Twelve European startup companies compete against each other at the Radialsystem in Berlin on January 19, 2013
For the second time the new event series hy! brings together the European startup community. At the “Radialsystem” in Berlin, a selected number of startups compete against each other in order to present themselves as the most appealing new companies in Europe.
They will pitch their ideas and products in front of a highly relevant audience of early adopters, international investors and press. The application deadline is January 11, 2013. By then, prospective startups and already launched companies have the chance to submit their application via www.hyberlin.com. Winners can look forward to prizes worth over €100,000. On January 18, 2013 the finalists will also attend a private conference program with 150 invited entrepreneurs from around the world.
Overall twelve startups have the opportunity to convince the jury with their exceptional ideas. In a time limit of four minutes the teams can either pitch their concept or launch their product. The criteria for evaluation include the disruptiveness of their product, the composition of their team, the feasibility of their business model and their unique selling point.
The founders of the winning startups will travel to Silicon Valley for one week, where they will meet important investors and tech pioneers. Furthermore, hub:raum, the incubator of Deutsche Telekom, is giving away prizes worth over €45,000, including two money cases with €15,000 each to the winning pitch team and to the launch team as well as mentoring worth over €15,000. PR packages with a total value of €15,000 are sponsored by piâbo, a Berlin-based communications agency. More prizes can be expected by international partners of hy!.
The attending startups get the chance to prove themselves within a circle of special interest media and highly respected personalities of the scene, e.g. Jawed Karim (founder of YouTube), MG Siegler (founder of CrunchFund), Paul Singh (founder of 500 startups), Mathias Doepfner (CEO of Axel Springer), Esther Dyson (founder of EDventure), Alexis Ohanian (founder of Reddit), Om Malik (founder of GigaOM). This enables the young entrepreneurs to expand and establish new and important contacts.
In addition to the startup competition the audience can look forward to a package of entertainment, insights on trends and developments within the scene and a unique opportunity to network with accomplished entrepreneurs.
Evgeni Kouris, founder Toywheel (winner hy! startup competition 2012): “hy! was an amazing experience and helped us accelerate our business a lot. We have met investors & press and got more exposure and feedback than we could have ever hoped for.”
Tickets and further information about the event: www.hyberlin.com