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The Team

Teamname: BECK&SALSA

Members: Emma Beck, Ana-Emilia Salsamendi



Mentors at university: Gina Voss and Sebastian Sydlik at Gateway ESC
University at which you study/work and faculty(s): until 2022 at the University of Cologne's Faculty of Arts and Humanities

What is your idea about?

Our idea allows safe transportation of bags, shopping, and other items. We have set ourselves the goal of producing a regionally produced, high-quality, and aesthetic bicycle basket.

The bicycle basket of BECK&SALSA is adaptable to the individual needs of our customers and is made of recycled and recyclable plastic. Customers can choose between different sizes and colors for the basket. In addition, the basket can be easily mounted on the handlebar or luggage rack. Whether a drinking bottle, backpack, shopping bag, or bouquet of flowers, BECK&SALSA can bring any item safely to its destination and is the perfect complement for any bike model.

With our basket, the bicycle becomes the perfect companion when going about everyday life and the first choice means of transport. We are rethinking the bicycle accessories segment and want to ensure that people leave their cars behind more often and opt for the climate-friendly two-wheeled alternative.

How did you get together as a team?

We have been best friends for over ten years. We are passionate cyclists, design fans, and creative minds. Above all, we are a well-coordinated team.

How did you come up with your idea?

We were both born in Cologne and cannot imagine life without a bike here. The idea for the bicycle basket came about when we both noticed that the safe and stable transport of everyday items on the bike was not solved by the available bicycle baskets.

What are you studying/working or what have you studied?

Emma has a bachelor's degree in Film and Television. Afterwards, she completed an apprenticeship as a Garment Technician.

Ana has a Bachelor's degree in Art History and is currently doing a Master's in Exhibition Design.

What has Gateway ESC helped you with?

We would recommend the Gateway to anyone who has a start-up idea or is interested in starting a business. Gateway has supported us on our way so far. Together with various experts, we were able to continuously optimize our idea.

Also, the possibility to get to know other start-ups and to exchange ideas is a great enrichment. We are very grateful to be part of this great network.