I want to tell you about our great idea – what it is all about and how we got it funded.
ÜberEnergy is a small but dedicated and innovative group of researchers who are passionate about energy efficiency and smart energy. In 2016 we moved from Silicon Valley to Berlin to take advantage of Germany’s favorable political and business environment for greener energy. We had lots of ideas, but concentrated on one to take to the next level. We knew it was sound, but needed funding to turn it into a workable business concept.
ÜberEnergy participated in the launch of the Get Started Energy Network, organized by Bitkom and hosted in Google’s office in Berlin, on DATE. The launch featured a panel discussion involving established players in the energy field, startups and politicians about the role of startups in Germany during the energy revolution and the next steps in the “Energiewende”. The launch was a great opportunity for ÜberEnergy’s founders to talk about the challenges faced by startups in the energy field in Germany.
Thorsten Herdan – head of Energy Policy within Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) – was an active participant in the panel discussion. He expressed his willingness to work with startups on the next steps in the energy transformation. In his opinion, the legislature needs to facilitate digitalization, not create obstacles. ÜberEnergy is already excited about contributing to the next Get Started Energy Network discussion, to be held on June 23rd at Microsoft’s head office in Berlin.
Connect Ideas2Business is an annual conference organized by the Commerce Chamber (IHK) in Karslruhe in collaboration with KIC InnoEnergy, fokus.energie and Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum. The interactive format of the conference enables the presentation of products to other companies, investors and potential customers. ÜberEnergy was invited to present its innovations in the Smart and Efficient Buildings and Cities panel. Rolf Behrsing’s presentation generated a lot of interest from the audience; the pitch was followed by discussions with potential customers at the ÜberEnergy stand.
Is your organization more than a software development startup? If so, you might want to check out FabLab. We first came across FabLab Berlin through the GTEC, in which FabLab is a selected partner. FabLab is an open digital fabrication studio, which offers anything one could ever need for prototyping: 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers and other state-of-the-art technologies. In addition, FabLab offers introductory workshops for users of their devices. ÜberEnergy staff members have already completed training sessions on 3D printing and Auto Fusion 360; they enabled us to start printing the casing of our product, designed by the Californian designer Joseph Knight. Thanks to the great staff at the FabLab, our prototyping is progressing at top speed!
Interested in the European Startup Tech Scene? Pioneers Festival could be a great venue for you! ÜberEnergy was one of 500 startups selected by the Pioneers team to attend and present products at the Vienna 2016 edition of the festival. It was a fantastic chance to meet like-minded entrepreneurs and listen to exciting presentations from VC or Techstars mentors. We came back to Berlin full of new ideas about how to improve our product. As a bonus, ÜberEnergy’s participation in Pioneers 2016 resulted in strong interest from the media. Several online news sites have spread the word about our innovative energy-saving technology. Stay tuned for more!
Straight after a busy and productive Pioneers Festival in Vienna, on May 26th ÜberEnergy presented to the Cleanweb Berlin Meetup participants. This Meetup was dedicated to the role of machine learning in Green Tech. The first speaker, Professor Marius Kloft, gave an amazing introduction to the field of machine learning (ML) with an emphasis on how ML can contribute to sustainability. ÜberEnergy followed with a concrete example of how occupancy prediction and ML can maximize energy efficiency.
After the presentations, Anna Bickenbach led the fish bowl where we dived into discussion about the future of sustainability. The audience supplied multiple visionary ideas about automating energy efficiency. We all agreed that we’re entering a new era in which technology enables enormous reductions in our carbon footprint. Thanks to all the attendees for a great event!
Bitkom continues the dialogue between the politicians and startups about the future of the Energiewende. Oliver Krischer together with representatives from the industry including Grid Singularity, Enersis, Trianel and ÜberEnergy discussed the needs of digitization in Germany.
The Machine Intelligence Summit showcased opportunities of advancing trends in AI & machine learning with experts in NLP, computer vision, neural networks, object recognition, and explored how it will impact transport, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and more. ÜberEnergy was invited to present at the summit. Rolf Behrsing, CEO of the ÜberEnergy received a lot of great questions from the audience.
On September 27th 2016 took place the start up night. 10 innovative startups were chosen to present the state of art technology developed in Germany in the field of energy. Rolf Behrsing presented a great pitch! Afterwards, Achim Fehrenbach from the Tagesspiegel conducted an interview with Rolf. What a great night!