE_n at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. Since Tuesday, 52 startups from all over the world have been showcasing their business models in the Applied FinTech, Connected Mobility, HealthTech, and Photonics 4.0 clusters. The CODE_n jury reached a decision yesterday evening: giving the CODE_n Award, with its €30,000 prize money, to Xarion Laser Acoustics GmbH from Vienna. The young company impressed the judges, both in terms of its business model and its unique technology – which offers the world’s first optical laser sensors that can detect sound by its ability to change the speed of light. Patrons B.Braun, GFT, HPE, and TRUMPF have also each crowned a winner in this year's four startup clusters.

“The jury has chosen Xarion, a company that perfectly embodies the business sense and visionary approach of an upcoming entrepreneur,” explains jury chairman Ulrich Dietz, the initiator of CODE_n and CEO of GFT Technologies SE, at the award show. “Xarion developed a unique optical laser sensor from one idea which is revolutionizing ultrasound imaging, process monitoring and testing technology. The laser physicists offering provides a wide range of applications: delighting benefiting clients in the mechanical and medical engineering, consumer electronics as well as in the aviation and supplier industries. The combination of a revenue-rich business model and visionary founder mentality tremendously impressed the jury.” Renowned customers are: CERN, Fraunhofer, Zeiss und Siemens. Xarion enjoys the dedicated support of a distinguished circle of stakeholders. With 25 percent is Hans-Peter Porsche the largest investor. Moreover, the Nobel Prize winner in physics Theodor Hänsch is head of the XARION Scientific Advisory Board on an honorary basis.

The other companies shortlisted alongside Xarion for the CODE_n Award were Biowatch, Bodle, Geospin, HealMet, ioxp, Kantox, NovioSense, otego and UrbanAlps. Before the decision was made, the Top 10 presented their business models on the main stage to the jury and several hundred festival visitors. In the avant-garde setting of the ZKM, the finalists once again gave outstanding performances and earned tremendous applause from the audience. Over the preceding two days of the festival, all 52 finalists barely got any chance to rest: Potential business partners, clients, investors, and a large number of trade experts and the media sought personal dialogue. Unflaggingly, the founders explained their business models and strategies to them. Halfway through the event, Ulrich Dietz offered an interim summary: “The atmosphere here at the new.New Festival is absolutely fantastic.”

The four cluster winners demonstrate the potential of digital trend industries

Alongside the CODE_n Award, four cluster prizes were also awarded on Wednesday. The cluster patrons B.Braun, GFT, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and TRUMPF each crowned a winner in their category with an individual prize. Kantox in the Applied FinTech cluster won an invitation to Barcelona to visit the GFT Innovation Lab and attend a one-day workshop with their Applied Technology Innovation Team in Sant Cugat. In the Connected Mobility category, HPE awarded evopark with an exclusive, three-month mentoring program with HPE managers and experts, as well as a joint trade fair presence at CeBIT or Discover. HealthTech startup SpinDiag’s prize from B.Braun was a two-day invitation to Tuttlingen (Germany) – the Silicon Valley of medical technology – to team up at their subsidiary Aesculap. Last but not least, TRUMPF congratulated Roboception in the Photonics 4.0 cluster with an exciting “Meet the Experts Day”, including lunch with the Vice-Chairman of the Managing Board, Dr Peter Leibinger.

A total of 385 startups submitted applications to the CODE_n CONTEST. The range of pioneering business models extended from exciting augmented reality applications and next-dimension security processes to new treatments for cancer or convenient indoor navigation solutions. The startups will still be showcasing their products and solutions at the new.New Festival until September 22.

More than 1,800 applicants to CODE_n since 2012

Since 2011, more than 1,800 young companies have applied to CODE_n. Xarion follows in the footsteps of relayr from Berlin, which won the prize in 2015. Prior to that it was Viewsy from London (2014), as well as from Berlin and Greenclouds from Rotterdam (both in 2013). myTaxi, a company unknown at the time and based in Hamburg, won the first-ever CODE_n competition in 2012. Ulrich Dietz points out: “The CODE_n competition is a successful springboard for many participants.” Numerous alumni from previous years are also attending this year’s event as visitors, speakers or exhibitors.

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*The eight-strong jury this year was made up of: Ulrich Dietz (Chairman), Volkhard Bregulla (Hewlett Packard Enterprise), Carsten Knop (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Martina Merz (self-employed Business Consultant), Peter Leibinger (TRUMPF), Frank Riemensperger (Accenture), Dr. Frank Schlie-Roosen (Federal Ministry of Education and Research), and Prof. Peter Weibel (ZKM).