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The better life in focus

The AI ​​prize for start-ups was all about sustainability.

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The better life in focus

The AI ​​prize for start-ups was all about sustainability. Three start-ups were each allowed to apply in a two-minute pitch. The participants in the Ernst Cramer Hall of the Axel Springer Building and the viewers on the Internet could decide. In the end, 50 percent chose the young company PlanerAI for the award.

And this is about food. Namely those that are thrown away. Founder Franz Seubert no longer wants to accept this in the future. "Food waste has been with me my whole life," says Seubert.

He grew up in his father's supermarket. He then met his partners Fabian Taigel and Jan Meller at the University of Würzburg. At that time, Meller and Taigel developed and optimized forecasting systems. Seubert, in turn, contributed his experience from the food industry. Franz Seubert is convinced: “What belongs together came together here.”

He knows: “Three million tons of food end up in the trash every year. And that's because of poor planning.” Frequently, these are goods that are actually still edible, but do not meet the strict freshness expectations of many customers. After all, hardly anyone wants to get a bun from yesterday packed in a bag at the bakery. As a result, many of the baked goods that weren't sold in time end up in the trash.

An absurdity for Franz Seubert. According to PlanerAI's vision, this amount should be halved in the next five years. Seubert: "We start with the producer and go all the way to the supermarket shelf." The problem should be tackled at the root. Only goods that are actually sold should come into the shops.

Their first product: BaeckerAI. “We have already been able to save 150 tons of baked goods from the bin with this.” People’s consumer behavior is also currently influencing the AI ​​models. This also applies to other fresh goods such as fruit, vegetables or meat products. In the long term, the young company from Würzburg is therefore planning to further develop the planning tool for these areas as well.

Twaice was another nominee for the AI ​​award. Lennart Hinrichs: "The company deals with the complex construction of batteries." AI is used to process the amount of information.

Waste Ant also applied. The founders Christian Müller and Maximilian Storp introduced the company in the pitch. The problem: waste is a very complex substance. The AI ​​used analyzes the waste in order to “make a greater contribution to the circular economy”.

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