Under the motto “Boost Your Dealflow”, the Investor Days Thüringen took place on June 15th and 16th 2021. This high-profile event, organized annually by STIFT and bm|t, once again brought together over 500 participants from the startup scene, SMEs, industry and, of course, numerous national and international investors with the aim of generating strong deal flow and facilitating collaborations.
This year, the digital format again attracted great international interest, with 67 applications from 10 countries. Innovations from all over Germany, Austria, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Uruguay joined the event. The future technologies attracted a lot of attention from financiers: 165 investors from the DACH region, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the USA, China, Bahrain and the UK attended the Investor Days.
Moderated by Christiane Kilian (STIFT), Katja Butzmann (bm|t) and Stephan Beier (bm|t), this year’s event was broadcast via livestream from Erfurt’s multifunctional arena.
The stage for future innovations
At the Pitch Day on June 15th, 23 selected start-ups and 13 growth companies presented their businesses on the digital pitch stage. 28 other innovative projects presented their products and business models in plazz AG’s virtual innovation arena. Between the pitch sessions, the interactive event offered plenty of space for know-how exchange, inspiration and networking. Here, the audience could not only scout new technologies, but also get to know the founders personally, whether via video conversations, during 1:1 matchings or via one-minute speed pitches. The range of companies was wide as usual — from cyber security and AI solutions, to space tech and robotics, to green solutions, med tech and smart farming.
Applause for the pitch winners
The highlight of the day was the presentation of the Pitch Awards for the best start-up concepts. During a live voting, the participating investors voted for the most convincing pitch performances, which were awarded live by the hosts and State Secretary Valentina Kerst. The audience was also able to support their favorites and vote online for the Public Award winner. Congratulations to this year’s four winners:
- polytives GmbH from Jena
(Prize: the STIFT and bm|t: 3,000 EUR prize money)
- Peeriot AG from Nobitz
(Prize: of EY Strategy Coaching: 2.000 EUR prize money)
- janova GmbH from Jena
(Prize of Gruendel & Partner: material prize in the amount of 1,500 EUR)
- AI-UI GmbH from Ilmenau
(Audience award of Apropro Haarbeck Teamentwicklung, Management: material prize in the amount of 2,000 EUR)
Start-ups meet industry
The goal of the second day of the Investor Days was to bring start-ups together with industry in order to accelerate innovations as well as to force supra-regional and international knowledge transfer, transformation processes and open innovation. To this end, experts presented practical approaches that create a basis for new collaborations and processes. In addition, two bm|t Investee partners, Enginsight GmbH and Polytives GmbH, reported on their experiences in cooperation between start-up and corporate customers or strategic partners. Additional speakers for these topics from Fraunhofer IMW Leipzig, EY as well as the Thüringen entrepreneur René Mehnert from Mehnert Lab Erfurt shared their experiences with the IDT guests. Matching sessions at virtual tables complemented the event and made it possible to find points of contact for cooperation.
About the Investor Days Thüringen
As a joint initiative of the Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research Thuringia (STIFT) and bm‑t beteiligungsmanagement thüringen gmbh (bm|t), the Investor Days Thüringen are held annually to bring start-ups and growth companies together with potential cooperation partners and investors.
The Investor Days Thüringen have established themselves as the largest event of its kind in the region and are also supported by well-known sponsors and cooperation partners.
More information on the Investor Days at: https://investordays-thueringen.de/