14 - 18 June 2021, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The competition for entrepreneurs and start-ups

For the third time, entrepreneurial scientists, future founders and start-up owners are invited to apply for the ACHEMA Start-Up Award - for the first time also internationally. The award offers finalists and winners both start-up assistance and a media tailwind, as well as the opportunity to introduce themselves to the global process industry at ACHEMA

Registration will open shortly. Ideas, concepts and business plans from the fields of chemistry, process engineering and biotechnology can then be submitted. The finalists will have the unique opportunity to present themselves to an international audience of experts at ACHEMA 2021. In addition, three overall winners will each receive prize money of 10,000 euros.

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The chemical industry is a driver of innovation for numerous other industries. Innovations in chemistry, process engineering and biotechnology can fundamentally improve technologies and products on a broad scale. But the number of start-ups in these sectors is low. Good ideas and young entrepreneurs need more support in opening up new fields of business; access to experienced mentors and the opportunity to establish contacts are at least as important as financial aspects.

This is why DECHEMA, Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain and High-Tech Gründerfonds are announcing the ACHEMA Start-Up Award for the third time at ACHEMA 2021. The competition runs through three phases in which ideas, concepts and business plans can be submitted. Particularly in the early phases, applicants have the opportunity from the outset to discuss their concepts with high-ranking, expert mentors and, on this basis, to receive support in drawing up their business plans. The applicants as well as young start-ups which have already been founded or are in the process of being founded  can gain access to potential investors in this early phase in order to discuss the possibilities of financing. Regardless of when they enter the competition, all business plans submitted by 30 November 2020 will compete for the final places.

Up to ten promising start-ups or start-up ideas will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and establish contacts at ACHEMA 2021 as part of a start-up prize stand and a special pitch session. In addition, three overall winners will receive prize money of 10,000 euros each.

The ACHEMA Start-up Award is organized by DECHEMA Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V., DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH, Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain e.V. and High-Tech Gründerfonds. The ACHEMA Start-up Award is also supported by the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI), the Verband der Chemischen Industrie (VCI) and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen (AiF) as well as the Business Angels Network Germany and the Forum Start-up Chemie.