atec'19 Pitching Contest

The Battle of the Big Five

This year for the first time!
Applications are closed

Starting at 4.45pm during the atec'19 on 28th October 2019


Five Startup Teams compete for a 3-months trip to the Silicon Valley

5 pitches each 5min + 4min Q&A

In addition to our Investor Speeddating at 10am, which is open to all pre-registered RWTH Startups, 5 selected RWTH and Non-RWTH startups have the unique opportunity to take part at this year’s "Battle of the Big Five" pitch competition on our main stage and win a truly amazing price (to be announced soon).


3 Startups have already qualified through our Incubation Programme, 2 more Startups have a chance to apply and participate through a Wildcard.


The competition works as follows:

 ·        Each Startup has 5 minutes on stage to pitch their business idea to our audience

 ·        Each pitch is followed by a short 4 minutes Q&A session by the jury

 ·        The jury will choose the most convincing team during the break


Our price for this year's winning team:

The winner of this year’s Pitching Contest will have the unique chance to visit the Plug & Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley for their 3 months International Accelerator program. You will dive into the inspiring valley tech scene, be mentored by successful entrepreneurs, shape your pitch & product and build an outstanding network.


Check out Plug & Play here:


Our jury for the Battle of the Big Five:

·         Hannah Boomgaarden – Program Manager of Plug & Play Startup Autobahn

·         Jan Borgstädt – Managing Partner at Join Capital

·         Marius Rosenberg – Managing Director at Adhesys Medical



If you are a Startup that is currently in early / pre-seed phase, apply now by sending us an E-Mail

·         With your current pitch deck (5-10 pages in PDF)

·         Send it to: (+ in cc:

·         Subject: The Battle of the Big Five Application


Both RWTH and Non-RWTH Startups are welcome!

RWTH Startups, feel free to send your work-in-progress pitch decks for of the atec Speeddating.


Application deadline:

20th of October 2019, 11:59pm


We look forward to the first "Battle of the Big Five" at atec'19