DTF Startups

Here we present our success stories – startup teams from all former DTF Batches that have already made it. We are super proud of each and everyone of them!

Evolonic (DTF B#8)

Evolonic develops innovative electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, “eVTOLs”, offering a service for automatic early detection of forest fires. The startup is a research initiative located at the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Fraunhofer IISB. Using a sophisticated sensor system and AI for forest fire detection, they have generated know-how in the design and construction of high-end long-range drones.

Good to know: Evolonic is a winner of the international New Flying Competition 2020 and 2022 and a winner of the FAU Start-up Demo Day. Now Evolonic is planning a pilot project to test the business concept of a service for government agencies, for regular monitoring of wildfire risk areas, and to generate funding for the upcoming spin-off.

evolonic.de EVOLONIC @evolonic

Oculai (DTF B#6)

Oculai is a ConTech startup that uses cameras and artificial intelligence to automatically record construction processes and progress. The product from oculai is an AI-supported software that recognizes and automatically documents outdoor construction processes from camera data. Via a web app, users have access, among other things, to an automated target/actual schedule, self-writing daily construction reports, productivity key figures or routes. Based on the automated documentation and the collected data, there is a savings potential of 7% of the shell construction costs and a time saving of 15% for construction site teams.

Good to know: After starting the idea in the DTA, Oculai secured funding by the EXIST start-up grant and joined Zollhof TechIncubator. Initially they were founded in July 2021. In 2022, Oculai completed €2.5 million seed round for AI-supported process recording on construction sites. 

oculai.de Oculai

Arfinity (DTF B#3)

Arfinity provides Augmented Reality solutions to trade fairs. It enables completely new ways of product presentation and interaction, offering new value to trade fair organizers, exhibitors, and visitors. In an easy configuration tool, exhibitors can create their own AR content and showcase a bigger portfolio in the form of true-to-original 3D-models during events. This saves them costs and increases visitor engagement and undestanding of their products. The visitors in their turn can view the content of all exhibitors, interact with the showpieces, and collect information about them using the arfinity app. During the Corona pandemic, arfinity complemented hybrid or fully digital events by adding the possibility of a remote one-on-one explanation system, especially for complex products.

Good to know:
Successful foundation of a GmbH in January 2021

arfinity.io arfinity


InVRtual offers an Extended Reality (XR) communication platform, which provides an immersive experience for presentations, collaboration, and training in virtual spaces. The platform allows businesses to utilize metaverse potential to create business value. A user can design his/her own 3D Avatar and dive into the world of Extended Reality. The tool offers the opportunity to meet face-to-face in the digital space and interact seamlessly with objects, whiteboards, and teammates. No software installation is needed since it’s a web-based solution. It’s also independent of the device type and works for everybody. From workshops using whiteboards and digital 3D prototypes to meetings with colleagues and customers – everything is in one virtual space!

Good to know: FAU President Prof. Dr. Hornegger was their first Demo Avatar

invrtual.de INVRTUAL UG

Libati (DTF B#4)

Libati provides an app for chronically ill people which helps them to discover new places more freely and independently. It acts like a TripAdvisor, recommending hotels, bars, restaurants, cafés, etc., which are suitable and accessible to chronically ill people based on the ratings of other users. The user simply inputs his/her trigger factors and preferences such as stairs, animal hair, etc., and sees at a glance which locations around him/her are suitable and which are not.

Good to know:
Successful Crowdfunding Campaign and launch of the App

And here you can download the app:

Google Play
App Store

libati.org Libati @libati_de

The right choice (DTF B#5)

The right choice offers a sustainable shopping App, which makes sustainable and healthy shopping a no-brainer. The app helps to easily find out about the nutritional values, allergens, and sustainability labels of the products and brings transparency to a daily purchasing decision. The right choice discloses product-specific sustainability information with the help of the sustainability score. This allows you to easily plan and do shopping in any local supermarket.

And here you can download the app:

Google Play
App Store

the-right-choice.de the right choice @therightchoiceapp