157 submissions from 63 countries show that the Josef Umdasch Research Prize, which is awarded annually by the Umdasch Group, is a popular competition for innovative start-ups from all over the world. This time, a digital solution for the “workplace of the future” was sought, which the winner is allowed to implement at the subsidiary Doka. And this is called Cupp: The Canadian start-up is developing a chatbot that uses its artificial intelligence in such a way that employees are quickly supplied with important information. There was also joy at AmBC, a social enterprise from Ivory Coast, which received the special award from the Umdasch Group Foundation for its ideas in the fight against illiteracy. The African start-up has developed modern educational software that is easy to use and adapted to regional characteristics. In autumn, the invitation to tender for the Josef Umdasch Research Award 2020 will be made.