After a spring full of (remote) coaching sessions, pilot projects, and pitch training, we officially completed our 13th batch on May 20 with the TechFounders Demo Day. For our program’s highlight event, we invited a few selected guests on-site to the Munich Urban Colab, our brand new office in Schwabing, where we broadcasted the event live to our online audience. All invited guests and staff members were tested and followed strict hygiene measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety. The evening included showcasing eight ground-breaking innovations and an international all-female panel discussion with guest speakers from Germany, Israel, and the US. The hybrid event was organized together with the DLD Conference and ALPHAZIRKEL.

For each batch, we receive hundreds of applications from startups all around the world, but only a handful of promising companies make the cut to our program. By bringing the startups together with our seasoned coaches, corporate partners, industry experts, and mentors, we have already supported 127 young companies into further success. Our track record speaks for itself: our alumni startups have raised over €410M in funding and many of them are still working closely together with global industry leaders they have met through the TechFounders program.

The Demo Day concludes our 20-week program and offers the startups a stage to present their innovations in front of our extensive network of investors and industry representatives. The evening was kicked off with a short welcome from our event moderators: Miki Yokoyama, Managing Partner of TechFounders, and Steffi Czerny, Co-Founder of the DLD Conference and Managing Director of DLD Media. Founded in 2005 as an intimate gathering of friends, DLD (Digital – Life – Design) has developed into Europe’s leading innovation conference for visionaries from around the globe. After the welcome, it was time for the main stars of the evening to take over the spotlight: the TechFounders Batch #13 startups.

Climate change, COVID-19 crisis, food waste, and resource scarcity – the eight startups of our Batch #13 are developing solutions to tackle some of the biggest contemporary global challenges. It has been elating to witness the progress these startups have made with their companies throughout the past months, and how that growth was reflected in their pitches this evening. Each pitch was followed with a short Q&A session and interested parties could book 1-1 appointments with the founders on our event page.

All the on-site guests and staff members were tested and followed strict hygiene measures.

The next, highly anticipated part of the evening was certainly the all-female DLD Sync panel discussion with our guest speakers, moderated by Steffi Czerny. The panel included Miriam Wohlfarth from Germany, Founder of Ratepay and Executive Board Member at the German Startups Association, Natalie Refuah from Israel, Partner at Viola Growth and a board member of Thriver and Guesty, and Ulrike Hoffmann-Burchardi from the US, Managing Director at Tudor Investment and a board member of 100 Women in Finance. During the exchange, the speakers shared their founding stories and insights of the ongoing and future innovation trends in the three entrepreneurial hotspots they are representing.

You can find the full panel discussion on the live recording of the Demo Day below. After wrapping up the conversation, our on-site guests got an exquisite tour of the Munich Urban Colab, led by our Program Manager Henrike Neulen.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in our Demo Day! We are overwhelmed by the number of viewers who participated digitally and the active exchanges in our live chat. Of course, we want to especially thank the Batch #13 startups: BlinkIN, Deepreason.ai, Kaholo, Plant Jammer, STABL Energy, Sternum, and UVENTIONS. We can’t wait to follow the success of these companies. We would also like to thank our corporate partners for supporting our program.

Did you miss our livestream? Don’t worry! You can watch the recording of the broadcast here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ald0ZuEzs6g&t=590s