Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch © Stefan Groenveld

Deadline for Startups@Reeperbahn pitch 2016 ending soon

Five finalists could attract 100 investors. Top prize of EUR 100,000

The deadline for the Startups@Reeperbahn pitch ends at midnight on August 19, 2016. Five start-ups from all over Europe can pitch their company to over 100 investors and investment managers on September 21, 2016 during the Reeperbahn Festival. The winner will receive the WELT media award – a cash prize of EUR 100,000 for their media budget. The pitch is a held as part of a co-operation between the private initiative Hamburg Startups and the Reeperbahn Festival to be held in Hamburg from September 21-24, 2016.

From learning apps to smart sports clothing

Start-ups from any sector can apply. Last year, founders with widely different business ideas reached the final round. The finalists included Figo, a Hamburg-based FinTech start-up, a Finnish start-up named Funzi which develops learning apps, MedLango, a Berlin-based translation platform, Cybus, a Hamburg-based Industry 4.0 start-up and the Frankfurt-based winner, Antelope, which sells smart sport clothes.

This year’s event will be held this year in Grünspan – a music club close to the Reeperbahn. The audience at the pitch includes investors, corporate executives, journalists and multiplicators in the German digital and media sector. The pitch will be followed by an after show party. “Blind-Dates” on September 22 give founders a chance to meet potential investors.

The Reeperbahn Festival is the biggest club event in Germany and has morphed into one of the key meeting points in the music industry since it was launched in 2005. The festival offers representatives of the music and digital industry and creative economy a programme with over 230 sessions, networking events and award shows. Last year, around 32,000 visitors attended the four-day show.

Expert jury

The winner will be chosen by a jury of experts from the digital and media sector and includes Katharina Borchert, CIO of Mozillla in San Francisco, Dr. Cornel Wisskirchen, regional head of Deutsche Bank, Chelsea Collier, co-founder of the Impact Hub in Austin, Texas, Christian Fuhrhop, CFO of WELT, Claire England, Director of Angel Clubs in the U.S. and Ralf Dümmel, an investor in “The Lion’s Den” (“Die Höhle der Löwen”) and manager of DS Produkte GmbH.

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About the application:

Application forms are available on Competitors should have a good command of English as the pitch sessions are held in the English language. Organisers will pay the travel expenses of five finalists (one person from each competing company). Registrations for the official Aftershow Part on September 21, 2016 begin in August. More information can be found on

About the Hamburg Startups initiative

The Hamburg Startups Team, founded by Sina Gritzuhn and Sanja Stankovic, is committed to effective networking and visibility in the city’s start-up scene. Apart from events like the Startups@Reeperbahn pitch and the Startups Mixer, they have set up a joint platform called the Hamburg Startup Monitor offering an overview of all 400 start-ups in Hamburg. The team aims to raise international awareness of the city of Hamburg as a metropolis for founders by monitoring the start-up scene regularly. More information can be found on:

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