The Team

Teamname: BECK&SALSA

Members: Emma Beck, Ana-Emilia Salsamendi

Mentors at university: Gina Voss und Sebastian Sydlik at Gateway ESC
University at which you study/work and faculty(s): bis 2022 an der Philosophischen Fakultät der Uni Köln

What is your idea about?

BECK&SALSA has developed a bicycle basket that consists of a plug-in system with size-adjustable, woven-in elastic bands.

Our unique fastening solution for bicycles made of elastic bands enables the safe transport of bags, shopping and other items. This prevents items from falling out, slipping or breaking while riding and significantly increases safety while cycling.

How did you get together as a team?

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

How did you come up with your idea?

We are both born in Cologne and can not imagine life without a bike here.

The idea for the bicycle basket came about when we both noticed that our bags and groceries were always bouncing around loose in the basket. 

After a short research, we found that the safe and stable transport of everyday items on the bike is 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 & 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.

We have set ourselves the goal of creating a regionally produced, high-quality and aesthetically pleasing bicycle basket. The bicycle basket of BECK&SALSA is adaptable to the individual needs of our customers.

The modular system from which the basket can be assembled is made of recycled and recyclable plastic. The customers can choose between different sizes and colors of the basket, as well as the elastic bands. In addition, the basket can be easily mounted on the handlebar or on the luggage rack. Whether drinking bottle, backpack, shopping bags 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 for everyday life and the first choice in means of transport. We are rethinking the bicycle accessories segment and want to ensure that people leave their cars behind more often and choose the climate-friendly two-wheeled alternative.

What has Gateway ESC helped you with?

We would recommend 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.