Josef Umdasch Research Prize


“Evocco” from Ireland wins

With the Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2020 umdasch The Store Makers was looking for new ideas and innovative concepts for “Responsible Consumption Through Digitalisation”. The start-up Evocco convinced the jury most impressively. Evocco has developed an app that calculates the ecological footprint of food purchases.

“With Evocco we are bringing on board a young Irish company which comes from a very lively start-up scene. We want to profit from this spirit. I see great potential in their app solution. A multi-disciplinary team of Umdasch experts will support the founder, Ahmad Mu´azzam, in the realisation of his ambitious vision,” commented Silvio Kirchmair, CEO of umdasch The Store Makers.


Winner 2020
Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2020

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Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2020
Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2020
Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2020

The Nominees

170 registrations from 53 countries. This is the great result of the call of the Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2020.

A big thank you to all participants for their efforts and innovative ideas!

After evaluation by the jury the following ideas are nominated:

  • Chekkit App (Nigeria) - Tracking of products with QR codes, RFID and blockchain to avoid counterfeiting and to support customer experience and real-time tracking.
  • Evocco (Ireland) - Climate Impact Tracker App to calculate the personal CO2 Footprint based on consumer purchases.
  • Fixture Farmer (Germany) - 3D printing of (temporary) furniture with plastic waste.
  • Novalia (Austria) - Concept of an experience gastronomy with insects in combination with regional food.
  • Ordito (Austria) - AI prediction tool to avoid food waste in catering, bakeries and retail.

The nominees will pitch their detailed ideas at the WSA Global Congress in Vienna, Austria on March 11th.

The winner will realize the idea with umdasch The Store Makers.*

*Subject to the conditions of the rules of the contest

umdasch The Store Makers

Submit Your Ideas on Responsible Consumption Through Digitalisation!

We are looking for start-ups, innovators and forward thinkers who develop innovative ideas for "Responsible Consumption through Digitalisation". Submit your ideas or perhaps your solutions that already exist and win the chance to realise your vision together with umdasch The Store Makers.


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You Can Win...

  • The best ideas will be rewarded with EUR 5,000 so that they can be developed further.
  • The nominees will be invited to pitch their detailed ideas at the WSA Global Congress in Vienna (Austria) which is taking place on 09 - 11 March 2020.
  • Umdasch Group will cover all travel expenses for the participation at the WSA Global Congress of one person per shortlisted team.

The winner will have the chance to realise the idea together with umdasch The Store Makers.

*Subject to rules and conditions of the contest

Send in Your Application until 20 November 2019

21 November until 12 December 2019

Skype Calls with the best shortlisted teams

End-December 2019

Announcement of Nominees (Reward EUR 5,000)

11 March 2020

Pitch-Presentation of the detailed idea @ WSA Global Congress in Vienna (Austria)

Prize Award Ceremony @ WSA Global Congress in Vienna (Austria)

From March 2020 onwards

Implementation of the winning project together with umdasch The Store Makers

Rules of Contest

All start-ups, students, innovators throughout the world who have practical suggestions and ideas regarding "Responsible Consumption through Digitalisation" are eligible to enter. No costs are involved in submitting an entry.

Please carefully read our Rules of Contest!

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Please contact us if you have any questions

The Josef Umdasch Research Prize

Since 1990 the Umdasch Group has been supporting outstanding achievements in research and development through the Josef Umdasch Research Prize. The award is named for Josef Umdasch, the father of the company’s present owners Hilde Umdasch and Alfred Umdasch, who initiated the prize. Today the prize forms an important part of the Umdasch Group Foundation, an initiative of the Umdasch Group. Its aim is to encourage the personal development of young people and to support initiatives which focus on the topics of education and knowledge transfer worldwide.