Spiegel Online – one of the most extensive German-language news websites – presents German companies with great potential in a dedicated series. ESA BIC Bavaria alumni NavVis, running a navigation system for indoor environments by enabling very fast and cost-efficient indoor mapping, is introduced in the latest edition.
The success story of NavVis started in 2013 when Felix Reinshagen, Georg Schroth, Sebastian Hilsenbeck and Robert Huitl founded the company. The team developed a platform for the digital management of buildings. Thereby, their mobile 3D scanner, equipped with many cameras and lasers, is pushed through a building covering literally everything within a radius of 30 meters. Their self-developed trolley creates photorealistic 3D models of even the largest indoor spaces on the go. The unique special feature is that the collected data belongs to the client and is also stored on its server.
At first, NavVis focused exclusively on navigation. But their innovative business field offered a much higher potential than expected: 90% of our economy’s total value added is created in buildings. Whether the buildings themselves or the maintenance of buildings, production or consumption: all building management related processes can be managed digitally in a very effective and inexpensive manner.
NavVis was incubated at ESA BIC Bavaria from September 2014 until September 2015.
ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria
The ESA BIC Bavaria seeks entrepreneurs using space technologies in a non-space environment. That does not mean rocket science, but applies to multiple application fields such as navigation and positioning, communications techniques, Earth observation, materials, processes, signals or robotics.
ESA’s Business Incubation Centre Bavaria was launched in 2009 and is since managed by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO). ESA BIC Bavaria and its renowned partners – DLR, Airbus Defence and Space, Fraunhofer IIS and Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Berchtesgadener Land – provide startups with financial and technical support at four branch offices: Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn, Nürnberg and Berchtesgadener Land.
ESA BIC Bavaria has four selection rounds each year. The next application deadline for the incubation programme is 1 March 2017. Apply now for ESA BIC Bavaria