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CONSOLIDATE IDEAS,
BUILD A BUSINESS.

WHO WE ARE

Since we started in 2007, 142 start-ups have benefited from WECONOMY. CureVac, FOND OF (ergobag) and Kinexon have written their success stories starting with the competition. Which start-up will be next?

YOUR BENEFIT

Know-how

Learn from and with the best!

In speed mentoring sessions and keynote speeches, top managers and leaders will provide you with insights, a wealth of business knowledge and new perspectives.

Network

Increase your network with our help!

 

Contacts are crucial for your business success. WECONOMY supports start-ups with a strong network and know-how: Enter into dialogue with Germany's top managers and business leaders and find out first-hand what challenges they identify for your company.

Coaching

Take your start-up to the next level!

 

Three two-day workshops on topics like market, sales and growth which help you to identify the necessary steps for further development.
Make your start-up ready for the next step and create the foundation for collaborations and long-term partnerships.

REQUIREMENTS

Find out more about what we expect and require from your start-up.

EARLY STAGE/ PRE-SEED

Start-ups that have not yet been founded can also participate in the competition. You will have a better change with a proof of concept or pilot in the competition.

Head office in Germany ​

Your start-up should be based in Germany. Nevertheless, we are particularly looking forward to colorful and diverse teams!

STEM and technology focus ​

We are looking for innovative start-ups that are active in the STEM and technology sectors. Whether MedTech, FinTech, AgriTech - the range is wide, so take you chance!

Diversity ​

We truly believe in the success of diverse teams and would like to encourage them.

 You don't meet all the requirements?

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We are currently at a point in the company's development where contacts with investors are exciting. But today we also want to learn from mentors how growth factors are perceived and what customers are looking for. For example, what role do leadership programmes play in our industry sector?

Amelie Wiedemann

Dear Employee

Mehr Info

BECOME A PART OF WECONOMY NOW

Are you ready to really take off with your start-up? Then apply now for the 16th round of WECONOMY, starting on 2 May 2022. The deadline for applications is 3 July 2022, and the finalists will be announced at the end of July 2022.

THE WECONOMY JURY

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Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker

Roland Berger GmbH

Steering Committee Member of the Wissensfabrik, Chairman of the WECONOMY Jury

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Dr. Iris Liliana Bleck

FintechX GmbH

Co-Founder and CEO of a fintech start-up offering banking products to SMEs. Previously, she was Deputy Managing Director of the German branch of Silicon Valley Bank, that provides support to innovative growth companies as well as their investors.

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Dr. Axel Krieger

Digitalplus GmbH

Managing Director and co-founder of Digital+ Partners, has over 15 years of experience in strategy consulting at McKinsey. He was most recently responsible for the automotive and industrial sector in China and for the northeast of the USA (New York, Boston).

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Catharina van Delden

innosabi GmbH

Catharina van Delden is CEO and CO-Founder of innosabi GmbH. innosabi is one of the leading providers of software for idea and innovation management. With her involvement in the BITKOM Presidium, she represents the interests of the digital industry and has been a member of the Advisory Board (South) of Deutsche Bank AG since 2017.

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Hans-Jürgen Jakobs

Handelsblatt Media Group

Economist and journalist. Hans-Jürgen Jakobs has been working at Handelsblatt since 2013, since 2016 as Senior Editor.

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Dr. Ingmar Hoerr

Founder of CureVac and Founder of Morpho Foudation

Biologist and Founder and longtime CEO and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CureVac AG in Tübingen, that has been founded in 2000. He has been one of the first WECONOMY Winners in year 2007. In 2011 he joined the WECONOMY Jury for the first time.

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Daria Saharova

Vito ONE

One of the few female partners in venture capital, is in the process of launching the largest European climate tech VC in Germany. In 2020, the German Start-up Association awarded her the German Start-up Award in the category "Best Female Investor".

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Bettine Schmitz

Auxxo

Co-founder of Auxxo, an angel investor club that focuses particularly on startups with at least one woman on the founding team.

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Dr. Lukas Günther

Sofinnova

His focus is on healthcare and technology. The former surgeon was previously an investment director at Wellington Partners.

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Dr. Christiane Zedelius

Dentons Group

Many years of experience in the fields of distribution and commercial law. She advises companies on franchise, agency and licence agreements as well as sourcing and quality agreements. 2017 she founded the female health start-up mimeno.

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Claudia Frey

UnternehmerTUM GmbH

Managing Director of UnternehmerTUM GmbH. The Centre for Innovation and Founding initiates and accompanies technology-based start-ups in their growth.

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HOW TO CONTACT US

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Steffi Blumentritt

Head of Entrepreneurship

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Lisa Weisenborn

Project Manager WECONOMY