The Mercedes-Benz StartUP competition, the first of which was organized within the scope of the StartUP program launched in 2017, continues to collect applications for 2021. Applications for the Mercedes-Benz StartUP competition April 30, 2021 It is accepted online at istanbul.impacthub.net/MBStartUP until midnight.
In addition to 500 startups awarded cash prizes in 2017, Mercedes-Benz has supported more than 170 startups in different ways such as business development trainings, workshops, monetary award, national and international network development opportunities since 2018, is holding.
Startups that contribute to one or more of the United Nations “Sustainable Development Goals”, benefit the society and the environment, and have a connection with technology are invited to Mercedes-Benz StartUP. Startups that have passed the idea stage, whose business plan has been clarified, whose prototype has been produced or whose prototype plan is ready are taken into consideration by the competition jury.
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A total of 150,000 TL awards for the best 3 startups in 3 different categories
In addition to the “Social Benefit” and “Jury Special Award” categories, one of the three awards of the competition this year will be given in the newly opened “Transportation Solutions” category. A startup that meets the criteria and develops transportation solutions with the results of its work will be awarded.
In the evaluation of the “Social Benefit” category; Priority will be given to startups working in the field of “Green Recovery”, which aims to repair the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in an environmentally friendly manner. 3 startups, which will be determined in 3 different categories, will be awarded 50 thousand TL in money each.
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The award ceremony will take place in August
The startups that passed the pre-selection that will be concluded on May 31, 2021 within the scope of the competition, will meet at the training camp on June 7. After this program, which provides marketing, networking and business plan training with mentors, the final business plan presentations will be prepared and the studies will be evaluated by the jury. After this evaluation, the top 10 competitors will participate in the 2-week StartUP Boost program in July. Mercedes-Benz experts will also provide mentoring support to the top 10 startups during the program.
The winners of Mercedes-Benz StartUP will find their owners at a special award ceremony to be held in August. After the award ceremony, the top 10 contestants will have one-on-one meetings with important actors of the German startup ecosystem, exchange ideas with successful entrepreneurs who have made their name in their field in order to develop their ventures, and increase the international visibility of their startups and share their stories. They will participate in the Ecosystem Module.
As we mentioned above, applications for the Mercedes-Benz StartUP competition are accepted online until midnight on April 30, 2021 through the address istanbul.impacthub.net/MBStartUP. You can also find out details such as which works related to the competition are supported, who are on the jury, according to what the startups are selected and the stages of the competition from the same address.