Innovators‘ Pitch enters the thirteenth round

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  • Call for Applications for Europe-wide competition for early-stage startups
  • Until 3rd of March: most innovative ideas in the categories Digital Learning & EdTech, Digital Mobility and Digital Supply Chain wanted
  • Finalists pitch at hub.berlin on 10th of April for a total of 15,000 euros in prize money

They make our everyday lives easier with exciting and innovative solutions, help to modernise established companies and are already fundamentally changing almost all sectors of industry: startups influence virtually every area of our society and industry. At this year’s Innovators’ Pitch, they will show what potential they have in three very different areas: the most innovative ideas will be sought in the categories Digital Learning & EdTech, Digital Mobility and Digital Supply Chain. The Innovators’ Pitch will take place for the thirteenth time at hub.berlin. Startups can apply with their ideas, prototypes and products until 3rd of March and have the opportunity to pitch their ideas on 10th of April in Berlin in front of the hub.berlin audience and an expert jury. The winners will receive a total of 15,000 euros in prize money, a free Get Started membership and the chance to present their ideas exclusively to selected investors. “The fields of education, logistics and mobility are industries of the future that will be fundamentally changed by digitalisation. The innovative solutions of startups contribute to this change. At hub.berlin, startups have the ideal opportunity to present their solutions and find customers, partners and investors,” says Bitkom Managing Director Niklas Veltkamp. “Finalists from previous years were not only pleased with the media attention after the pitch, they also succeeded in obtaining concrete financing”.

The Innovators’ Pitch is organised by Get Started, the startup initiative of the digital association Bitkom, and is supported by partners such as Cornelsen and SAP Startup Accelerator for Digital Supply Chain. The application form and all details of the competition can be found at www.innovatorspitch.com.

The pitch of the nine finalists and the award ceremony will take place on the first day of hub.berlin in the STATION Berlin on the Red Arena. More than 5,000 international participants, 350 speakers and over 1,000 startups are expected at hub.berlin on 10 & 11 April. All information on the hub.berlin programme on its ten stages and on the possibility for startups to apply for free tickets can be found at http://www.hub.berlin/en.

Bitkom represents more than 2,600 companies of the digital economy, including 1,800 direct members. Through IT- and communication services alone, our members generate a domestic annual turnover of 190 billion Euros, including 50 billion Euros in exports. The members of Bitkom employ more than 2 million people in Germany. Among these members are 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses, over 500 startups and almost all global players. They offer a wide range of software technologies, IT-services, and telecommunications or internet services, produce hardware and consumer electronics, operate in the digital media sector or are in other ways affiliated with the digital economy. 80 percent of the members’ headquarters are located in Germany with an additional 8 percent both in the EU and the USA, as well as 4 percent in other regions of the world.  Bitkom promotes the digital transformation of the German economy, as well as of German society at large, enabling citizens to benefit from digitalisation.  A strong European digital policy and a fully integrated digital single market are at the heart of Bitkom’s concerns, as well as establishing Germany as a key driver of digital change in Europe and globally.