The exciting year of 2017 for blackbee has ended and we now reflect on its many great milestones. Read about our highlights over the past year in today’s review.
December 2017: We are a Digital Female Leader!
blackbees founder and CTO at Webdata Solutions, Dr. Hanna Köpcke, has won the Digital Female Leader Award in the category IT/Tech and so prevailed over 43 other impressive candidates. For the second time now, this prize has been awarded by the women’s magazine Myself and the careers network of Women in Digital. It is presented to women who perform outstandingly in the German digital economy.
We are overjoyed about the award, heartily congratulate our founder Dr. Hanna Köpcke and remain highly thankful for the impressive evening of the awards ceremony on December 1st in Berlin.
October 2017: Appointment of blackbee founder to the steering committee of the BMBF and participation in MUT 2017
blackbee’s founder – Appointment to the “Learning Systems” steering committee
Dr. Hanna Köpcke, blackbee’s founder and CTO, was appointed a member of the steering committee of the platform “Learning Systems” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).From now on she will be discussing relevant and current questions on the topic with experts from business, science and society. With learning systems, the prerequisite conditions are created for intelligent robots, self-driving vehicles and also for networked industrial production. This is intended to pursue the goal of lightening the burdens of life and work, thus also improving the quality of life, as well as sustainably securing economic growth.
blackbee at MUT 2017
We were also invited to this year’s Mid-Size Company Day (MUT), which took place on October 19th. At this cross-industry, leading congress for actors and decision-makers from science, business, politics, media and education, participants had the opportunity to talk to experts and also exchange with other participants. Around 100 owners and executives from medium-sized companies presented themselves at the Leipzig Congress Center. For the first time, founders from the German startup scene also had the opportunity to present their business models, products and services. Besides us, nine other young companies were selected for this startup forum.
We would like to sincerely thank the organisers for arranging the event. Thank you for the experience and the great day out at MUT 2017!
September 2017: We present our ‘blackbee Pricing Report: Beauty and Wellness’ and participate in dmexco 2017
Our Pricing-Report: Beauty and Wellness
Growth within the beauty sector remains unbroken. In light of this, we examined in our “blackbee Pricing Report: Beauty and Wellness” the price management of eight major German online retailers of beauty and wellness products. The respective companies were monitored over the period May to July 2017. To this end, we evaluated the data from our market analysis solution blackbee. The key finding was that German eCommerce has not as yet exploited its pricing potential.
Exchange of expertise at dmexco 2017
Also this year, we were again represented at the largest trade fair for the digital industry in Europe, dmexco. From September 13th to 14th, Cologne hosted interesting discussions and created new business contacts. Interested parties had the opportunity to marvel at our blackbee live demo at our beautiful stand.
We look back on two exciting days of many fresh impressions and already look forward to dmexco 2018!
July 2017: blackbee goes to San Francisco and our founder Dr. Köpcke becomes an IDG expert
Participation in the DELL Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit 2017 in San Francisco
blackbee ventured this summer across the big pond, when DELL invited blackbee founders Carina Röllig and Sabine Maßmann to San Francisco for the entrepreneur event held from July 17th to 18th. The goal of the event is not only to strengthen the network of female entrepreneurs, but also to exchange experiences on the topic of business growth. The event, held for the eighth time in San Francisco, California, brings together 150 female entrepreneurs from all around the world.
We thank you for this wonderful opportunity and exciting time in San Francisco, California!
Our founder Dr. Köpcke becomes an IDG expert
This summer, blackbee’s founder Dr. Hanna Köpcke joined the IDG expert network and will regularly write articles for the trade press. As an IT publisher, the IDG (International Data Group) publishes the journal “Computerwoche” and works closely with a network of experts from various fields.
June 2017: blackbee founder Carina Röllig on the stage of the “Junge IKT 2017” congress
Carina Röllig, one of our three founders, was on the stage of the IKT conference and took part in the discussion on “Business factor foundress: Digital. Successful. Female”.
The congress “Junge IKT 2017” is an event from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and took place on June 7th, 2017 in Berlin. Startups were able to present their developments and solutions here. Renowned industry representatives and experts could also discus the opportunities and challenges of the German founding scene.
May 2017: Startup Safari Leipzig – and we were there!
This year also, we again attended the Startup Safari Leipzig! This time, interested parties could discover the Leipzig startup scene over a full two days. Between May 11th and 12th, we made invitations to our offices in Leipzig and provided insights into our innovative business model.
We are already looking forward to the Startup Safari next year!
April 2017: Girls’ Day 2017 at blackbee
This year, for the first time, on 27th April, 2017, Girls’ Day took place in our offices. Invited were young numbers-articulate ladies who would like to get a taste for technical jobs. With us they got to know the world of blackbee: the operation of the matching process of blackbee was explained very simply and employees related about their daily work at Webdata Solutions.
We had a fun day with our girls and look forward to again being part of Girls’ Day next year!
March 2017: We present our study, together with iBusiness, and are represented at this year’s Internet World
Together with iBusiness, we uncovered the discount lie on Amazon! To this end, iBusiness monitored 270 selected products from June 2016 in a long-term study, supported by our blackbee Business Intelligence software. The focus here was on retailers who sell their products on Amazon or Google Shopping.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are no longer a novelty to established online retailers. The one-week discount war attracts many customers to higher-priced purchases. But our study in collaboration with iBusiness shows that many articles at the beginning of sales season are as expensive as rarely in the months before. The entire Cyber Week is no more than a clever sales campaign at regular prices. The discount is merely perceived so and consumers ultimately only save against the particularly expensive preceding week.
blackbee at Internet World 2017
Internet World in Munich, the biggest international eCommerce fair, invites to Munich every year. This year, the event took place on March 7th and 8th in two days of concentrated eCommerce knowledge, new trends and lots of networking. blackbee’s pricing experts were represented with a stand and showed interested visitors our live demo.
We look back positively on Internet World and are thankful for the great impressions and contacts we were able to gather there.
January 2017: Happy Birthday on blackbee’s 5th birthday!
The champagne corks were flying as we looked back over half a decade in our company history. blackbee celebrated its 5th anniversary at the beginning of 2017. There was delicious cake at hand also!
At this point it is especially important to just say thank you:
- A big thank you to all the employees who are working hard for the success of blackbee,
- A heartfelt thanks to our investors for their great support, and
- Thank you to our loyal clients for their day-to-day trust in us!