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INTER.NATIONAL! Startup contest

Worldwide competition to join the German market

What is it all about?

The Inter.national! Startup Contest is a pitch competition that consists of five regional contests all around the world: Europe Contest 1, Europe Contest 2, Africa & Mena Contest, North & South America Constest and Asia Constest. The contests are organized by the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK). Each regional contest will be completely held online via a digital platform. You as the audience may get full access to each regional contest by just register for the contest you are interested in.

Benefits for startups

In the contests, the selected international startups compete against each other in front of a professional jury. As part of the Start.up! Germany Tour 2021, the aim of these contests is to find the best startups and to give them the opportunity to travel to Germany and to explore the German startup ecosystem within the frame of the Start.up! Germany Tour.  

The winners of each regional contest will additionally receive several benefits. A total of up to 30,000 euros in prize money will be also distributed to the start-ups.

JOIN OUR Inter.National! Startup ConTESTs 

Enjoy live pitch contests with highly innovative startups from all around the world
Get exclusive insights from German corporates about their regional & international business
Get hints from foreign startups how they entered the German market
See how other international startup ecosystems look like 
Meet the main institutions that are active in bringing foreign startups with "German Mittelstand" together
Connect with everyone after the events via

REGISTER And be part of the contests


September 28, 2021 – 3 to 5 pm, CEST

Bulgaria, Finland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Lithuania, Austria, Azerbaijan
program & Registration


September 29, 2021 – 2 to 4 pm, CEST

Ghana, Iran, Israel, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia

program & Registration


September 30, 2021 – 6 to 8 pm, CEST

Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Uruguay, USA

program & Registration


October 5, 2021 – 3 to 5 pm, CEST

Romania, Sweden, Belarus, The Netherlands, Portugal, Croatia,  Poland, Ukraine, Georgia
program & Registration


October 7, 2021 – 10 am to 12 pm, CEST

China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Singapore

program & Registration