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From BIPA challenge to your own start-up

6.7.2022 | DIT Public Relations

Since 2020, the Deggendorf Institute of Technology (DIT) has been a partner of the Bavaria Israel Partnership Accelerator (BIPA). The programme brings together students from Bavaria, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and companies from Bavaria. The companies assign tasks to the students, who are supposed to work out innovative solutions as an international team. Last year, students Franziska Feldbauer and Marouane Khoukh from DIT took part. Using their example, the university wants to motivate other companies and students to take part in the programme. Only a few months later, Franziska and Marouane are now working on their own start-up.

They laid the foundation for it at the company PS Cooperation, which also participated in BIPA. They gave the students the task of thinking through the topic of warehouse management and Kanban in terms of digital possibilities. Franziska and Marouane had the right profile for this - as did Neama Al-Ali from the United Arab Emirates and Tom Tsukermann and Yuval Peretz from Israel. Through the organisers of BIPA, they were selected as a team for the PS Cooperation. Josef Gutsmiedl, who works at the PS Cooperation location in Eggenfelden, was on hand to mentor the team. For him, the exchange between university and company was exciting: "The students brought "innovative spirit" with them and came up with completely new approaches." He was impressed by the excellent result that the students produced in only two months and that corresponded exactly to the company's ideas. The fact that Gutsmiedl is still in contact with Franziska and Marouane after the BIPA programme is all the more gratifying. Franziska and Marouane would like to further develop their start-up idea "WhereHouse" together with him and their mentor Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dorner. WhereHouse is an AI-based solution for providing a digital twin for warehouses. Students and companies can participate in BIPA again this year. Companies can e-mail startupcampus@th-deg.de. Students apply online at: https://bip-accelerator.com/. The 2022 programme starts on 17 October with a workshop in Munich and ends on 14 December with a workshop and presentation of the results in Be'er Sheva.

BIPA is organised by the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship in Munich, the OTH Regensburg, Tech7 and the Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi.

Bild (DIT): Continuing to work together after the BIPA programme: Marouane Khoukh, Franziska Feldbauer, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dorner and Josef Gutsmiedl.