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“Ready, set, go!”: Young enterprises take off at CEBIT

The new CEBIT is all about generating business, leads and new ideas – the ideal environment for young, up-and-coming enterprises on the lookout for new business partners and international opportunities to showcase themselves to the market. “Scale11” is their pivotal networking hub at CEBIT – a display for startups, investors and established companies. Scale11 runs from 11 to 15 June at Hall 27 under the motto of “Ready – Steady – Go” as part of the d!tec section of the show.

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Startup association plays key role

Deutsche Messe's main partner in the design and development of "scale11"is the German Association of Startups, which will be staging info and discussion events at the Expert Stage in Hall 27 on several days at CeBIT. The themed panel discussions, featuring representatives of startups and government as well as investors and influencers, are sure to be of particular interest.

New: Startup TV

For the first time, there will be a daily trade fair TV program which reports on newcomers, topics and backgrounds involving the startup scene for roughly an hour in the early afternoon – live from Hall 27 and broadcast via the communication channels of the Startup Association's media partners.

Founders Fight Club picks best startups

If you are courageous enough to compete with other young companies on an open stage, you can take part in the "war of words"at the Founders Fight Club. In each contest, two founders will fight for the recognition of the expert jury in an entrepreneurial battle of words. Further highlights at the Founders Fight Club include topic and expert panels as well as startup pitches on scale11's own "Startup Stage”. All of the startups exhibiting at scale11 during CEBIT 2018 are eligible to participate.

F***up Nights puts the spotlight on… failure!

Young companies are not always successful – there are flops as well. The talks presented at the so-called F***up Nights reveal that failures are a part of life, and there is much to be learned from them. In presentation slots lasting a maximum of 15 minutes on Wednesday, 13 June, startups will tell their respective stories of failure and offer valuable advice for the future.

The F***up Nights are an internationally known format from Mexico, where entrepreneurs speak openly about their mistakes and failures. The idea behind this is that startups can learn more from a chronicle of failure than a simple success story.

Maybe even someone like Yannick Kwik is capable of learning from failure. This highly successful founder and global CEO of F***up Nights will be visiting CeBIT in June 2018 to form his own picture of the creativity, success and failure of the startups featured there.

Investors Club: A VIP zone for potential investors

Scale11 will feature a special area available to all companies and potential investors who want to meet with their chosen startups and conduct confidential conversations in an exclusive, quiet atmosphere. If you as a company would like to participate, you can purchase the Investors Club tickets for 300 euros via the CeBIT website as of February 2018.

Startups look forward to CEBIT 2018

The concept behind scale11, the talks with established companies, the opportunity to find potential investors and the ability to network with one's peers – all of these factors are being well received by the startup community.

"We've been actively involved in scale11 at CeBIT from the very start. This event provides a great opportunity to meet B2B decision-makers and showcase our corporate innovation services. We can't wait to be part of scale11 in June,"said Philippe Thiltges, co-founder and managing partner of WhatAVenture from Vienna.

Greta Kreuzer, CEO at Cosinuss in Munich, commented: "We're really looking forward to scale11 and CEBIT because that is the way to become part of a family and network dedicated to promoting startups full-tilt.”

"A lot of companies who want to deal with the subject of digitization are inspired by CeBIT. With its interactive event space, scale11 offers an excel¬lent platform for sharing ideas with companies interested in innovative solutions. We look forward to a great many exciting discussions in a pleasant and inspirational setting,"said Corinna Bode of Berlin-based Valsight.

And Katharina Blum, General Manager of leadtributor in Munich, added: "We are really looking forward to being part of scale11 in 2018! It not only gives us the overall visibility we need as a startup – we are also looking forward to meeting with colleagues and kindred spirits and sharing viewpoints