From 136 startups that participated in the Up2B Accelerator from 2017 - 2020, the 13 most promising B2B Tech Startups were selected for the Best of Up2B Demo Day.
The startups first met companies in a speed-dating format and in the afternoon had the opportunity to present their business idea to 25 representatives of venture capital funds and business angels and to solicit the favor of investors. Afterwards, a jury of investors selected the three winners:
The winners of the Best of Up2B Speed Dating
- Place: Apheris AI GmbH
- Place: Inlyse GmbH
- Place: Plasmion GmbH
Paul Becker, manager of the Up2B Accelerator, summarizes the result after three years of supporting B2B tech startups as follows: "We see many of our startups growing into a new "German high-tech Mittelstand". Some of them are growing organically, others manage to attract Google's ex-CFO as an investor and receive seed financing of €2.5 million. We are proud to support them all on their way. And we are always aware that behind every startup story there are fortunes, dreams and family members".
The Up2B Accelerator is a joint project of innoWerft Technologie- und Gründerzentrum Walldorf Stiftung GmbH, NEXT MANNHEIM and Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH and is financed by the state of Baden-Württemberg and the European Social Fund (ESF).
All 13 best-of-startups:
Voices of the participants
Verena Hauser, Co-founder of the Startup Sklls: "The speed dating with the companies was great! This kind of intro is worth a lot. We took nine sales-relevant contacts with us, five of which we even classified as A-contacts. So, thanks again!"
Stephan Lochner, Managing Director of edataconsulting GmbH: "There were many interesting startups at the event! Now I have to do some days of follow-up work. Thanks that I was able to participate. I'll be very happy to be part of it again in the future".
Daniel Moest and Celine Mehrle, New Business Development at Pepperl+Fuchs Vertrieb GmbH, Mannheim: "As a manufacturer of sensor technology, we particularly like the fact that the participating startups have solutions that are relevant for us. We are looking for very fitting startups, to which we get access through such events of the Up2B Accelerator".