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The Innovators’ Pitch is the path-breaking competition for early stage startups in Europe. Bright entrepreneurs get the chance to present their innovative products and prototypes to a high-level jury and an expert audience. Joining forces with major partners, Bitkom presents the Innovators‘ Pitch as part of the business festival


This year’s Innovators’ Pitch is centred around the two top topics sustainability and data analysis. How can digitalisation support us in climate protection and help us to become more ecological and efficient, for example, in the areas of mobility, energy supply or infrastructure? And how can we use the vast amounts of data in companies responsibly with the aid of machine learning and artificial intelligence?

Applications start soon!

Meeting top-notch potential business partners & investors
An exclusive pitch at our high-level partner VCs
5,000 € in cash per winner
A free Bitkom Get Started membership
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Climate change, receding biodiversity and limited natural resources– today we face many challenges. Digitalization offers new opportunities to address these challenges. The consumer and industry demands for green products, processes and services are growing worldwide. Many startups already developed digital solutions to ensure greater sustainability and an eco-friendlier way of living and working. Their ground-breaking green technologies in the fields of mobility, energy or infrastructure foster whole industries to become more ecological and efficient. Through their ingenuity, they work for corporate success and environmental mindfulness in the same heartbeat.

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Prediction, visualization, intelligent business planning – it’s all about data! Innovative startups pave the way to the intelligent enterprise. Their B2B solutions help connecting people, information and ideas to enable fast and confident decision making. With machine learning technology and embedded artificial intelligence tech startups support businesses to unlock their potential by discovering deep insights, simplifying access to critical information, visualizing data and coherencies or creating a predictive model for forecasting future events.

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Digital Mobility


AIPARK offers AI-based real-time parking maps. For this purpose, the startup has developed a cloud platform combined with IoT sensors that provides predictive and real-time information about the availability of parking spaces.

Digital Supply Chain


doks.innovation offers automated inventory management with the help of drones. These automatically generate data and ensure a continuous flow of information.


Digital Learning & EdTech


StudySmarter is a learning platform for digitising exam preparation. The intelligent all-in-one platform helps students create and share learning content with automatic mind maps, summaries and flashcards.

Dirk Wagener
Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at Cornelsen

Digital Learning & EdTech jury head

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Max Eichhorn
Head of the Global Business Developement & Strategy at Siemens Mobility

Digital Mobility jury head

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Eva Zauke
VP SAP Digital Supply Chain and head of the SAP Startup Accelerator for Digital Supply Chain

Digital Supply Chain jury head

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Felix Ferstl
Associate at Ananda Impact Ventures.

Digital Learning & EdTech jury member

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Stephan Dörner
Editor in Chief of t3n

Digital Mobility jury member 

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Katrin Held
Innovation Dock Manager at Digital Hub Logistics

Digital Supply Chain jury member

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Lucy Lynn-Matern
Seed Investor & Venture Hunter at Emerge Education

Digital Learning & EdTech jury member

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Alexander Kiltz
Investment Associate at Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners

Digital Mobility jury member

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Josefine Köhn-Haskins
Editor Berlin Valley

Digital Supply Chain jury member

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Maria Mondry
Product Manager Education at ZEIT ONLINE

Digital Learning & EdTech jury member

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Marie-Luise Klose
Senior Manager Venture Development at Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures

Digital Mobility jury member

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Martin Wild
Chief Innovation Officer of MediaMarktSaturn

Digital Supply Chain jury member

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Apply by March 8th!



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See FAQs
  1. What should your pitchdeck look like?

The pitch deck that you upload for your application, should include all information you want to share with the jury to convince them that you should be selected as one of the finalists. If you are selected as one of the finalists you can of course use a different pitchdeck for your live pitch on stage.


  1. Can I apply for more than one category?

You are welcome to apply for more than one category. However we will choose nine finalists. This means you can only pitch for one category.


  1. Does the application or participation cost something?

The application and participation for Innovators’ Pitch competition is completely free.


  1. How does the selection of the finalists and the winner work?

Each category will have an expert jury that will select the winners at the Innovators’ Pitch on April 5th. The jury will also choose the finalists, who will be invited to pitch. For that reason we will share your information and your pitchdeck with the members of the jury – but of course the jury and we will keep your application confidential. Here you can find our privacy statement.


  1. Who can apply?

All startup companies that were founded no more than 5 years ago (as per: 5 April 2020), that do not have more than 50 permanent employees, that are organized under private-law and that are not partly owned by the state or are a subdivision of it are eligible to take part. Please check the Terms of Participation for more details.


  1. What can you win?

The winners of the Innovators’ Pitch get 5.000 euros per category as prize money, a free one-year Get Started membership of Bitkom for companies fulfilling the requirements for a Bitkom Get Started membership (see our conditions) and an invitation to exclusively pitch themselves to our competition partner investors. Finalists from previous years were furthermore not only pleased with the media attention after the pitch, they also succeeded in obtaining concrete financing.