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Meet the 2018 Smart Start Award finalists


Meet the 2018 Smart Start Award finalists

We’re pleased to reveal the top 10 finalists in the KPMG Smart Start Award 2018:


  Aircloak – the first GDPR-grade anonymisation solution capable of providing high-quality analytics while maintaining strong anonymisation

  BANKSapi GmbH – using AI to create a digital link between banks and insurance firms

  Bilendo GmbH – a simple credit management platform for modern businesses

  Blockstate – modular blockchain infrastructure that reduces operational costs and streamlines processes for financial institutions

  Botconnect.ai – using AI to create the next best offer or action for customers based on available data

  Circula - automating travel expense management for small and medium sizes businesses

  claimBuddy – damage notifications digitally redesigned

  e-bot7 – integrated artificial intelligence for your customer service

  LABESTonline GmbH – cloud-based software solution that efficiently aggregates the inventories of companies and their logisticians according to the data requirements of the financing banks

  Picsure GmbH – using AI solutions to automate image-driven processes

Congratulations to these emerging tech providers for making it to the finals of this challenge, an initiative of KPMG Germany, in collaboration with the NORD/LB, the VHV Group and Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures.

These finalists will now have the opportunity to pitch their innovative business ideas to a top-class judging panel on Thursday 15 November. The winners will be selected during the event and prizes will be awarded for the best pitches and business ideas to help these start-ups to scale.

Wishing them all the best of luck for the pitches, we look forward to seeing who the winners are.



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