Innovators' Pitch | The Outstanding Competition for Early Stage Startups
The outstanding competition for early stage startups.
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Innovators‘ Pitch 2016

Are you an European innovation driver in Digital Health, Mobility, or IoT? 

The Innovators’ Pitch is the outstanding competition for early stage startups. 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 will present the Innovators‘ Pitch as part of hub conference on 22 November 2016 at STATION Berlin.


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.


This category is powered by HERE


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!


This category is powered by SAP

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

1. Your Application

You can apply by filling in your details in the form below and uploading your pitch deck in PDF format. Please follow the structure in our “How to apply” section. The deadline for your application is 23 October 2016.

2. Shortlist

After the application deadline our expert jury will evaluate your pitch decks. They will shortlist three finalists per category who are going to join us on 22 November at Bitkom’s hub conference.

3. Live Pitch

We’ll meet the finalists of our three categories on the hub conference’s startup stage where they will present their businesses to a high-level expert jury and the audience – the winners take away 5,000€ each among other prizes.


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.