Digital Logistics Award: Jury selects eight start-ups for pitch session
In mid-September, participants of the Future Logistics Congress – 37th Dortmunder Gespräche will choose the winners
From solutions for freight transport in Europe to concepts for last mile logistics, from ideas for supply chain management in the food industry to fleet management in intralogistics: Eight innovative start-ups from all over Germany and South Africa made it to the finals of the Digital Logistics Awards. In just a few days, the founders will be able to present their platforms and products to more than 500 participants at Future Logistics Congress – 37th Dortmunder Gespräche. The congress takes place on 17th and 18th September 2019. After the pitch session on the first day the expert audience will decide directly on the three winners.
The spectrum of start-ups is broad. Climate protection and artificial intelligence (AI) are highly valued by the majority of start-ups and founders. Today, hardly any platform or product can do without AI technologies such as machine learning, pattern recognition or robotics. With their solutions, the start-ups are meeting the demands of the logistics industry for greater transparency and efficiency. However, climate protection is also often an important driving force today: two finalists have developed electric vehicles for the transportation of goods in the city, while another is dedicated to CO2 reduction through predictive fuel analyses for trucks. By developing an app for the quality control of fruit and vegetables along the supply chain, a start-up company from Cape Town wants to set an example against food waste. In addition, the increasing importance of data and platform economics is reflected in the selected start-ups – as well as in the applications for the award as a whole.
The Digital Logistics Award is an initiative of the Digital.Hub Logistics Dortmund. It was presented for the first time in 2017. So far, almost 100 companies have applied for the award in sum. In addition, more than 100,000 euro in prize money was awarded. The jury that selected the eight finalists this year consisted of Marcus Gropp, Head of Digital Supply Chain at Kloeckner Metals Operations GmbH, Dr. Stephan Peters, Member of the Board of Management of Rhenus SE, Christina Thurner, Member of the Management Board of LOXXESS AG, Claas H. Nieraad, Managing Director of Next Logistics Accelerators, and Karolin Hewelt Managing Director of the Digital Hub Agency RCKT.