Innovation is the driving force behind the most successful startups, and now it's time to show your ingenuity at the HTW Startup Challenge on April 27, 2023! The HTW Startup Challenge is an event for founders who want to take their startup to the next level and pitch for a prize money totaling €15,000. You will also get to know exciting people from the Berlin startup scene. Sounds exciting?


Then apply until April 13, 2023 with a video (max. 1 minute) or your pitch deck in which you convince us of your business model. Ideally, you have a connection to HTW Berlin or want to be part of the HTW community. The team of HTW Startup will select the best startups from all submissions by April 17th. If you are one of the selected teams, you will receive exclusive pitch training with Anna-Franziska Michel, HTW startup coach and successful founder of, and you can pitch for the attractive prize money. >>> Continue to application!


The highlight of the HTW Startup Challenge is the pitch event on April 27, 2023, where the finalists will present their projects to a top-class jury. The jurors evaluate the pitches and decide who wins the prizes, including:

  • HTW Startup Prize of €5,000
  • Female Tech Prize of €5,000
  • Deep Tech Prize €3,000

There will also be a startup rally where the audience decide which startup wins €2,000 for coaching and an office space at the HTW Existenzgründerzentrum for a year.

The cooperation partner of the competition is the Berliner Sparkasse. Berliner Sparkasse supports founders in all phases of setting up a business. Whether it's an account, a loan, public subsidies or modern financing instruments - the founding experts at Berliner Sparkasse are on hand to advise you and determine which offers are suitable. You can find more information on the Berliner Sparkasse website.

Award ceremony

Whether you want to pitch for attractive prizes, get to know innovative startups and their business models or network with exciting minds from the startup scene - the HTW Startup Challenge is the perfect opportunity to do so. After the pitches we celebrate. At the after-pitch party you can network, get to know the HTW startup projects and the startup community.

Take part in the HTW Startup Challenge on April 27, 2023 starting at 5 pm at campus Wilhelminenhof and take the first step towards realizing your startup vision!

If you want to be part of the Startup Challenge finals, please send an email to: