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Crunch time in Silicon Valley expo

Start-ups from Germany join pitch event in San Francisco

The TechCrunch Disrupt event kicks off in San Francisco on Monday September 12, three days of conference discussion mornings followed by the Startup Battlefield afternoon sessions. At a German cocktail reception on the Tuesday evening, 11 German Startups will face a crunch time of their own, as they prepare three-minute pitches to be delivered in front of enthusiastic investors. All 11 are based in Eastern Germany, a region currently serving as Germany's most important Startup region.

They will be supported by Pitch Trainer Marie Pirruchet, who will be giving pep talks and delivery tips the day before, while there will be considerable political support in the form of State Secretary Iris Gleicke at the reception. “Eastern Germany has become a superb location for young, innovative companies in the past few years,” said Ms. Gleicke.
“Their ideas are worthy of domestic and international support, which is why we are giving some carefully selected Startups the opportunity to present themselves to the big US investors.”

It is a huge opportunity for the cream of Germany’s Startup scene, which itself has been experiencing something of a boom over the past few years. "Berlin was recently confirmed as Startup capital of Europe," said Peter Alltschekow, Director of New States at Germany Trade & Invest, Germany's federal economic development agency. "However the rest of the Eastern region of Germany is also a fertile ground for young innovative companies taking advantage of the low local costs and the substantial government support."

"The companies pitching at this event are just a small selection of the type of innovative company currently flourishing in Germany's Eastern states." The cocktail reception, 'Techcrunch & GTAI' is not only for the pitches, but also a general event at which investors can learn about the Eastern German investment landscape. It starts at 6.30p local time, and will be held in reception hall C of the Pier 48 centre, in downtown San Francisco.

For more information and any questions, or should journalists wish to attend the event, please email Taro Omar (

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