HY! Berlin competition calls for entries from European start-ups

8 Jan 2013

The deadline is approaching for European technology start-ups to enter the HY! Berlin start-up competition taking place in Berlin later this month.

The HY! Berlin event was set up last year and aims to become a launchpad for start-ups across Europe, connecting them with investors, business angels and technology pioneers. It is organised by the Berlin-based entrepreneurs Aydogan Ali Schosswald and Hans Raffauf.

Start-ups have until 11 January to submit their entries in order to be in with an opportunity to present at the Berlin event.

On 19 January, 12 new ventures from Europe will be competing against each other by pitching to international investors.

Start-ups can enter in two categories. The Alpha competition will allow ventures to present their product idea or prototype to the public. Alternatively, the Launch competition will afford start-ups a platform to launch a product, an open beta version or a product feature.

A prize fund of more than €200,000 will be up for grabs, including mentoring and PR packages. The CEOs of two winning start-ups will also travel to Silicon Valley for one week to meet with investors.

Judges at the Berlin event will include the renowned angel investor Esther Dyson of EDventure Holdings; YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim; Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian; and MG Siegler, the co-founder of the venture capital firm CrunchFund.

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Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic