Startup Cycling Conference.
Berlin, November 2017

As a member of the jury at the Startup Cycling Conference organised by Bikebrainpool, the think-tank of the bicycle industry, we had the honour of meeting representatives from exciting start-ups and, together with experts such as the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), our partners from the Bikebrainpool and velokonzept, selecting the very best amongst them.

We quote from the Bikebrainpool report:

“STARTUP CYCLING hosted a competition in which the 19 most innovative teams pitched their respective business ideas to the jury. BIKEBRAINPOOL is at the ready to advise and support the successful participants. We’re currently consulting with the five award winners to establish their needs and put them in contact with the most suitable experts from our think-tank.”

Manuel Prager from ‘chike’, which came first in the competition, is already looking forward to being part of BIKEBRAINPOOL next year!

Our special thanks go to the jury, which, far from taking the easy option, spared no effort in analysing and evaluating each entry with painstaking care. It comprised the following members: Stephan Geiger (BIKE & OUTDOOR COMPANY), Ursula Kloé (New Mobility Experts), Dirk Kurek (Komenda), Julia Schäfer (BMVI), Konrad Weyhmann (Paul Lange & Co), Dirk Zedler (Zedler – Institut für Fahrradtechnik und -Sicherheit) and myself, Ulrike Saade. The BMVI supported the competition as part of its jubilee campaign, ‘200 Jahre Fahrrad – made in Germany’ (200th birthday of the bicycle – made in Germany’, with a view to promoting innovative business ideas surrounding the bicycle and the networking of the bicycle industry”.

The award winners:

1ST PLACE – chike: This company from Cologne produces modern and compact transport bikes which can be put to flexible use thanks to their modular design. The cabin or transport platform placed over the front wheels provides plenty of room for children or cargo. The sprung tilted chassis means the bicycle is agile and ideal for inner-city use.

2nd PLACE – Listnride: This company launched a bike-sharing community: the user can hire all kinds of bicycle models for any occasion from private individuals or professional dealers via an app. Listnride now has branches in Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich and Vienna.

3rd PLACE – Tubolito: This company from Vienna has set its sights on reducing the weight of bicycles. Thanks to a hi-tech material, their ‘lightweight tubes’ are up to 65% lighter than normal tubes, despite boasting even greater robustness.