Josef Umdasch Research Prize

Winner 2023

Austrian start-up Revitalyze impresses with one-stop-shop solution

Revitalyze is a young start-up based in Austria that streamlines the process of reusing building materials, reducing waste and environmental impact. The start-up has developed a platform that helps construction companies to make the reuse of building materials more transparent and easier. From request to payment, Revitalyze is a one-stop-shop solution where transactions, logistics, document management and communication take place via the cloud.

Congratulations to co-founder David Plaseller and his team.

We look forward to working with you and our next steps together!


The Finalists

67 submissions from around the world led to 7 shortlisted ideas and 3 outstanding finalists!

This is the great result of the call of the Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2023! A big THANK YOU to all participants for their efforts and innovative ideas!

Our finalists are:

Revitalyze (Austria)
B2B2G platform for everything related to the re-use of building materials

Ecodome Maroc (Morocco)
Creating affordable and sustainable buildings by combining traditional earthen building techniques with modern engineering tools like BIM.

Tool for calculating the footprint of buildings in the lifecycle

These finalists will pitch their detailed ideas at the WSA Global Congress 2023. This year, the event will take place in Puebla, Mexico from May 31 - June 3.

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 CALLS FOR IDEAS on
Sustainable Solutions for the Building Lifecycle

Submit now & help secure our planet and our future!

The world population is projected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050. The need for affordable housing and infrastructure in terms of transportation, energy, drinking water, and waste management is increasing tremendously. The building sector will play a key role here. But the building industry is also a large contributor to negative environmental impacts and climate change: exploitation and consumption of resources with half being non-renewable, energy consumption, air and water pollution, and waste.

Therefore, innovative and new solutions are needed to solve these challenges and transform the lifecycle of a building project into a sustainable one.

So, what is your solution?

Your idea is particularly relevant if it falls into one of these areas:

  • Sustainable building materials
  • Sustainable building technologies
  • Renovation of buildings
  • Affordable housing
  • Greening of buildings
  • Circular economy in construction
  • Recycling of building materials
  • Green and smart city technologies
  • Resource efficiency in the building process
  • Sustainable space planning
  • Minus/zero carbon footprint in the building lifecycle

Convincingly present tangible benefits and give us more details about the stage of your idea/solution.

Call for Ideas

The call is closed. No more submissions will be accepted.

You Can Win...

  • The submitters of the best ideas will be nominated as finalists by the Umdasch Group and will be rewarded with EUR 5,000 to develop their idea further.
  • The finalists will be invited to pitch their detailed ideas to a jury of experts online or at the WSA Global Congress in March 2023.
  • If the event is held as live-event, the Umdasch Group will cover flight/transport and accommodation costs for one person per finalist team.

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 5th March 2023

Registration and idea submission until 5th March 2023
(extended Deadline)

February & March 2023: calls with the best shortlisted teams will take place

Finalists will be notified by the beginning of April 2023 (Rewarded with EUR 5,000)

June 2023: Final pitch presentations by all finalists & announcement of award winner

Rules of Contest

All start-ups, students and innovators throughout the world who have practical use cases and ideas on “sustainable solutions for the building lifecycle” 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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Umdasch Group Ventures is the technology driver within the family-owned Umdasch Group, developing new, disruptive solutions and business models.

The company invests in mature start-ups and young enterprises that provide potentially disruptive business models and/or unique technologies/services in the fields of construction and retail.

The aim of the innovation hub is to continue developing their own ready-to-market business models and portfolio of strategic investments, to establish these on the market and drive market growth.

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