Episode 2 of #SmartInnovators: Sebastian Dominguez Kränzlin, Managing Director of Caala, a startup behind an impressive tool that enables substantial energy and greenhouse gas emission savings in building renovation and construction.
An increasing number of startups are making their mark on the European tech landscape. EU Startup Services is delighted to introduce another one of these innovative startups: Caala – a German startup that secured a H2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 grant for their impressive tool that enables substantial energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission savings. CAALA (Computer Aided Architectural Life-cycle Assessment) provides real-time results of operational-energy demand, Life-cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life-cycle Costing (LCC) analysis at the very beginning of planning processes for renovation and new building creation.
CAALA provides architects and building material manufacturers a tool to achieve energy and GHG emission savings on a large scale. An added bonus – it can be used by non-experts at a very early stage of the design process! CAALA’s solution is also estimated to be 10x faster than the current tools on the market, thanks to their trademark protected methodology called PLCA. Thus, CAALA has great potential for making a significant contribution to a sustainable construction sector.
We asked Sebastian if the SME Instrument was a good means to launch/grow your startup and if they had any advice for other companies considering applying.
Sebastian responded, “Yes, it was! Applying for the H2020 SME Instrument is hard work of course, but it further opens up the door for corporations on a higher level – since it is a renown grant offered only to outstanding innovators.” He added, “H2020 applications have many little peculiarities that you need to be aware of – so take some time to read through the small print.”
The company has also received funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Government of Upper Bavaria and Climate-KIC. In October 2016, CAALA was selected as one of the Hello Tomorrow’s Top 500 deep-tech startups worldwide. During the same year, the startup also won the “StartGreen award 2016”, the DGNB Challenge, the “Built on IT Award” and in 2017, the GIIF-Award and the “Digital Innovation Award”.
When asked about the application process for the SME Instrument, Sebastian stressed the importance of being organised, “As mentioned previously, applying for the H2020 SME Instrument is hard work and there are a lot of details that you need to be aware of. The EU Startup Services team is well aware of all these details and knows what needs to be done – so planning a proposal and writing it in structured way – that helped us to manage the task in a quick and effective way. They also helped us in translating hardcore engineering language into humane wording!”
Interested in learning how CAALA works? See a short video here (in German).
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