Fraunhofer spin-off OSSENO wins Start-up Award 2016
OSSENO Software GmbH from Kaiserslautern, a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE, has won the Start-up Award 2016. The award, which is worth several thousand euros, was presented in Pirmasens on 29 November 2016. For several years, the Science Alliance Kaiserslautern e.V. along with the Kaiserslautern Start-up Office have been offering this award to young companies that impress not only with an innovative product, but also with a solid business model.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Baum from the Chair of Entrepreneurship at the University of Kaiserslautern emphasized in his laudation that both the ReqSuite solution and the perfectly complementary founders’ team with Dr. Norman Riegel, Dr. Sebastian Adam, and Özgür Ünalan were the decisive reasons why OSSENO Software GmbH was selected for the award. The initial ideas for the spin-off came from CTO Özgür Ünalan, who was involved in the development of a requirements engineering tool early on already. He likes to compare this tool to navigation systems or tax declaration programs: “You do not need to know every route, and you do not need to be a tax expert either. With the appropriate tool, you are still guided reliably to your destination, respectively to the correct result.”
From practical experience with customers, the three founders already knew many competitor products and realized quickly what the perfect tool for requirements engineering support should look like: The new solution should provide more support and make requirements engineering easier. Unlike other requirements engineering tools, ReqSuite also allows smaller companies or those with limited expertise in requirements engineering to master such tasks in their development processes more successfully.
On 1 January 2015, OSSENO Software GmbH was officially launched as a spin-off. Its customers today already include large companies such as Audi, Trumpf, WWK Lebensversicherung, as well as various small and medium-sized companies from different domains. In 2017, OSSENO will move to its own offices in Kaiserslautern. For the future, two issues top their agenda: The product shall be offered as a Cloud solution, resp. as Software as a Service, and internationalization shall be pursued.