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Applications for Innovators‘ Pitch 2019 are open!

The waiting has finally come to an end - the Innovators' Pitch is going into the next round and you can still apply for it until March 3rd! This year we are looking for the most innovative ideas in the categories Digital Learning & EdTech, Digital Mobility and Digital Supply Chain. The Innovators' Pitch will take place at this year's hub.berlin on April 10th. The nine finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas, prototypes and products to a broad specialist audience and a jury of experts. The winners will receive a total of 15,000 euros in prize money, a free Get Started membership and the chance to exclusively pitch their ideas to selected investors. We are looking forward to having exciting partners with us again this year. These include Cornelsen for the Digital Learning & EdTEch category and the SAP Startup Accelerator for Digital Supply Chain for the Digital

Three questions to: Blik – Innovators‘ Pitch Winner 2017

In the last two weeks we presented to you what our last year’s winner of the Innovators' Pitch categories Digital Health and Travel & Tourism, the startups Boca Health and Twyla, have been up to since the competition at hub.berlin in November 2017. Blik is another startup that participated in and won the Innovators’ Pitch – in the category IoT. Blik is a startup from Munich that focuses on real-time monitoring of goods and processes. The live data optimizes processes and shortens intralogistic routes and thereby helps to cut costs. The combined software and hardware solution provides intelligent sensor data and thus enables transparent logistics for industry 4.0. Now, almost four months after they have won the Innovators‘ Pitch in November 2017, we wanted to see how things were going for them since the competition. So we asked them what they have been up to since they participated and won the Innovators‘

Three questions to: Twyla – Innovators‘ Pitch Winner 2017

Last week we presented to you what our last year’s winner of the Innovators’ Pitch category Digital Health, the startup Boca Health, has been up to since the competition at hub.berlin in November 2017. Another startup that participated in the Innovators’ Pitch was Twyla – the winner of the Innovators’ Pitch category Travel & Tourism. Twyla is a startup from Berlin that wants to improve digital customer experience through chat bots. Their solution can for example be integrated into popular airline enterprise systems to enable data-driven customer interaction. Thereby the cost of providing customer service online can be reduced and businesses can offer non-stop support in a more efficient way. Now, almost four month after they’ve won the Innovators‘ Pitch in November 2017, we wanted to see how things were going for them since the competition. So we asked them what they’ve been up to since they participated and won the Innovators‘

Three questions to: Boca Health – Innovators Pitch Winner 2017

Already a few months have passed since the Innovators Pitch 2017, the competition at hub.berlin for European early stage startups. Organised by Get Started, the startup initiative of Bitkom, nine finalists were chosen to present their digital solutions in three different areas: Digital Health, IoT and Travel & Tourism. Apart from prize money of 5,000 euros each, the winners also received access to our corporate partners and participating investors as well as free Get Started membership in Bitkom. The startup Boca Health from Milan was the 2017’s winner of the Innovators Pitch category digital health. The founders of Boca Health developed a non-invasive solution to measure and monitor body water, which helps to prevent heart and kidney diseases. In the end, Boca Health convinced not only the jury but also the audience of hub.berlin with their particularly innovative solutions. Now, almost four month after they’ve won the Innovators Pitch in November 2017,

Blik, Boca Health and Twyla are winners of the Innovator‘ Pitch 2017

  The three start-ups Blik, Boca and Twyla are the winners of the Innovator' Pitch 2017, the competition for European early stage start-ups organised by Get Started, the start-up initiative of Bitkom, for the dozenth time. The most innovative ideas and technologies in the categories Digital Health, IoT and Travel & Tourism were sought out this year. The nine finalists presented their start-up at the hub.berlin, Bitkom's interactive business festival. The finalists of the Innovator' Pitch impressively demonstrated which business models emerge on the Internet of Things, how digitisation is changing the topics of health and travel & tourism and what new opportunities are opening up for companies as a result. “They impressed not only the jury, but also the audience of hub.berlin", said Christian Rietz, manager of start-ups at the Bitkom. “In the end, Blik, Boca Health and Twyla have convinced the jury with particularly innovative solutions.” The start-up Boca Health

Interview with Michael Hoffmann – How does Visa cooperate with startups?

This year, Visa supports the Innovators' Pitch as cross section partner and they are also part of the Travel & Tourism jury. We talked to jury member Michael Hoffmann about how Visa cooperate with startups and about their expectations for our path-breaking startup competition on November 28 at hub.berlin. How does Visa drive innovation? How does Visa cooperate with startups? In 2016, digital payments surpassed cash globally for the first time, as consumers and businesses are drawn to the convenience of digital payments. Visa’s mission is enab ling digital payments – unconstrained  by wired infrastructure and on any connected device. Visa’s global network of innovation centers are an important part of this mission. Our centers and smaller design hubs foster innovation by enabling our clients to collaborate and engage with Visa developers, innovation partners, start-ups  and product specialists, helping to develop the next generation of commerce experiences for consumers, merchants and businesses around

Meet our Partner for Digital Health – Pfizer!  

Home diagnostics, mobile patient care, predictive analytics - startups change the future of Healthcare and we want to support that. Next to IoT and Travel & Tourism, Digital Health is one of our categories at this year's Innovators' Pitch. Early stage startups in this field get the chance to present their innovative solutions at hub.berlin to our high-level jury. And we are glad to have Pfizer as partner for this category. Are you breaking up the conventional solutions in Digital Health, IoT or Travel & Tourism? Apply for our path-breaking startup competition and present your company to Pfizer, SAP, Airbnb and many more great partners!  

Apply for Innovators’ Pitch 2017 – now!

Hooray! The waiting has finally come to an end: As of today, you can apply for the Innovators’ Pitch 2017! Join our path-breaking competition for early stage startups. Get the chance to pitch your startup at hub.berlin, the interactive business festival for digital movers and makers. Present your innovative ideas in Digital Health, IoT, or Travel & Tourism to the jury and more than 2.500 pioneers, global players, startups, and hidden champions of the digital industry. How to apply? The application takes less than five minutes: just fill out the form on our website and send us your pitch deck. You can apply by October 1st 2017! Afterwards the application deadline, the jury will evaluate your pitch decks. They will shortlist three finalists per category who will present their startup at hub.berlin on November 28th 2017! New Jury Members! We are exited to announce two new jury members for our jury: Clara Leonard, Associate at Digital Health Ventures will join the

Say hello to our partners! 

We are exited to introduce our main partners for this year's Innovators' Pitch! Pfizer (Digital Health), SAP (Internet of Things) and Airbnb (Travel & Tourism) are supporting our startup competition this year. Each of them will present one category on November 28 at hub.berlin. Being a category partner at Innovators' Pitch also means to be part of the jury. One company representative from each partner will become head of the respective jury that decides who will win #IP17. Therefore, Airbnb, Pfizer and SAP are just as exited as we are for many great applications. Stay tuned, that our application phase will open soon. For more than 160 years, the name Pfizer stands for research and development of modern medicines. Pfizer employs over 97,000 people worldwide to develop and manufacture drugs that can cure or alleviate diseases and enable people to live a healthier life. In order to make the most of the great potential of new technologies in the healthcare sector, Pfizer Germany

Three Categories – Three Industries!

Major news from Innovators' Pitch: our categories for this year's competition have been determined! On November 28, we will look for the most innovative early stage startups in Digital Health, Internet of Things (IoT) and Travel & Tourism. We are looking forward to many exciting applications in these categories! Our application phase will start in summer. As always awesome partners support our Innovators' Pitch. We are very excited to introduce our category partners in June. So stay tuned! 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 make a difference for people with chronic or rare diseases. Digital health revolutionizes the connection between doctor and patient through virtual treatment, self-care and engagement. Innovative solutions can contribute to a better disease awareness, earlier diagnosis as well as to an improved adherence.  Internet