The competition: founders play a decisive role in the future of our economy. That is why the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Economic Summit will be awarding prizes to the best of them for the third time this year. The “Trail Blazers” start-up competition will be open for submissions from 15 May to 31 August. It invites applications from young companies that are older than six months and younger than five years with their headquarters in Germany.
There are two rounds to the competition.
The preliminary round: in October, a jury composed of editors from the SZ’s business section will select six finalists from amongst all applicants. These “Trail Blazers” will be invited to participate in the SZ Economic Summit, Germany’s largest economic congress with over 60 speakers, at Hotel Adlon, Berlin, from 12 to 14 November.
The start-up pitch: on 14 November, each of the six finalists will have the opportunity to present their business idea and company on the stage of the Economic Summit at Hotel Adlon. Each start-up will have precisely three minutes. Afterwards, the winner will be chosen by a very special jury: the participants of the SZ Economic Summit will vote via an app. Many of them are experienced entrepreneurs and managers who know what matters. Their curiosity is piqued by founders and their ideas. Therefore, the competition motto is: “Start-ups meet Grown-ups”. The pitch will be supported by Berlin Partner, Berlin’s business development agency.
The series: Süddeutsche Zeitung will accompany the “Trail Blazer” competition with a series on founders in Germany – on all its channels: print, digital, and in the social media. In addition, the six finalists and other interesting applicants will be presented on the website www.sz-wirtschaftsgipfel.de. The twitter hashtag for the start-up competition is #Gipfelstürmer.
Call for proposals: from 15 May, you can upload your application using a form on this page. Please direct any questions on the competition to: firstname.lastname@example.org