20 Years: an idea changes school

Milan, March 19, 2019

A blanket against mosquitos: the winning idea of the International Finals 2018
The team from Deutsche Schule Mailand (German School of Milan) was able to convince the panel of judges with the presentation of its antimosquito blanket Zanzito—and won the International Finals. Originally, the plan was to develop mosquito-repellent clothing, but at business@school, that  turned into a blanket.

Vienna, February 14, 2019

Sir-Karl-Popper-Schule wins the International Finals 2017
A team from Sir-Karl-Popper-Schule in Vienna won the International Finals with its idea Lobu. The students want to deliver books from local bookstores to the customer through a courier service. "We want to attract customers who want to buy locally—and there are quite a few of them," they explain.

Vienna, January 24, 2019

Rucksafe—the secure rucksack: winner of the International Finals 2016
"Our idea is a backpack with the zipper on the inside back, multiply reinforced to stop even sharp objects from getting inside." With its business idea Rucksafe, a team from the Theresianum school won the business@school International Finals. With Rucksafe, the team wants to help prevent thefts.

Vienna, December 5, 2018

The bicycle lock GoodLock succeeds at the International Finals 2015
The team from the Deutsche Schule Mailand (German School of Milan) presented its idea GoodLock—a bicycle lock with a built-in alarm and GPS tracker—and won first place at the International Finals. A GPS tracker is integrated into the bike frame. If the lock is cut, an alarm is automatically activated on the bike owner's telephone.

Milan, November 29, 2018

Viennese students with International Finals 2014
Five students from the Theresianum school in Vienna won the International Finals in Milan. Their idea: a button tacker that will fasten any kind of button to shirts, jackets, pants, etc. The second place was shared by teams from Vienna, Milan, and Starnberg (Germany).

Singapore, October 16, 2018

Ad$miles: winner of the Asian Finals 2013
A team from the Anglo-Chinese School won the Asian Finals with "Ad$miles" and was able to beat three other teams with its well-thought-out business plan. They convinced the judges with the idea to use private vehicles as a medium for advertisements and thus reduce the cost of owning a vehicle while offering companies inexpensive advertising space.

Singapore, October 4, 2018

Portable light sensor succeeds at Asian Finals 2012
In the final round of the Asian business@school competition, a team from Xinmin Secondary School prevailed over three other teams with its business plan for a portable light sensor. The sensor, which can be attached to a smartphone or bracelet, shows the user whether the current light conditions are safe and healthy for reading or working at a computer.

Singapore, September 26, 2018

Asian Finals 2011: success for a water-saving toilet
A team from the Singapore Chinese Girls' School won the business@school Asian Finals for the fifth time in a row. The students prevailed in the exciting final round with their innovative business idea of a water-saving toilet. It is supposed to help reduce water consumption in Singapore, where approx. 72 million liters of water are flushed down toilets each day.

Singapore, September 3, 2018

Energy-generating keyboard wins Asian Finals 2010
For the fourth time in a row, the Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS) won the business@school Asian Finals. Their winning idea is a keyboard system harnessing kinetic energy from typing to recharge laptop batteries, called ZapTap. The energy provides laptop users with a readily available, environmentally friendly source of power.

Singapore, August 23, 2018

Waste Watchers - 2009 business@school winners
The winning team aimed to revolutionize Singaporeans' attitudes towards waste and wanted to help the city march towards achieving the targets of the Singapore Green Plan 2012. The students from Singapore Chinese Girls' School planned to install small, decentral biogas machines in restaurants at no charge. Users would only pay for the biogas that the machine produces. Smart idea!

Zurich, August 16, 2018

Happy birthday from Switzerland
What are the benefits of business@school for participants later in life? Nicole Solden-Brockhaus reveals just that in this short video. She participated in business@school's international competition with her students at the Kantonsschule Enge school in Zurich for more than ten years. Now she's passing on the responsibility.

Singapore, June 28, 2018

Tracking students with RFID—the 2008 Asian Finals
Six girls aged 15 and 16 stunned the panel of judges with their business idea that replaces manual head counting with innovative technology. The girls from Singapore Chinese Girls' School (SCGS) want to use RFID chips to help teachers take headcounts and attendance. With "TrackCheck," the SCGS won the Asian Finals for the second time in a row.

Vienna, June 7, 2018

David vs. Goliath: Lobu strengthens local bookstores
"Why do the books we order online have to be sent from across the globe? Just because we don't know we could get them closer to home? In this day and age, with so much traffic, there has to be another solution," thought the members of one of our teams at Sir Karl Popper School in Vienna. So they set out to develop their concept for their local book service Lobu. One of the brains behind Lobu, Konstantin Klingler, tells us how the team got started with its business idea.

Singapore, May 10, 2018

"Bus with Us" wins first business@school Asian Finals in 2007
Six students from Singapore Chinese Girls' School were able to both charm and impress the business judges in the first Asian Finals. "Bus with Us" wanted to cooperate with bus companies to ferry small children to and from enrichment centers, schools and homes. The teams' efforts were supported by BCG coaches such as Oliver Mosmann who had introduced the school initiative to Singapore.

Schriesheim, April 19, 2018

2006 business@school winners
The winning team of 2006 felt sorry for DJs in the digital age. Their product "OptiScratch" was intended to enable them to mix and scratch their digital record collection on their computer, almost like with a record player and vinyl. This would have worked by measuring playback speed and record movement on the turntable using an optical sensor and then digitalizing them.

Geisenheim, April 5, 2018

2005 business@school winners
The winning idea 2005: "Locating, checking on, and monitoring your darling around the clock." A surveillance option for unfaithful spouses? No, the four students from the boarding school Schloss Hansenberg wanted to use "PetSearch" to locate runaway pets. The product was meant to show pet owners the exact whereabouts of their darling using GSM technology.

Bad Schwartau, March 22, 2018

2004 business@school winners
Throwback-Time: In 2004 six students from the Leibniz-Gymnasium in Bad Schwartau wanted to revolutionize science education in Germany. Physikandum's business idea was to enable schools to do costly physics experiments by renting out to them the necessary equipment they would normally have to buy.

Hamburg, March 8, 2018

2003 business@school winners
The winning idea 2003 would still be worthwhile today: With "Rent a Book" and its central school book purchasing and rental system for Hamburg, the team from Christianeum wanted to help the city save money and at the same time make sure that smudged and tattered school books were taken out of circulation—and, of course, the winning team also wanted to make some money in the process.

Munich, February 22, 2018

2002: There can be only one?
In 2002, there was not only one winner, but two. And both came from Bavaria. "Easy Check-In" from the Nymphenburger Gymnasium in Munich and "Nu Voice-Travel" from Puchheim Gymnasium claimed victory from more than a thousand participating students from all over Germany.

Cologne, February 8, 2018

Webcam to the dancefloor - 2001 business@school winners
The 2001 business@school winners came from the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium in Cologne. "Clubwatch" wanted to use live Webcam technology to show partygoers what's happening at Cologne's hotspots. Dieter Heuskel, inventor of business@school, praised the innovative idea: "A concept using new technology to solve an old problem."

San Francisco, February 1, 2018

What are our alumni doing?
To date, more than 23,500 students have taken part in business@school. Many of them stay in touch, although they live all around the world. Josefin Graebe is one of them. She participated in business@school 2009/10–and she says, the experience shaped her life. She now works at Uber headquarters in San Francisco.

Langen, January 24, 2018

business@school in the year 2000
The first winner team of the new century came from Dreieichschule in Langen. Its business idea: source-it.de, an Internet outsourcing service that uses its own employees—students and young people only—to perform simple tasks, such as take inventory, pack goods, affix stamps and labels, or reorganize/clean out storerooms.

Hockenheim, January 10, 2018

The beginnings of business@school
We are celebrating 20 years of business@school and here are our first winners! It's the year 1999. Just a handful of teams is participating in business@school. The winner team: "Service 4U" from Carl-Friedrich-Gauß-Gymnasium in Hockenheim. The idea: offering flexible, affordable services for routine home and garden tasks.