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Digital innovations sought for Webfuture Award

nextMedia.Hamburg selects promising digital start-ups from metropolitan region. Winners get cash prize and worthwhile contacts

Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Webfuture Award by nextMedia.Hamburg. Start-ups in the digital economy have until April 25, 2016 to apply for one of ten places in the final round. Apart from cash prizes to the tune of EUR 8,000, companies can make contacts with investors and professionals in the digital and media sector. The winning team can obtain up to three free work places in Hamburg’s betahaus. KPMG can offer advice to the first, second and third-placed firms.

Speed-Dating as a business Idea

The ninth edition of the Webfuture Award will be presented on May 25, 2016 in the betahaus to innovative, young, talented digital start-ups. During the day, companies will present their business ideas in a so-called speed-dating session to a jury of experts. The panel consisting of well-known capital lenders, companies and sector insiders will assess the pitches. Positions one to three will be announced in the evening. Entrepreneurs who have founded a company in the Hamburg metropolitan region during the last three years or are planning such a venture can take part.

Six new judges

May-Lena Signus, Manager of nextMedia.Hamburg, said: “Developing successful digital business models is crucial for Hamburg as a business location. The aim is to remain competitive in the long-term. That’s why we support young companies in the location from the very start.”

This year’s finalists will face six new jury members. Apart from Dr. Heiko Milde, Managing Director of IFB Innovationsstarte) and Stefanie Hagenmüller (KPMG) who were members of the jury in past, the jury includes Eva-Maria Bauch (G+J), Sina Gritzuhn (Hamburg Startups), Andreas Haug (eVentures), Nico Lumma (Next Media Accelerator), Tobias Seikel (Hanse Ventures) and Alexander Schwarz (Airbnb).

appinio, Protonet & Familo

Last year, the start-up appinio won first prize with their opinion and market research app. The founders, Jonathan Kurfess, Flemming Kühl and Kai Granaß, say: “It facilitates the swiftest market research worldwide”, and gives firms 1,000 feedbacks in five minutes. The app uses play elements and vouchers to encourage users. Meanwhile, appinio also won the “Best of Mobile” Award and the “Best of Hamburg” award for start-ups in 2015 in addition to the Webfuture Award. Winners in the past years include Protonet (2013), which apart from two record crowd-investing rounds, is now also part of the US start-up fund Y Combinator. The 2014 winner, Familio, now has over 1 million users in 11 countries.

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About the Webfuture Award

nextMedia.Hamburg’s Webfuture Award, supports digital entrepreneurs in Hamburg. The event gives start-ups in the the Hamburg metropolitan region the opportunity to present their business ideas to a jury of experts, to obtain expert opinions and to make valuable contacts. The best business ideas are assessed and examined in terms of innovation, implementation and marketing. The winners are publicly awarded at the finale of the event. More information can be found on:

About nextMedia.Hamburg

nextMedia.Hamburg is Hamburg’s regional initiative for the media and digital industries. It is jointly funded by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Hamburg work association, the HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation and committed businesses. The initiative aims to secure Hamburg’s position as a leading media location and to expand and support the network of the media and digital industries. This applies especially to the development of new business models. To this end, nextMedia.Hamburg offers service & support, publishing, networking, theme setting, Hosting und Training. The public, companies and institutes can contact next.Media.Hamburg and the nextMedia StartHub about all digital economy issues. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive regular up-to-date information from the sector: www.nextMedia.Hamburg

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