Deep Tech Award Berlin 2019

© Deep Tech Award 2019

© Deep Tech Award 2019

Deep Tech Award Berlin 2019

For the fourth time in succession, the Senate Administration for Economic Affairs, Energy and Enterprises, together with the Association of the Internet and IT Industry in Berlin and Brandenburg, praised SIBB e. V., awarded the Deep Tech Award as part of the State Initiative Project Future and the Campaign for the IT location in Berlin "log in. Berlin.".


Betül Özdemir

IKT-Wirtschaft, Digitalisierung


In taking their decision to choose the Deep Tech Stars, the expert jury consisting of members from industry and science assessed, among other things, the degree of innovation, unique characteristics of the submitted solutions and the benefits and added value from the user’s perspective and for the Berlin ICT market. The following software and hardware solutions submitted by companies from Berlin were awarded 10,000 Euros each:

  • Audatic GmbH
    With the help of Deep Learning, the young Berlin company has developed a software, which will improve the everyday life of over 60 million people using hearing aids.

  • GESTALT Robotics GmbH
    Die GESTALT Robotics is a provider of tailor-made software development working at the interface of automation and artificial intelligence (AI).

  • Industrial Analytics
    With their product TurboMonitor the team of Industrial Analytics makes a strong contribution to the automation of industrial facilities and reduction of production costs as well as downtime in the chemical, oil and gas industries, refineries and power plants.

  • mediaire GmbH
    The Berlin company mediaire GmbH develops an AI-based diagnosis report system for neurodegenerative diseases. The software provides radiologists instant processing of all relevant image data and subsequent diagnosis.

  • SmartCloudFarming GmbH (SCF)
    SCF develops their cloud-based AI – SoilEye – to generate 3-D soil maps for characterisation of farmland.

  • Visualix
    The Visualix End-to-End-AR platform allows companies to create applications for robust AR on an industrial scale.

  • The Deep Tech Award is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is endowed with EUR 60,000. The "Deep Tech Stars" were presented at the award ceremony by Christian Rickerts, Secretary at the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises fand the SIBB chairmen Thomas Schröter and Dirk Stocksmeier at Beta Systems Software AG in Berlin.

Subject of the competition

Prizes will be awarded for application-oriented and proven solutions as well as products based on software and/or hardware which are characterized by a high degree of innovation and great future potential.

Solutions and products can come from the following areas:

  • Devices, device management, embedded systems
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Networks (low power/short range, low power/wide area)
  • Processors and architectures
  • Operating systems
  • Platforms
  • Analytical tools, algorithms, event stream processing and analysis models
  • Standards and APIs
  • Security technologies for devices, operating systems, platforms and communication channels
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions and technologies
  • Industry 4.0 solutions and technologies


The world metropolis of Berlin has developed into a leading location for information and communication technology in Germany and Europe. Information and communication technologies are key technologies for Berlin as a business location. They drive innovation, increase productivity and contribute to securing economic growth, prosperity and jobs in the future.

The growth rates of the Berlin ICT sector continue to be above average. In 2016, the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce registered up to 2,242 new companies in the IT sector.

The ICT sector is also at the forefront of digital transformation. In no other sector do 81 per cent of companies already generate more than 60 per cent of their turnover digitally.

In addition to good software, innovative hardware is above all crucial for the successful design of digital transformation.

As a cosmopolitan, young and dynamic metropolis, Berlin offers the best location and development conditions for the start-ups of the digital economy and the large number of software development specialists. In addition to start-ups, many highly specialized small and medium-sized companies have been successfully asserting themselves on the market for a long time. Like tech festivals and conferences, accelerators and incubators are the expression of a flourishing hardware scene full of a spirit of optimism.

The new connectivity also presents the IT industry with a clear opportunity to leverage immense value creation potential with innovative solutions and products in areas such as industry, trade, logistics, energy, mobility and healthcare. It is becoming increasingly clear that equipping objects with sensors, actuators and software and networking them holds enormous market potential.

The increasing demand for products and solutions in the ICT sector can develop into an important growth driver for the region. At the same time, the development of appropriate solutions and products for companies is associated with special challenges, such as long development processes, high innovation costs and high risk, due to the combination of hardware and software components.

With the Deep Tech Award 2019, we wish to recognize the innovative strength of up-and-coming start-ups and established companies and generate additional attention for ICT solutions and products „Made in Berlin“.

Time frame


November 20, 2018                    
Announcement of the call at the warming-up event and beginning of the submission period

February 28, 2019, midnight          
Deadline for submission of applications

April 3, 2019             
Deep Tech Award 2019: evaluation, announcement of the winners and award ceremony

Eligibility to participate

Companies established in the state of Berlin are admitted to the competition. Submissions from small and medium-sized companies are specifically welcome. The competition is looking for application-oriented, marketable solutions and products based on software and/or hardware which are characterized by a high degree of innovation and great future potential.

The prerequisite for the receipt of the prize money is the fulfillment of the requirements under state aid law in accordance with the so-called "de minimis rule" (see leaflet on de minimis aid for the Deep Tech Award 2019).


The winners will be chosen by an independent jury of experts:

  • Prof. Dr. Heike Marita Hölzner, HTW Berlin
  • Eva Zauke, Head of Accelerators and COO LoB Digital Assets and IoT at SAP, SAP AG
  • Seneit Debese, CEO & Founder, Greta & Starks
  • Michael Pemp, Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises
  • Thomas Schröter, Chairman of the Board, SIBB e. V. 
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. sc. techn. Klaus-Dieter Lang, Fraunhofer IZM
  • Veronika Brandt, Head of IoT Business Consulting, Bosch Software Innovations GmbH

Prizes and prize money

The competition is endowed with prize money totaling up to € 60,000 (financed by funds from the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises as well as EU/ERDF funds), and several "Deep Tech Stars" will be awarded. The winners of the competition and their products and solutions will be communicated via the media of the organizer and the cooperation partners. The award ceremony will take place on April 3, 2019 as part of the SIBB Digital Platforms & Technologies Forum in Berlin. The judges’ decision is final.

Selection criteria

The following criteria will be taken into account in the evaluation by the independent jury:

  • Degree and level of innovation
  • Independence of the competition entry and unique selling points (USPs)
  • Advantage and added value from the user’s perspective
  • Market potential and presence
  • Hardware and software design, if applicable
  • Data protection, data quality and data security concept
  • Compliance with the regulations for medical products, if applicable
  • Design quality, if applicable
  • Qualities of the team

Submission procedure

The participation documents must be submitted digitally here

At this link you will find an online application form to be completed in an online session. Please note that you must comply with the requirements for naming your files specified in the form.

All competition entries for which the documents are received by SIBB e.V. and the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises by midnight on February 28, 2019 via upload on the website and which meet the requirements of the competition will take part in the competition and will be assessed by the jury on the basis of the documents submitted and the selection criteria.

The submission of more than one competition entry per participant is permitted.

Formal framework conditions

The following conditions apply for all submissions to the competition:

  • All rights to the competition entry remain with the entrant. The entrant shall ensure that his competition entry is free of third-party rights.
  • The entrant is liable to the organizer of the competition for ensuring that the entry/the submission do not infringe any rights of third parties.
  • Where appropriate, the entrant will indemnify the organizer of the competition against all claims and possible expenses incurred by third parties as a result of an infringement.
  • When sending the submission documents, the entrant agrees that the submitted works (photographic material, etc.) may be used by the organizer of the competition in the context of the application, documentation and reporting on the competition and shall grant the organizer all necessary rights of use. The rights of use of the organizer are not exclusive, but are unlimited in time and space and apply to all known and unknown types of use.
  • The organizer of the competition is entitled to pass on the personal data of the participant obtained in the context of the competition, such as names or photographs, to third parties such as cooperation partners and media. If such disclosure is not desired, the entrant will inform the organizer in writing at the time of submission about the data to which the request for non-disclosure relates.
  • The privacy statement published on the website of the organizer of the competition applies:
  • Should individual provisions be invalid, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions.
  • There is no legal entitlement to the award of a prize or prize money.

Documents to be submitted

  • Naming of a contact person for matters relating to content, with contact data including telephone number and email address
  • Company description (max. 1,500 characters)
  • Presentation of the competition entry (max. 3,000 characters)
  • Description of the innovation-related unique selling points – what is new about the competition entry? (max. 3,000 characters)
  • Presentation of the data protection and data security concept (max. 1,500 characters)
  • Where appropriate, photographs and drawings as attachment (max. 3)

Contact for enquiries

We will be available for enquiries, comments and suggestions during the whole of the competition.

Betül Özdemir
Advisor Open Data
Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises
Martin-Luther-Straße 105
10825 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 9013-8250

You will find all information about the competition here.

For further information please contact:

Jens Möricke
Project manager
Potsdamer Platz 10
10785 Berlin
Tel.: + 49 (0)30 408191-284