Ununu awarded with the Music WorX Prize

13.11.2019Innovation

Ununu awarded with the Music WorX Prize

At the Music WorX Pitch 2019, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg's 5,000 euro prize for young, innovative companies from the music industry was awarded to Ununu on 12 November. The young company around Stefan Karl, Andre Angkasa and Shresth Agrawal convinced the seven-member expert jury with their concept of a digital collaborative work surface, which enables a seamless, transparent and secure handling of legal claims for music productions via an innovative kind of property documentation. The founding team, which took part in the Music WorX Accelerator in the last three months, prevailed with their business model against the competition from Germany, Denmark and Sweden. In addition to the prize awarded by the jury, Ununu also secured the audience prize worth 1,000 euros.

The second prize of 2,000 euros - provided and awarded by the music distribution company The Orchard - went to GigsGuide. The Swedish start-up created an online platform that helps travellers find music events near their destination.            

Another prize went to Tunecity, whose Augmented Reality app supports players in the music industry with a playful approach to marketing their offerings: The Hamburg-based start-up gains access to the xside conference and music event organized by the GSMA and the Sónar Festival in Barcelona and the opportunity to present its business model to international industry representatives. Tunecity received the prize from Georgia Taglietti, Head of Communication of the Sonár Festival in Barcelona and chairman of the global network for women in the music industry shesaid.so, who opened the evening with a keynote addressing the cultural significance and future of music.      

This year's jury consisted of the following experts: 

  • Dr. Astrid Bernicke, Head of Music Department, Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media. 
  • Dino Celotti, Senior Product Manager at The Orchard and founder of MembranLabs
  • Oke Göttlich, Founder and Managing Director, Göttlich GmbH
  • René Houareau, Managing Director Law and Politics, Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI)
  • Lena Ingwersen, Project Manager, Hamburg Music Business Association (IHM) & Music Cities Network
  • Egbert Rühl, Managing Director, Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft
  • Maximilian Teiwes, Digital Performance Manager, Warner Music Group Germany

The Music WorX Pitch marked the end of this year's Music WorX Accelerator, in which the participating teams Tunecity, Ununu, WARM, Street Artists and GigsGuide were provided with free jobs at WeWork Labs, workshops, coaching, networking with industry experts and financial support over a period of three months to foster the further development of their business concepts.

With Music WorX, the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media has been specifically promoting the development of innovative business models in the music industry since 2011. Since 2014 it has been organising the Music WorX Accelerator together with the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft. The programme is primarily aimed at Hamburg founders, but since 2017 it is also open to interested parties from all over Europe who would like to set up a start-up in the Hamburg. Successful companies such as Sofa Concerts, Groovecat, Fanvestory, Soundnotation and NOYS VR have already been supported with this programme.

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