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Apply now for second "Games Lift" incubator - deadline on July 26
28 June 2021

Games developers can apply now for the second "Games Lift" incubator. Applicants have until the deadline of July 26, 2021 to submit their applications online provided they are headquartered in Hamburg or the teams relocate to the Hanseatic city. Five teams will receive up to EUR 15,000 each to develop digital games with high market potential. The winners will also attend workshops and take part in a mentoring scheme with international games experts and have the use of co-working spaces. Five games projects obtained initial funding last year.

16-month scheme

The best applicants will pitch their projects to an award committee of industry experts. The five teams with the most convincing pitches will be admitted to the intense phase of the incubator from September to early December. Gamecity Hamburg will back the teams for another year and offer individual coaching by professional consultants and a PR agency specializing in indie games. Workshops and coaching sessions will held two days a week during the initial phase.

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Prizes to be awarded by five experts.

Expert jury

The jury consists of experts from the Ministry of Culture and Media, Gamecity Hamburg (from left to right): Anne Beuttenmüller (Director Marketing EMEA Niantic), Wolf Lang (CEO Super Crowd), Ole Schaper (CEO & CTO Sviper), Margarete Schneider (Project Manager Gamecity Hamburg and Jens Unrau (Head of Department Media and Digital Economy at the Ministry of Culture and Media).

Other support measures

Gamecity Hamburg, which is part of the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, offers support beyond the incubator. Gamecity Hamburg also runs the Hamburg Prototype Funding scheme to enable teams to develop their concepts into playable and marketable prototypes. A second round of funding will be launched later this year. Applications can be submitted from August 30, 2021.


Gamecity Hamburg supports, networks and raises Hamburg's profile as an international games centre. The goal is to improve the framework conditions for companies and founders along the value chain and to help with their further development and make Hamburg one of Germany's leading games centres.