Digital solutions – for structural change

Founders presented digital solutions

At the 4th BMDV Startup Pitch on September 13, 2022 at Westhafen Port in Berlin, founders and young entrepreneurs presented their digital solutions for structural change in Germany’s lignite mining regions. A total of nine teams presented their ideas to Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital Affairs and Transport, and the jury. They were looking for digital, data-based innovations to advance climate-friendly mobility and services of general interest in the former coal regions.


Source: BMDV

Original statement by Minister Dr. Volker Wissing:

„Data is the basis for digital progress. We will therefore make more and better data available. The German government has committed to this in its digital strategy. This data can be used, for example, to develop digital innovations that make people’s lives easier. With our mFUND, we support data-driven solutions with inventive talent from all over Germany. The winning projects from our startup pitch show that there are many exciting new ideas. They have used data to develop innovative solutions to the major challenges of structural change in Germany’s lignite mining regions. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement!“


Source: BMDV

These were the winners

A total of three jury prizes and one audience prize were awarded. The winning teams received a funding commitment of 10,000 euros each from the mFUND to implement their ideas.

The winners were:

Spyce – social mobility:
Digital application for carpooling services for short trips in urban and rural areas

Supplementing public transport in rural areas by means of autonomous shuttle buses whose navigation is based on highly accurate maps in real time.

MINOS (also winner of the audience award):
Real-time railroad crossing status information for emergency services.


Source: BMDV

Additional support for the projects

In addition, all nine finalists were given the opportunity to submit their ideas in a special category for funding with the mFUND. Here, research and development projects can be supported with up to 3 million euros over a period of up to 36 months.

The Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport hosted its 4th BMDV Startup Pitch as part of the annual mFUND conference, which was held under the heading „Data innovations for climate and environmentally friendly mobility“.


Source: BMDV

Event Consult was in charge of the event

Event Consult was in charge of planning, setting up and running the event and took over numerous tasks. This included location scouting, room planning, creation of the event website, participant management, all arrangements regarding catering and all other trades as well as the overall technical organization, creation of the graphic concept, on-site accreditation and hall support by our hostess team.