The startup wants to solve the problem of the lack of organs using 3D organ printing. Also: Apple top executive leaves company after vulgar comment and Meta plans cuts.
Good morning! While you slept, work continued elsewhere in the digital scene.
The top topics:
Cellbricks has won the digital prize “The Spark” from Handelsblatt and McKinsey. The Berliners have developed a 3D printing process for human tissue and are currently working on producing breast implants from patient cells. In the future, a wide variety of types of human tissue are to be created, including entire organs such as the liver, kidneys or pancreas. At the award ceremony in Berlin, the jury praised the economic scaling potential of the start-up and called the process a “quantum leap in medicine”.
Second place secured Lindera with its app for mobility analysis. came third Care Syntax, which operates a platform that uses algorithms to alert doctors to risks during operations. The “Female Founder Award” went to Hanna Asmussen, head of the personnel software provider Localyze. The motto of the award this year was “Medical Life Tech”. Startups that have committed to transforming the healthcare and medical industry were honored. [Mehr bei Handelsblatt]
On the founding scene: The Berlin startup Get a loan has been guiding cars through the streets of the capital by remote control for three years. The company will soon be offering a new type of taxi service, also in Hamburg. Our editor Sarah Heuberger has already gone with us and has described her impressions in a text that is well worth reading. [Mehr bei Gründerszene+]
And here are the other headlines of the night:
Apples Vice President of Procurement, Tony Blevins, has left the company. Previously was a TiktokVideo circulated showing Blevins making a vulgar comment about women at a car show. An Apple representative has since confirmed the departure. Blevins was a vice president at Apple. His main job was negotiating with suppliers to keep the price Apple pays for computer parts down. [Mehr bei CNBC und Axios]
Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he will freeze hiring and restructure some teams. He wants to cut spending and realign priorities, said the chief executive officer of Meta Platforms. It’s the first major budget cut since Facebook was founded in 2004. During a Q&A session, Zuckerberg said budgets would be cut for most teams. So far, the company has not announced any layoffs. [Mehr bei Bloomberg, Techcrunch und The Information]
Google says goodbye to the gaming market and will discontinue the Stadia platform at the end of the year. Stadia didn’t get enough demand, the company said. With offers like Stadia, the games run on the servers of the providers on the Internet and, according to many experts, are considered the future of the games industry. [Mehr bei Handelsblatt, Wall Street Journal, CNBC und The Information]
Nintendo completed the previously announced 10:1 stock split on the Japanese Stock Exchange. The split aims to lower the price of a single share to attract new investors. Nintendo shares closed at 6,043 Japanese yen on Thursday after closing at 59,700 yen on Wednesday. A number of large tech companies including Apple and Amazonhave announced stock splits in recent years. [Mehr bei CNBC]
The number of tech IPOs has fallen to its lowest level in the US since the 2008 global financial crisis. Equity market volatility, rising inflation and interest rate hikes have weighed on investor sentiment. Only 14 tech companies have gone public so far this year, according to Refinitiv data. IPOs this year have raised $507 million, the lowest amount raised through IPOs since 2000. [Mehr bei Reuters]
Our reading tip on Gründerszene: The annual Survey of the startup association, PwC and the University of Duisburg shows a robust scene – with a growing problem. [Mehr bei Gründerszene+]
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