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October 16, 2020

Six finalists at the Smart Country Startup Award

▪ Startups from Berlin, Bochum, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne and Munich have made it to the finals

▪ The winners will be decided on 27 and 28 October at the Smart Country Convention

▪ Pitches to take place for a total of 10,000 euros in prize money in the categories E-Government and Smart City

Six startups want to ensure that local authorities offer better online services and that towns and municipalities become smarter. On 27 and 28 October at the Smart Country Convention, the winning startups with the best ideas and solutions will be chosen in the categories E-Government and Smart City. That is when the finalists at this year’s Smart Country Startup Award, who have made it to the finals from about 100 contestants in the first round, will have to impress the audience. It is they who will decide the winner by casting their votes online. In addition to their new titles, the two winners in the respective categories will each receive prize money totalling 5,000 euros and free Get-Started membership. “The coronavirus pandemic has clearly shown us how important digital technologies are in order to make our everyday lives crisis-proof. The Smart Country Startup Award highlights the many startups who have developed solutions that are ready to be implemented“, said Jenny Boldt, head of Startups at the digital association Bitkom. “The Smart Country Convention, which this year is taking place online, is an outstanding platform for innovative startups, where they can present themselves to representatives of local authorities, at federal, state, town and municipal level and make contact with each other.“


The Smart Country Startup Award is organised by Get Started, the startup initiative of Bitkom, and supported by Messe Berlin and Smart City Berlin. Full details of the competition can be found at The finalists competing for the Smart Country Startups Award are:

E-Government (pitches on 27 October)

▪ ShiftDigital (Bochum):  ShiftDigital from Bochum has developed a digital toolbox that is tailored to the needs of local government. Their solution makes it possible to fully mirror administrative procedures in digital form and integrate existing systems at the same time.

▪ SoSafe (Cologne): the aim of SoSafe, a startup from Cologne, is to raise awareness for IT security among local authority employees, accompanied with coaching. Interactive eLearning and phishing simulations teach employees the necessary skills for what to look out for when handling emails, passwords and social media. Employers receive a data protection-compliant anonymised breakdown of results so that they can measure progress.

▪ Urbanistic (Munich): Urbanistic from Munich has made it its goal to digitalise the highly complex processes involved in urban planning. With the help of digital technologies the aim is to be able to display all the relevant information and possible effects of decisions in order that those responsible can improve their decision-making.


Smart City (pitches on 28 October)


bundle (Garbsen near Hanover): bundle regional, a startup from Garbsen near Hanover, has developed a smart city platform. This offers towns and municipalities a comprehensive digital solution for bringing local government, citizens and all other players together and ensuring they are interconnected.

▪ FlyNex (Hamburg): FlyNex from Hamburg makes it possible for companies to fly a drone at the touch of a button and use it to collect data. As a platform for “urban air mobility“ and digital drone management this product mainly targets the construction industry, utilities and facility managers.

▪ Metr (Berlin):  Metr from Berlin aims to make managing residential space more efficient and sustainable – using data-driven facility management. To achieve this, metr has developed an intelligent building management platform for the housing industry, based on big data and AI, that interconnects the many standalone solutions in the smart building market.


About the Smart Country Convention:

Digitalised local government and developing smart cities in Germany are the main topics at the Smart Country Convention. Combining a congress and networking events, a Special Edition will take place on 27 and 28 October 2020 as a virtual event. Day one focuses on E-Government and day two on the Smart City.The Smart Country Convention targets representatives at federal, state and district level, cities, municipalities and local companies. For more information and in order to register free of charge please visit