Accelerate & Co-Create Your Innovative Beverage Solution with DrinkTech Accelerator DICA

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Accelerate your beverage business & co-create the next big DrinkTech solution with DICA & leading corporate partners. The industry’s leading Accelerator Program seeks solutions for smart production, distribution & logistics as well as sustainable beverage packaging and innovative drinks. Apply today!

The Drink Innovation Campus (DICA) is the beverage industry’s leading innovation community for business acceleration and business-to-business (B2B) co-creation. DICA is supported by various industry and innovation partners including Ardagh Group, Bitburger Braugruppe, drinktec, Franken Brunnen, and INSIDE-Getränke. Initiated by the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE), DICA also gives you access to industry expertise in co-creation support for startups and established companies.

What solutions is DICA looking for?

The Drink Innovation Campus acts as the starting point for startups and established companies to accelerate their innovative solutions. In this way, DICA accelerates startup teams of all stages, from idea-stage innovators to startups into the first years of operation. This time, DICA seeks your innovative beverage solutions addressing:

  • Digitalization
  • Sustainability
  • Social Change
  • Logistics & Distribution
  • Innovative Beverages or Beverage Experiences

The program creates a space for both startups and established companies to experiment and build new partnership models. This bridges the gap between established players and startups, a key element in addressing issues ranging from consumer behavior and sustainable change to efficient and effective digital transformation across the beverage industry.

What Co-Creation with DICA & Its Corporate Partners Means

The DICA Co-creation Acceleration process combines innovation power with experience and implementation strength. The accelerator provides targeted support and assistance with project implementation between startups and established companies. Further, DICA facilitates exclusive match-making events with both German and international corporate leaders, enabling your business to innovate in the best possible way.

Success Story Bionade – The First Soft Drinks Manufacturer with a Tracing Feature

This year, DICA is looking for innovative solutions for Batch 6. From previous batches, the success stories show a clear picture that the model of acceleration & co-creation works. Let’s dive deeper into the Bionade Success Story:

Spanning over 8 months, Bionade, Hassia Gruppe, and Connecting FOOD came together to co-create a blockchain solution to deliver on Bionade’s brand promise of providing consumers with data about the organic origin and processing of their ingredients.

In July 2019, the Drink Innovation Campus facilitated the

  • matching of the French blockchain startup with Bionade
  • identification of potential, including activation of the brand promise of Bionade
  • establishment of direct end-customer relationships

From September 2020 to December 2020, DICA defined the co-creation project by enabling mutual visits to Ostheim and Paris. This helped overcome the differences in French, German & startup cultures as well as national legal systems.

In February 2021, the co-creators presented the first prototype at the largest European agricultural fair, the Salon de l’Agriculture in Paris.

By March 2021, Bionade became the first soft drinks manufacturer with a food tracing feature and strong digital channels with the end customer.

How will partnering with DICA impact your business?

Discover how the DICA Acceleration & Co-creation Program works and how it will benefit your business:

  • Pre-matching Workshops that focus on B2B co-creation for selected startups
  • Exclusive Matching Events include the initial and mutual meetings, as well as the inclusion of the startups in the upcoming DICA batch 6
  • The Sounding Phase involves finalizing the co-creation potential with the support of an experienced co-creation facilitator
  • B2B Co-Creation Acceleration is the development phase facilitated by an experienced B2B co-creation facilitator

DICA accelerates startups of all sizes, from ideation stage startups to those already operating for one year or more.

Apply by 18 November to scale your innovative beverage solutions with Drink Innovation Campus!



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