Call for applications for the Startup-Cup season 21/22

The season 21/22 of the German Startup Cup is about to start - call for startup applications in all categories!

Forward-looking startups, which are build up by inspiring founders are an important pillar of the innovative strength of our economy. Startups can be the driving force for progress, especially in times of change such as the current Corona crisis.

The non-profit organization GFFT is organizing the German Startup Cup in order to put promising startups, their technologies, products and founding teams into the spotlight. As well, we aim to support them in their networking activities and match them with decision-makers. The participating startups will have the opportunity to present their business cases to a specialist audience and to convince the onlookers of their innovations. Well-known companies participate in the events as co-organizers and sponsors and support the startups with know-how and, at best, business collaboration.


Application requirements for startups:

The number of participants is limited to 16 startups per cup category.



  • Starting mid-September 2021: Four digital preliminary events, each with 4 startups, in each category
  • From February 2022: Two digital semifinals with 4 startups in each category
  • In May and June 2022: One final F2F-event in each category with the best startups from the semifinals (if the situation does not allow F2F-events, the finals will be held digitally).


Participation fee:

Startups can choose between two options:

  • Basic offer:
    This offer is open to startups that were founded after January 1, 2019 and have fewer than 15 full-time employees.

    • Participation in the German Startup-Cup.
    • Stand at the startup fair of the final event (regardless of the elimination time) including two tickets.
    • Participation is free.
  • Premium offer:
    For advanced young companies.

    • Participation in the German Startup-Cup.
    • Stand at the startup fair of the final event (regardless of the elimination time) including five tickets.
    • Participation in other GFFT events
    • Youtube video of the pitch
    • Participation fee of 500 euros plus VAT.


Benefits for startups:

  • Networking with a specialist audience of large technology users and other startups in the industry
  • Stand at the startup fair of the final event
  •  Free profile in GFFT Tech-Database
  • The winner will receive a physical cup
  • Digital winner or finalist badge for the website or other marketing materials


How to participate:

Please send an email to and state the cup category you are applying for, the foundation date of the startup as well as the offer (basic or premium) you choose. Enter your technology profile in our technology database, too.

Submission deadline: September 1st, 2021

If you have any questions, contact Gabriela Schütte on 06101 – 95498 33.