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key questions on air quality. What is more, it is possible to integrate data from third-party air measurement systems too. Other strong points include the company’s highly responsible approach to privacy and data protection. An outstanding startup that is already well-developed, Breeze is capable of greatly improving urban life through its recommendations for action in particular, while also providing potential usage scenarios for existing technologies. To honour the team’s innovative strength, entrepreneurial mindset and the willingness to collaborate, Breeze Technologies has been awarded the first prize of the Future Hamburg Award. 2nd place: traceless materials, Germany Traceless materials, a bio-economy startup, has created a holistic, eco-friendly alternative to plastic. The highly innovative technology developed by traceless now makes it possible to use by-products of the agricultural industry to produce storage- stable films, solid materials and wafer-thin coatings that are fully compostable. Yet this novel material has the same positive properties as conventional plastics. With its innovative plastic substitute, the company contributes to solving the global issue of plastic pollution. Founded in Hamburg in 2020 by two female entrepreneurs, traceless managed to secure a single-digit million investment in its first round of financing. Traceless materials uses its innovative power to tackle one of the most pressing global issues caused by plastic waste. The founders have the expertise regarding the relevant technology and have been able to translate this into a highly convincing sustainable business model that has the potential to reduce the ecological footprint of products considerably. Still in its early stage, traceless is currently preparing to enter the larger market. The Future Hamburg Award is proud to support this challenging and exciting journey towards market maturity. 3rd place: Infinite Mobility, Norway Founded in 2020, Infinite Mobility specialises in developing lightweight, solar-powered vehicles for urban mobility, offering innovative solutions for short inner-city journeys. The company is committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals – poverty alleviation, climate action as well as sustainable cities and communities in particular – by ensuring that their solar-powered tuk-tuks are not only cost-effective, but also safe and space-efficient. Infinite Mobility convinced the jury with its great range of usage opportunities and the high disruption potential of its forward-looking business idea. While the mobility market is still dominated by large corporations, small innovative companies are increasingly demonstrating that greater diversity can significantly

improve the quality of life in cities. In future, micro-vehicles will play a key role especially with regard to the “last mile” and will contribute to shaping life in the city. Precisely because Infinite Mobility is still in an early seed phase, the Future Hamburg Award will be glad to support the company in taking its vision to the next stage. Being the host to the ITS World Congress for Intelligent Transport Systems in October 2021, the City of Hamburg is certainly a fitting location for advancing this project. The following bonus prize winners will be provided with access to the test field at the HPA’s homePORT innovation campus: Blue Atlas Robotics, Denmark Blue Atlas Robotics aims to modernise underwater monitoring and the inspection of ships and other structures in the marine environment through cross-sector collaboration and autonomous analysis technology. The startup is currently working with a number of shipping companies on prototypes as well as KONVOI is dedicated to developing a preventive security system for parked lorries based on sensors and machine learning. The aim is to make the stopping and resting time of such vehicles much safer as robberies have become a major global issue here in recent years. Using state-of-the-art technology, KONVOI helps protect the security of parked lorries via an autonomous process, while at the same time increasing the safety of drivers. The Future Hamburg Award: a tailor-made support programme for sustainable high-impact startups Hamburg is one of the few European cities to have its own startup award. With the Future Hamburg Award, the city honours sustainable innovations in the fields of mobility, logistics and hydrogen. The award aims to help new enterprises test their innovative business projects in an urban ecosystem – projects that have the potential to become best-practice models and thus generate additional positive impact. With its international layout, Hamburg’s new startup award also serves as a bridgehead between Europe, the United States and other pioneering regions worldwide. The award winners will be able to advance their projects in Silicon Valley and in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and benefit from Hamburg’s excellent connections to key global markets. behalf of the City of Hamburg. More information at: customised product solutions. KONVOI, Germany

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