South by Southwest – das Kreativ- und Digitalfestival in Austin © Samantha Burkardt

Hamburg Startups heading to SXSW in Texas

Call for start-ups: Apply now and pitch for two trips to South by Southwest

The private initiative Hamburg Startups is looking for six, fledgling companies to pitch for two tickets to the 2019 edition of the South by Southwest (SXSW). The closing date for applications is January 11, 2019 (23.59pm). The creative and digital fair underway in Austin, Texas, from March 8-17, 2019 is one of the leading specialist conferences and industry meetings for the music, film, gaming and digital industries and a hotspot for creative people, start-ups and media experts. Start-ups from Hamburg have proven successful there in recent years.

Companies based in Hamburg

Start-ups across all sectors, headquartered in Hamburg, and that can demonstrate initial success are invited to apply. Six finalists will compete on January 21, 2019 at betahaus Hamburg for winning tickets to Austin. Two winning start-ups will receive one ticket each for SXSW’S Interactive Festival, and also flight and accommodation costs. Start-ups representing Hamburg at the creative fair and that want to expand their international contacts, should submit their application with a short description and an English pitch to Detailed conditions can be found here. Deutsche Bank, Beiersdorf, Vast Forward and the Hanseatic start-up unit Hamburg Invest are among the other partners lending their support to start-ups.

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Future Hamburg Award

The Future Hamburg Award is a new international start-up award presented by the City of Hamburg. Innovative founders can submit their entry to in just five minutes and win an individual “Start me up in Hamburg” package. The tailor-made Startup Unit package offers business coaching in all the relevant areas, access to an exclusive network of investors and decision-makers, a stage slot at the Online Marketing Rockstars Festival 2019 and much more. For more reports about the success and buzz on the German market and beyond, go to #futurehamburgaward.

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