Startups @Reeperbahn Pitch!

In Hamburg the day before our conference? NEXT badge holders may join the Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch on September 19

In Hamburg the day before the conference? NEXT badge holders may join the Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch on September 19.

There are many startup competitions, but the Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch is exceptional for a number of reasons. For the sixth time, Hamburg Startups invites young, innovative companies from all over Germany to present their ideas and business models at the Kiez. The scene is once again the legendary music club Gruenspan. Five startups will stand on its stage on September 19 and try to thrill a top-class jury and a select audience.


A unique atmosphere for networking and an exciting competition

Over 450 investors, decision-makers from large companies, experienced startup people, journalists and many other multipliers from the digital and media industry will attend the spectacle. The inimitable mixture of club atmosphere and professional competence enables networking that’s in a class of its own. In years past, many a long-term and successful business relationship has already started there. So just being there is quite something, but winning will be even better. These are the startups which will be competing for a WELT media budget of 150,000 euros and a trip to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas:


Cargonexx from Hamburg builds the first intelligent transport network for long-distance trucking. Artificial neural networks assemble individual transport requirements into optimal route combinations, and distributes them to the free capacities in the startup’s network. In this way the utilisation of the trucks increases sustainably. This is important as 40% of long-distance capacities remain unused. With Cargonexx, shippers save costs, transport companies earn more, emissions are reduced and traffic is relieved.


COLDPLASMATECH from Greifswald has developed a medical device that offers the solution for the treatment of chronic wounds. Cold plasma is used, which destroys multi-resistant bacteria and stimulates the body’s self-healing powers. The wound dressing from COLDPLASMATECH generates cold plasma directly on the damaged skin and thus gives millions of affected patients a hope of a cure.


Africa is a continent on the move, with a young population full of promising talent. They are most urgently needed in their home countries, but often do not find suitable jobs there and so go abroad. getINNOtized from Munich offers attractive career opportunities for talented personnel, especially from Ghana, where the startup is strongly represented. The first successful projects confirm getINNOtized’s significant business potential


The world of work is constantly changing, and employers must react to it. Leapsome from Berlin enables continuous personnel development and the scaling of an agile culture during growth while helping companies to retain and develop top executives. The platform is integrated into Gmail, Slack and HR systems so that it can be used without extensive training. A number of well-known companies are already doing so.


Shipping is a time-honoured industry in which digitalisation has not yet found its way into many areas of operation. Data in logbooks, for example, is still entered by hand, as it has been for centuries. NautilusLog from Hamburg wants to change this and has developed an app that allows logbooks to be managed conveniently using that app. The family-owned company has an excellent network in the shipping world and is about to receive its first major orders.


All visitors to NEXT are welcome

Before the main competition, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm, the Startup stage will open for the first time. There, a total of 16 startups in four categories will get the chance to present themselves to interested investors. The categories are: Media, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility and Health. These pitches will take place from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. And after the award ceremony you can stay at the Gruenspan and party.

As NEXT is a long-time partner of Startups@Reeperbahn, all holders of a NEXT ticket get free admission to the whole event. Furthermore, on 20 September, 4–4:30pm the finalists of the pitch will show up at Copper House (Fireside Chat Area) and will answer questions from the audience.

Get your NEXT badge on Wednesday at the Überquell (St. Pauli Fischmarkt 28-32): 12-5pm.


Mathias Jäger is working for NEXT18 event & session partner HamburgStartups.