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The Innovators’ Pitch is the path-breaking competition for early stage startups in Europe. Bright entrepreneurs get the chance to present their innovative products and prototypes to a high-level jury and an expert audience. Joining forces with major partners, Bitkom presents the Innovators‘ Pitch as part of on the 1st of April 2020 at STATION Berlin.


The application period for Innovators‘ Pitch 2020 will start in February! We will soon publish more information on dates, categories and conditions. Stay tuned!

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The Innovators‘ Pitch is Bitkom‘s annual contest for innovative startups. Last year we offered young entrepreneurs the chance to present their innovative products and prototypes in the emerging categories Digital Learning & EdTech, Digital Mobility and Digital Supply Chain.

Digital Learning




From educational videos, learning apps and serious games to coding lessons and virtual and augmented reality: New technologies have already had a huge impact on learning. They enable time- and location-independent learning, facilitate individual and networked learning, and improve quality in the educational system as a whole. Not only do they shape how and what we teach and learn, they also make education more accessible for everyone, regardless of age and background. New technologies are changing our schools, universities and vocational colleges, and increasing the possibilities for informal learning and on-the-job training in workplaces. As current innovations such as artificial intelligence, robotics and blockchain are dramatically transforming many facets of our lives today, it is exciting to imagine the new opportunities such technologies will have on the world of learning in the future.

Digital Mobility




Digital mobility is not only about creating a personalized digital passenger experience with location-based services, digital self-services as ticketing, self-check-in, personalized travel information, indoor-navigation and onboard entertainment. It is also about digital innovations optimizing the operation of public transport, e.g. improving maintenance of the fleet by predictive maintenance, optimizing the passenger flow in stations, smart luggage management or providing the best suitable multimodal connection.


Digital mobility makes travel more comfortable, more sustainable and more customer-friendly whilst reducing cost of ownership for the operator of public transportation systems.

Digital Supply Chain




Companies leading the way in the digital economy need to offer highly personalized products and services. Innovation in Digital Supply Chain changes fundamentally the way products and services are delivered and tailored to unique customer requirements. Keeping up with the digital economy therefore means reimagining business processes across the whole Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Asset Management. Innovative solutions in these fields help customers to establish Intelligent Enterprises.

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Digital Mobility


AIPARK offers AI-based real-time parking maps. For this purpose, the startup has developed a cloud platform combined with IoT sensors that provides predictive and real-time information about the availability of parking spaces.

Digital Supply Chain


doks.innovation offers automated inventory management with the help of drones. These automatically generate data and ensure a continuous flow of information.


Digital Learning & EdTech


StudySmarter is a learning platform for digitising exam preparation. The intelligent all-in-one platform helps students create and share learning content with automatic mind maps, summaries and flashcards.

Dirk Wagener
Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at Cornelsen

Digital Learning & EdTech jury head

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Max Eichhorn
Head of the Global Business Developement & Strategy at Siemens Mobility

Digital Mobility jury head

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Eva Zauke
VP SAP Digital Supply Chain and head of the SAP Startup Accelerator for Digital Supply Chain

Digital Supply Chain jury head

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Felix Ferstl
Associate at Ananda Impact Ventures.

Digital Learning & EdTech jury member

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Stephan Dörner
Editor in Chief of t3n

Digital Mobility jury member 

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Katrin Held
Innovation Dock Manager at Digital Hub Logistics

Digital Supply Chain jury member

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Lucy Lynn-Matern
Seed Investor & Venture Hunter at Emerge Education

Digital Learning & EdTech jury member

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Alexander Kiltz
Investment Associate at Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners

Digital Mobility jury member

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Josefine Köhn-Haskins
Editor Berlin Valley

Digital Supply Chain jury member

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Maria Mondry
Product Manager Education at ZEIT ONLINE

Digital Learning & EdTech jury member

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Marie-Luise Klose
Senior Manager Venture Development at Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures

Digital Mobility jury member

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Martin Wild
Chief Innovation Officer of MediaMarktSaturn

Digital Supply Chain jury member

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Meeting top-notch potential business partners & investors
An exclusive pitch at our high-level partner VCs
5,000 € in cash per winner
A free Bitkom Get Started membership

Applications start soon!

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See FAQs
  1. What should your pitchdeck look like?

The pitch deck that you upload for your application, should include all information you want to share with the jury to convince them that you should be selected as one of the finalists. If you are selected as one of the finalists you can of course use a different pitchdeck for your live pitch on stage.


  1. Can I apply for more than one category?

You are welcome to apply for more than one category. However we will choose nine finalists. This means you can only pitch for one category.


  1. Does the application or participation cost something?

The application and participation for Innovators’ Pitch competition is completely free. All finalists will get free tickets for the conference, where the Innovators’ Pitch takes place. Independently of the Innovators’ Pitch you can also apply as a startup for free tickets for here.


  1. How does the selection of the finalists and the winner work?

Each category will have an expert jury that will select the winners at the Innovators’ Pitch on April 10th at The jury will also choose the finalists, who will be invited to pitch at For that reason we will share your information and your pitchdeck with the members of the jury – but of course the jury and we will keep your application confidential. Here you can find our privacy statement.


  1. What time, place etc.?

The pitch will take place at 4.30pm to 6pm (time may change) on 10th of April at 2019. Three selected finalists will pitch in each of the three categories. Every startup gets a 3 min pitch and 3min Q&A by the jury. In the end the winners will be awarded.


  1. Who can apply?

All startup companies that were founded no more than 5 years ago (as per: 10. April 2019), that do not have more than 50 permanent employees, that are organized under private-law and that are not partly owned by the state or are a subdivision of it are eligible to take part. Please check the Terms of Participation for more details.


  1. What can you win?

The winners of the Innovators’ Pitch get 5.000 euros per category as prize money, a free one-year Get Started membership of Bitkom for companies fulfilling the requirements for a Bitkom Get Started membership (see our conditions) and an invitation to exclusively pitch themselves to our competition partner investors. Finalists from previous years were furthermore not only pleased with the media attention after the pitch, they also succeeded in obtaining concrete financing.