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WHO WE ARE
Since 2007, a total of 152 startups have benefited from WECONOMY - and the trend is rising. CureVac, FOND of and Kinexon were one of the first. Will your startup be the next?
Learn from and with the best!
During speed mentoring sessions and keynote speeches, top managers and executives will provide you with insights, extensive business knowledge and new perspectives.
With our help you can build up a network!
Contacts are crucial for entrepreneurial progress. We support you with a strong network and our expertise: Get in touch with top managers and find out what challenges they see for your company.
Take your startup to the next level!
Four two-day workshops on the topics of market, sales and growth help you to take important steps for further development. Make your startup ready for the next step and lay the foundation for cooperations and partnerships.
HERE ARE THE PREREQUISITES
Learn more about what we expect and require from your startup.
Early Stage / Pre Seed
Startups that have not yet been founded can also take part in the competition. Experience shows that you have the best chances if you can present a proof of concept or pilots!
Headquarters in Germany
Your startup should be based in Germany.
STEM and technology focus
We are looking for innovative startups that are active in the STEM and technology sector. Whether MedTech, FinTech, AgriTech - the range is broad, so go for it!
Success stands and falls with the diversity of the team. The more diverse, the better!
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?
APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN
Are you ready to really take off with your startup? Then apply for the 17th round of WECONOMY. The application deadline is July 03, 2023, and the finalists will be announced in mid-August 2023.
We are looking forward to your pitch deck with the following content:
Problem and solution
Market and competition
Business model and financial planning
Milestones and achievements
You are welcome to send us additional documents as well as a video link.
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THE WECONOMY JURY
Dr. Iris Liliana Bleck
Co-Founder and CEO of a fintech startup 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.
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.
Dr. Lukas Günther
His focus is on healthcare and technology. The former surgeon was previously an investment director at Wellington Partners.
Two-time founder and head of startup support at Wissensfabrik. Many years of experience in sales, product management and leadership at Bosch in the IoT, automotive electronics, smart home and cloud solutions industries.
Managing Director of UnternehmerTUM GmbH. The Centre for Innovation and Founding initiates and accompanies technology-based startups in their growth.
Co-founder of Auxxo, an angel investor club that focuses particularly on startups with at least one woman on the founding team.
Tech optimist and active as entrepreneur, investor and board member. Founder of AI solutions company Merantix Momentum and board member of Merantix. Also a Digital Leader at the World Economic Forum and nominated as a Young Leader by the Aspen Institute and twice selected as 40 under 40 by Capital Magazine.
As a former founder & venture consultant, Timo supports start-ups on their way to successful investments and operational excellence. His experience ranges from international corporations and banks to operational early stage start-ups in the high-tech but also SaaS space.
Handelsblatt Media Group
Economist and journalist. Hans-Jürgen Jakobs has been working at Handelsblatt since 2013, since 2016 as Senior Editor.
Dr. Christiane Zedelius
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 startup mimeno.
Climate investor at Worldfund, one of the largest European Climate Tech VCs. Lawyer and financial scientist with previous positions as investor at KKR and management consultant at McKinsey.