January, 25 2018 STIFT and bm|t kick off Investor Days Thüringen 2018: two days of innovation, investment and networking

On 19 and 20 June 2018, entre­pre­neurs and investors will meet for the 15th time at the Investor Days Thuringia at Messe Erfurt. Under the motto “Enter the next level”, the Foun­da­tion for Tech­nol­ogy, Inno­va­tion and Research Thuringia (STIFT) and bm|t beteili­gungs­man­age­ment thürin­gen gmbh offer young, ambi­tious com­pa­nies the oppor­tu­nity to present their inno­v­a­tive busi­ness con­cepts to a broad audience.

Two excit­ing event days offer the right plat­form to dis­cover inno­v­a­tive busi­ness ideas, find investors and expand net­works. The event brings together around 600 par­tic­i­pants, includ­ing start-ups, growth com­pa­nies, investors, deci­sion-mak­ers and indus­try experts. “The Investor Days in Thuringia are gain­ing more and more atten­tion nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally. I am pleased about that because it makes Thuringia even more known as an inno­v­a­tive start-up loca­tion and strength­ens it enor­mously. The focus is once again on the acqui­si­tion of ven­ture cap­i­tal from pri­vate investors and the net­work­ing of young com­pa­nies. Inno­v­a­tive start-up projects suc­ceed when young entre­pre­neurs meet poten­tial investors — this is exactly what the Investor Days do. In this sense, I hope for new suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships and thank the organ­is­ers warmly for their com­mit­ment,” said Thuringia’s Min­is­ter of Eco­nomic Affairs Wolf­gang Tiefensee.
On the first day, the Thuringian Ele­va­tor Pitch gives 20 selected start-ups and founders the oppor­tu­nity to present their projects on stage in a 3‑minute pitch and to gain the inter­est of the audi­ence. With the Inno­va­tion Arena, all pitch­ers as well as other start-up projects will have the oppor­tu­nity to present them­selves inter­ac­tively. An accom­pa­ny­ing pro­gramme with inspir­ing inputs, music and coop­er­a­tion din­ner pro­vides an open atmos­phere to exchange ideas and hold indi­vid­ual dis­cus­sions with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from busi­ness, sci­ence and politics.
The tried and tested pitch for­mat will be rounded off on the sec­ond day by “Meet The Ris­ing Stars”, giv­ing investors an exclu­sive insight into tech­nol­ogy-ori­ented growth com­pa­nies, mainly from the bm‑t port­fo­lio. Selected entre­pre­neurs look­ing for growth cap­i­tal will have the oppor­tu­nity to present their con­cepts to investors from the pri­vate equity, fam­ily office and cor­po­rate ven­ture sec­tors and con­vince them of their busi­ness model.
The Investor Days Thuringia, an ini­tia­tive of ThEX inno­v­a­tiv under the spon­sor­ship of STIFT and bm|t, is thus one of the largest events of its kind in Ger­many and is gain­ing an increas­ingly inter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion. The pres­ence of numer­ous busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives on both days pro­motes stronger net­work­ing and opens up new oppor­tu­ni­ties for coop­er­a­tion. ThEx inno­v­a­tiv is specif­i­cally geared towards inno­v­a­tive start-ups within the Thuringian Cen­tre for Start-ups and Entre­pre­neur­ship (ThEx) and is funded by the Euro­pean Social Fund (ESF) and state funds.