Hamburg was at the SXSW and that’s how it was

The SXSW-Festival 2017 is now over, and Hamburg startups that had made it to Texas are back in the Hansestadt. Time to take a look back on these few unforgettable days!

Team Baqend and Sandra Hartwig from Cribb on the rooftop terrace Fogo de Chao – Photo: Hamburg Startups

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One day in paradise – the Extreme Tech Challenge on Necker Island

Last September Freya Oehle, founder of Spottster, won the pitch competition at Bits & Pretzels, a startup spectacle in Munich. Her prize: a trip to Necker Island, the private island of billionaire Richard Branson! Here’s her report:

“Crystal clear water with a view over the reefs, a private zoo, palm trees, pools, flocks of flamingos, a trampoline on the beach, and the most motivated, most bizarre, and most impressive people I have met in a long time…”

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Nüwiel paves its way to the SXSW in Texas with Hamburg Startups

A full house at Mindspace, Hamburg startup personalities and an overjoyed winner: this is what you may have missed out at the Hamburg startups Mixer – SXSW Edition. The audience made up its mind: Nüwiel must   represent Hamburg at the SXSW festival in Austin in March! What the startup can expect there and how it came to this choice, this is what our follow-up report holds!

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The biggest pitching event for Baqend so far at Slush 2016

The week before Slush, we read the announcement that Baqend would be among the top 100 startups out of roughly 2000 candidates. Right away and with great expectations we started to prepare for our biggest pitching event so far.

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Nüwiel is more than just vegetables in a trailer

Food+City is an initiative of the startup metropolis Austin, Texas which is committed to the supply of city dwellers with fresh, healthy foods. When the best ideas are presented in an international competition on this subject, a Hamburg startup is also under the spotlight: Nüwiel. How it happened and with which invention the young team proved themselves convincing, this is what you will find out in a new contribution of our series Spot on: Food & Health.

Spot on: Food & Health Edition – a series about young companies from the Hamburg startup scene

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Hamburg Startups: the 2016 retrospective

2016 was not very popular everywhere, on the contrary. But because we do not deal with wars, crises, and idols that passed away too soon, but with the Hamburg startup scene, we allow ourselves to draw our own 2016 wrap-up. Granted, it’s abridged and subjective,but before anything else, we want to finish on a positive note!

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Hamburg Startups – International Edition

Hamburg – A Gateway to the World. This tagline has always been relevant for our beautiful Hanseatic city. Not least for the harbor, the third biggest terminal for containers in Europe. Hamburg gained in visibility worldwide as as a Green City Capital as well. As an international startup hub however, Hamburg is only rarely mentioned. Hamburg is still blatantly absent.

And yet, the potential for it is most definitely there. It is clearly stated in an article from the Financial Times Harbouring ambitions: the draw of Hamburg and by the American journalist Edward Domain.

The international appeal is the reason why Hamburg Startups decided to launch an international website. We have been wondering where the Hamburg startup scene stands from an international perspective.  Read more

Startup@Reeperbahn Pitch 2016: the glorious five

What do the following things have in common; software for speeding up a website, an app for happy horses, a drone that can make 360-degree recordings, a platform for sport sponsorship, and an app that can teach you to play guitar? They and their respective start-ups are the stars of this year’s Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch.

The show will be held on 21st September in Gruenspan, and the victor will go home with a media budget worth 100,000 Euros from the WELT newspaper. We will tell you exactly who the finalists are, and how the decision was made. Read more

Startup Events in Hamburg 2017

What’s happening in Hamburg’s startup scene during the next months? We summed up the the events you shouldn’t miss. Your event is missing? Then simply send us a message to info(at)

These events are looking forward to your participation:

Event Description Date and place
DIGITAL-TECH-EVENTS This events main topic is the accelerated development of mobile technologies. After the main panels a discussion about insight, tips and hints on a quicker time-to-market-development of digital products is planned. Of course there will be plenty of opportunities for networking. 27. and 28. March 2017
Hanse Ventures@LaborX LaborX offers Entrepreneurs a great platform to present their business idea and further develop it with the help of  experts and the audience. At the same they also get a great opportunity to network with other founders and interested parties. 28. March 2017

Hamburg Games Conference

The Hamburg Game Conference is an interdisciplinary congress for the video game industry. Spotlights with different topics inform about the different aspects of the industry and showcase the potential for colaboration with other media- and entertainment-industries 4. April 2017

12min.GAMES @Hamburg Games Conference 2017

This event will offer an interesting discussion on gaming, with Melanie Taylor, co-founder of Osmotic Studios, and Wolf Lang, co-founder of Threaks as speakers. You are also invited to stay afterwards and mingle with the other guests. 4. April 2017
Social Media Day This event, held by the Hamburg Media School aims to give you the most information on the topics of online-marketing and social marketing. Sven-Olaf Peeck as well as other experienced speakers will convey this knowledge in their panels. 6. April 2017
Office Opening – Friendsfactory HafenCity The Friendsfactory is delighted to open their location in Hamburg, offering more than 40 offices, cubicles and meeting rooms. You are invited to explore and enjoy a special kind of work atmosphere, accompanied by live music, cold beverages and tasty snacks. Let Friendsfactory show you their idea of a coworking-space! 6. April 2017
Gründerszene Spätschicht Hamburg Gründerszene Spätschicht provides a platform for old and new faces of the founders’ community, to indulge in conversations over snacks, drinks and the compulsory kicker tournament. 6. April 2017
Startup Weekend Lüneburg 2017 This is the perfect event for all those, that always wanted to found their own company. Here you have the opportunity to create startup and get to know  important experts, Business Angels and other members of the global startup-community. The event will conclude on Sunday with the juries prizes for the best startups. 21. – 23. April 2017
Hanse Ventrues Ideensturm The Ideensturm is a pitch by Hanse Ventures that they host four times a year in the Hafencity of Hamburg. The theme of the Ideensturm is “5+5+5“- five minutes of pitching, five minutes Q&A and five minutes of qualified feedback by a jury from Hanse Ventures. 26. April 2017
Start & Found Start & Found is a 54 hours journey for developers, designers and hustlers, who want to found their own startup and become an Entrepreneur or for passionate and creative minds who want to be part of a startup in the earliest stage – at it´s birth. It could be described as startup hackathon, but it´s more than that. Our mission is to educate entrepreneurial methods and help aspiring Entrepreneurs on their journey of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. 28. – 30. April 2017
Event Academy powered by Eventbrite & Facebook The headquarters of Facebook Germany are the location for the Event Academy Roadshow in Hamburg. Latest trends in marketing, brand-new tools and handy tipps to optimize your events will be presented in detail. Special guests like Alexander Seifert, CEO of Supreme GmbH & Co. KG, will attend. 4. Mai 2017
14. Hamburger Indie Treff This time around, we’re going to try something new with the “Indie Treffs” format: we’re going to invite experienced entrepreneurs and challenge them to start all over again like so many other young founders. Their experience should grant them a certain advantage and allow them to give advice for others in the same situation. 5. May 2017
Gründerpokern v3.1 Gründerpokern is a series of networking events ,that comes in innovativ and fresh. With a free of charge poker tournament the organizers gather founders, those interested in getting a startup going and stakeholders of the startup ecosystem in a casual atmosphere for exchange and networking. 5. May 2017
Get Started Gründerfrühstück The focus of this events discussion will be on startup-politics. Hamburgs mayor Olaf Scholz and André Bajorat, founder of figo, will be the main guests. SPIEGEL-editor Ann-Kathrin Nezik will be the discussions host. 10. May 2017
Online Marketing Camp The online-marketing-business is getting more complicated and intricate day by day. The classic ad-campaign is being replaced by SEO, affiliate-concepts, performance-campaigns and more. The Hamburg Media School offers knowledge tailored exactly to the demands of this development, taught by professionals. 10. – 13. May 2017
nextMedia.Elevator New name, new look: the Webfuture Award turns into the nextMedia.Elevator. The idea stays the same: 10 digital startups from Hamburg compete for the title, glory and fame. 14. Juni 2017
TEDxHamburg “Rock the Boat” We live in a rapidly changing world, in a time of transitions and challenges, that many of us find increasingly complex and difficult to handle. It takes guts, passion and stamina to navigate these times, to be empowered, to insist in change and to disrupt the status quo. To rock the boat. But thankfully, there are always some of us who are brave and fearless enough to rise up to the occasion and to take things on by embracing the unknown and completely rethinking the approach. Who are these change makers? Meet our TEDxHamburg speakers. We will let them reflect on how rocking the boat changed their lives and will find out if their visions and ideas made a difference… today, tomorrow and way beyond. Join us! 25. Juni 2017

These events are held regularly:

Event Description offers lectures, presentations and events with a diverse range of topics and partners. Have a look at the specific events for more details.
betahaus Education In different sessions on “Lean Startup” founders have the chance to educate themselves.
TUHH Startupdock   The Startupdock supports founders and young companies at Hamburgs universities and scientific institutions by strengthening the infrastructure and entrepreneurship around the campus and offering events with a focus on education and networking
Fin-Tech Meetup The Networking Event of the Hamburg fin-tech scene.
FuckUp Nights Fuckup Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to publicly share stories of failed businesses. Hundreds of people attend each event to hear three to four entrepreneurs share their failures. After each speaker, there’s a question/answer session, as well as time for networking.
Gamecity Treff The Game City Club is the established, regular get-together for the games industry in Hamburg. Industry representatives hold short introductory speeches, report on the latest developments in their companies or lead panel discussions on current topics. Networking and the exchange of ideas on Games and beyond are being focused in particular
Webmontag Talks and networking-events about changing technologies and digital issues

Small note: You’ll find the upcoming schedule of our networking Event the Hamburg Startups Mixer here.

Calenders with important events for the Hamburg startup community

In order to stay up to date with the events of Hamburg’s founder community, we highly recommend to check the following calendars regularly for interesting updates.

The Startup Digest: This calender is curated by betahaus Hamburg and others and will soon be embedded in the website. But you can also subscribe the Digest as a newsletter.

The betahaus Hamburg: with this calendar you stay up to date on the events, taking place in the co-working space in the Eifflerstraße.

Digital Media Women: Here you will find the numerous events of Digital Media Women as well as various other exciting networking Events.

Nextmedia.Hamburg event calendar: The nextmedia.Hamburg initiative maintains a calendar with their own events, such as the Webfuture Award as well as other events from the digital world of Hamburg.

Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft: It’s the right calender for folks who are eager to stay up to date about news about creative-scene of Hamburg.

Hamburg@work: Being a cross-industry business network, Hamburg@work publish their relevant events in their own calender.

Startup Guide Hamburg: This information plattform for entrepreneurs from Hamburg offers an interesting event calender.

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