Companies in Ingolstadt want and should become more sustainable. From the common goal of brigk managing director Dr. Franz Glatz and Dr. Michael Tretter, Managing Director of the Institute for Applied Sustainability (inas), INpact was created over a year ago – a program to promote sustainable development in the Ingolstadt region.
After the first step was to look for SMEs who wanted to face their personal sustainable challenges, the second step was to recruit students who would take on the problems. The official project start of the INpact sustainability program took place on April 1st, 2021.
After a labor-intensive six months, the program came to an end just in time for the sustainability days of the city of Ingolstadt. The presentations took place on Friday, October 15th in the brigk Café. The event was streamed live on the brigk’s social media channels Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. In addition, the citizens had the opportunity to marvel at the project work as part of a public marketplace.
Challenge #1: Gebrüder Peters
Gebrüder Peters is a medium-sized craft business from Ingolstadt. The traditional company company is now in the fourth generation and has around 800 employees. The challenge was to develop measures for a sustainable living and working environment in the areas of workplace design, nutrition and mobility. Intensive research, interviews and an online survey were finally followed by the more than 100-page catalog of measures “Hand tools – adjusting screws for a sustainable future”.
Challenge #2: nurINpur
The second challenge was to develop a B2B concept for the only unpackaged store in Ingolstadt, NurInPur. Based on scientific findings, the idea of “NurInPur in the office” was born. In the future, employees from regional companies should be able to have unpackaged products delivered directly to their workplace.
Challenge #3: Friseursalon Matuschka
Renate Matuschka, master hairdresser from Ingolstadt, hoped that INpact would find a solution for sustainable packaging for her own product line. An interdisciplinary team of students took on the challenge. After extensive research, expert discussions and prototype viewing, the decision was ultimately made in favor of plastic made from recycled PET bottles.
Challenge #4: Organic Garden
From the increasing problems of today’s food industry, Organic Garden developed the idea for their start-up: Thinking about nutrition holistically. From the production to the finished dish, the entire value chain is mapped at Organic Garden. Organic Garden’s initial idea of developing its own certification was followed by refreshing the challenge as part of INpact. The results resulted in the formulation of a company standard and general recommendations for action with regard to certification with existing certificates and options for developing your own certificate.
Challenge #5: EcoEmbassy
EcoEmbassy is a startup from Ingolstadt who only decided at the beginning of the year to found their own company. The idea behind EcoEmbassy is to network companies and their employees with sustainable service providers and products. The challenge consisted of a usable click dummy including recommendations for action for a networking online platform. The students developed a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) – the simplest configuration of the online platform, in order to have it tested and evaluated by users.