Join the competition for startups and talents for IoT, VR/AR and digital business models. 

Wanted are ideas with the potential to disrupt the pharmaceutical production. Apply now and compete to win 10,000 Euro!

The competition

Accelerating the next level of pharmaceutical production

Startrampe is the competition looking for groundbreaking solutions and use cases of IoT, AR/VR or business models based on pioneering technologies powered by Uhlmann. As a leading global systems supplier and partner of the pharmaceutical industry, we offer our customers integral solutions comprising machines, components, software, and services.

Therefore we are looking for new ways and solutions to make the pharmaceutical production smarter. Are you ready to take off your ideas to accelerate the value chain of the pharmaceutical production with us?

startup track

Apply for the competition, accelerate your ideas and grow with our customer network.


Develop new ideas through a Hackathon and get a wild card for the Pitch event.

Winners of both tracks will be invited to the Pitch Event @ the PHARMAZING DAYS and will compete to win 10,000 Euro!

Areas we want to disrupt with you

Smart IoT/software applications

In the context of e.g.
* Smart Factory / IIoT
* Artificial Intelligence
* Data Analytics
… and more.

Augmented/ virtual reality

In the context of e.g.
*Human Machine Interaction
… and more.

Digital business models

In the context of e.g.
*Smart Contracts
*Digital Payment
*Industrial Subscription
… and more.

Your benefits

Refine your business model and fine-tune your pitch deck with the help of experienced mentors
Get in touch with potential clients, corporates and investors and establish promising relationships in the pharmaceutical ecosystem
Participate in the pitching competition at the PHARMAZING DAYS and get the chance to win 10.000 Euro to boost your startup growth

This was STARTRAMPE 2019

Eight startups provide insights into what the future of
pharmaceutical production may hold

At the finals of the first edition of the STARTRAMPE start-up and innovation competition, eight teams presented ideas and solutions that aim to improve value-added processes in the pharmaceutical industry by using new technologies such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR).

A wristband that allows to check devices and systems by gesture control. Software that uses Artificial Intelligence (Deep Learning) to automate industrial quality control and thus improves the production process. This sounds like visions of the future – but it is reality today and describes only two of the eight solutions that were presented at the grand finals of the STARTRAMPE start-up and innovation competition organized by Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG. The startups Kinemic GmbH (Karlsruhe) and deevio GmbH (Berlin) were able to convince the judges and can now look forward to future cooperations with Uhlmann. The event took place at Uhlmann’s headquarters in Laupheim as part of the Pharmazing Days 2019.

The advancing digitalization contributes to the emergence of a multitude of new technologies for which more and more application cases and scenarios are conceivable. The final round of the STARTRAMPE start-up and innovation competition showed the new opportunities and possibilities that arise for pharmaceutical production and packaging in particular. The so-called Pitching Day marked the highlight of the format, which was initiated this year for the first time by one of the ‘hidden champions’ of the region – the family business Uhlmann Pac-Systeme GmbH & Co. KG – in cooperation with the business initiative Baden-Württemberg:Connected (bwcon GmbH). The aim of STARTRAMPE competition was to find – in cooperation with young companies – new solutions and applications for technologies such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Virtual and Augmented Reality (AR & VR) or digital business models that could create long-term competitive advantages within the ecosystem of pharmaceutical industry ‘The format gives us the opportunity to get to know startups for future joint developments and partnerships and to radiate our innovative strength to customers and competitors,’ explains the representative of Uhlmann. Of a total of 38 international applicants, eight start-ups were particularly convincing. In addition to the chance of winning €10,000 in prize money, the finalists also had the prospect of a joint cooperation project with Uhlmann or the support in the realization of a proof-of-concept.

The final pitch was preceded by a Coaching Day where the finalists got to know each other for the first time and gained an impression of Uhlmann. In addition to the participants from Berlin, Cologne and Dresden, the startup Tongadive in particular took on a long journey: Anubha Dixit, founder and CTO of the company, travelled from Berkshire, England, to present her product TraceKen – a system based on blockchain technology that allows products to be traced easily, securely and transparently within the supply chain. During the trial pitches, the teams received valuable feedback from the coaches of Uhlmann and bwcon, so that the afternoon could be used intensively for revision and fine-tuning of the presentations despite the high temperatures.

‘The format gives us the opportunity to get to know startups for future joint developments and partnerships and to radiate our innovative strength to customers and competitors.’

The next day the big moment had finally come: After introductory words by Kathrin Günther, Head of Digital Solutions at Uhlmann, the eight finalists presented their solutions to the audience and the jury in 5 minutes each. In the following round of questions, each startup had to face the jury’s scrutiny and concretize points such as business model, financing or technology. In addition to Norbert Gruber, CEO and Managing Director of Uhlmann, and Dr Jürgen Jähnert, CEO of bwcon, the jury was completed with an external member from Uhlmann’s customer base, Dr Claudia Roth, Vice President of Innovation Management at Vetter Pharma-Fertigung GmbH & Co. KG.

Two teams were able to impress the jury with their solutions. Christoph Amma, founder of Kinemic GmbH, and his team were awarded with the opportunity to further develop their own product vision in the form of a proof-of-concept in cooperation with Uhlmann and Vetter. The startup was convincing with its wearable gesture control system, which can be worn on the wrist and allows the simple control of machines or the documentation of processes in real time. Beyond that, Deevio founder Damian Heimel was awarded with a strategic cooperation project with Uhlmann and a prize money of €10,000. The Berlin-based startup uses Artificial Intelligence to create Deep Learning models by analyzing ‘good’ and ‘bad’ product images within the production process and thus training itself. As a result, it enables the quality management of complex processes to be improved and automated.

Last but not least, the first edition of the STARTRAMPE start-up and ideas competition ended with a final get-together. For the participating start-ups as well as for Uhlmann and its customers, though, the final pitch on the 27th June 2019 in Laupheim rather just marked the beginning of exciting new projects and cooperation.