Application Deadline for the Future Hamburg Award on 31 January 2019
Hamburg’s new startup award provides fast track to one of Europe’s most dynamic regions
A new customised support programme for innovative entrepreneurs provides three international startup teams with immediate access to one of the most vibrant startup ecosystems in Europe. The Future Hamburg Award is open for applications until 31 January 2019 at www.future.hamburg/award. Hamburg offers the perfect breeding ground for international startup businesses.
Hamburg’s startup ecosystem is considered to be one of the strongest in Europe. Global players such as Google, Facebook or Twitter have chosen Hamburg as the location for their corporate headquarters. A major centre of trade in Northern Europe, Hamburg is an ideal place for tapping new markets based on innovative ideas. And thanks to a growing number of coworking spaces, accelerator programmes and startup hubs, Hamburg’s attractiveness has increased even further over the past years.
In recent years, Hamburg’s startup ecosystem has experienced a boom – with veritable sums being invested: according to the auditing company Ernst & Young, Hamburg’s startup scene was invigorated in 2018 with venture capital to the tune of EUR 548 million. With a share of around one third, international investments are playing an increasingly important role here. “One of the reasons for the high investment volume is the fact that the Hanseatic city is a global leader in vertical industries such as logistics, media, life sciences and aviation,” Veronika Reichboth, Director of Hamburg Invest's Startup-Unit, explains. At the same time, forward-looking fields such as fintech, e-commerce and Blockchain continue to grow even further. The Future Hamburg Award can serve as an entry ticket – not only to Hamburg as a business location, but also to Germany and Europe as a whole. “With this low-threshold programme we would like to encourage the game changers of the future to become part of our startup ecosystem in Hamburg!”
Who can apply?
The Future Hamburg Award is aimed at innovative startup businesses from around the globe. Founders from Asia, Afrika, Northamerica and many european countries already participated in the launch of the application period. Applicants are expected to have been on the market for no more than ten years and have a digital, technology-oriented or knowledge-based focus. Ideally, companies should also be able to present a functional or demonstrable prototype, where possible. To enable a broad range of companies to participate, the application process at www.future.hamburg/award/ is swift and easy.
What’s in it for the winning teams?
What is special about the Future Hamburg Award is the fact that the “Start me up in Hamburg” package has a modular design that will be adapted to individual needs with the three winning startup-teams. Another highlight will be the award ceremony during the OMR Festival in May 2019, with more than 40,000 marketing and technology experts. As part of the event, founders will have the opportunity to present their business in front of a specialist audience. In addition, the winners will receive a comprehensive media package, high-end business coaching, and professional pitch training. During their stay in Hamburg, the teams will also get up to six months of free access to a coworking space and exclusive networking events.
“For many technology-driven startups, Hamburg is one of the best options when compared internationally,” says Veronika Reichboth. “On the one hand, this award is aimed at creating networks between innovative startup businesses and established companies. On the other hand, it provides founders with tailor-made coaching sessions regarding market entry and the further development of their business model,” she adds.
Moreover, Future Hamburg provides all necessary information for entrepreneurs interested in setting up their business in Hamburg. Also further information on co-working spaces as well as local accelerator programmes is available there. The award is initiated by Hamburg Marketing GmbH and Hamburg Invest.
Further Information at: www.future.hamburg/award/