CeBIT showcases startups: Innovative. International. Live.
Date: Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:17
Startups are in the spotlight across Europe, and this year’s CeBIT (from 10 to 14 March) has over 300 of them, making the Hannover-based event younger than ever
While the curious visitor or potential investor naturally stands to benefit from visiting these young innovators in March, the young innovators in turn will profit from the valuable information and advice they receive there. Key ports of call consist of the space:d stand in the Web & Mobile Solutions sector of the show in Hall 6 and the CODE_n innovations platform in Hall 16.
Startups at CeBIT
For visitors who are in the market for fresh new ideas, an ideal place to start is the Web & Mobile Solutions sector in Hall 6. This part of the show features an International Startup Area , with budding entrepreneurs from over 10 different nations. Over 30 German-based startups will be concentrated at the Young Innovative Companies group exhibit, a showcase supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Hall 16 is the venue for the CODE_n startup competition, taking place under the slogan of “Driving the Data Revolution”. There, 50 finalists from 17 nations will showcase their firms. Featured on the CODE_n stage will be Young IT Day, with speakers that include German Economics and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel as well as Ulrich Dietz, CEO of the GFT Group and the initiator of CODE_n. The winner of this year’s CODE_n competition will be announced midway through CeBIT – on Wednesday, at 6:00 p.m.
From BarCamp to Hackathon – Developers come together at space:d
A BarCamp entitled Developer Playground @ space:d takes place on 12 and 13 March – this is an open workshop featuring participants like well-known blogger Sascha Pallenberg and Alexander Marten from Augmentation Industries who will present and discuss their latest ideas and projects – from smart watches and data glasses to smart mobility apps. The focus will be on developer themes, promising numerous interesting sessions with live presentations of everything our smart phones and tablets are capable of today, plus the many new things waiting in the wings tomorrow. Friday at CeBIT features Hackathon @ space:d , an event featuring actual programming projects, with developers working under time pressure to solve concrete problems. The projects range from programming various mobile devices to controlling sensitive Kinect systems. These live coding sessions are open for viewing by all.
Targeted encounters between startups and investors
This year’s CeBIT will bring together startups and potential investors in a series of different settings. On Startup-Day@CeBIT on 10 March, selected young entrepreneurs will present their ideas to potential investors at theNCapital investment platform organized by NBank. Then, there are thefounder tours organized by hannoverimpuls, taking place on Monday at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. These tours will take founders to various stops on the exhibition grounds to learn more about lining up financial support for startups (Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy) and building your own network (BITKOM Get Started). On Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. Gründerimpuls hannover will host a Startup Meetup at space:d for company founders, investors and active players in the startup community. And finally, CODE_n will provide founders and other interested parties with valuable insights into funding new enterprises on Wednesday at CeBIT in a panel discussion entitled “Startup Investment and Funding”.