Television Report about UVIS

A good reason to celebrate: Yesterday the escalator turned 125. At that time handrails were made of plush – today germfree handrails come into fashion. WDR broadcasted a report about UVIS and ESCALITE in the TV show “Aktuelle Stunde”.

Click here to watch the full video in German. 

Business Punk Magazine

In their Watchlist 2018 the Business Punk Magazine looks into the future and nominates founders and doers, creative minds and mavericks from whom you will be hearing in the next year. UVIS is part of it – thank you! 



In Cologne 10 percent of all companies are founded by students – like UVIS. Therefore, the support of future founders becomes more important in economic centres – among others the IHK (the chamber of industry and commerce) of Cologne provides assistence to founders and StartUps. They talked with UVIS about its development, the company's plans for 2018, and the time at the StartUp incubator of Cologne.

Click here to read the full article in German. 


For 20 years, the coffee roasting house Darboven from Hamburg awards the "Idee-Förderpreis" to innovative female founders and business women. In this year, UVIS was one of the five companies to reach the final round - from 146 applications. In the end UVIS was ranked third. We are really happy about this prize and would like to thank the Jury, Mr. Darboven, and our supporters.  

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Factory TV

How do you get from a school business plan competition to your own company? Factory TV by Sar.Factory asked UVIS and talked with the founders about the StartUp’s history as well as about UVIS’ plans for the future. 

Click here to see the full video in German.


Germ killer for escalators

ESCALITE is ready for production and can be send out to the first customers. UVIS talked to the Handelsblatt about the way up to the completion as well as the experiences and challenges of young entrepreneurs in the escalator industry.


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StartUps 2018 – On the way to the summit

Germany becomes more and more a country for entrepreneurs – and the possibilities of support and networking for StartUps increase. The Venture Capital Magazine addressed these possibilities in a special issue and UVIS is part of it.

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UVIS meets the World – at Interlift 2017

Interlift is one of the biggest international fairs for the elevator and escalator industry and takes place in Augsburg, October 17th to 20th. Hygiene and disinfection become more and more important in the vertical transportation sector. The opportunities provided by ESCALITE and its technology will be presented by UVIS on Ocotber 18th, 5 pm, hall 2, at the VFA Forum of the Interlift 2017. 
We are looking forward to welcoming you at our lecture. 


UVIS had the chance to present ESCALITE at the Key Account Management Meeting of KONE GmbH. Thereby, new branch contacts could be made and the module was introduced to new potential customers.

Tangible innovation from Cologne - UVIS in the Lift Report

The magazine Lift Report looked back on the Hannover Messe and focused on the horizontal and vertical transport routes which move thousands of visitors and exhibitors across the biggest exhibition site of the world. UVIS is also part of this report – as an example for the innovations and branch developments, which can be explored not only by the visitors, but also by the employees of the fair itself.



UVIS in the Kölner Stadtanzeiger

More and more women graduate from university, they overtook the men in 2016. The founders of UVIS also graduated in 2016. The newspaper the Kölner Stadtanzeiger talked with them about their last year, about their experiences in a branch dominated by males, and about Mad Men.

UVIS is hiring

Sales is your areas of expertise? You are looking for new challenges in a Start-Up and would like to have a chance to participate in its success? Then UVIS is the perfect employer for you!

UVIS is looking for an employee in the field of sales development at the next possible entry date.

Click on the picture to download the full job description in German.

Elevator World

The Hannover Messe in April was the first leading industrial show for UVIS. Now, the Founders wrote for the Elevator World Magazine about their experience and planning tips for StartUps.

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Article Elevator World


Orange reports economic news for young readers – StartUps may not miss out there. UVIS talked with the Online Magazine of the Handelsblatt about its way from a school competition to an own company.

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Venture Capital Magazine

Dr. Peter Güllmann (NRW.Bank) talked with the VentureCapital Magazin about venture capital and its financing. UVIS was mentioned as one successful example for the participation program NRW.SeedCap Digitale Wirtschaft.

Thank you.

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UVIS in conversation with thyssenkrupp

Right in the middle, not merely on the sidelines.
In Essen, UVIS gained insides into the processes of thyssenkrupp through the chairman of the board Dr. Heinrich Hiesinger.

Thanks for this opportunity and the lively conversation

UVIS in the LIFTjournal

It is essential to be part of the trade press. Therefore, we are happy to be part of the LIFTjournal 03/2017 issue. Thanks for the article.

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LIFTJournal 03/2017


The future from Cologne

There was already one or another newspaper article about UVIS – but a television program is something different. UVIS is proud, to be one of the futuremaker of the Rhineland.
Thanks to the WDR. 

Click here to watch the full television report in German.


Pioneers in the Rhineland

StartUps are not always located in the Silicon Valley – some could be your neighbours.
The WDR visited founders in North Rhine Westfalia and will present them in three episodes. The Rhineland is the first stop – and UVIS will be part of it!
This Friday, June 9 th, 8:15 pm on WDR!

P.S. You have already plans for Friday night? No problem! The show will be broadcasted again this Sunday, June 11 th, 3 pm on WDR!

NRW.SeedCap Digital Economy

Since 2016, UVIS is supported by the participation program NRW.SeedCap Digital Economy. Now, the members of the NRW.Bank and the StartUps involved drew a first positive summary.
Thanks for the existing support!

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Rheinische Post - The Escalator Revoluzzer

The founding story of UVIS is slightly different than other StartUps – not everyone starts their founding idea in High School. We talked about it with the Rheinische Post.
Thanks for the article.

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Hannoversche Allgemeine

In April, we took successfully part in our first leading industrial show, the Hannover Messe. One of the guests at our booth was the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung.
Thanks for the article!

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Article Hannoversche Allgemeine

Hannover Messe 2017,  24.-28. April

Meet UVIS at the world's leading industrial show! From the 24.-28. of April UVIS exhibits at the joint stand of North-Rhine-Westfalia within the framework of the Young Tech Enterprises. The stand is located in exhibition hall 3. Feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule a meeting at the Hannover Messe in advance.

Handelsblatt Karriere - Do your thing

The Handelsblatt did not only report about UVIS and ESCALITE in their Newcomer issue, but also in their special graduation issue Karriere to show graduates the career opportunity of founding as well.
Thanks for the interview.

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Handelsblatt - Newcomer

Everyone starts small – UVIS started during the school times of the two founders.
The Newcomer Magazine of the Handelsblatt wants to show High School Graduates the possibility of an own founding and wrote about UVIS. The company is glad to share its experience and thanks the Magazine for this opportunity.

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UVIS in the FAZ

UVIS did not only get prize money at the third Gründerforum NRW, but also a place in the FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

You cannot attend every single event. But thanks to the video about the third Gründerforum NRW, you can pass this day and the win of UVIS in revue.

Click here to watch the video in German. You will find us at 6:23.


Successful pitch!

With many pitches to success! UVIS won the StartUp pitch competition of the third Gründerforum NRW in Essen and prevailed thereby over 60 competitors.
Thanks to the organisers and all our supporters!

NRW.Seed Cap Digital Economy

UVIS was one of the first Start-Ups who became a part of the support program of the NRW.Bank: the “NRW.SeedCap Digitale Wirtschaft”. With this financial support, we could develop the prototype of ESCALITE further.
Now, they wrote an article about us in the staff magazine of the NRW.Bank.
Thanks for the support!

INVEST grant for Business Angels

UVIS is awarded as Invest eligible by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. This award for young and innovative companies underlines the possibility of the participation in the Ministry’s INVEST program.
In this support program, Investors receive both an acquisition subvention and an exit subvention at a minimum participation of 10.000 Euro venture capital. This subsidies make the investment considerations more attractive and a relation between eligible Start-ups and possible investors can be initiated less risky.

UVIS goes international!

The step on the international market is not always easy for a StartUp. UVIS made the first step and is portrayed in the Elevator World Magazine to talk about ESCALITE and how to minimize possible infection sources. The market leading magazine operates world-wide and, therefore, make a good starting point possible for the international start of UVIS.

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European Venture Contest 2016

UVIS is one of the 20 awarded companies at the European Venture Contest NRW 2016, part of Europe's foremost networking and investment event for high growth technology start-ups, venture capital investors, and technology corporations.

Interview with the Hygiene-Netzwerk

The Hygiene-Netzwerk asked UVIS, which importance hygiene has for the company and how UVIS want to bring it into public spaces.
Thank you for the interview!

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Entrepreneurship, or the transfer of theoretical knowledge into practice, becomes increasingly part of the university and its training. One example is the "WorldFactory" by the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The project wants to create possibilities for all members of the university to get to know entrepreneurship, to work on own ideas, to create networks, and to exchange experiences.
UVIS is also a part of it, because without the support of of the two Alma Mater the company would not have made as much progress as it has.
Thank you!

StartUpCon 2016

Not only could UVIS expand its professional network at the StartUpCon 2016, but also had new and interesting discussions and talks – for example with the mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker.

Thanks to the RTZ Köln, Headquarters Cologne and all other, who took part.

Hygiene - Innovation

The two founders talked with Christoph Sterz (DR Wissen) in his radio show "Grünstreifen" about UVIS and the chance to reduce the disgust for the handrails of escalators with the help of ESCALITE.

Click here to listen to the full interview in German.

The trace busters

UVIS in an interview with the Universitas magazine of the University of Cologne. Read about our story and how the product idea for ESCALITE was developed.

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Touchable escalators - world debut presented

The StartUp region Cologne presents a world debut: the degermination module ESCALITE of UVIS was presented at the RTZ (rhinish centrum for technology and entrepreneurship) for representatives of the KVB (public transportation company of Cologne). Users of escalators will touch the handrails more reassured, because they will be degerminated soon.

Click here to read the full article in German. 


UVIS is one of the Top 50 StartUps in Germany 2015

Every year, entrepreneurs and founders win StarUp- and business plan competitions. The website Für-Grü evaluates thousands of applications and winners, to find the most successful StartUps of the year. In 2015, UVIS was ranked on position 35 and is therefore one of the 50 most successful StartUps 2015 in Germany!


Successful participation at the Ruhr@Venture 2015

The decision was made! The winners of the Ruhr@Venture business plan competition are chosen.
The Jury, consisting of representatives of economy and research, awarded the second prize to UVIS and their project “ESCALITE – the palpable solution against germs”.


2. place for UVIS at the NUK business plan competition 2015

UVIS prevailed itself successfully against 56 other teams from North Rhine-Westphalia in the final phase of the NUK (new entrepreneurship cologne) business plan competition and was awarded with the second prize.

UVIS was also awarded with an advancement award in the first phase of the competition. 97 other teams handed in their application in this first round.

The whole competition takes 7 month and every team works on its business plan. Furthermore, they need to convince a jury in a pitch in the last phase.

Photo: NUK e. V., all rights reserved, Photographer: Oliver Schulze