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David against David

In the Founders Fight Club at SCALE11 in hall 11, startups are fighting it out in the ring. Their weapons? Not boxing gloves, but rather words. Who will defend their business model the best? And who will find the weaknesses in the others?

16 Mar. 2016
CB 2016 Fightclub

From Tuesday to Thursday, ambitious entrepreneurs will be pitching their ideas to a discerning audience in the ring of the Founders Fight Club. It will be a test of strength – one that motivates the entrepreneurs and delivers concrete opportunities for improvement. And best of all – the event is great fun!

In the ring today: Dr. Jama Nateqi from the diagnostic search engine Symptoma and Radu Diaconescu from Swie , a startup that wants to speed up the automation of the electronics industry. The founders presented their companies in three rounds. Afterwards, the jury explained what they saw as the problem areas of each "opponent".

Swie sees itself as the "Uber of manufacturing". It wants its automation solutions to make the production process for electronics five times more efficient and three times cheaper. Swie’s rival: the medical database Symptoma, which identifies a possible diagnosis — and its probability — after a user types in certain health problems. This is not for fun — Symptoma is meant to save lives.

That impressed the jury, which includes experienced sponsors from the startup scene, including the DB Accelerator Program and Ecosystem, a startup from Düsseldorf. After some challenging questions ("How do you define success?"), the medical startup emerged as the winner, and tonight it faces its next opponent.

On Thursday will be the last event day for the Founders Fight Club at CeBIT. Starting at 3 pm in hall 11, the "anti Tinder" startup mazel and ShareDnC , described as the "Airbnb for offices," will battle it out.