Finalists of Hamburg Innovation Award announced 

Ideas range from low emission flying to accident-free roads
08 May 2020
Artificial Intelligence

Jurors of the Hamburg Innovation Awards contest have announced the finalists in three categories: business idea with the most potential (idea), the most exciting start-up (start) and the most innovative growth company (growth) in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The winning teams can expect to receive well-equipped start-up kits with prizes in kind and cash prizes.

Feedback on business ideas 

The competing teams also receive detailed feedback on their business ideas and gain an opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs. However, certain dates have yet to be clarified owing to the corona crisis, but are likely to be resolved soon.  

Idea category 

The finalists in the “idea” category are Heron Fan, hoλos and Plancraft. Heron Fan’s turbine-free aircraft engine reduces weight and complexity and consumes less fuel making flying more efficient. Meanwhile, the hoλos navigation system, developed at HAW Hamburg based on augmented reality and artificial intelligence, analyses the driver’s environment and reduces distractions by means of a 3D navigation system. Plancraft's business idea equips craftsmen's workshops with software for processing orders efficiently. 


Finalists in the "start" category for the most exciting start-up are HeimathaufenLignoPure, and Panda. The Heimathaufen team has developed a concentrated powder that can be mixed with shower gel and shampoo. Meanwhile, LignoPure has developed a sustainable, plastic-free product based on lignin, which is tailor made to customers' needs. The third nominee, Panda, uses artificial intelligence to automatically identify the causes of errors in production processes and to adjust production parameters.


The "growth" company honors the most innovative companies. The nominees are Luis Technology, which has developed turning-assistant technology for lorries and make roads less prone to accidents. Synergeticon has developed a robotic arm that learns with artificial intelligence and is able to write the programme for its tasks itself. This improves interaction between man and machine. Wunder Mobility has set itself the goal of advancing shared mobility worldwide and was also nominated by the jury.