Making an open call for ideas which aim to alleviate the modern challenges, urbanisation and food production, we knew we would be impressed by and captured in the might of creativity, ingenuity and novelty. And we were indeed! We opened a box filled with bright projects, idealist vision, creative thoughts, and much hope. Hope for a world to be more fair, business to be more humane, and people to be more empowered and more engaged in the issues of global concern.

Out of more than 50 applications, Impact Hub Munich and Munich Re pre-selected 15 to join the Jury Panel Event, after which the 8 finalists will be welcomed to join the cohort phase of the Fellowship.

1. Zipati, Matthias, Gunter, Laura, Sven, Julia, Stefan, Michael

Zipati provides a ` Smart-City-Concept`: It is an online platform and interactive map strengthening citizen’s participation in the development of their city. Through Zipati, can directly communicate their observations and ideas about infrastructure issues or communal problems to the municipal institutions. The vision of Zipati is to contribute to a sustainable and inclusive urban development, stimulating civil engagement and the sense of shared responsibility.

2. Hawa Dawa, Karim, Nikhil, Juan, Thilohawadawa

Hawa Dawa believes that air pollution is the world’s largest single environmental health risk. They introduce a portable device that measures your level of exposure to air pollution. The device will perform multiple functions, including information strorage, data processing and data crowdsourcing to an interactive map. The long-term ambition of Hawa Dawa is to create a community of health- and environmentally aware individuals. The Hawa Dawa Team is international and headquartered in Munich.

3. Useley, Mark, Paskal,  Lucy

Useley is an online platform designed for people to share electronic/household products.Logo_useley_final The application strives to establish a culture of sharing, providing the users with an infrastructure for hand-over – in the form of electronic lockers. The concept and technology promotes a sharing economy mindset. A reduction of resource consumption and less electronic waste is an important step towards a sustainable future.

4. Seeds of Hope, Tara, Evelyn, Julia

The team has developed a female empowerment approach for developing countries. They train the women in health and nutrition, sustainable gardening, literacy and sales. The topic of malnutrition is core to the team and Uttar Pradesh, India, is their starting point. The intention of the project is to free women the burden of malnutrition (focusing on key causes, such as illiteracy and unemployment, restricted diet, lack of health facilities, sanitation issues, and low status of women).

5. Chuck & Brisket  Florian, Evgeny, Steve, Martin

Chuck & Brisket builds an online platform developed to facilitate the ‘crowd-buy’ of local prime beef. Chucks and brisketThe project stands for a transparent-of-origin and sustainable approach to regional meat production. They bring together local producers and customers whilst excluding the middleman from the supply chain. The contribution of Chuck & Brisket lies in reducing the number of steps taken in the conventional supply chain, ensuring access to local qualified suppliers, as well as decreasing food waste.

6. Binee, Martin, Szilvia Varszegi, Florian, Marilu

Binee is a smart recycling system that includes smart bins, an online data-platform and mobile application. Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 15.07.18Binee provides an educational service for users on recycling practices and urban recycling infrastructure. Through gamification, we want to change the way people think about their waste by providing a fun and rewarding user experience and by showing the environmental impact of their recycling actions.

7. Co-packers, Boubacar, Tendai and Christina 

The Rwanda-based project aims to empower local farmers and rural enterprises with agro-processing services. Co-packers help to refine local products into high-value competitive products. They plan to provide a number of services including support in quality control, branding, processing, packaging, marketing and access to markets. Benefits of the project are increasing employment opportunities and income for youth and small business owners, whilst strengthening the rural economy.

8. Ohne, Hannah , Christina, Carlo
OhneOhne wants to become the first supermarket in Munich that doesn’t use any product packaging. The shop sells sustainable and regional products by working with suitable producers. All products are treated within the frame of ‘Zero Waste’ standards: „Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Rot“. The shop will be combined with a social cafe where various workshops and lectures will regularly happen. Ohne is scheduled to open at the beginning of 2016.

9. Ugly Fruits, Stefan , Barbara, Frederic, Isabelle, Gregor, Manuel, Giacomo, Daniel, Moritz

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 14.19.06Millions of tons of vegetables produced by farmers are either not collected from the field or simply thrown away. They are too ugly to be sold, or not well-shaped for transport. Initially starting out as awareness campaigns the project then grew to cooperate with food retailers. Ugly Fruits seeks to ensure that the producers receive a relevant additional income, strengthen local value chains, and promote regional seasonal food production. Currently the initiative works on expanding its network and working with smaller shops, catering centers, educational institutions, etc.

10.  Nachhaltigkeitslabor München, Mehtap, Sinan, Moritz

The goal of Nachhaltigkeitslabor München is to open a cooperative driven supermarket which prototypes and scales new solutions and products for a more sustainable society. The next steps are market research and building a network of stakeholders (individuals, companies, institutions and groups) that want to co-create and start-up the supermarket.

11. KOKOFU, Nikolaus, Bettina, MichaelKoKofu

The founding team was approached by the Munich network of ‘Hilfsorganisationen’ during the present refugee situation. They were asked to develop ‘something’ digital to foster the collaboration between organizations, volunteers and refugees. As a first prototype they have successfully developed the platform ‘’ for the Landeshauptstadt München and the Caritas. Now, the team aims to create digital solutions that enable trans-sectoral collaboration for societal issues.

12. EccoFood, Tommi, Ralf and Marc

EccoFood is a social media platform that connects agricultural producers, Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 14.17.58restaurant chains and consumers in online dialogue. The idea behind the project is to raise awareness and make agricultural producers transparent to the public. EccoFood supports regional & sustainable agriculture, together with fair and transparent value chains

13. Fisch mit Zukunft, Jonas, Jonathan and Svitlana

The team believes in the environmental benefit and the technological approach of Aquaponics. Aquaponics is a new agricultural technique combining Hydroponic (growing of plants in a soilless medium), and Aquaculture (controlled fish breeding). The technology has several resource-saving benefits, prevents soil erosion and groundwater contamination and is built upon a cradle-to-cradle approach. The team, consisting of engineers, has already created prototypes and now wants to further develop their business model.

14. Fluxbau, Julia and Christina

Eclosing from their work at the chair for sustainable entrepreneurship at TU Munich, Julia and Christina want to build a ‘beehive’, platform and network (analog and digital) that enables the ideation and creation of sustainable lifestyles. Through their collaborative approach they seek to make knowledge, experience and skills transferable throughout the network.

15. Permaculture Commons, Simon, Kati, Botho

Permaculture Commons aims to create an international, free and open education platform for sustainability. Offering the user tools, knowledge and skills to realize their personal impact on the world. The team emphasizes that digital technology and innovation brings about structural change within the status quo. They believe the key to achieving this is to empower people with knowledge.

On the Eight Billion Lives Fellowship: In 2025, around eight billion people will live on our planet. Together with Munich Re, Impact Hub Munich are looking for the best ideas to shape a sustainable planet in the face of an ever rising world population. The Fellowship “Eight Billion Lives” offers aspiring social entrepreneurs support to launch and accelerate their ventures. “Eight Billion Lives” aims to enable social entrepreneurs in one of the following two fields: 1) Urbanisation and 2) Food Production and Consumption.

Full information can be found here.