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ESMT Demo Day

Create a better tomorrow
September 15, 2023, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Are you a tech startup?

Pitch your idea to investors and the ESMT startup ecosystem to win €5,000 to fund your idea.

The ESMT Demo Day is a startup event where tech startups, investors, corporates, and other stakeholders of the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem meet and discuss new ideas. Besides startup pitches, we host panel discussions and keynotes around the topic of entrepreneurship and innovation to enable connections, networking, and growth for our partners and the ecosystem.  

Save the date for this year's event: September 15, 2023

ESMT Demo Day 2022

ESMT Demo Day 2022

The ESMT Demo Day is a startup event where early-stage startups, investors, corporates, and other entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem stakeholders meet and discuss new ideas.

In addition to keynotes and panel discussions, startups pitch their founding ideas. Maximilian Köhler (Ph.D. student at ESMT) won first place at this year's event with his startup Optiwiser A.I. Solutions, a cloud-based platform that enables AI-driven demand and inventory planning for food and beverages.

Application information

Application for Pitch Competition at ESMT Demo Day 2023

Tech startups pitch their ideas in front of a jury and pre-seed investors and connect with the local startup ecosystem in Berlin. The jury consists of entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders of the startup ecosystem and will select the winners of the € 5,000 prize money. Are you a tech startup and want to pitch?

Then apply now here.

Pitch Competition ESMT Demo Day 2023 Application period

Applications open: July 17

Applications close: August 27



Startups that want to pitch at ESMT Demo Day must: 

  • Apply within the application period
  • Be available to pitch in person at ESMT in Berlin on the 15 of September 
Previous Speakers

Alexander Kudlich

General Partner at 468 Capital

Marc-Alexander Christ

Co-founder SumUp

Rovina D'Souza

VC at Capnamic

Linus Dahlander

Professor at ESMT Berlin and the holder of the Lufthansa Group Chair in Innovation

Are you interested in pitching your idea in front of investors?

Apply now
ESMT Demo Day 2023 Agenda

ESMT Demo Day Agenda

  • 1:00 - 1:10 pm: Welcome and Introduction
  • 1:10 - 1:40 pm: Keynote Speaker
  • 1:40 - 2:20 pm: Panel Discussion
  • 2:20 - 2:50 pm: Break
  • 2:50 - 4:20 pm: Start-up Pitch Competition
  • 3:10 - 4:00 pm: Pitch Competition
  • 4:20 - 4:50 pm: Cromme meets series
  • 4:50 - 5:00 pm: Award Ceremony
  • 5:00 - 7:00 pm: Networking Reception

Do you want to participate in the ESMT Demo Day 2023?

Register now

Baris Efe

Manager & Co-founder at Vali Berlin - Entreprenurship Hub at ESMT
+49 30 212 31 1649

Henry Sauermann

ESMT Chair in Entrepreneurship & Academic Director at Vali Berlin - Entrepreneurship Hub at ESMT