On November 7th, for the seventh time, the biggest startup competition in the North will bring young, innovative companies from all over the world to Hamburg’s cool mile. In the sophisticated Mojo Club they will meet around 800 guests, including investors, corporates and stars of the digital and media industry. The winning team will secure an unforgettable trip to the SXSW Festival 2020 with an extensive program, pitch opportunities and valuable contacts. This is made possible by the cooperation of Hamburg Startups and SXSW.

Two ways lead to the Reeperbahn Startup Pitch. At the me Convention (collaboration of Mercedes-Benz and SXSW) in Frankfurt, a first-class jury will choose the first finalist. Our top-class advisory board will select four further candidates who will be able to live out their rock star qualities on the stage of the Mojo Club. The pitch is rounded off by an extensive supporting programme with a startup stage, master classes, workshops, an investor dinner and an awesome after-show party.


That’s how you can win!


November 7th 2019


Mojo Club, Hamburg


You are an innovative startup and want to go to SXSW in Austin, Texas? Now you have the chance to win a trip to this mega-event!

Secure your starting position at our Reeperbahn Startup Pitch by convincing our advisory board or by winning  at a pitch competition at the me Convention in Frankfurt, which is organized by Mercedes-Benz and SXSW. And all this with just one application!


  • The closing date for applications is on August 28th, 12 am.
  • From September 2nd to 6th, an online voting will determine the five startups that will travel to the me Convention in Frankfurt.
  • The me Convention will take place from September 11th to 13th.
  • The advisory board will elect the four other finalists for the Reeperbahn Startup Pitch on September 27th.
  • On November 7th the big final will take place in Hamburg!
  • From 13 to 22 March 2020 Austin will be dominated by SXSW.

Conditions of participation

  • All startups that have launched a new, innovative product on the market between July 1st 2017 and July 1st 2019 are eligible to participate.

  • All industries are allowed.
  •  There are no restrictions at the company headquarters – the whole world is invited!
  • We need a short description of maximum 500 characters.
  • A pitch deck of maximum 15 slides is also mandatory.
  • All application documents must be written in English, the pitch will also be in English.
  • Any travel and accommodation costs will be borne by the participants.

All further information can be found on the application form. So, let’s go, knock us out with your application!


Hamburg Startups: Double bliss at the pitch at the me Convention

Hamburg Startups: Double bliss at the pitch at the me Convention

The first finalists for the Reeperbahn Startup Pitch on November 7th are fixed! At a prepitch at the me Convention in Frankfurt two candidates, JobMatchMe and CUCA INTIMA, were so convincing that they both could secure a starting place in Hamburg – and one ticket each for the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.

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The advisory Board

On September 27th an illustrious panel of experts will determine four of the five finalists for the Reeperbahn Startup Pitch.