Apply now for three start-up contests in Hamburg

Deadline on July 31, 2023 - prizes worth EUR 2,000 to EUR 50,000 available - particular emphasis on female founders
26 July 2023
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Start-ups in Hamburg now have until the deadline of July 31, 2023 to enter three contests for founders. Successful entrants stand to win EUR 2,000 to EUR 50,000 in prize money. 

Gunnar Uldall Business Award

The Gunnar Uldall Business Award preserves and promote the values of the social market economy. The search is now on for courageous personalities who are active company founders. Apart from acting in the spirit of the social market economy, the founders must present a sustainable business idea and act as a social leader. The prize tagets founders across the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Three finalists can expect prizes worth between EUR 2,000 and 10,000. Applications are accepted by email.

Gründergeist Start-up Competition

The Junior Chamber of Commerce holds the annual "Gründergeist Startup Competition" to promote particularly innovative and ideas from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Seven applicants are invited to a professional pitch training and can then present their business ideas to a jury of experts. Three finalists stand to win prizes worth a total of EUR 20,000. Applications can be submitted online. The  awards ceremony will be held in the Körber Forum.

Idea Promotion Award

Good ideas are also the focus of the 16th Idea Promotion Prize presented by the Hamburg-based Idee coffee roaster Darboven. The prize lauds women's innovative business start-ups. "I am repeatedly inspired by women's great entrepreneurial potential, which does not receive sufficient support," said Albert Darboven. The prize encourages women to take the path to self-employment and promotes entrepreneurs who secure Germany's international competitiveness with sustainable business ideas in social, ecological and economic fields.  Three finalists stand to win prizes worth EUR 5,000 to 50,000. Applications can be submitted online and per post.


Startup City Hamburg

Startup City Hamburg offers an overview of all start-ups in the city as well as funding and networking opportunities. The platform is a digital single point of contact for Hamburg's start-up ecosystem and raises its visibility both nationally and internationally. The website is the result of a joint initiative by the Ministry of Economics and Innovation, Hamburg Innovation, Hamburg Invest and Hamburg Marketing as well as the Institute for Innovation and Technology (IIT).