June 07th 2022

Innovation at MCI: These are the winners of the MCI Creativity Awards 2022

The Entrepreneurial School® honors its students’ innovative business concepts | Enormous potential and promising market opportunities

The MCI Creativity Award honored outstanding business and product ideas from its students. 81 students demonstrated their creativity, their innovative potential and their entrepreneurial spirit. The submissions reflect the entire range of study and research programs offered at MCI and come from disciplines in economics and social sciences as well as technology and life sciences.

A jury of experts reviewed the 37 business ideas submitted in a demanding multistage process and nominated eleven finalists. In addition to prize money for the first five places, newspaper subscriptions were awarded to all prize winners in cooperation with the daily newspaper "Die Presse". Special prizes were also awarded in the categories "Project with Greatest Social Impact" and "Concept for Best Implementation". The three best teams are also invited to selected focus sessions at the I.E.C.T. - Summer School 2022, where they will present their entrepreneurial idea as part of "Idea meets Business".

The following ideas convinced the jury and earned a place in the top 5:

1st place: Sebastian Seewald and Simon Deiser

(Master program Mechatronics & Smart Technologies)

"PORI - Portable Rehabilitation Interface": PORI offers an innovative solution for home-based, effective stroke or accident rehabilitation with a focus on the motor-sensory function of the hand. Its strength is the innovative combination of hardware and software components: The former are low-cost and portable, yet provide propulsion; the latter are patient-specific and adaptive, increasing motivation for longer-term use.

2nd place: Victor-Emanuel Westerthaler
(Master program Tourism & Entrepreneurship)

"YourLove2Lock": YourLove2Lock offers cities and districts an efficient solution to offset the public costs of refurbishing and maintaining lovelocks. This means that the padlocks attached to bridges, for example, will no longer be a problem in the future.

3rd place: Daniel Bayer
(Bachelor program Business Administration Online)

"Fingu": Insufficient financial education is a major problem in today's society. Fingu is dedicated to solving this very problem, guiding its users through the challenging world of finance. Users can participate in the financial market and manage der finances independently.

4th place: Kevin Mack, Peter Grabowitz and Felix Engelmann
(Alumni master program Biotechnology)

"LabNode": LabNode is a software for managing research data. All entries are machine readable and the system understands relationships between data and documentation. LabNode maps the entire R&D workflow and will become the SAP of the lab.

5th place: Anna Oberprieler, Nadine Spranger and Ramona Schmitz
(Master program Biotechnology)

"CRISPR-based diagnostic testing platform": The CRISPR-based testing platform enables fast, specific and inexpensive detection of bacterial and viral pathogens and combines the advantages of PCR and antigen testing in corona testing, for example.

Special award "Project with Greatest Social Impact": Julia Baumgärtner
(Bachelor program Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management)

Hofleben e.V. - Lern- und Erlebnisbauernhof: The project "Hofleben e.V. - Lern- und Erlebnisbauernhof" develops sponsorship concepts for multifunctional agriculture using the example of farm kindergartens and makes an important contribution in the social sector.

Special prize "Concept for Best Implementation": Martin Moser and Christian Gfader
(Bachelor program Mechatronics, Design & Innovation)

MCI Fire Tech: The two MCI students have developed an automated device for winding fire hoses and were able to convince as the concept most ready for implementation.


MCI would like to thank the partners of this year's Creativity Award Startup.Tirol, Industriellenvereinigung Tirol, Handelskammer Schweiz-Österreich-Liechtenstein, I.E.C.T. - Hermann Hauser and the daily newspaper "Die Presse" for providing cash and non-cash prizes worth 13,000 euros.

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