Deadline: January 18, 2016 | Apply here
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 February 24, 2016
Prizes: EUR 36,000 in cash

You have a business idea? Or your business plan still needs the finishing touches? … In any case, you are right on track! Start2grow accompanies your way to a successful business – and also provides the opportunity for high cash and prizes and a special prize technology. If you have a business idea, do not hesitate to participate! The application is possible at any time and the participation is free!

Start2Grow 2016 startup competition in Dortmund, Germany

For your business start-up, you need a mature business plan. start2grow will help you! They will accompany you from the business idea to the business plan to a successful business. Experienced coaches, a competent network, excellent contacts with capital providers, interactive events, high prize money and the manual business plan support this approach. From the idea to the successful establishment! The founders’ contests start2grow were initiated in 2001 by the Economic Development Agency for the first time and since then continuously find instead. Contribute can not only founders of Dortmund, but from all over Germany.
Nationwide and free of charge!

As a registered participant or a registered subscriber, you can select the entire range of start2grow wear out or pick out individual modules that are right for you:

  • Access to the Online Coaching Area, the part of the start2grow site that allows you to establish contact with the coaches from the start2grow network and other founding team;
  • The individual supervision by a mentor;
  • Participation in the start2grow events;
  • Selected contacts to investors;
  • The assessment of your business plan and feedback;
  • Your presentation to the jury that on the award decision in the competition, if you are after the review process of the top 20 of the competition.


An award will at the end of the competition held at the event “Pitch and Party”:

  • 1 Prize -> EUR 15,000.00  *
  • 2 Prize -> EUR 10,000.00 *
  • 3 Prize -> EUR 5,000.00 *
  • 4 to 10th Prizes -> EUR 1,000.00 *


The time frame for the start2grow founders competition constitutes an event relay, with start2grow Match starting with start2grow Pitch and ending at the Party. During this period, you will have the most important deadline: to submit a complete business plan for your idea.

Start2grow holds a series of startup events prior to the final event:

  • start2grow match on Friday, November 27, 2015
  • Preferential levy for Mentor assignment until December 3, 2015
  • start2grow Camp on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, 2015
  • start2grow Proof on Monday, January 11, 2016
  • Cut-off business plans on Monday, January 18, 2016
  • start2grow Pitch and Party on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Contact: Christine Turek, representative of the Start2grow participant support and foundation support
T: 0231 50 2 92 26 F: 0231 50 2 41 12 E: Write an email

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