WHO WE ARE
Since 2007, a total of 142 start-ups have benefited from WECONOMY - and the trend is rising. Among the first were CureVac, FOND of and Kinexon. Will your start-up be the next?
THIS IS WHAT YOU BENEFIT FROM
Learn from and 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.
Build yourself a network with our help!
Contacts are crucial for entrepreneurial progress. We support you with a strong network and expertise: enter into dialogue with top managers and find out what challenges they see for your company.
Take your start-up to the next level!
Three two-day workshops on the topics of market, sales and growth help you to take important steps for further development. Make your start-up ready for the next step and lay the foundation for cooperations and partnerships.
THESE ARE THE PREREQUISITES
Learn 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 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 start-up should be based in Germany. Nevertheless, we are especially looking forward to colourful and diverse teams!
STEM and technology focus
We are looking for innovative start-ups 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?
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.
Prof. Dr. Burkhard Schwenker
Roland Berger GmbH, Vorsitzender der Jury
Steering Committee Member of the Wissensfabrik, Chairman of the WECONOMY Jury and Senior Fellow of Roland Berger
Dr. Iris Liliana Bleck
Iris Bleck - 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, a bank that provides financial support to innovative growth companies as well as their investors.
Dr. Axel Krieger
Axel Krieger - 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).
Managing Director of UnternehmerTUM GmbH. The Centre for Innovation and Founding initiates and accompanies technology-based start-ups in their growth.
Handelsblatt Media Group
Hans-Jürgen Jakobs has been working at Handelsblatt since 2013, since 2016 as Senior Editor.
Dr. Ingmar Hoerr
Gründer von CureVac, WECONOMY Gewinner 2007
Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CureVac AG and WECONOMY Winner 2007
Dr. Andreas Siebe
Founding initiator of ScMI Scenario Management International (spin-off from the University of Paderborn in 1998). He holds several teaching positions, is (co-)author of several books and lecturer on the topic of future.
Catharina van Delden
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.
Dr. Lukas Günther
Partner at Sofinnova. His focus is on healthcare and technology. The former surgeon was previously an investment director at Wellington Partners.
Dr. Christiane Zedelius
Dr Christiane Zedelius - Partner at Dentons, has 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. Three years ago, she founded the female health start-up mimeno.
Daria Saharova, 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".