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IMC alumnus wins i2b business plan competition

Lukas Renz with his start-up "Hydrosolid" is the overall winner of the i2b competition 2021.

With “Bärnstein”, Lukas Renz created a new kind of drink with the essence of green coffee a few years ago. But that was not enough for the IMC graduate. With “Hydrosolid”, he wants to make hydrogen storage safer and thus make this technology accessible to the private sector.

Lukas Renz beim Pitch von Hydrosolid auf der Bühne.

Lukas Renz's second start-up, “Hydrosolid”, is developing a nanostorage technology for hydrogen.

From IMC Krems to a successful entrepreneur

Lukas Renz comes from St. Pölten and graduated from the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems with a bachelor degree in Tourism and Leisure Management and a master degree in International Business and Export Management . Already during his studies, he had his first success with "Bärnstein", a start-up from which a caffeinated soft drink consisting of green coffee and local ingredients was launched on the market. With this start-up he had already once won the third place in the i2b business plan competition.

But Lukas Renz wanted even more. He has been working on his idea for an innovative hydrogen storage technology for two years. He put it down on paper for the i2b business plan competition and this time emerged as the overall winner of the competition with "Hydrosolid".

Green technology

Lukas Renz's second start-up, “Hydrosolid”, is developing a nanostorage technology for hydrogen. For the first time, this should eliminate many of the safety concerns of current technologies and also have a high energy density. This should open up the private sector as a target group for hydrogen products and also revolutionise hydrogen storage in industry and the energy sector.

More about the i2b business plan Initiative

i2b organises an Austria-wide competition every year in which start-ups can draw attention to their business ideas. Awards are given not only for the ideas themselves, but above all for the business models that have to be put down on paper in the form of a business plan for the competition.

After submission, the 15 best business plans per category are invited to a pitch. The best business plans are awarded prizes at the award gala. The winners receive prizes worth a total of over 200,000 euros.

To the video of the award ceremony