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Centre for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SMEs - CENTIM

Finale of the Start-up-Cup 2023


Thursday, 19 October 2023


17:00 - 20:00


Campus Sankt Augustin / Audimax

In the grand final of the Start-up Cup, five founding teams try to convince our external jury of their idea! The team with the best pitch wins €2,500.

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Only five minutes to present an idea or product in a compelling way - this is the challenge our five final teams will face on 19 October 2023. 

The five best teams of the Start-up Cup 2023 have already convinced us with their pitch deck, now they also have to impress our external jury and the audience in the live pitch. Be there when the finalists present their innovative, exciting and sustainable ideas! 

To kick-off the event we have invited Franziska Schaal, founder of the Cologne based Start-up feelfood, to give a keynote speechFranzi will not only tell you about her founding story, but will also share insightful and valuable tips for the early days of your own company!

The final teams

The five best teams have been selected! Out of many strong pitch decks submitted by students, alumni and employees, these five ideas convinced our internal jury the most. The teams will present their pitch to the external jury and the audience in the grand final.

CareDoc - App for the care industry: Pascal Eßer, Ron Gerber, Rob Gerber (all H-BRS students) and Philipp Martini (external)

DrofoTech - Reforestation with drones and AI: Ahmad Drak (PhD student), Brennan Penfold (student and student assistant) and Maximilian Johenneken (research associate) 

Dealcoholisation tablet for wine: Elina Hafer (alumn), Ipek Katal and Sarah Knoth (both external) 

Everflight - sustainable shuttlecock: Louis Huth (H-BRS student)

Vlight - innovative solution for covered areas: Florian Siegismund (alumn), Joshua Neff (H-BRS student) and Steffen Schedler (PhD student)

Start-up-Cup 2023 - Vorstellung Finalteams - CareDoc
Start-up-Cup 2023 - Vorstellung Finalteams
Start-up-Cup 2023 - Vorstellung Finalteams
Start-up-Cup 2023 - Vorstellung Finalteams
Start-up-Cup 2023 - Vorstellung Finalteams

How the finale takes place

The 5 final teams pitch their business idea in front of an external jury and the audience. This is followed by a short Q&A session in which the teams answer the jury's questions. The final evaluation by the external jury will be based on set evaluation criteria, which include the overall impression of the presentation (adherence to the time limit, presentation skills, creativity and teamwork) and the answers to the questions/discussion. After all teams have pitched, a deliberation phase by the jury follows, which then announces the top three places and the awarding of the prize.


Start-up-Cup 2023

In the H-BRS internal ideas competition Start-up Cup, we are looking for innovative and convincing business ideas from students, alumni and employees. Ideas that might overcome current societal challenges and shape an innovative future. The most convincing pitches have the chance to win prize money of up to 2,500 euros or special prizes, such as a scholarship for the Start-up Development MBA course or admission to the accelerator programme.

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The Start-up-Manufaktur is an initiative of CENTIM and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Climate Action as part of the EXIST programme (Logos:
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Karoline Noth

Research assistant, H-BRS Entrepreneurship Centre, Project Coordination Start-up Programme Rheinbach Sankt Augustin (SUPRA)




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