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December 7th, 2018

DKFZ Communication Center

Im Neuenheimer Feld 280

69120 Heidelberg


One day, one place, 3 EVENTS  

Register here!

(Registration will be open until Dec 4th)

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Startup Fair (9:00h - 17:00h)

For visitors

Are you looking for the next step in your career?

At the startup fair there will be innovative and successful startups in the region looking for new staff to hire. Take the chance to talk with people working in startups and meet your next employer.

Do you have a potential idea but you do not know how to exploit it?

At the fair there will be agencies supporting future entrepreneurs and startups. Do not miss this opportunity to talk to them in the „Innovator’s Support Lounge“. They will tell you which steps to do, where to find support, how to get training. If you are interested start to have a look at their websites:


For exhibitors

Do you wish to get in contact with more than 500 students or PhDs?

Are you are looking for expanding your team?

Apply now for the Startup Fair on December 7th 2018. The participation is free!

The startup fair is open for everyone. You do not need a background on Biotech or even Tech! We are looking for every kind of startup!

At the fair you can present your company. We will provide you with a standing table, power supply and WIFI. You can additionally bring a rollup along.

The startup fair is part of the first Career Day on Entrepreneurship & (Bio)Tech and will take place at the communication center of the DKFZ at the center of the Neuenheimer Feld (INF 280).


Interested startups please register here to the fair

Career Talks and Lectures (09:30h - 17:00)

Listen not only to people who founded a startup but also to experts who work every day in supporting entrepreneurship. Don´t miss this unique opportunity to know more about how to initiate a startup, where to find the money, how to build a business model and how to deliver your idea.


09:30               How to build a startup, entrepreneurship, skills

                         Christian Tidona Founder BioMedX - research center at the interface between academia and industry

                         Marketing your business 

                         Thomas Prexl Managing director Heidelberg Startup Partners - support for startup founders

11:00               Accelerator and Medtech School Tübingen

                         Bodo Brückner Coordinator Lifescience Accelerator Baden-Württemberg

                         Business models

                         Sonia Wilkens Managing Director MAFINEX - technology center for young startups

                         Skills for entrepreneurship

                         Christoph Lindemann Junior Marketing Manager academics – online job market and career platform for scientists

14:00               How to pitch your idea and engage your audience

                         Colin Bennett Trainer and coach for companies and academia

                         Financing and venture capital

                         Dirk Nachtigal Venture Capital Consulting

15:45               Overview innovation ecosystem in Heidelberg and where to find like-minded people

                         Eva-Maria Markutzik Innovation Manager EIT Health


                         Patrick Pfeffer CEO Aescuvest - equity-based investment platform

                         Making translational science happen

                         Ruth Herzog Head of the Technology Transfer Office at DKFZ


Registration opening soon !

Speakers profiles

For more information on our speakers please have a look at our speakers profiles.

Innovator´s Pitch (17:30h - 18:30h)

Assist to a real pitch contest where five participants, selected from different research institutes in Heidelberg, will present their ideas for innovative startups. Vote for the best pitch and best idea.


Thank you to our Innovator's pitch event partners

Additional opportunities

Early registrations allow to book for:

  • Free personal CV review by academics/die Zeit
  • CV portrait taken by a professional photographer for 10€
  • Access to “Meet the Speakers” to meet in persons our speakers and talk to them
  • Reduced fee for food trucks, 3€/meal instead of 6.50€
  • Professional childcare service (9.30h-17.00h) at the KidsClub in INF 370/371


Happy Hour with food and drinks at 18.30h


 We would like to thank our sponsors for their great support.

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