Hamburg Innovation Summit to highlight city of future

Hamburg Innovation Awards to be presented and new start-up platform to be unveiled
31 May 2022
Fish Auction Hall in Altona

The Hamburg Innovation Summit (HHIS) gets underway Thursday (June 2, 2022) under the theme of "New materials for the city of tomorrow"  as a networking event in the Fish Auction Hall in Altona. The Hamburg Innovation Awards (HIA) will be presented on June 2 before the online academy launches on Friday with top-class panel discussions and keynotes. Emphasis will be on how new materials can help develop a liveable city. Hamburg’s latest platform for entrepreneurs, Startup City Hamburg, will also be unveiled.

Hamburg Innovation Awards

The HIA will be presented in the categories "Idea" (companies in the start-up phase), "Start" (companies that have existed for a maximum of five years) and "Growth" (established companies). Three companies per category will be in the final.

Idea: DePla is striving to establish  a sustainable and resource-efficient circular economy by chemically recycling non-recyclable PET bottles. Meanwhile, the team behind 5pectre Optix is offering novel spectroscopy equipment in quality control and material analysis while WeDart facilitates automatic scorekeeping, online play and detailed game statistics when playing darts.

Start: Ant Robotics has developed a robotic platform for fruit and vegetable harvests while Nect has developed online identification services based on artificial intelligence. And Beyond Emotion sends carers messages about the state of a person in their care using AI-based emotion recognition.

Growth: Weinmann Emergency Medical Technology is active worldwide in emergency, transport and disaster medicine. The medical diagnostics company Altona Diagnostics has developed diagnostic tests for PCR-based detection of pathogens. And LUIS Technology offers vehicle manufacturers safety solutions in the shape of camera monitoring systems and driver assistance systems.

Hamburg's start-up ecosystem at a glance

The new Startup City Hamburg platform, which will be unveiled during HHIS, gives an overview of Hamburg's start-up ecosystem including funding and networking opportunities as well as support and grants. Start-ups and supporting organisations can register on the platform and become a visible part of the network. Founders and entrepreneurs can search for investors in Hamburg and across the globe and post their collaborations and operation and job vacancies on the website. Startup City Hamburg also reports about news and events across the start-up scene in both German and English. Click here to watch the live-stream.

Extensive supporting programme

The agenda of HHIS, which is hosted by the Ministry of Economics and Innovation (BWI), the Hamburg Investment and Development Bank (IFB Hamburg), and Hamburg Innovation GmbH. is available on the website. Launched in 2015, the summit builds bridges between research, business, politics and society and attracted over 1,300 delegates online last year.