The JKU start-up has won first prize in the international university competition.
AirMate, a start-up company with JKU involvement, was presented with the 2022 Danube Cup in Vienna in recognition of its outstanding innovative idea. Eight universities - from Regensburg in Germany all the way to Belgrade in Serbia - sent teams of entrepreneurs to the pitch competition in Vienna. The AirMate team from Linz, comprised of Melissa Leibetseder and Christopher Brummayer, placed ahead of the Vienna University of Economics and Business as well as OTH Regensburg. Together with Werner Baumgartner (Institute of Biomedical Mechatronics), the young entrepreneurs created a T-shirt designed to help prevent children from drowning. They are now starting their kick-off campaign to promote their invention in the infant safety sector.
The award was not only accompanied with €1,000 in prize money, Melissa and Christopher also won student tickets to VIVA Tech in Paris and tickets to IdeaLab, including mentoring sessions with experts. In addition, they can look forward to two temporary workspaces at the LIT Open Innovation Center at the JKU.
Click here to read an interview with Melissa Leibetseder.