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Demo Day 2022 at ESMT Berlin: Optiwiser A.I. Solutions wins €5,000

Vali Berlin Demo Day 2022 at ESMT
Maximilian Köhler takes first place at this year’s Demo Day at ESMT Berlin with his startup Optiwiser A.I. Solutions, a cloud-based platform that enables AI-driven demand and inventory planning for food and beverages. With this, the founder beats five other startup teams and receives prize money of €5,000.

At the annual Demo Day, startup founders, investors, company representatives, and other members of the ecosystem come together to exchange ideas on the topics of entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition to keynotes and panel discussions, startups pitch their founding ideas. This year, the startups Boomering, Carovo, CBright,, FastSlow, and Optiwiser A.I. Solutions competed against each other. In total, the Demo Day 2022 had around 100 participants. 

The Demo Day, hosted by Entrepreneurship Hub Vali Berlin at ESMT, brings together the startup ecosystem in Berlin at ESMT and helps entrepreneurial students and graduates of ESMT to find investors and to further develop and implement their startup ideas. Together with Alexander Kudlich, general partner at 468 Capital and alumnus at ESMT, and Marc-Alexander Christ, co-founder of SumUp, the current macroeconomic situation and the future viability of the German startup scene were discussed at the Demo Day. Afterwards, the start-ups presented their start-up ideas, which were evaluated by a selected jury. This year's jury members included Joachim Behrendt, business angel and head of advisory board at Vali Berlin; Linus Dahlander professor at ESMT and holder of the Lufthansa Group Chair in Innovation; and Carla Schell, venture capitalist at Auxxo. The event was supported by Schalast Law | Tax

“With the ESMT Demo Day, Vali Berlin not only further educates ESMT students and alumni on entrepreneurship, but also establishes ESMT as a hotspot for entrepreneurship and innovation across the ecosystem. At the same time, they emphasize the entrepreneurial and creative thinking of our students and alumni. This year’s teams have once again come up with extraordinary and impressive startup ideas with great potential that address the pressing issues of our time,” says Baris Efe, manager and co-founder of Vali Berlin.   

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