Startup Pitch Competiton

Conquer the Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival and compete for the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award.

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5,000

Attendees

1,000+

Investors

500+

speakers

300+

exhibitors

Pitch Class of 2023

Why You Should Apply

1. Get in front of 1,500+ leading angels and VCs.

Over the last years, the winner of the Bits & Pretzels pitch competition got approached by over 30 venture capital firms.

2. Receive a massive media coverage in front of hundreds of journalists when reaching the finale.

3. Shine bright at the Center Stage of Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival in front of 5,000 people and the highest profile jury.

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how does the road to the grand final look like?

Application Deadline: 30 July 2023

1.

Apply for the pitch competition via the application form.

2.

Our jury will select the most promising startups to compete at Bits & Pretzels for the famous Golden Pretzel Pitch Award.

3.

The selected contestants will then compete with a 3-minute pitch in thematically clustered preliminary rounds.

4.

The semi-finalists will then duel against each other in playoffs.

5.

A winner of each battle will make it to the grand final on the main stage in front of 5,000 attendees.

6.

The final winner will be awarded with the famous Golden Pretzel and a massive media coverage.

Application period closed

5,000+

Attendees

1,000+

Investors

500+

speakers

300+

exhibitors

Who can participate?

Only startups that fit these criteria can apply for the Pitch Competition:

You have an MVP or an existing product. Your startup was founded in 2018 or later, has less than 100 employees and you have raised less than 15 mio € in cumulative funding while not exceeding Series A.

Timeline June – September 2023

July 30th

Application deadline.

august

Contestants announcement.

September
24-25

Pre-rounds and playoffs at Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival

September 25

Grand Final at Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival

Our Jury

Andreas Etten
Founding Partner
10x Group
Dr. Gesa Miczaika
Founding Partner
Auxxo Female Catalyst Fund
Kat Borlongan
Board member
European Innovation Council
Benjamin Erhart
General Partner
Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners GmbH
Christian Saller
General Partner
HV Capital
Robin Godenrath
Founding Partner and Managing Director
Picus Capital

Who Pitched Last Year

Founded
2019
Country
Germany
Founded
2019
Country
Italy
Founded
2021
Country
Germany
Founded
2020
Country
Germany
Founded
2017
Country
Germany
Founded
2016
Country
Estonia
Founded
2019
Country
Germany
Founded
2014
Country
Germany
Founded
2019
Country
Germany

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What's included

We provide a standardized table branded with your company logo on a 2m x 1.6m exhibition area. You will be exhibiting for one day.

What you should bring

You can bring roll-up-banners and give aways and, of course, can exhibit your product.

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 is the Startup Pitch Competition?

The Bits & Pretzel pitch competition has proven itself to be a real boost for your company over the past years. Out of hundreds of applications, a jury of reputable investors select the best startups to compete at Bits & Pretzels for the famous Golden Pretzel Pitch Award.

Who is allowed to apply for the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award?

If you are a startup with an MVP or an existing product founded 2018 or later with less than 100 employees that has not exceeded Series A funding, and must have received less than 15 mio € in cumulative 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 and conditions of the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award.

How do I apply for the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award?

There is an application form for you to fill in. Drop your company name, website and contact information via the “Apply button” above and you’ll get access to the application form for the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award. You’ll be asked for more detailed information on your company to review if you’re eligible to apply and to receive all relevant information needed to select the contestants.

How will the contestants, semi finalists and finalists be selected?

The contestants who will be invited to pitch in the preliminary rounds at Bits & Pretzels 2023 will be selected by an international jury of investors. In the thematically clustered preliminary rounds, the startups compete against each other with a 3-minute pitch in front of an expert jury who follows up with a Q&A. One winner emerges from each preliminary round and those semi finalists then compete in a playoffs for a place in the grand final. Once again, it’s our jury who decides who makes it on the main stage. The best competitors will be invited to join the grand final on center stage who’s winner will be selected by the international executive jury. Further details on the selection criteria can be found here (Bits & Pretzels Pitch Award).

Who will assess my application?

Only selected jurors with legitimate interest can access your submitted data for their evaluation to guarantee a high quality of the startups pitching for the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award.

Data processing:

Your data will be handled confidentially. Third party service providers only process data to the extent necessary to fulfill the purpose for which you submitted your data and to comply with applicable laws. You can find all further details on data processing in our terms of participation as well as data privacy.

What deadlines do I have to keep in mind?
  • The application process starts on Tuesday, 23 May 2023
  • The deadline for registration for the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award is on Sunday, 30 July 2023 
  • The contestants invited to pitch in the preliminary rounds at Bits & Pretzels will be announced in August 2023
  • The preliminary rounds of the pitch competition will take place on 24-25 September 2023 at the Bits & Pretzels Festival.
  • The playoffs (semi finals) will take place on Monday, 25 September 2023 at the Bits & Pretzels Festival.
  • The grand final of the Bits & Pretzel pitch competition will take place on Monday 25 September 2023  on the center stage at the festival
I have specific questions, whom do I contact?

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