Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch – it’s that time again!

Our temperatures are rising! How about yours? It should be, because something AWESOME is coming your way! Once again, you will have the chance this year to rock the Hamburg Kiez at the Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch on 23 September along with four other fantastic startups. It’s going to get hot. Smouldering startup passion meets the flair of the scene. We are equally passionate about organising the Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch for you in cooperation with the Reeperbahn Festival.

Pitch to a high-class jury, including SPIEGEL ONLINE Managing Director Katharina Borchert, Shazam founder Chris Barton or XING and HackFwd founder Lars Hinrichs, to take home the SPIEGEL ONLINE MEDIA Award and a first prize of €100,000. Afterwards, you can take a seat again in one of our Love Mobiles to hook up with interested investors, just waiting to make a play for closer business liaisons with you. Does that get your creative juices flowing? Then apply here. Or click here for more information. The closing date for applications is 23 August! Read more

The next media accelerator is launched

There is something going on in the media industry. Hamburg is speeding up by improving it’s innovative media scene: Publishing giant Gruner+Jahr announced to invest 50. Mio Euro Venture Capital in startups and the next media accelerator just launched: International startups are invited to apply for the six month program in Hamburg.

“next media accelerator seeks startups dealing with content or advertising services with a scalable, technology-based idea.”

says the managing team. With the serial entrepreneurs Dirk Herzbach as CEO, Nico Lumma as COO and dpa’s innovation drivers Meinolf Ellers as CMO and Jennifer Schwanenberg as Program Manager the team combines experience in entrepreneurship, media business and business development.

Das nma-Team auf einen Blick

The next media accelerator-Team

next media accelerator is an initiative of the German press agency dpa with the support of the mayor’s office of the city of Hamburg. It is financed by dpa and several investors from Germany’s media industry. Startups can receive up to 50k Euro of funding, get mentored and get access to a broad network of media companies, entrepreneurs and investors. Twice a year five startups will join the program and move to Hamburg to work in an open space office at Hamburg’s co-working space, the Betahaus.

Hamburg Startups talked to Program Manager Jenni Schwanenberg and COO Nico Lumma about the program’s next steps. Read more

TripRebel and minubo heading off to the SXSW

betahaus Hamburg transformed into a start-up arena on 13 January, setting the stage for over 150 guests to hear six outstanding pitches in a cauldron of knife-edge suspense. The challenge: It was up to the jury and the audience to decide which start-up would fly to Texas to represent Hamburg at the SXSW German Startup Engine in Austin in March. All of the start-ups came highly motivated, clearly determined to win. Jenni Schwanenberg, responsible for innovation management at dpa whenever she’s not driving startups through the arena with ever so delightful charm, was an engaging host at the evening’s event. Triprebel, a travel startup presented by its founder Carlos Borges, and the e-commerce agent minubo, showcased by Torben Sominka, emerged as winners and can now look forward, among other things, to an exciting trip to SXSW.

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