Sir-Karl-Popper-Schule wins the International Finals in Vienna

A handful of students steps up to compete with Amazon. They want to deliver books from local bookstores to the customer through a courier service. That may sound like a daring venture, but the students from Vienna take a relaxed view. The risk? "Low," says Konstantin Klingler confidently. "After all, we only deliver." In the past months, he has delivered books himself by bike in the evenings. "I haven't had free time in quite a while," the highly motivated young entrepreneur recounts. Now Klinger and his team from Sir-Karl-Popper-Schule in Vienna have won the International Finals in Vienna.

They want their business to be local, fast, and sustainable—and it could develop into a warehouse for the entire city. "After all, Lobu could be expanded to include other products," says team spokesman Konstantin Klingler. He has already made quite a splash in Austria with his idea. His teammate Zeno Kujawa still smiles when he thinks of the mighty competition Lobu is going up against. "But we want to attract customers who want to buy local—and there are quite a few of them," he says. The students are currently still testing their software with a bookstore in the 18th district and are developing a chatbot that will automate the order process. Later, they want to expand their concept to cover all of Vienna. Many bookstores are interested, says Konstantin Klingler. The panel of judges was very impressed with the well advanced business idea—and awarded first prize to David Berger (16), Jonas Kilga (17), Konstantin Klingler (17), Zeno Kujawa (16), and Naji Safadi (17). "You've already definitively proven feasibility," they said when explaining their decision. The scalability of the idea also impressed the judges.

Teams from Milan and Vienna tie for second place

Tommaso Garbetta Celletti, Lavinia Ghezzo, Alice Marchesini, Carlo Vittorio Matrone, Andrea Progida, Giovanni Somaini (all 17), and Ilaria Zerbi (18) from Istituto Zaccaria in Milan presented Cold Busters, a jacket for homeless people that can be converted into a sleeping bag and automatically alerts a rescue team if body temperature drops. The judges liked the product, the social idea behind it, and the carefully detailed business plan. However, they thought the collaboration with rescue teams would be hard to implement.

Sperlgymnasium in Vienna sent its team VASS to the competition with its business idea SafeCase. Sandra Alimanovic, Vanessa Groß, Aleksandra Lazarevic (all 16), and team spokesman Simon Pories (15) want to produce a cell phone case with a panic button that sets off a loud alarm in case of an emergency. "After all, you always carry your cell phone with you," said Simon Pories. The judges were won over primarily by the product's promising margins, although they warned against possible imitators.

The team Drink Light from Theresianum in Vienna with Anna and Darya Parkhomenko, team spokesman Maximilian Peter, Johannes Sablatnig, and Ekaterina Shapatkovskaya (all 17) presented a water bottle that uses an LED light to remind its owner to drink enough. The judges certainly saw a market for the product, but they believed the technical complexity to be rather high.

Additionally, Theresianum and Döblinger Gymnasium were awarded for 15 and 10 years, respectively, of strong dedication and uninterrupted participation in business@school.

 
 
 
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