The start-up PLANNINGIO, a spin-off of the University of Hamburg, was awarded the Start-up Prize for Digital Innovations by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection. The founders are developing a software solution for the digitalisation and automation of production planning. They have been supported by beyourpilot since the beginning of 2022.
This year, the Start-up Award for Digital Innovation of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection goes to PLANNINGIO. The award underlines the joint commitment of beyourpilot and the University of Hamburg to enabling knowledge-based start-up projects and transferring research results into the economy through innovative companies.
The five founders (Dr. Justus Bonz, Dr. Nikolai Heinrichs, Dr. Matthes Koch, Dr. Markus Mickein and Dr. Nils Roemer) previously worked as research assistants at the Faculty of Business Administration and did research and doctoral work on topics in the field of mathematical optimisation.
PLANNINGIO develops a software solution for the digitalisation and automation of production planning. Complex production systems are mapped in detail (as a so-called digital twin) and optimisation algorithms determine suitable production plans for specific production scenarios. This enables companies to determine feasible and cost-minimising production plans at the push of a button, which leads to a more balanced workload for the workforce (less overtime), resilience against the shortage of skilled workers and environmentally friendly production. The planning software is based on research results obtained during a doctorate at the University of Hamburg. Since January 2022, the project has been accompanied by beyourpilot start-up consultant Imme Godthardt, who also supported the start-up in its successful EXIST application.
The start-up prize is awarded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and aims to promote the start-up culture in Germany, especially for innovative and technology-based start-up projects. PLANNINGIO was able to prevail against a large number of competitors. The competition jury particularly appreciated the technological innovation and the sustainability aspect, as optimised production always goes hand in hand with the conservation of resources.