Micro-gym to audio walk: Five Hessen Ideas Grants go to Kassel

The project "RhönReisen ohne Footprint" by Dorothea Griep, Anne Mack, Olga Turiel Dorofeeva (Kunsthochschule Kassel) is funded with the Hessen-Ideen-Stipendium.

No fewer than five new Hessen Idea Fellowships are going to the University of Kassel - this program supports innovative start-up ideas from universities in Hesse. The Kassel teams are competing with projects ranging from micro fitness studios and audible local history to AR systems for production in companies.

"Our society needs many bright and creative minds who provide solutions to the challenges of our time with fresh ideas and innovative products, services and business models. With Hessen ideas, we motivate potential founders from universities to take the path to self-employment and support them in the transition from an entrepreneurial idea to a convincing business concept. In this way, we are jointly shaping a society that is resilient, capable of change and fit for the future. I congratulate the teams on their successful application for the Hessen Ideen Stipendium and wish them courage and perseverance on their entrepreneurial journey," says patron Angela Dorn, Hessen's Minister for Science and the Arts.

The Hessen Ideas Scholarship is a six-month scholarship program for university students and graduates with an affinity for entrepreneurship who are in the early stages of developing an innovative, knowledge-based, entrepreneurial business idea. A total of 14 scholarships will be awarded to teams from six universities in this round.

From Kassel, the following teams prevailed

historyHYPE (Lukas Ferber, Marvin Kinkele, Josephine Prkno): historyHYPE wants to make the history of parks, cities and other places tangible with individual listening stations and audio walks.

RhönReisen ohne Footprint (Dorothea Griep, Anne Mack, Olga Turiel Dorofeeva): RhönReisen supports the trend toward sustainable vacations in local recreation areas by offering new types of overnight accommodations and restrooms in close proximity to hiking trails.

Representation Alliance (Mehmet Eren Aslan, Kay Clobes, Alejandra Lukas): The Substitute Alliance creates a pool of student teachers who are available for substitute work and supervision.

Fortis Studios (Jan Poguntke): Fully automated micro-gyms are installed in small commercial and office spaces that athletes or personal trainers can book by the hour.

CoARTec (Johannes Pfleging): CoARTec develops digital assistance systems for manufacturing in companies. Using AR technology, functions such as remote support, assembly instruction, ergonomics monitoring and robot collaboration are possible.

The grant funding consists of two elements: monetary support and an accompanying accelerator program. The monetary support of up to 2,000 euros per month per scholarship holder is intended to give the founding teams the freedom to focus on working out their idea. At the same time, they are supported in working out their business idea with the Ideas Accelerator, an overarching coaching and workshop program.

Hessen Ideen is an initiative of the State of Hessen, Hessen's universities and Hessen's companies. With the pillars Hessen Ideen Stipendium, Hessen Ideen Wettbewerb, Hessen Ideen Crowdfunding and the Hessen Ideen Hochschulnetzwerk, entrepreneurial ideas are to be discovered and promoted at the universities.
The initiative is coordinated by UniKasselTransfer at the University of Kassel in cooperation with HIGHEST from the Technical University of Darmstadt. The state of Hesse is supporting the Hessen Ideen initiative with 5.4 million euros until 2025 as part of the Hessian Higher Education Pact.

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