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Event Review: German Start-Up Pavilion at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco
Organized by Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), a group of nine young and innovative German companies traveled to San Francisco to get an impression of the startup scene in Silicon Valley and establish contacts to potential partners, customers and investors. The main event was participation in TechCrunch Disrupt, San Francisco’s annual technology conference, from September 5-7, 2018. More than 9,000 people attended the conference and the expo floor showcased almost 1,000 early stage startups. Among those were the nine companies from the New Federal States as part of the German Pavilion, sponsored by GTAI.
Fully committed to optimizing their pitches, all startups took part in a one-day pitch training on September 4. This intense workshop provided the companies with valuable insights into the expectations of U.S. investors and helped them to define the most essential aspects of their product’s value proposition. In the evening, the group attended an event called ”Selling & Scaling in the Silicon Valley” organized by the German Accelerator Tech and CzechInvest, where they could practice pitching and network with other international startups and multipliers.
On Thursday, the startups had the chance to win over the audience with their pitches at the "German Innovation – A Luncheon Reception" event, hosted by GTAI. The German Consul General of San Francisco, Hans-Ulrich Südbeck, and Dr. Robert Hermann, CEO of GTAI, officially welcomed around 120 guests. Each two-minute pitch was followed by questions from an expert panel of judges comprised of Benjamin Narasin (NEA), Christian Ehrenthal (Blackbird Ventures), Jordan Wahbeh (Bay Angels) and Ricardo Politi (Mindset Ventures). The event was moderated by Angelika Geiger, Director San Francisco at GTAI, and Friedrich Sulk, Director of Operations at German Accelerator Tech.
The startups had been selected by GTAI in cooperation with partners like the Economic Development Agencies of the New Federal States and three Eastern German Digital Hubs. Three of the participants were part of those hubs: At twelve centers of excellence across Germany, the Digital Hub Initiative connects medium-sized businesses and larger corporates with new innovation partners from the scientific and startup communities.
Software / E-Commerce / Online-Shops
Software / SaaS / Cloud
E-Health / Artificial Intelligence / Big Data
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|Mobility / Travel and Transport /|
Media / Social / Photo
IIoT / Industrial packaging / IoT
Augmented Reality / Artificial Intelligence /
The participation at TechCrunch Disrupt SF was supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States.bild-foerderhinweis