As an innovator, your vision can transform and pave the way to a brighter future. But getting there isn’t easy, and revolutionary ideas should get all the support they need. If you think you will fit and win one of our catgories we cant encourage you enough to apply. You will get selected to pitch in front of investors next year to recieve funding!



Joining our Startup.Award enables you to CONNECT with fellow innovators, to COLLABORATE with partners, investors and media and to ACCELERATE your innovation by gaining valuable feedback from the expert jury and get global reach!


Meet fellow innovators and theme-experts and build valuable business connections. The network of partners, jury members and investors is eager to connect and is devoted to promoting world-changing ideas and innovations.


Innovation is a team effort. When fresh ideas join forces with hard-won experience, we believe true game-changers can be born. Tap into each other’s skills, join meetups and speed-dating sessions and elevate your innovation to the next growth phase.


Accelerating your innovation to its full potential is our priority. Gain valuable insights on your product from the expert jury members in your theme, take the spotlight at our media partners and enjoy the benefits unlocked when winning the Startup.AWARD

Why joining an award? Simple. You will get global reach of your company and get not just feedback, you will ensure interest in your idea and product!

— Falk Altenhöfer| Cannabis-Startups.com



The MAKERS in each category have the chance to submit their idea and company in order to win in one out of four categories to pitch in front of investors.

Submit before 01.11.2022


The Top 10 innovators will pitch in front of the jury by their recorded pitch. The jury decides then in a 1:1 battle for the better pitch. The CATEGORY WINNER  will pitch in the ARENA live in front of investors. 


YES, YOU’VE WON! Now what? Together with our partners we will shape and design the winner value package that suits yours needs and aims to help you grow your innovation.

10 countries


The INNOVATORS who pitch in front of the audience automatically get screened by our jury in one of our MEETUPS in Germany and beyond.



The Top finalists arrived in the ARENA to pitch in front of the most-influencing investors in Europe to get direct and valuable feedback and gather global reach with their team and innovation. The day ends with a defining jury discussion and the announcement of the long-awaited Winners in each theme.

Join us!

We are hosting small meetups around Germany and held online events to get to know the local startup szene in each 10 european countries.


Meet us in Germany!

We are beyond proud to announce the Food & Water and Education & Employment Winners.


Speed-Networking Events

To help you get started with networking and make connections in the Dutch start-up scene, check out these events from our partners.


In an age of unprecedented disruption, successful organizations need to continuously re-imagine their fundamental business and technology approaches in a responsible, human-centered way. We believe, innovation is worth nothing if it doesn’t place sustainability, equality and security at the heart of their business. These innovation imperatives are central elements of the judging process.


We believe that accelerating a CULTURE OF EQUALITY – in the workplace and beyond – has never been more critical for driving innovation. Organizations and innovations must make equality, and universal policies, a top priority to ensure people feel empowered to collaborate, innovate and support each other.


We believe that meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, is the key to building a resilient future for PEOPLE AND PLANET. Organizations and innovations must strive for long-term stability, define ethical standards and operate across a responsible supply chain.


We believe that (cyber)security threats are just as challenging as they are pivotal for successful innovation. Organizations and innovations must reserve norms, rules, institutions and values of society to create a brighter future. We must protect against threats, intended and unintended, to ensure TRUSTWORTHY PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL SECURITY.


Meet our amazing partners who are committed to accelerating breakthrough innovation and helping start-ups scale to deliver maximum impact.


Get in touch now if you’d like to find out more and become our partner.