That was InnoCamp36® 202120th/21st October 2021

And the winner is... 1st place for business models around smart locking systems

Management students from 25 nations had 36 hours to develop extraordinary ideas and solutions for ten well-known companies and to give free rein to their creativity. InnoCamp36 took place for the sixth time at the FH OÖ Campus Steyr. Only English was spoken in the teams and during the presentations.

"InnoCamp36 is an excellent opportunity to network the University of Applied Sciences, companies, students and pupils and strengthens the already excellent cooperation between business and the Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences," says initiator and programme director Margarethe Überwimmer.

The 89 participants had 36 hours to work on and present their project. The tasks came from well-known internationally oriented companies, including Berner, Business Upper Austria, Kappa Filter Systems, Lely, Merlin Technology, RUBBLE MASTER, STIWA, Sumitomo Demag, Trotec and voestalpine. At the end, each group had to present their project to the jury within exactly 360 seconds.

Project about marketing and sales of innovative, smart systems awarded first place

First place goes to the STIWA team, which developed exciting solutions for future markets and the distribution of innovative, smart systems. The hard work of the winners was rewarded with a lucrative  prize.

Josef Brandmayr, Managing Director of STIWA Advanced Products: "We are proud of our InnoCamp36 project team. The students and pupils from a wide range of nations generated exciting and innovative approaches to solutions for the market entry of innovative, smart locking systems. We look forward to putting the ideas and content into practice in the future."

"InnoCamp36 is a great platform to get in touch with exciting companies and to solve problems of the future with students and pupils from different nations," says student Carola Kressl (35) from the GSM Master's programme. She and her team won first prize for the company STIWA.

Second prize goes to the project group from Merlin Technology. It was about innovative sales strategies around humidification technologies.

The team from Kappy Filter Systems came in third place with the development of innovative concepts to raise awareness among decision-makers about preventive health and well-being in offices and salesrooms.

Initiator Margarethe Überwimmer is proud of the results: "Everyone did a great job. The atmosphere was excellent, and the participants were totally committed. InnoCamp36 stands for networking between universities of applied sciences, companies, students and pupils."

About InnoCamp36

The InnoCamp36 was initiated by Margarethe Überwimmer, Head of the Global Sales and Marketing programme at the FH OÖ Campus Steyr,and took place for the sixth time this year. Ten companies and one project group of nine members each - including students, exchange students and pupils - were motivated to participate this year. The groups have 36 hours to work out their ideas on the questions posed by the companies on the topics of marketing and sales and have to present them to the jury in 360 seconds. The prize money is provided by the participating companies.

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The participating companies & sponsors:

  • Berner GmbH
  • Business Upper Austria – OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH
  • Lely Center Enns GmbH
  • Merlin Technology GmbH
  • STIWA Group
  • Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery GmbH
  • Trotec Laser GmbH
  • voestalpine Stahl GmbH