CALLING HAMBURG-BASED STARTUPS FOR THE GERMAN STARTUP ENGINE AT SXSW!
Hamburg is not just an important hub of commerce and media. It is just as much a passionate and fertile breeding ground for startups. The streams of entrepreneurs emerging here in this urban center and, pitch for pitch, setting the sky alight with their startup ideas, delivers clear and endlessly recurring proof of this fact. Now the time has come to serve the Americans a generous helping of our hanseatic fervor!
Everything at South by Southwest (SXSW) revolves around the Austin Convention Center with its never-ending flow of exciting talks and panel. Directly adjacent, the Hilton Austin Downtown Hotel is transformed into the official SXSW Startup Village for the duration of SXSW, opening its doors to visitors from 13 to 17 March 2015. It is also the venue for the SXSW Accelerator on 14 and 15 March. This event will feature the German Startup Engine premiere, designed to showcase the German startup scene with an official panel and exciting pitches in the Startup Village on Sunday, 15 March. Accompanied by a suitable echo across all SXSW media channels, the German Startup Engine will participate in the official part of SXSW Interactive, also held in the Hilton.
What is the German Startup Engine?
1 official SXSW panel + 2 official SXSW startup pitches as parts of the SXSW Startup Village
The official SXSW panel will see experts come together to discuss the future of German entrepreneurial spirit under the title ‘German Entrepreneurship on Speed – Over-engineered and underestimated’, followed by two pitch sessions in archetypal SXSW style, designed to present the most exciting German startups in the segments of e-commerce and travel & mobility. An international jury will convene to ask probingly critical questions and give their judgment on the startups.
Now it’s up to you! Which startups will represent Hamburg in these two segments? We want your applications. The jury (see below) will decide at a pre-pitch event, held in Hamburg on 01/13/2015, which startups we will send off to the United States.