Join our live event and get to know excited startups from all around the world!


In five global competitions of our Inter.national! Startup Contest, we have selected fifteen great international startups to compete live on stage in Dusseldorf (Germany) on November 17 from 4.00 to 7.00 pm, CET in this Grand Final!

The startups have presented themselves here in front of companies, investors and multipliers from all around the world and at the same time competed for prize money with which they can boost their activities in Germany.

Their products and ideas come from the Insurtech, Smart City and Logistics/Mobility sectors and impressively demonstrate the diversity of what grandiose products exist around the world.


WORDS OF WELCOME [0:00 - 4:08]
  • Ralf Stoffels, President of IHK NRW
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Dr. Kathrin Bischoff, Policy Advisor for Innovation Markets, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Elena Matekina, General Manager CEE | MENA | Startups, NRW.Global Business
  • Stefanie Burgdorff, Senior Manager Trend & Innovation Scouting, Germany Trade and Invest
  • Dr. Markus Gick, Co-Managing Director at xdeck // Co-Founder and Managing Partner NRWalley startup association
  • Oliver Weimann, Managing Director, ruhr:HUB GmbH // Founder, Serial Entrepreneur & Early Stage Investor
PITCH ROUND 1 (Smart City and Logistics & Mobility) [26:00]
Smart City Startups
  • Carnot Innovations from Hong Kong [26:00]
  • Kiru Energy from Nigeria [33:42]
  • Pix Force from Brazil [40:39]
  • The Carbon Sink from Argentina [47:39]
Logistics & Mobility Startups
  • 2hire from Italy [53:56]
  • ALDL (ANT Machines) from Slovakia [1:01:11]
  • Freightwalla from India [1:07:49]
  • Mindtronic from Taiwan [1:14:22]
  • Yeply from Finland [1:21:02]
PITCH ROUND 2 (InsurTech) [1:43:25]
InsurTech Startups
  • AKUR8 from France [1:43:44]
  • Amodo from Croatia [1:50:19]
  • Kineto Tech Rehab SRL (re.flex) from Romania [1:56:42]
  • MedApp from Poland [2:03:24]
  • StrAIberry from Iran [2:08:53]
  • Tap2Pay from Belarus [2:15:20]
  • Dr. Johannes Velling, Deputy Head of Department "Startups and Digital Impulse, Financing”, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Felix Neugart, CEO, NRW.Global Business
  • Dr. Kim J. Zietlow, Director Trend & Innovation Scouting, Germany Trade & Invest

    Moderated by Wulf-Christian Ehrich, Spokesman International Relations, IHK NRW // Deputy Chief Executive, Dortmund Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dominik Stute, Head of Unit Innovation, Industry, International Networks, Dortmund Chamber of Commerce and Industry


2hire is a tech-based startup that enables and empowers digital mobility solutions around connected vehicles. The company offers the opportunity to launch, run and scale innovative digital services without the need for specific technical expertise, by enabling mobility services, both shared and on-demand, around all kinds of vehicles. 2hire offers four different scalable solutions for either connected or not yet connected vehicles: 2hire Box: vehicle connection hardware that allows the user to interact with its data and functionalities with a few clicks 2hire API platform: 2hire integrates connected vehicles into some API which helps the customer to build its service rapidly 2hire Sharing Platform: the end-to-end solution to launch a sharing business from scratch, comprehensive of a management dashboard and a tailor-made white labeled app for final users Linkey: the new digitized process for car rentals Since 2017, 2hire has connected more than 15k vehicles in 15 countries.
#Italy #Logistics&Mobility

Akur8 is the next generation insurance pricing software designed for insurers looking for automation and transparency. Akur8 leverages advanced analytics to empower actuaries and pricing teams to make better decisions, faster. Akur8 developed a proprietary AI-based platform that automates the pricing process of P&C and health insurers, while keeping full transparency and control on the models created, as required by regulators worldwide. Akur8 is the only solution on the market reconciling Machine Learning and Actuarial worlds. With Akur8, insurance carriers’ pricing time-to-market is reduced by a factor of 10x while the predictive power of the models is 10% higher, bringing game-changing speed-to-accuracy to carriers worldwide. Akur8 serves 30+ customers across 12 countries, including AXA, Generali and Munich Re, specialty insurers Canopius and Tokio Marine Kiln, insurtechs Wakam and wefox, and mutualistic player Matmut. 350 actuaries use Akur8 daily to build their pricing models.

#France #Insurtech

We have developed and built a remote-controlled fully electric robot for logistics terminal operations. The robot transports loaded and empty semi-trailers and container platforms in logistics and other facilities. ANT robots have lower TCO and operational costs than conventional diesel terminal tractors and generate no carbon footprint. We are now working on full automation of the ANT. ANT removes CO2 emissions from terminal operations, allows comfortable indoor usage, saves fuel costs, and requires no licensed driver. Automated versions will be able to integrate with Terminal Management Systems providing better operational control and traceability. It will also allow swarm operations greatly increasing efficiency in hubs with high traffic and ensuring better safety of operations.

#Slovakia #Logistics&Mobility

Amodo is an insurtech company on a mission to disrupt the insurance industry. By turning users' smartphones into powerful telematics sensors, Amodo Connected Insurance Platform enables insurers to deliver tailor-made products by gathering and contextualizing behavioral data,  enabling them to provide their users with new usage-based models like Pay as You Drive and Pay How You Drive. These models give users the opportunity to receive pricing that is suitable for them while being insured every step of the way.

Over the past years, Amodo launched more than 40 different Connected Insurance Products worldwide, with some of the leading companies such as AIG, Porsche Insurance, BNP Paribas Cardif Insurance, UNIQA, and many others. Amodo was named by Financial Times as one of the top 5 Insurtech companies globally, is a winner of a prestigious Digital Insurance Agenda Diamond Award in 2020, and has been named by Frost and Sullivan as the Best Practice Leader in the Usage-Based Insurance market.

#Croatia #Insurtech

Carnot Innovations aims to be the brain behind a truly smart building. Our ground-breaking software platform enables persistent optimization of commercial building operational performance. Carnot's predictive fault diagnostics engine engine uses advanced machine  learning anomaly detection models and logic based fault detection to predict failures on critical building equipment. It empowers facility managers to perform targeted defect rectifications at optimal times. Carnot's data driven AI based Plant Optimization engine generates optimal set points, staging & sequencing logics for all mechanical equipment in buildings and directly writes them back to the equipment controller. Carnot Innovations has deployed their advanced analytics software platform in over 28 major commercial buildings across Asia and generated over 20% persistent energy cost savings over existing controls in addition to uncovering 90% hidden faults and reducing key operational failures by 50%.

#HongKong #SmartCity

"Established in January 2017, Freightwalla is India's leading digital freight forwarding company. 

Freightwalla offers a full-stack online platform for businesses to plan, book and manage international freight shipments seamlessly. The company provides instant quotations & booking of ocean freight, real-time tracking of shipments, and several other digital solutions to streamline supply chain processes. Its state-of-the-art technology and tools help shippers save 70% of man-hours in booking and get superior shipping services at affordable prices. Freightwalla services are backed by Blockchain and AI/ML-driven state-of-the-art Data Analytics Reporting that offer intelligent route planning, historical price insights, cargo delays prediction, and risk & trend analyses.  

With over 2000+ customers, 60+ shipping line partners, and serving over 1000 ports, Freightwalla envisions revolutionizing international maritime logistics with much-needed transparency and excellence."

#India #Logistics&Mobility

re.flex is a disruptive virtual physiotherapy assistant that provides a fully automated digital telerehabilitation solution (hardware and software), to enable people suffering from knee and hip OA or after surgery to do physical therapy at home in a reliable, efficient, and convenient way. re.flex offers real-time visual (3D), haptic and audio sensor assisted guidance with the best market accuracy, using recovery protocols validated through medical studies with proven outcomes. With the help of only two sensors attached to their injured leg, all the movements are captured together with other information analysed in real-time so patients get 3D virtual assistance and real-time feedback. The 3D virtual representation of the human leg is a unique feature that raises the standards of assisting the quality of the execution. In addition, the therapy progress is documented and patients can track their performance and check whether they are performing the exercises correctly.

#Romania #Logistics&Mobility

Kiru is enabling better access to reliable and affordable electricity for Residential homes and Small-Medium-sized Enterprises. Our digital energy platform gives the customer access to buy electricity and to monitor energy usage from anywhere in the world. This is achieved through remote communication between our mobile application, cloud database and the smart metering network integrated with solar powered grids.

#Nigeria #SmartCity

MedApp develops unique software solutions to support next-generation diagnostic imaging and digital medicine services based on artificial intelligence, mixed reality and 3D imaging solutions.  The key technologies offered by MedApp are:

1.CarnaLife Holo - a certified innovative technology that supports the planning and execution of complex medical procedures. With the help of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 goggles, the doctor sees in real space a 3D hologram that reflects the imaged anatomical area. The physician is free to interact with the displayed hologram. The system is now present in 18 medical facilities, and has been used more than 100 medical procedures of various specialties.

2.CarnaLife System - an advanced telemedicine platform for remote health monitoring and diagnostic. The system is supported by more than 20 remote measurement devices. Examination results are analyzed 24/7 using AI algorithms and Big Data analytics. The system has been implemented in 16 medical facilities.

#Poland #Logistics&Mobility

Mindtronic AI is an interdisciplinary automotive A.I. company based in Taiwan. With a vision to transform future mobility, we have developed automotive grade and scalable solutions to aid the deployment of intelligent cockpit and ADAS for before market (BM) car manufacturers and Tier-1 companies. Our Deep Learning Framework BCNN enables ultra-lightweight A.I. embedded on any automotive CPU without using expensive GPU solutions. And our unique A.I. portfolios such as gaze tracking, 3D VR or palm recognition enable clients to embrace and scale A.I. easily and economically. In the automotive after market (AM), we also provide a one stop product and service for auto parts and system integrator (SI) companies to ensure a quality and safer fleet management.

#Taiwan #Logistics&Mobility

Awards: #1 Brazil Computer Vision Startup 2018 and 2019. #1 Brazil A.I. Startup 2020 and 2021, over 18.000 startups.

Pix Force develops solutions to interpret images and videos automatically - cheaper, faster, and more accurately than human vision. Through artificial intelligence applied to computer vision, we transform images obtained by cameras, drones, and satellites into valuable information and data. 

Examples of products and applications of computer vision are: Autonomous Inspection of Transmission Towers through RGB camera and thermal coupled to drone; Validation of integrity of personally identifiable documents by computer vision. Quality inspection of surfaces in general (metal, glass, plastic, etc.); Automatic counting of objects, such as cattle, cigarette filters, bags of cement and trees.

#Brazil #SmartCity

Straiberry is an intuitive AI-powered application designed to revolutionized dental care. The app can simply detect oral hygiene problems with AI precision, giving solutions, planing daily oral hygiene routines, and many other features. Please take a moment to think that 95% of dental issues could be prevented just by monitoring and regular checkups that we provide. 

Users can take and upload 3 different photos of their teeth. The machine-learning-based application will process the images, give feedback with an accuracy of 93%, and tell the users what might be wrong with their teeth. By figuring out the dental issues through the taken pictures, StrAIberry makes a report of this analysis. The Value Proposition of StrAIberry for insurance companies is evaluating the patient's condition much faster and cheaper, dentists can have a second opinion much easier and quicker, and also, the user always has access to free dentistry everywhere.

#Iran #Insurtech

Tap2Pay is a platform to accept online payments for SMBs with a high conversion rate on all digital channels: websites, social networks, popular messengers. Tap2Pay provides a secure, seamless, omnichannel buying experience in 2 clicks via express checkout widget without any redirection or registration. 

With Tap2Pay a merchant could sell just from a FB post or an Instagram profile. A buyer after a click on the post will get an invoice right away in the messenger of choice and be ready to pay by card, PayPal, bank accounts, etc. The service integrates with dozens of payment gateways providing full security during the payment process. The merchant knows who wants to buy, can support a customer via messenger, can chat with him in real-time, send notifications and stimulate to buy.

#Belarus #SmartCity

The Carbon Sink is a digital platform in which users can measure their carbon footprint and offset it.

The platform aims to offer individuals, entrepreneurs and small and medium size companies the chance to know, to reduce and to offset the environmental impact with flexible and self-management tools. In this way, we can speed up the necessary change for an environmentally sustainable development.

#Argentina #SmartCity

COVID-19 has completely exploded bicycle sales around the world. New bike brands are entering the market, and the industry players are looking for new solutions to meet the dramatic changes in people’s behaviour. This rapid rise in bike sales, especially in eBike sales, is causing unprecedented demand for bike maintenance.

Yet, bike owners around the world face the same problem: Maintaining your bike can be a pain in the ass.

Since 2016, we have been changing the old-fashioned bike maintenance industry with a new concept: Bicycle maintenance in your neighbourhood. Our mobile bike service concept offers van-based service that is friendly, fast and easy. You get your bike back the same day. No long waiting times, no queues. All powered by our own in-house developed, state of the art digital tools, a world class brand, and our proven business model. We serve both consumers and businesses.

#Finland #Logistics&Mobility