Innovators' Pitch | The Outstanding Competition for Early Stage Startups
The outstanding competition for early stage startups.
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Innovators‘ Pitch

The Innovators’ Pitch is the outstanding competition for early stage startups in Europe. We offer young entrepreneurs the chance to present their innovative products and prototypes to a high-level jury and an expert audience. Joining forces with major partners, Bitkom presents the Innovators‘ Pitch as part of hub conference on 28 November 2017 at STATION Berlin.


The Innovators’ Pitch 2016 was all about the Internet of Things, Digital Health and Mobility. More than 100 startups from 15 countries applied for the competition. Nine finalists presented their company to the jury and a huge audience live on stage.

Skysense from Berlin, Germany / Trento, Italy won the Internet of Things category: Skysense provides automated drone inspections as a service that does not require any human intervention. The Italian founders developed a unique solution that is compatible with most of the professional drones nowadays on the market and able to address application-specific requirements.

Medicus from Vienna, Austria / Dubai, UAE presented the most convincing contribution in the Digital Health category: Medicus developed an app that displays blood test results in a way that is easy for all patients to understand. Machine learning also enables the Medicus app to interpret all medical findings in real time, assess risks and provide health tips.

Synfioo from Potsdam, Germany finished in first place in the Mobility category. Synfioo provides complete transport monitoring to minimise the impact of disturbances such as traffic jams, strikes or blockades. The Synfioo platform pools all of the available data on individual types of transport. Logisticians can then call up and work with this data in their usual work environments.


5,000 € in cash per winner

An exclusive pitch at our high-level partner VCs

Meeting top-notch potential business partners & investors

A free Bitkom Get Started membership

100 free eScooter rides per winner powered by COUP


The Innovators‘ Pitch is Bitkom‘s annual contest for innovative startups. This year we offer young entrepreneurs the chance to present their innovative products and prototypes in the emerging categories Digital Health, Mobility and IoT.

Digital Health

Digital health is not only empowering people to better track, manage and improve their own and their families’ health. The rise of digital health solutions also has the potential to really make a difference for people with chronic or rare diseases. Digital health alters the nature of the doctor-patient communication through increasing virtual treatment, self-care and engagement.  Innovative solutions can contribute to better disease awareness and information, earlier diagnosis as well as to improved adherence.

This category is powered by Pfizer


In a world of growing cities and increasing congestion a mobility revolution is on the rise: New mobility services and urban infrastructure solutions are key to making life easier and more comfortable for people and more sustainable for our planet. On-demand shuttle services, smart delivery and logistics systems and self-driving cars are no longer visions of the future. These innovations give us a little hint of how the infrastructure of tomorrow will look like.


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Of all technology trends of the past years, the Internet of Things might be the one driving biggest disruptions: By making devices smart and connected, the Internet of Things will fundamentally change the way we live and work, and how we interact with each other and our environments. From Wearables to Smart Manufacturing:  IoT changes the way we live and work. It means big changes for consumers, governments and the industry. Do you make life simpler and more efficient through smart automation or analytics? We are thrilled to hear about your solution!


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Thorsten Mintel
Director Customer Operations Pfizer
Digital Health
Paul Thiekötter
Partner Fly Ventures
Digital Health
Jörg Land
Founder Director Sonormed GmbH
Digital Health
Oliver Voß
Editor Wirtschaftswoche
Digital Health
Eva Zauke
VP Digital Assets & IoT / COO and Product Services SAP SE
Videesha Kunkulagunta
Venture/Growth Stage Investor Redstone Digital
Mike Butcher
Editor TechCrunch
Andreas Lenz
CEO & Co-Founder t3n magazin
Michael Bültmann
Managing Director HERE Deutschland GmbH
Michael Hoffmann
Innovation Partner and Head of Visa Collab Berlin
Jens-Philipp Klein
Partner Atlantic Labs

The Innovators’ Pitch is powered by Get Started, the startup initiative by Bitkom, Germany’s leading digital association. We aim to connect startups with established companies in the digital sector and to represent startups’ interests in politics. We offer them possibilities to meet decision makers and to network with established companies at high-quality events. Also, we provide them with expert knowledge and current information on market developments and legislation. Politically we advocate for young growth companies on a regional, national, and EU level. Bitkom represents more than 1,600 companies, already 300 startups have joined us at special terms designed to meet their needs.


If you want to fast-forward into the digital future the hub conference is the right place for you. The conference brings disruptive trends, smart technologies and the people behind them to Berlin. #hub16 provides impulses for an entire year – in a single day. Keynote addresses, panels and interviews on three stages or to put it another way: five conferences in one. Global players and startups, CEOs and CIOs, science and politics establish networks and shape the digital future. We expect more than 2000 participants from 50 countries, over 400 startups and 130 speakers.