Four startups selected to accelerate with STARBUZZ - Application phase for the 2nd batch starts on September 15
Based on their convincing live pitches, four startups were selected on September 4 as first batch of STARBUZZ digital commerce and logistics accelerator. In October, the four admitted startups will enter the program at the long-established “Tengelmann Campus” in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The application phase for the second batch of STARBUZZ startups starts on September 15.
At STARBUZZ Live Pitch Day on September 4, eight startups were invited to pitch in front of a high-ranking jury, representing the final stage of the STARBUZZ accelerator selection process. The jury consisted of representatives of renowned partnering companies like ALDI SÜD, Tengelmann Ventures, Schwarz Group, Fiege Logistics or T-Systems. The challenge of the day was to convince the jury of their startup in a short live pitch and to defend their business model in a Q&A session.
With their strong teams, compelling ideas and promising business models, four startups managed to impress the jury members. The startups of STARBUZZ batch #1 are:
- Kaufsafari UG (Duisburg)
- mindtainr (Dortmund)
- PaketChef (Munich)
- Replex GmbH (Duisburg)
“The applications and the selected teams have emphasized the high potential of the startup scene and our partnering companies from retail, digital commerce and logistics. The combination of innovative ideas and new business models with the years of market and industry experience of our partnering companies creates the right fit to form new digital businesses in these markets”, states Jürgen Schnitzmeier, Managing Director of Mülheim & Business.
“The startups were well-prepared and it was a pleasure to meet the dynamic entrepreneurial minds behind each team. But all of the teams still have a lot of work to do. We look forward to closely collaborating with the four teams in the coming months, in order to take all four teams to the next level”, says Achim Frauenstein, Director IT of ALDI SÜD, representing all jury members of the first STARBUZZ Live Pitch Day.
Dr. Anton Schaefer from Munich-based startup “PaketChef” is happy about being admitted: “STARBUZZ represents a great opportunity for us to strengthen our business model and to generate growth in the coming months. We look forward to the start of the program in October, especially on collaborating with strong partnering companies like Fiege Logistics or Schwarz Group.”
“The teams will experience an intensive and tailor-made three-month program that focuses on their needs and pain points in their core business. The startups will be advised by experts and mentors from our partnering companies in order to speed up their go-to-market process and to sharpen and scale their business model”, explains Program Manager Thomas Müller about the upcoming months at STARBUZZ.
The four admitted startups will enter the program in Mülheim an der Ruhr in October. Next to the intensive coaching and mentoring program, they receive free office space and infrastructure where they just need to “plug in”.
The application phase for the second STARBUZZ batch begins on September 15, 2017.
To apply, startups need to register at www.starbuzz.ruhr. The second batch will enter the program in January 2018.
About STARBUZZ batch#1:
Go to our startups batch #1 page to find out more about our startups.
With more than 30 leading corporate partners and about 50 mentors, STARBUZZ is the first independent accelerator for B2C and B2B startups that focus on solutions (services or products) for digital commerce and logistics. STARBUZZ offers a high quality program tailored to the needs of participating startups.
Located at the long-established “Tengelmann Campus” in Muelheim an der Ruhr, the startups get free office space and infrastructure for the duration of the accelerator program, while speeding up the go-to-market process and scaling up their business model. STARBUZZ encourages startups from Germany and abroad to apply for the accelerator program.
Thomas Müller M.A. / MBA
STARBUZZ Program Manager
c/o Mülheim & Business GmbH
Haus der Wirtschaft
Wiesenstraße 35, D-45473 Mülheim an der Ruhr, GERMANY
Tel.: +49 208 484859
Mobil: +49 177 4848595
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