CEMS
STARTUP CHALLENGE

At the fifth edition of the CEMS Startup Challenge 8 startup teams receive expert coaching on their their startup (idea) and pitch it in front of a panel of corporate partners, VCs and founders at the Demo Day on November 9, 2021.
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Concept Stage

Health Compass
GEIL
XENIA
Zaefiro

Early Stage

Beams
ThePaac
Stryza
Contactify

Audience Vote

Zaefiro

Speakers & Jury

Johanna Junkermann
Analyst at btov
Felix Bensberg
Investment Manager at Talent Venture Group
Aram Attar
Founder at The VCfactory
Henry Hooper
Founder at Metarina
Thomas Zimmermann
Founder at Farmy
Nico Valenti Gatto
Director at B4i
Karolina Brücknerova & Niklas Vogt
(Senior) Consultants at E.ON
Eva Arh
Principal at 3VC (formerly capital300)

MENTORS

Receive feedback from seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and previous participants - all CEMSies.
Aram Attar
Founder
The VC Factory
Bart van Mill
Co-Founder and founder
Oh My Baby and Vengaleads
Diego Seitz
CEO
GotCourts
Emma Gavala
Product Marketing Manager in Hospitality Tech and Glamping/Alternative Tourism Consultant
Triptease LTD and Gavala & Co LTD
Josep Segarra
Investment manager
Quadia
Marco Cesare Solinas
Analyst
Blue Future Partners
Marek Termanowski
Sascha Guenther
Principal
Vorwerk Ventures

PARTICIPATION

Receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs
Pitch in front of investors, corporate partners and CEMSies
Prizes for the winning teams & 0.25 ECTS for all participating students
Teams should be composed of 2-5 people with at least one member from CEMS. Both CEMS students and alumni can participate.

We will feature two competition categories to include entrepreneurs at different stages. Depending on which stage you apply for, you need to hand in different deliverables.

CONCEPT STAGE

Student and/or alumni teams that want to develop entrepreneurial ideas. These teams and ideas are created for the sake of the CSC.

DELIVERABLES

  • (1) One page executive summary of your startup idea with relevant information included
  • (2) Thorough illustration of the startup idea based on the business model canvas (BMC template or slide deck)

    (3) short pitch video (optional)

EARLY STAGE

Student and/or alumni teams that are already running a startup. These business ideas have been thought through, and teams will often already have first clients or a minimum viable product on the market.

DELIVERABLES

  • (1) One page executive summary of your startup idea with relevant information included
  • (2) Investor pitch deck presentation with a maximum of 10 slides

    (3) short pitch video (optional)

EVALUATION

We know that many of you are first time entrepreneurs. use the following criteria as a guide for building your first pitch deck.

TEAM

Personal and professional diversity, clear responsibilities, passion, motivation, know-how

PRODUCT / SERVICE

Feasibility, innovativeness, problem-solution fit, sustainable value creation

MARKET & COMPETITION

Market size and dynamics, positioning, USP, sustainable competitive advantage

BUSINESS MODEL

Value proposition, customers, resources, cost & revenue structure

ROADMAP

Milestones, go-to-market strategy

RECAP 2020

The fourth edition of the CEMS Startup Challenge took place on November 11, 2020. At the final pitching event, slected CEMS student and alumni teams had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of corporate partners, VCs and founders.

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Concept Stage

Epiclay
E-Agent
jobspace
SodaBottle
Synkros DNA

Early Stage

Metarina
Holloid
saenguin
ZEAM

Audience Vote

Metarina

Mentoring

You are an experienced entrepreneur, investor or innovator?
Get in touch! We would love to have you on board and provide valuable feedback to the participants.
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ABOUT US

The CEMS Startup Challenge is organized by CEMS Entrepreneurs, a group of CEMS students and alumni that are passionate about promoting entrepreneurship within CEMS and making the value of the CEMS network available to founders.
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