Process and Dates to Note

First phase: Ideas

You have an idea, but are not 100% sure what shape it should take? If your idea is plausible, we pair you with a mentor who will give you advice and recommendations for the development of a first concept.

Submission deadline: 2 June 2023

Second phase: Concepts

You have made the first step: Whether created in- or outside the competition, you have a concept for your start-up. When developing and detailing your business plan, our mentors will once again be at your side with valuable advice. If you require additional support, we will assist you in finding the right offering at your location. 

Submission deadline: 1 September 2023

Third phase: Business plan

Your business plan is ready or your already founded your company after 1 July 2021, and still ACHEMA is far away? Then get ready for take-off right now: Apply for venture capital with your business plan. The Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain and the High-Tech Gründerfonds offer matchmaking opportunities. Maybe when ACHEMA comes around you will have your funding already secured - independent of the timeline and the result of the competition.

Submission deadline: 1 December 2023


No matter at which point of the competition you enter, all participants that have their business plan ready in will enter the selection process. An expert jury will evaluate the business plans and select up to 30. They are invited to pitch their idea before the jury.

Up to then finalists have the unique opportunity to present their ideas to the ACHEMA 2024 audience at a dedicated stand and build an international network.

Three overall winners will be announced at ACHEMA - and be made known to exhibitors, participants and media from all over the world.

You founded your company before 1 July 2021? Independent from the competition, we can still support you in finding with investors - get in touch with us!