Maurits Kuypers

Will Poland have its own state-owned Tesla?

This is the third article in a series about measures that Poland is taking against environmental pollution and global warming. Parts 1 and 2 appeared on the 29th and 30th of November. Poland is not exactly at the forefront when it comes to electric cars. In August of this year there were 6,672...

Interview: Electric buses are booming in Poland

Most people wouldn’t have guessed it, but there is no other European country where electric buses for public transport are as popular as they are in Poland. An important reason for this is that Poland is itself a large manufacturer of electric buses. It is estimated that about a third of all...

Best read: Trial-and-error with self-driving buses

The first presentation of the Alexander Dennis Enviro200 bus back in March already attracted a great deal of interest. Several videos of this autonomous bus were circulated on the internet. It is not the size of a slow moving minibus, but that of a real full-size city bus. The accelerator can be...

German minister sees a bright future for natural gas

“Gas is sexy!” With these rather remarkable words, the German Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier opened a meeting in Berlin last week intended to mark the culmination of months of dialogue between the Ministry and industry on the future of natural gas. Natural gas  you say?...

Help! German forests are dying!

Anyone who has entered the keywords “Bäume” and “sterben” (trees & dying) on the internet over the past few days will undoubtedly have been shocked to the core. Gluttonous beetles, fungi, caterpillars, forest fires, storms and drought have had a disastrous effect on the...

German climate accord too soft to push for technological innovation

It was cynicism that prevailed in recent days during the debate on the German climate deal (see summary of the deal below). It is striking that it is not only the usual suspects, such as environmental organizations and activists, who are labeling the agreement too soft. This criticism has also...

Start-up of the day: Cleaning products made from acorns

Herbi Clean has already got the local environment on its side. The Polish start-up is located in Bialystok, near the border with Belarus and the Białowieża National Park with one of the few and oldest low-altitude forests in Europe. The perfect spot for a manufacturer of cleaning products which...

Interview: “German industry is already in the middle of a crisis”

“A ray of hope for German industry”, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt wrote last Tuesday when the German office for statistics announced that more orders had been placed than had been lost as of June 0.1%. However, this is by no means sufficient reason for celebration, says...

Max Planck & co happy with R&D incentives from the German Government

I’m sure it hasn’t eluded many people in the last few weeks. Germany is in danger of ending up in recession, and the government in Berlin is not doing enough to prevent it. According to the critics, there is too much fixation on reducing the government’s debt, while in the...

Which regions have the future in Germany?

At Innovation Origins you are used to receiving the latest news about all kinds of technological innovations, discoveries and successful startups, especially in Europe. Macroeconomic forecasts tend to play a less important role. Nevertheless, economic conditions in a country, region or city are of...

What we need in e-mobility is a cheap car for the masses

Lower costs have always led to major breakthroughs in the automobile industry.Think about the T Ford for instance, the first car for a wider public; the Volkswagen Beetle; or the Citroën 2CV (deux chevaux). A lot of people become overjoyed when they get to drive a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, but in...

Saying goodbye to toxic antifouling and hello to the milking robot

It is a problem that sailors are all too familiar with. Every few years their boat needs to be taken out of the water because the cargo area is covered in algae, mussels and other underwater creatures that slow down and damage the ship. Nothing but scratching, burning, sanding and re-applying the...

Innogy Doubles Number of Electric Cars in Poland

Granted: Poland is not exactly known as a green EU country. But thanks to the German energy giant Innogy this could soon change. The RWE subsidiary is launching a project with 500 BMW i3 in Warsaw in April. At the same time, Innogy is doubling the number of charging stations in the Polish capital...

‘Tequila bacteria’ used for producing medicinal weed

Farmako, a Frankfurt-based pharmaceutical startup company, has discovered a new way to produce cannabinoid using genetically modified bacteria that convert sugar into the active ingredients of the cannabis plant. Farmako applied to the European Patent Office for a patent in February, the company...

Prague gets new European Institute for Artificial Intelligence

The Czech Republic will get a new Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Following two years of negotiations, the Prague-based Institute of Computer Science, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) was awarded the contract for the European RICAIP project (Research and Innovation Centre on...

German startup Chargery offers mobile charging for electric cars

One year ago, Chargery was just a small company that merely offered its mobile charging service for electric cars in the trendy Berlin district of Prenzlauerberg. Today, one year later, it’s a serious startup with 25 employees and great plans, says CEO and co-founder Christian Lang in his...

“Tequila bacterium” used to produce medicinal weed

Frankfurt-based pharmaceutical startup company Farmako has discovered a new way to produce cannabinoid using genetically modified bacteria that convert sugar into the active substances of the cannabis plant. Farmako filed a patent for this with the European patent office in February, the company...

Who should be our Startup of the Month?
  • Field Factors 51%, 151 vote
    151 vote 51%
    151 vote - 51% of all votes
  • Drone Analysis 39%, 116 votes
    116 votes 39%
    116 votes - 39% of all votes
  • Grow X 5%, 16 votes
    16 votes 5%
    16 votes - 5% of all votes
  • We4Sea 5%, 16 votes
    16 votes 5%
    16 votes - 5% of all votes
Total Votes: 299
2 December 2019 - 7 December 2019
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