Startups and sustainability in Hamburg

More and more startups in Hamburg are keen on producing sustainable products and associated services. Sustainability is a major, overarching topic, which can be implemented and applied in a variety of ways in many areas and industries.

Startups and sustainability in Hamburg
Photo: BEEsharing

Hamburg News presents some of the Hamburg-based startups focusing on sustainability:

Energie-Bo focusing on sustainable energy consumption

The Energie-Bo startup is keen on making the energy sector easier, fairer, cheaper and more sustainable for the end customer with its Wechsel-Bo service. The independent service for electricity and gas, which reminds customers to switch suppliers every year, is the startup’s first product. Energie-Bo also wants to sensitize end consumers to sustainability and motivate them to switch to environment-friendly electricity. To this end, the startup also offers a comparison portal for electrical appliances and a shop for energy-efficient products.

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Bees are essential for pollination, increase the harvest and vegetable growers’ yields of fruit as well as improving quality. The BEEsharing startup provides an online platform that brings beekeepers and farmers together. Beekeepers can offer their bee colonies for pollination, while farmers and gardeners buy the service for their plants. BEEsharing takes charge of mediation and logistics.

Cleaner air with Breeze

The Hamburg-based startup Breeze is developing the future of environmental sensor technology and analytical software. The miniature air quality sensors measure pollutants, e.g. soot, nitrogen oxides, ozone and fine dust. The special feature of the Breeze measuring system is its cloud link with a catalogue containing around 3,500 measures to improve the quality of air using algae walls, an air quality-dependent traffic management system or pollutant-filtering wall paints. Following successful indoor pilot phases, the founders’ major goal is now to spread their technology in cities to optimize pollutant management there.

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Digital forwarding agency

The Hamburg-based Cargonexx won the the [email protected] Pitch during the recently ended Reeperbahn Festival. The digital freight forwarder uses intelligent algorithms to reduce empty truck runs. Rolf-Dieter Lafrenz, founder and CEO of Cargonexx, explained the company’s goal: “If you like open roads and good air, you should vote for us.” The final saw five young startups from all over Germany vie against each other in seven minutes for a ticket to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas and a media budget of EUR 150,000 from Die WELTdaily. The award-winning startup recently won the Hamburger Gründerpreis 2018 (Hamburg Founder Prize 2018).

Hydrophil and the love of water

The Hamburg-based startup Hydrophil produces vegan, fair and “water-friendly” goods. The word “hydrophilic” is composed of the Greek words hydor (water) and philos (loving). So it is by no means coincidental that Christoph Laudon, Wanja Johannes Weskott and Sebastian Bensmann gave their newly founded startup in 2013 exactly this name. The three Hamburg residents got to know each other through their commitment to Viva con Agua, a non-profit association that works worldwide for unrestricted access to clean drinking water. Hydrophil now specialises in hygiene and body care products.

Social Impact Lab Hamburg

The Social Impact Lab Hamburg offers a wealth of information about social projects and also lends its support. The lab opened its doors in 2013 and has been supporting Hanseatic social entrepreneurs ever since. Scholarship holders of various support programmes can avail of coaching and consulting services as well as support setting up a social enterprise. The Lab also hosts events for all those interested in (social) entrepreneurship.

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This article was produced by Hamburg News.



Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.