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START.UP! GERMANY TOUR 2022 

It's official! The Start.up! Germany Tour 2022 takes place hybridly from October 23 to 27, 2022!  More detailed information will be announced shortly.

If you are curious what the Start.up! Germany is all about you can watch our official aftermovie of 2021's tour here down below.

Official Aftermovie - Start.up! Germany Tour 2021

What do our startup alumnis say?

Renato gomes
Founder and President at pix force (brazil)
winner of 1st place

“Overall, it was very good. The Start.up! Germany Tour allowed us to do experience more companies from different sectors and that was I think for us the main objective in taking part. It was very positive. When we are talking about the final event in Germany, that was a 10 out of 10. On a personal experience, this was really enriching and for Pix Force from a corporate perspective it was really good. The result was as good as it could get. It was a worthwhile trip. Germany is the place to be. Germany is the hard land. Join Germany and you are everywhere in the world. And I think the tour made this crystal clear in terms of the challenges that exist and also a lot about the success cases that also existed with large companies. And how large companies, the government and the banks are helping out. It was worth every single moment. So, that’s why it is a 10 out of 10.”

Camil Moldoveanu
Co-Founder & CEO at re.flex
(romania)
winner of 2nd place

“The Start.up! Germany Tour was a nice experience. We already had a lot of experience with these kinds of events. So, I would say that we have enough experience to know if it’s good or bad. The biggest thing what I took from the Start.up! Germany Tour was the Reverse Pitch, I really loved it. I loved this format of reversed pitches and the idea of presenting us the local environment. The Start.up! Germany Tour was really inspiring, and I really felt comfortable with the people around like the organizers, corporates and the other startups. So, it was a nice experience.”

Vitaly Chukanov
CEO at ANT Machines
(slovakia)
winner of 3rd place

“It’s a good way for every startup that wants to raise awareness about its product or idea. It’s valuable to take part in the tour because the outcome you get could be more than you count on. For us, it was exactly the reason why we participated. When we had our first pitch, I was impressed by the scale and quality of the tour, the level of the jury. For us, the Start.up! Germany Tour was a great experience in terms of pitching to different audiences. It helped us gain many insights because we received feedback from a large number of different companies and institutions. That was really valuable and relevant for us, a great addition to winning the third place.”

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Interview with Bruno Vath Zarpellon - AHK Brazil

In todays interview we are welcoming Mr. Bruno Vath Zarpellon from AHK Brazil in. He is director of the Innovation and Sustainability Department in São Paulo and shares with us his thoughts about the winning startup from Brazil, Pix Force and the potential of the Brazilian startup ecosystem. First of all, how did you find […]
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Interview with Angeline Marokoane - AHK South Africa

Today we welcome Angeline Marokoane to our blog series. Angeline is from AHK South Africa and shares with us her insights into the country's very interesting startup ecosystem. Enjoy reading! Forecasts predict that the expected population growth of working-age people in South Africa will increase. How can this growth be used to increase the frequency […]
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How the tour can lead to great success: The Story of DB Schenker and Gideon Brothers - FINAL PART

As part of the main program of the Start.up! Germany Tour 2021, the talk with representatives of DB Schenker and Gideon Brothers (croatian startup) was about giving insights about their collaboration.
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Interview with Andrea Basilova - CoFounder of SENSONEO

Even after our grand finale of the Startup Germany Tour 2021, we will continue with exciting contributions. Today we have Andrea from Sensoneo on the starting line for you. Sesoneo are one of our most interesting SUTG alumni startups. Enjoy reading the interview. Welcome Andrea, can you nevertheless briefly summarize for our readers what your […]
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THE GREAT SUCCESS STORY OF DB SCHENKER AND GIDEON BROTHERS PART 3:

In 2018, the global logistics service provider DB Schenker with headquarter in Essen and the Croatian startup Gideon met in the semifinals of the Start.up! Germany Tour. Having worked together in different projects since 2018, DB Schenker joins in June 2021 a $31 million Series A investment into the Croatian robotics and AI solutions company […]
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The great success story of DB Schenker and Gideon Brothers Part 2:

In 2018, the global logistics service provider DB Schenker with headquarter in Essen and the Croatian startup Gideon met in the semifinals of the Start.up! Germany Tour. Having worked together in different projects since 2018, DB Schenker joins in June 2021 a $31 million Series A investment into the Croatian robotics and AI solutions company […]
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Interview with Stefanie Burgdorff from Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI)

We are pleased to welcome Stefanie Burgdorff today. Stefanie answers our questions today and gives us exciting insights into the world of our close tour partner GTAI. First of all, let's take a look at your Digital Hub. Could you briefly explain the concept behind it? The Digital Hub Initiative is an initiative launched by […]
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The great success story of DB Schenker and Gideon Brothers Part 1:

Interview with Erik Wirsing, Vice President Global Innovation, DB Schenker In 2018, the global logistics service provider DB Schenker with headquarter in Essen and the Croatian startup Gideon met in the semifinals of the Start.up! Germany Tour. Having worked together in different projects since 2018, DB Schenker joins in June 2021 a $31 million Series […]
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NRW: Strong location for innovation in growth markets of the future

North Rhine-Westphalia is not only Germany's most populous state, it also occupies a top economic position in the Federal Republic. Twelve of Germany's 40 largest commercial enterprises are based here, and with its strong industrial core, numerous world market leaders and a dense network of research institutions as well as technology and start-up centers, NRW […]
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Interview with Mariam Alice Saad - Head of the Young Business Leaders Club of AHK France

First of all, please describe your role as AHK in the ecosystem and establish the link to Germany. Thanks to our programs such as startup discovery tours both in France and Germany and European projects like Access2Europe, the French-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry is an important player in the French-German Startup ecosystem. Startups are […]
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From November 14th - 17th, 2021, a selected group of brave, enthusiastic and like-minded entrepreneurs from all over the world will have the opportunity to explore digitally and visually some of Germany’s most promising hotspots for both startups and “old economy”: North Rhine-Westphalia.

Within Start.up! Germany Tour 2021 you will get to know large corporations, multinational companies and representatives of the "German Mittelstand". Furthermore you will get an insight into the location NRW and its vibrating Rhine-Ruhr region.

We organize for you: reverse pitches, virtual matchmakings, 1to1 meetings and you can apply to pitch your own startup.

In addition, there will be a pre-program where you can learn more about the location NRW, the business culture and practical things for your entry into the German market. And you will get access to a lot of exciting events. 

Be part of it - let's tour digital!
get some Impressions from
our 2019-Tour
Vertical 1: insurtech
Vertical 2: smart City
Vertical 3: Logistics & Mobility
The insurance industry is ripe for innovation and disruption.
Modern technologies have found their way into the insurance sector, and investment in InsurTech startups has soared in recent years.

Whether it’s developing new insurance models or using data from smartphone apps and wearables to dynamically price premiums according to observed behavior - opportunities for startups are boundless.
The City of Tomorrow.
The city of tomorrow is a city characterized by the collection and use of data to manage the demands of its citizens efficiently.

From traffic monitoring and power generation, to water and waste networks and to schools and hospitals, this is our most diverse vertical.
improve the way to move people and things.
For centuries increasing mobility and logistic capabilities have allowed us to travel further and organize the transportation of goods more efficiently. And the possibilities are far from exhausted – there is always another new idea that allows startups to improve the way we move people and things.

Why our Tour?!
Benefits for Startups.

North Rhine-Westphalia as one of the most dynamic Regions in Germany.
NRW has the highest amount of working force and the most innovative companies in Germany. The most driving locations are the Rhine-Ruhr-Area along the cities Cologne, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Bochum and Dortmund.
Get new ideas and learn from practical insights.
The tour will give you a deep insight into North Rhine-Westphalian startup ecosystem. You will meet many local startups, incubators and accelerators for practical advice and networking on the tour.
Get in touch with other foreign startups and other AHKs.
Many AHKs come along with their startups to support them. There you can solidify your international business network.
432
Startups since first tour
+45
Countries
+3500
Connections

HOSTS

a project of IHK NRW (hosted by IHK Ruhr, IHK Cologne, IHK Düsseldorf), AHK and DIHK

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