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October 24, 2019

LiveEO and Polyteia win the Smart Country Startup Award

Both startups deliver impressive pitches at the Smart Country Convention

Awards were presented for the most innovative ideas and solutions in the categories Smart City and eGovernment

The winners of this year’s Smart Country Startup Award have been decided upon: LiveEO and Polyteia made a big impression on the judges and visitors alike, and were the ones who prevailed among the six finalists pitching for an award at the Smart Country Convention at the CityCube Berlin. The Smart Country Startup Award is the innovation prize awarded to new companies with outstanding solutions for the public sector and is presented by Get Started, the startup initiative of the digital association Bitkom. A total of 100 startups submitted their innovative ideas and solutions in the categories Smart City and eGovernment. “Congratulations to this year’s winners, LiveEO and Polyteia! That was not an easy task for our panel, as there were a good number of excellent project ideas. I wish all of the startups who took part with their creative and above all innovative ideas every success“, said Ramona Pop, Berlin Senator for Economic Affairs and a panel member at the Smart Country Startup Award. “LiveEO and Polyteia presented ideas which impressed not only with their technology but also because they genuinely benefit citizens and the public sector“, said Jenny Boldt, head of the Startup department at Bitkom. “All the finalists demonstrated ways in which we can achieve smart cities in the future.“

LiveEO received the award in the category Smart City. This startup uses satellite images and their data, which is automatically analysed, to monitor large-scale infrastructure networks from above. This helps rail companies to keep track of vegetation near railway lines, for example. LiveEO can also monitor and keep underground pipelines well-maintained by identifying problem areas and minuscule earth movements.

The startupPolyteiaprevailed in the category eGovernment. Polyteia has developed intelligent control platforms for cities and municipalities. The startup offers modules for collecting data in various fields, which is presented in the form of daily reports and forecasts. Cities can use this information to forecast the number of kindergarten places they need for instance, in order to take early measures to meet demand.


Each of the winners received 5,000 euros in prize money, as well as a free ’Get Started’ membership and the opportunity to meet a large network of established companies, investors and contacts from the public sector and occupy a free stand at the Smart Country Convention.

The Smart Country Startup Award is supported by KPMG and Messe Berlin. The panel was made up of the following experts from business and politics:

  • Jens Heithecker, Divisional Head of Information & Communication, Messe Berlin
  • Sarah Heuberger, editor, Gründerszene
  • Valentina Kerst, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and the Digital Society, Thuringia
  • Kristin Müller, Investment Manager, HTGF
  • Ramona Pop, Berlin Senator for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises
  • Matthias Punz, Editor, Tagesspiegel
  • Dr. Ferdinand Schuster, Managing Director, Institute for the Public Sector, KPMG
  • Elizaveta Shcherbakova, Investment Team, Coparion

Full details of the competition can be found at Information on the Smart Country Convention is available at
Images of the award presentation will be available for downloading shortly.