Startup

Pitch & Awards

Step up on the Bits & Pretzels stage

One application.

Two competitions.

This is your stage to skyrocket your company. For the second time, we will have two competitions that get you on biggest of all Bits & Pretzels stages. This is your chance to get your name out to investors, potential clients, and new partners.

The Digital Top 50 Awards handpicks 50 applicants for this year's Top 50 Cohort and invites them to join the Bits & Pretzels Festival in Munich. The jury will then award winners in the categories of Best Technology, Best Consumer Business, Best Enterprise Business and Tech for Good live on stage.

For another chance to get on the center stage in January, you need an awesome elevator pitch. If you succeed in pitching your startup against 80 others, you will move on to the finals and fight for the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award.

Both competitions are a unique chance to get maximum attention for your company. Apply today!

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You can apply for both the DT50 Award and the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award using this form.

Two ways

to get on the big stage

Golden Pretzel

Pitch Award

The classic Bits & Pretzels Pitch Competition. 80 startups pitch at #bits22 to qualify for the final in front of 5,000 attendees on the center stage.

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Digital Top 50

Startup Award

The Digital Top 50 Awards celebrate the trailblazing work of Europe’s tech founders and recognize Europe’s most promising startups.

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Our values

Founders are always first

Bits & Pretzels is an event from founders for founders. We don‘t compromise when creating content for our fellow entrepreneurs. Everything we do is about giving founders what they need to achieve their goals and reach for the stars.  

Quality Over Size

Bits & Pretzels is the only major event for startups that limits its number of attendees. To us, it’s important to rather gather the best players of the ecosystem than keep growing and sacrifice the quality of your event experience.

We do things Bits-Style

We always give 110%. This ambition makes us pioneers of our time, looking ahead - ready to tackle problems with our community. With enthusiasm for technology and precision, we provide an exciting environment that enables founders to shape a better future.

THE COMMUNITY

We love progressive change-makers. Always questioning the status quo and looking for new ways to improve our environment. We want to create a world of possibilities with true & sustainable impact for everyone who joins Bits & Pretzels. Our aim: to constantly develop and benchmark a better future.

FAQ

What does “one application, two competitions” mean exactly?

For the second time we will have two competitions that can bring you on the biggest stage at Bits & Pretzels and thus help you to get your name out to investors, potential clients, and new partners: the Digital Top 50 Awards & the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award. By filling in one application form, you can easily apply for both competitions.

What are the Digital Top 50 Awards?

The annual DT50 Awards were co-founded in 2016 to recognize the trailblazing work of Europe’s top entrepreneurial tech and digital talent across the full spectrum of the business and technology landscape, endorsing the continent’s thriving tech scene and providing support for four winners. McKinsey, Freshfields, 468 Capital, Finsbury Glover Hering, and TeamViewer have joined forces to build on the increasing success of the last four events, which attracted more than 2,000 applications.

What is the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award?

The Golden Pretzel Pitch Award is the Bits & Pretzel pitch competition that has proven itself to be a real boost for your company over the past years. Round about 80 startups pitch at #bits22 to qualify for the grand finale on the center stage in front of 5,000 attendees. The best pitch overall will be awarded with the famous Golden Pretzel and substantial media coverage.

Who is allowed to apply for the Pitch & Awards?

Golden Pretzel Pitch Award: If you are a startup with a MVP or an existing product, and funded - but not with more than Series A funding, then you are eligible to apply for the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award. For further details on the terms of participation, please visit the terms of participation of the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award.

Digital Top 50 Awards: If you are a startup registered in the EU, an EFTA member state or the United Kingdom with a digital product or service as central element of the business and funded - but not with more than 100.000.000 USD in cumulative funding, then you are eligible to apply for the Digital Top 50 Awards. For further details on the terms of participation, please visit the terms of participation of DT50.

How do I apply for the Pitch & Awards?

To make it easier than ever to get maximum attention, there is only one application form for you to fill in to apply for both competitions.

1. Drop your company name, company website and contact information via the “Apply button” above. This is the official request to get the complete application form.

2. Get access to the application form for the Digital Top 50 Awards & the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award. Filling in the complete application form will take about 10 minutes and you’ll be asked for more detailed information on your company to receive all relevant information needed to select the shortlist participants and semi finalists of the Digital Top 50 Awards & the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award.

Can I apply for both the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award & the Digital Top 50 Awards?

Yes, you can apply for both competitions by filling in only one application form. We highly recommend applying for both - two applications, double the chances. But please be aware of the requirements to apply for either the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award or the Digital Top 50 Awards (see above).

How will the finalists and winners be selected?

Golden Pretzel Pitch Award: The applicants who will be invited to pitch in the semi finals of the Bits & Pretzels Pitch Competition will be selected by an international jury of investors. In the semi finals, up to 12 startups per cluster compete against each other in front of an expert jury. The top competitors of the different clusters will be invited to join the grand finale on center stage who’s winner will be selected by the international executive jury right after. Further details on the selection criteria can be found here.

Digital Top 50 Awards: The shortlist participants and winners of the Digital Top 50 Awards will be selected by DT50’s Executive Jury, a hand-picked panel of experts, veterans in venture building and growth mentoring. The jurors will choose the winners in their respective categories. Further details on the selection criteria can be found here.

Data processing of my application:

For all details on how we process your personal data in connection with the application process for the Startup Pitch & Awards, please see the Privacy Notice of DT50 and Bits & Pretzels.

What deadlines do I have to keep in mind? 
  • The application process for both competitions starts on Wednesday, September 1 2021
  • The deadline for the Digital Top 50 Awards & the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award will be on Sunday, October 10 2021 
  • The Digital Top 50 and the semi finalists of the pitch competition will be announced in mid November 2021
  • The semi finals of the pitch competition will take place on Thursday, January 20 & Friday, January 21, 2022 at the Bits & Pretzels festival
  • The grand finale of the Bits & Pretzel pitch competition will take place on Friday, January 21, 2022 on the center stage at the festival
  • The four winners of the Digital Top 50 Awards will be announced on Friday, January 21, 2022 on the center stage at the festival
I have specific questions, whom do I contact?

Please contact awards@bitsandpretzels.com for any other queries.