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Startup News KW 33 | How much time does a German citizen spend on the Internet?

In calendar week 33, we talk about application deadlines for upcoming events, chocolate that isn’t chocolate, financing rounds, and we answer the question of how much time a German spends online in his or her life.

  • Events
    • eco://award 2021
    • ALSO Startup Award
  • Innovations and developments in the startup scene
    • Tighter testing requirement for the unvaccinated
    • Crowdinvesting platform ecozins
    • Financing round for insect breeding startup
    • The healthiest chocolate in the world that isn’t chocolate
  • Study
    • Germans spend 25 years of their lives online

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eco://award 2021

The application deadline for the eco://award 2021

is extended until August 30, 2021. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place on December 8, 21 as part of Cloud Expo Europe at the Frankfurt a. M. trade fair. Companies still have the opportunity to apply in 6 categories.

The categories are Datacenter Infrastructure, Security, Startups, Cloud & Hosting,


the two categories eco://award Ladies in Tech and Sustainability

For more than 20 years eco, the largest association of the Internet industry in Europe with 1,100 members, has been honoring forward-looking companies and their solutions with the eco://award


ALSO supports young technology companies

For the eighth time, ALSO is calling for entries to the ALSO Startup Award

. All companies that offer innovations for the IT industry are invited. Interested companies can apply until August 31.

Winners will have the opportunity to drive the commercialization of their products through access to the ALSO ecosystem. With over 110,000 resellers and in a total of 90 countries worldwide, this offers an excellent opportunity to check the scalability of your own setup. In doing so, ALSO can support the winners with IT or manpower equivalent to up to 20,000 euros if additional effort is needed to launch or improve marketability.

To apply for the Startup Award, young companies must submit a business case presentation in which they present their business model and explain the potential and innovative power of their idea for the IT industry.

Interested companies should send their application for the ALSO Startup Award directly to [email protected] using the #startupaward.

Innovations and developments in the startup scene

Tightened testing obligation for the unvaccinated: legally valid Corona self-test via cell phone camera from home

Bad Schwartau, August 19, 2021 – From August 23, a tightened testing and verification obligation will come into force throughout Germany as part of the fight against the Corona pandemic. At the federal-state summit of the Ministerpräsident:innen at the beginning of August, it was decided that unvaccinated and non-vaccinated people will need a current negative Corona test for indoor events from next Monday.

This affects sporting events and concerts, visits to clinics and care facilities, body-related services such as visits to the hairdresser, and indoor catering or air travel.

To date, only about 55% of Germany’s citizens:in are fully vaccinated, but already many testing centers are closing. In addition, test centers are often subject to charges when traveling abroad and can cost up to 179 euros per person, depending on the provider.

The provider therefore now offers the opportunity to conduct video-accompanied, verified and TÜV-certified Corona rapid tests comfortably from home online itself and to receive legally valid test certificates


These meet all the necessary criteria and are just as widely recognized as certificates from stationary test providers. This location-independent alternative means that in the future, the unvaccinated and non-vaccinated will no longer have to search for a test center, but can simply perform the test in front of their smartphone camera – whether in a hotel room or at home.

Sustainable crowdinvesting platform ecozins launches new participation opportunity for the expansion of the sustainable supply chain of an experienced textile company in Germany

Marburg, August 17, 2021

– Through the crowdinvesting platform, interested investors now have the opportunity to participate in the project “Green Textiles” with amounts as low as 100 euros and thus drive the expansion of the sustainable textile supply in Germany. For the capital invested, private investors will receive an attractive return over the next three years.

The project will further secure the supply chain of sustainable and fairly produced textiles in Germany.

An investment volume of 150,000 euros is available to interested investors via ecozins. Green Textiles GmbH is a company founded by the managing director of GI-Plant GmbH, which specializes in the purchase and distribution of ecological textiles as an intermediary for sustainable and fairly produced clothing.

Financing round for insect breeding start-up: Bayern Kapital invests in AgriTech pioneer FarmInsect

Landshut / Munich, August 17, 2021 – Bayern Kapital, the venture capital company of the Free State of Bavaria, is investing in FarmInsect. The Munich-based company develops automated insect breeding solutions for use as feed on farms.

FarmInsect enables farmers to fatten large numbers of insect larvae on their farms using regional residues to produce high-quality, protein-rich feed for chickens, pigs and fish.

In addition to the lead investors High-Tech Gründerfonds and Bayern Kapital, 5x Ventures, the Initiative for Industrial Innovators and several renowned business angels participated in the financing round totaling seven figures. The financing round was arranged by the BayStartUP investor network.

The healthiest chocolate in the world that isn’t chocolate

Aachen, 20.08.2021Startup develops the world’s first smelling chocolate – 200 bars in 10g can

Chocolate without fat? Without sugar? Without calories? An organic startup from Germany has succeeded in developing the world’s first “smelling chocolate.” It activates the happiness hormones dopamine and endorphins in the brain.

The small tin full of happiness has only 10g content. But the effect is equivalent to a total of 200 bars of chocolate. Yabbaduu is revolutionizing the chocolate market.

The way to the brain is through the nose,” says Fabian List, one of the founders of Yabbaduu. But how exactly does the chocolate drug work? “We have extracted the scent of organically grown cacao beans in an elaborate process. Yabbaduu is massaged under the nose and on the bridge of the nose. The chocolate-scented balm activates opioid receptors in the brain and immediately triggers feelings of happiness.”

Numerous medical studies show that just smelling chocolate makes you happy and releases dopamine and endorphins.

Yabbaduu is pure chocolate pleasure without chocolate. The small 10g can of happiness is enough for 200 applications and a single application lasts up to 1 hour. This is equivalent to 200 bars of chocolate and without a single calorie.

Yabbaduu is free of artificial and chemical additives. It is purely plant-based, water-free, vegan, microplastic-free, and of course, animal-free.

That’s it for this week’s Founder Friends Short News. Tune in again next week and maybe there will be news from your startup next week?


Our virtual reality: Germans spend 25 years of their lives online

08/17/21 A new study by VPN provider NordVPN presents new, surprising results: According to the study, every German spends an average of 24 years, 8 months and 14 days of his or her life online. In relation to the average life expectancy, which is 80.9 years, this is almost one third of the entire life.

In an ordinary week, people in this country spend a little more than 51 hours on the Internet


Of the 51 hours per week, more than 20 hours are spent on activities related to the workplace. The remaining almost 31 hours are distributed among various online activities. On average, Germans start surfing the web at 9:14 a.m. every day and do not log off again until 9:24 p.m.

Movies, social media and co. – German cyber life in figures

  • Streaming movies and TV. Germans spend the largest proportion of time per week – 5 hours and 19 minutes – streaming TV shows and movies on platforms such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
  • Music and YouTube. 4 hours and 19 minutes per week are devoted to watching videos, e.g. on YouTube, while 3 hours and 35 minutes are spent listening to music on Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer or other similar platforms.
  • Social media. In addition to streaming, networking is also particularly important to Germans. They spend 4 hours and 12 minutes scrolling through social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Online games and more. 2 hours and 36 minutes a week are spent on research, 2 hours and 32 minutes on online shopping and 2 hours and 29 minutes on games like Fortnite or Minecraft.

Graphic from the NordVPN press release

Germans give away their virtual data voluntarily

DATA PROTECTION is writ large in Germany – but not when it comes to virtual data protection. The survey reveals that almost 45% of Germans can no longer imagine a day without the Internet

. Most even depend on the Internet for their hobbies. The respondents also state that this dependence often leads them to divulge a lot of their personal and sometimes sensitive data. Here are a few examples:

  • Personal data. The most frequently published data includes first and last names (72.4%), date of birth (71.3%), full address (61.8%), relationship status (36.9%), job title (33.6%), as well as bank details (32.8%) and likes and dislikes (26.9%).
  • Images and more. In addition, one in five Germans revealed their clothing size (20.1%) and pictures of their family (14.7%).
  • What would you rather give up? When asked what they would give up if their personal data were permanently deleted from the Internet, Germans named smoking marijuana (57.2%), playing video games (40.2%) or drinking alcohol (39.5%).

graphic from NordVPN’s press release.

Here’s an overview of the exact times of our online activities:

Online shopping – 2 hours 32 minutes

Streaming TV shows / movies – 5 hours 19


Social media – 4 hours 12


Listening to music – 3 hours 35


YouTube & Co. – 4 hours 9


Organizing daily life – 1 hour 45


Research – 2 hours 36


Video calls – 1 hour 30


Games – 2 hours 29


Courses / tutorials – 1 hour 21


Looking up recipes – 1 hour 30


Working – 20 hours 6


Other – 4 hours 4 minutes = 51 hours 17


That’s it for this week’s Founder Friends Short News. Tune in again next week and maybe there will be news from your startup next week?

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