What problem would you want to solve with #AI? Under the motto “Change the world with your #AIdea,” the Open Idea Competition by hessian.AI challenges participants to propose solutions using AI.
The competition addresses people, who want to explore the possibilities of AI further to tackle challenges of a social or economic nature.

Key highlights:

Choice: Participants have the freedom to present their ideas to the public OR seek feedback from experienced mentors and to quitly develop their ideas further.

Support: Workshops and events during the application phase provide opportunities to refine project ideas and deepen understanding.

Opportunity: Pre-selection for video pitches and potential advancement to the finalist stage offer avenues for recognition and collaboration.

Key dates:

Application Phase

April 25 – July 2, 2024

Competition Phase Begins

July 3, 2024

Jury Meeting

Early September 2024

Award Ceremony

End of September 2024

The competition aims to drive positive impact and shape the future of AI. Ready to embark on a transformative AI journey? Join the Open Idea Competition and be part of a community striving to change the world with their #AIdeas. Just start and find out where your #AIdeas will take you.

The shortage of skilled workers, the increasing flood of information due to digitalisation and new needs of citizens make it necessary for the state to explore the potential of AI. On the face of it, public administration has particularly good prerequisites for the use of AI: Many administrative processes are highly structured and the execution steps are usually clearly regulated. Last but not least, the public sector has a large amount of data at its disposal. This blog post shows where public administration is already using AI, what role start-ups play in this and where the challenges lie.

AI use cases in the administration

The application of AI in the public sector today goes beyond test trials and pilot projects. A wide variety of administrative areas are already using AI in operations. Systems based on machine learning support the verification of documents, such as study certificates, which may be necessary for applying for child benefit. At customs, image recognition is used to identify counterfeit products. In the internal IT infrastructure of public authorities, AI is used to predict the overloading of server landscapes or recognise anomalies in data streams. However, AI systems are also increasingly penetrating the ‘front office’ of the administration, where the state and citizens meet directly. In an international context, for example, AI is occasionally used to improve counselling for the unemployed. There are also many other applications of AI in the public sector; the EU alone had collected over 680 use cases in its member states by the end of 2021.

Startups help to realise the potential of AI in administration

AI can be used to automate processes and relieve employees of repetitive tasks. One example of a repetitive task is the processing of housing benefit applications in local authorities. A cognitive AI application from a company in Darmstadt can provide support here, enabling administrative staff to automate certain process steps independently, even without programming knowledge. However, a large number of complex decisions are also made in administration every day. For example, in statutory accident insurance: for every single accident at work or on the way to work, the responsible accident insurance provider has to check whether it is worth taking recourse against a third party liable to pay compensation. In collaboration with a data scientist startup, an AI-based system has been developed that identifies cases with a high probability of successful recourse proceedings.

With generative AI, the latest development in the field of artificial intelligence is also finding its way into public administration. The Baden-Württemberg state administration is already using a chatbot internally that supports employees in their text work using an AI-based language model. There are various government funding programs for the development of AI applications that are geared towards the common good.

Special framework conditions for the use of AI

Artificial intelligence offers many advantages for the administration. On the one hand, recurring activities that can be processed more efficiently with the help of AI can benefit. On the other hand, complex decision-making processes can be placed on a broader empirical basis with AI. Positive effects are expected both for administrative staff, who will be relieved of some of their workload, and for citizens, who will benefit from better government services. The administration is therefore already using AI in selected processes. However, the public sector is subject to special framework conditions in the fulfilment of its diverse tasks. High security and data protection requirements are reasons why it is likely to take some time before the potential of AI reaches the wider public sector. The European Commission’s AI Act will provide legal certainty in this context, and many are looking forward to its transposition into national law in the coming years.

Mareike Sirman-Winkler is a political scientist and researches artificial intelligence in public administration at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society. Her focus is on the normative conflicts, organisational challenges and behavioural consequences of AI-based innovations in social administration. She is doing her doctorate at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Oldenburg. Before that, she was a consultant in a federal ministry. The blog post reflects her personal opinion.

We’re on the brink of an exhilarating transformation in the AI landscape in Hesse and beyond, as the renowned AI Startup Rising Accelerator Program, “RISING,” unveils its latest cohort.
This year, RISING is set to catapult AI-centric startups into a new dimension of growth and innovation.

Meet the Game-Changers:

  1. Proteineer: Venturing into the depths of DNA sequencing with advanced deep-learned protein language models, they’re set to revolutionize protein discovery and accelerate research.
  2. Cyreen GmbH: Cyreen sets a new standard in in-store retail media by offering precise measurement and targeting opportunities to brick-and-mortar stores – basically a GDPR-compliant, offline web cookie.
  3. Persival GmbH: Specializing in perception sensor simulation software, their work is pivotal for AI-driven automated driving systems, expanding into various robotic and infrastructure applications.
  4. Veli GmbH: With a heart for elder care, they are revolutionizing safety at home based on the energy consumption data to enable a safe and worry-free life into old age.
  5. ANTICIPATE GmbH: Transforming manufacturing processes with an AI-based system to detect and reduce errors in manual assembly, enhancing efficiency and accuracy.

What’s in Store?

From November 2023 to April 2024, these startups will undergo an intense 5-month journey, equipped with a €10,000 prize, mentorship from AI experts, and exclusive, tailored workshops. They’ll gain invaluable insights in sales, VC-readiness, leadership, and storytelling, preparing them to navigate the challenges of scaling up and securing investments.

Connect and Grow:

This program isn’t just about acceleration; it’s a melting pot of innovation and collaboration. As these startups take on this transformative journey, they’re not just rising – they’re reshaping the future of AI.

Hessen Ideen Wettbewerb sucht zum achten Mal die besten Ideen aus den Hochschulen

Jetzt abstimmen: Online-Voting für hessischen Hochschulgründungswettbewerb gestartet

Im landesweiten Gründungswettbewerb von Hessen Ideen wetteifern in diesem Jahr 34 innovative Ideen um den Titel „Beste Gründungsidee aus einer hessischen Hochschule“. Im jetzt gestarteten öffentlichen Online-Voting können sich die drei Teams mit den meisten Stimmen einen Platz im Finale des Wettbewerbs sichern. Das Online-Voting läuft bis zum 19. Oktober. Zehn weitere Finalteams werden durch ein Gutachtenverfahren ermittelt.

Der Wettbewerb richtet sich an gründungsaffine Hochschulangehörige und Alumni aus hessischen Hochschulen, die sich noch in einem frühen Stadium der Ideenfindung für eine Gründung befinden. Ziel des Hessen Ideen Wettbewerbs ist es, die Gründungskultur an den hessischen Hochschulen nachhaltig zu stärken.

Alle hessischen Hochschulen waren aufgerufen, bis zu drei ihrer besten Gründungsideen für den Wettbewerb zu nominieren. 15 Hochschulen haben in diesem Jahr eine oder mehrere Ideen ins Rennen geschickt. Auch das Hessische Zentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz – Hessian.AI – durfte in diesem Jahr wieder Gründungsvorhaben nominieren.

Teilnehmende Ideen aus dem AI Startup Rising Netzwerk

Aus dem AI Startup Rising Netzwerk sind folgende Gründungsprojekte im Wettbewerb vertreten:


Der Hessen Ideen Wettbewerb steht unter der Schirmherrschaft der Hessischen Ministerin für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Angela Dorn. Erstmals ausgeschrieben im Jahr 2016, wurden bislang 293 Gründungsideen für den Hessen Ideen Wettbewerb nominiert. 

Öffentliches Online-Voting ist gestartet

Auf der Webseite von Hessen Ideen werden alle Ideen vorgestellt, die bis zum 19. Oktober Stimmen sammeln können, um in das Finale einzuziehen: Hier geht es zum Online-Voting. Die bis zu 13 Teams, die durch das Gutachtenverfahren und das Online-Voting in das Finale einziehen, pitchen vor einer Jury, die durch ihre Bewertung die Sieger*innenteams ermittelt.

Preisverleihung in Frankfurt

Bei der feierlichen Preisverleihung am 23. November pitchen die Finalist:innen noch einmal vor dem Publikum, anschließend werden die Gewinner:innen bekannt gegeben. Insgesamt 10.000 Euro Preisgeld werden auf die ersten drei Plätze verteilt. Zusätzlich erhalten alle Finalist:innen ideelle Unterstützung durch ein Pitch-Training, professionelles Feedback sowie 500 Euro Roadshow-Budget für Messeauftritte oder Marketing. Interessierte, die gern bei der Preisverleihung in Frankfurt im Publikum dabei sein möchten, können sich hier bereits anmelden.

Die Initiative Hessen Ideen

Hessen Ideen ist eine Initiative des Landes Hessen, der hessischen Hochschulen und hessischer Unternehmen. Neben dem Hessen Ideen Wettbewerb werden unternehmerische Ideen mit den Säulen Hessen Ideen Stipendium, Hessen Ideen Crowdfunding und dem Hessen Ideen Hochschulnetzwerk entdeckt und gefördert. Die Gründungsförderungen der Hochschulen arbeiten dabei in einem Netzwerk Hand in Hand zusammen, um den Gründer:innen eine möglichst große Bandbreite an Unterstützungsangeboten bieten zu können. 
Die Initiative Hessen Ideen wird von UniKasselTransfer an der Universität Kassel in Kooperation mit HIGHEST von der Technischen Universität Darmstadt koordiniert.

On September 1, 2023, in the beautiful evening setting of Darmstadt at Woogs-Cafe, we successfully hosted our first MedAI Roundtable.

Our mission was simple but powerful: unite MedAI startups to identify shared needs and spark innovation. With no formal agenda, startups introduced themselves, sharing their focus and highlight their topics of interests.

The evening buzzed with electric discussions among startup guests. Delectable food, drinks, and ambiance led to inspiring connections.

We are thrilled to report that numerous connections were forged, and discussions about potential collaborations are already underway. In fact, two groups have already begun working on a joint project together, and they’re eager to dive into the details in the coming days!

Thanks to the 22 participants from 10 startups and 2 companies: Multilingo Medical AI, MySympto, Deep LS, PreScriptAI, EinMind, mediEM, KardioIQ, ViSPA, Green Convenience, UnderstandUrself, Eloquest, and Innoplexus. Your enthusiasm was truley inspiring.

And special thanks to our AI startup coach Phillip Travers for designing and organizing the event!

Stay tuned for more MedAI innovation and collaboration updates!

Last Friday, August 30, 2023, marked a major milestone as we successfully hosted an innovative Proof-of-Concept Workshop (PoC) for pioneering AI Startups. This initiative by AI Startup Rising | hessian.AI aimed to empower pre-incorporated AI Startups who participated in our Open Idea Competition or received our Lean AI Startup Funding. The workshop aimed to prepare these startups for the upcoming AI Startup Competition starting on October 12, 2023. Stay tuned for more information!

Our journey began during a previous AI startup competition, where we identified a gap in supporting startups targeting B2B and B2G markets. PoC Projects emerged as a way to break into these markets, but challenges persisted. We addressed key questions about navigating this path pre-incorporation, managing intellectual property, taxation, and gaining customer trust.

The workshop, featuring legal experts, tax consultants, and a successful startup, received positive feedback from 10 participating dynamic startups. Their involvement validated the importance of these topics. Kudos to all participating startups for their valuable insights: MySympto, ArchiPlan, CloudMent, mindwaves, copyrAight, UnderstandUrself, MediEM, Bird Mapper, FLIPoQ, PrescripAI and Phont.

Special thanks to legal expert Tim Steininger, tax consultant Jürgen Jaschke, and Marco Limm from cre[ai]tion Gmbh for sharing your expertise with us and Phillip Travers, our AI Startup Coach, for designing and organizing the workshop.

The workshop’s success inspires us to do more! We’re excited to announce that we’ll host this workshop again during the AI Startup Competition 2023/24.