Open Innovation Cycle - Application and open Pitches

Pitch und Bewerbungsphase

Monday, 03. May 2021 to Friday, 31. December 2021, 12:00 am


Kostja Hausdörffer

Location of event:

Please notice that the open pitches are only offered by phone or with other digital solutions. If you are still interested, please contact Kostja Hausdörffer! The further procedure will be explained to you.

How to apply for Open Innovation Cycle?

We would like to outline the next steps for an application for the Starthaus Open Innovation Cycle. Both solopreneurs and teams are welcome.
Here you will find detailed information regarding the program: Open Innovation Cycle | Starthaus.

If you want to join, please check if you agree with the requirements as stated below:

  • a. Me or the majority of my team cannot regularly participate every 3 weeks on Fridays between 1pm and 6pm (Uff, really? Yes, we want to produce the best output for all participants and the exchange is one of the pillars of the program. To meet these goals it is necessary)
  • b. Me or my team do not want to share our thoughts, progress and steps we take (Sorry, no entry! Open exchange and knowledge transfer are also pillars of the Starthaus Open Innovation Cycle.)
  • c. Me or my team do not want to set up the company in the federal state of Bremen (This is unfair?! It seems so but: We get public funds which are strongly dedicated to build and boost the startups and their eco-system in Bremen.)

You agree with the conditions? Great, let’s get started!

Important notice:

We would like you to present your idea or your project. We do not expect master pitches or completely thought-out business models – that is exactly what we want to address by the Starthaus Open Innovation Cycle. So be brave – do the right step into your future as entrepreneur.
You need support to build your pitch? No worries! Have a look at “How to present my idea.”

How to present my idea?

In order to present your idea in a structured and convincing way, we ask you to prepare a short pitch of 7 to 10 minutes. If you already have a pitch ready – great, let’s hear it!

If not, we recommend the “YC Seed Deck Template” of the Y Combinator as a wonderful tool for a structured presentation of your idea. The template can be found here. Another source for support from David Beckett can be found here. Just download it for free.
You can also bring a Business Model Canvas and explain your idea: you will find a framework here.

Please hand in your CVs as well.

Summary of what you need for an application:

  • Pitch or Business Model Canvas
  • CVs

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via the contact information at the end.

What happens after the presentation of my idea?

You will receive a reply from us after one week at the latest whether you have received one of the free slots of the Starthaus Open Innovation Cycle. The OIC starts with one individual appointment per team, which we will arrange directly with you. The selection of the projects will be done by us, using a scoring model to ensure a fair allocation of the slots and an efficient use of public funds.

If you are not sure whether the program fits to you, please contact us: 

Mail: or +49 (0) 421 9600 494 to clarify this question directly and concretely.