Start-up technology meets shop floor data

Körber Manufacturing Efficiency Challenge 2021 (31.08. - 02.09.)

The Körber Manufacturing Efficiency Challenge provides start-up technology solutions for your challenges within a 3-day remoteProve of Concept development

For manufacturers and OEMs

  1. Share your manufacturing efficiency projects and challenges where you need a solution for
  2. Top-notch start-ups will apply for your project and you can choose the ones solving your challenge the best
  3. Körber hosts a 3-day online event from 31.08. - 02.09.2021 where your challenge gets solved

Your benefits

# Get solutions to your challenges within only three days

# Connect with top-notched start-ups

# Get inspiration and exchange with other manufacturers and OEMs

Please submit your challenge here.


lWithout the start-up challenge we would not be that far yet. It helped us to learn what solutions exist and find collaboration partners to work with further. r

Frederik Thiele, Dividella – Körber

For start-ups

  1. Check out the challenges from our industry partners
  2. Apply for the challenges that you can solve with your solution
  3. Participate in our 3-day online event from 31.08. - 02.09.2021 and create a PoC together with your selected partner
  4. Let your tech shine and collect the prize money and a new customer

Your benefits as a start-up

# Increase the speed of your B2B business development and find your next customer

# Professionalize your product with additional use cases

# Gain domain expertise and useful contacts in the industry

# Take home a win and the prize money

lVery good format to tackle real life challenges in collaboration with real customers.r

Dr. Theo Steininger, Erium

Apply with your manufacturing efficiency challenge now!

Manufacturer and OEM: FAQ

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Any OEM or manufacturer with a challenge to solve and is interested in working with start-ups can participate. Size, industry and location do not matter.

We have two streams of challenges:

  1. You have a manufacturing efficiency problem and want to create a concept to solve it.
  2. You have a clear project and need to find a technical solution to serve it.

As a participating industry partner, you commit to actively participate in the Start-up Challenge for three days, including your project team. Furthermore, you commit to an 8.000€ fee. More information can be found in the FAQ about the fee.

The participation fee is 8.000€.
It consists of 6.000€ for the investment pool (price money for the winning start-ups) and 2.000€ administration costs.

You can apply with your challenges till the 26th of April directly here.

Start-up: FAQ

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Any start-up with a technology/ product solving one of our industry partners challenges can participate in our 3-day remote Challenge

As a participating start-up, you commit to actively participate in the Start-up Challenge for three days.
You will create one of the two deliverables:

  1. Concept to solve a challenge or
  2. Create a prototype based on the data set you will receive. The scope of the result will be defined with the industry partner. The event is free of charge for you.

The application phase starts in calender week 17 – with the publication of the challenges on this page.
You are welcome to register here in advance so that you will receive a notification as soon as our doors are open.

First place receives 60% of the investment pool of all partners, second place 30% and third place 10%. 

On the last day of the Challenge, you pitch your solution and a jury, consisting of industry partners, will evaluate your pitch.
Based on this evaluation, the winners will be announced. 

During the whole Start-up Challenge you and your team will be supported by our mentors.

They are all experts in specific fields, e.g. data engineering, strategic designers, venture architects and dedicated industry experts. They will support you with their feedback and knowledge along the way. 

General FAQs

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The Körber Start-up Challenge takes place31.08. - 02.09.2021

The start-up challenge is a remote event.

We provide the appropriate infrastructure so that you can develop and implement your POCs online.
Our mentors and facilitators will support throughout the event. 

You will use your own hardware and software to develop solutions during the Start-up Challenge.
Körber Business Area Digital does not provide notebooks, smartphones, or other hardware and/ or software. 
Headphones are recommended.

In addition to the development of the PoC, there will be opportunities for networking and sharing experiences.
We will also make sure to provide a decent amount of fun to keep energy levels high. 

Do you have additional questions?

Laura Weil - Digital Strategy & External Innovation Manager

Laura Weil
Körber Digital GmbH
Digital Strategy & External Innovation Manager

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