The competition: A country without company founders is a country without a future. That is why this year the Süddeutsche Zeitung’s Economic Summit will be distinguishing the best of them for the fourth time. The start-up competition “Trail Blazers” will be open for submissions from May 19 to August 31. It is open to companies that are older than six months and younger than five years and have their domicile in Germany.
The competition will consist of two rounds.
The Preliminary Round: In October a jury composed of editors from the SZ’s business section will select the six finalists from amongst all the applicants. These “Trail Blazers” will then be invited to participate in the SZ Economic Forum at the Hotel Adlon in Berlin from November 10 to 13, Germany’s largest economic congress with more than 60 speakers.
The Start-up Pitch: On November 10 the six finalists will have the opportunity to represent their business idea and their company from the podium of the economic summit at the Start-zp-Night in the Kalkscheune. Each start-up will have precisely three minutes. This will be followed by the selection of the winner by a very special jury: All participants at the SZ Economic Summit will vote via app. Many of them are experienced entrepreneurs and managers that know what it takes. They are curious about founders and their ideas. That is why the motto for the competition is: “Start-ups meet Grown-ups”.
The Series: The Süddeutsche Zeitung will be accompanying the “Trail Blazer“ competition over the coming weeks with a series about founders in Germany – and that on all of 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.