Josef Umdasch Research Prize


Romanian start-up SecurifAI impresses with its technological solution

The team around co-founder and CTO Radu Ionescu has developed a software that is able to detect abnormalities via camera. The start-up impressed the experts with its exceptionally advanced technology (Deep Learning).

The Romanian team also earned points by capturing the jury's imagination with regard to the wide range of possible applications for the companies of Umdasch Group. For example, the software recognises whether everyone on a construction site is wearing a helmet and safety equipment.

Our experts quickly agreed: we want to get to know SecurifAI better. The next step is to clarify the best way to cooperate.

We congratulate the winner and are already looking forward to the Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2022!

Winner 2021

The Finalists

87 registrations from 41 different countries led to 17 shortlisted ideas…and 5 outstanding finalists!

This is the great result of the call of the Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2021! A big THANK YOU to all participants for their efforts and innovative ideas!

Our five finalists are:

  • Fyma (Estonia) – „Fyma - Multi Target Multi Camera Non Overlapping Tracking”
  • SecurifAI (Romania) – “System and Method for Automatic Detection and Recognition of People wearing Personal Protective Equipment using Deep Learning”
  • Zeitdice (Canada) – “Emission and Anomaly Detection with Self-Sustainable, AI Controlled Timelapse Cameras”
  • Presize (Germany) – “Presize In-Store Sizing Solution Concept”
  • Blipstream (Germany) – “Sensor data aggregation and crowd flow management for supermarket retailers”

These finalists will pitch their detailed ideas at the WSA Global Congress.
This year, the event will be online. More about participating:

The winner will get the chance to realise the idea with Umdasch Group Ventures*.

*Subject to the conditions of the rules of the contest

Umdasch Group Ventures

Submit Your Ideas on Artificial Intelligence & Computer Vision for Retail or Construction

We are looking for new ideas, technologies or use cases for artificial intelligence or computer vision. Submissions should address brick and mortar retail, or construction and the building life cycle.

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For example, submissions can cover object recognition, facial recognition, IoT, digital twin, video tracking etc.

Your idea should contribute to the SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation).


Call for Ideas

Click HERE to submit your idea
to the contest database!

You Can Win...

  • The submitters of the best ideas will be nominated as finalists by Umdasch and will be rewarded with EUR 5,000 so they can develop their idea further.
  • The finalists will be invited to pitch their detailed ideas to a jury of experts in March 2021. The pitching event and award ceremony will be organized either online or as a physical live-event; the decision on the format will be done timely with the participants.
  • If the event is held as live-event, flights/transport and accommodation costs for one person per finalist/finalist team will be covered by Umdasch Group.

The final winner will be invited to contract negotiations with Umdasch Group Ventures*.

*Subject to rules and conditions of the contest

Send in Your Application until January 17th 2021

the deadline has been extended by one week

Registrate and submit your idea until January 17th 2021*

*extended deadline

January & February 2021:
Video calls with shortlisted teams will take place

Finalists will be notified until mid of February 2021 (Rewarded with EUR 5,000)

March 2021:
Final pitch presentations by all finalists take place

Rules of Contest

All start-ups, students and innovators throughout the world who have practical use cases and ideas regarding "artificial intelligence & computer vision for retail or construction" are eligible to enter. No costs are involved in submitting an entry.

Please carefully read our Rules of Contest!

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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 was created by the company’s present owners Hilde Umdasch and Alfred Umdasch, who named the prize after their father, Josef Umdasch.

As a result of the cooperation with the World Summit Awards (WSA), which has been in existence since 2018, the Josef Umdasch Research Prize is increasingly aimed at start-ups, entrepreneurs and future-oriented thinkers around the globe who can inspire enthusiasm with an innovative project idea.

About Umdasch Group Ventures

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We are the future & innovation hub of the multi-national Umdasch Group. We focus on pathbreaking technologies and business models in construction and retail. We strategically invest in young technology companies but also develop new, potentially disruptive business models ourselves, in co-creation with international partners.

We are open-minded, pick-up very visionary ideas and have a strong ambition and power to create something big!

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