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February 22, 2024 – 2 to 4 pm, CET

Africa & Mena Contest

The Inter.national! Startup Contest is a pitch competition that consists of five regional contests all around the world. The contests are organized by the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK). The following countries/regions may participate:

Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Israel, Nigeria, Saudi-Arabia, UAE

2.00 pM
Welcoming and Introduction of the Jury members
2.15 pM
Startup Pitches
Each startup has got only three minutes to pitch their business idea in front the audience and a professional jury consisting of industry experts and institutions. After every pitch there is time for three minutes Q&A.

Enjoy pitches from: 

Biofertech from Algeria

Ecomilez from Egypt

Chatbots Africa from Ghana

Daika Wood from Israel

Craftplanet from Nigeria

Mirai Solar from Saudi-Arabia

HydroArt from UAE

2.55 pM
How to fuck up your international expansion
Gernot Schwendtner, International Expansion Expert - Founder, Upvisor - Shaping Global Success
3.25 pM
Announcement of the winners
Be excited which startups from Africa/Mena are going to get the ticket to the final of the Start.up! Germany Tour to enjoy it on site!
Moderated by
Dominik Stute, Chamber of Industry and Commerce Dortmund
Members of the Jury
Dr. Kathrin Bischoff, Policy Advisor for Innovation Markets in Asia and North America at Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Hendrik Maatz, Funding Expert at NRW.BANK 

Florian Schnitzler, Head of Start-up/Scale-up unit at NRW.Global Business

Marie Struß, Consultant Business Transformation at Ernst & Young

Christoph Sommer, Innovation Manager at NEW AG