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Supporting startups with the desire to make a positive change to society from the idea to the foundation - that is the aim of the Körber Start-Hub's Next.Generation Incubator. The first batch started in October 2023, and the nine participants have now presented themselves in a public pitch.

© Lidija Delovska: the teams of the Next.Generation Incubator
© Lidija Delovska: the teams of the Next.Generation Incubator

An intensive program for the teams

Together with the university association Startup Port and the innovation consultancy umtriebig GmbH, the Körber Start Hub accompanied and supported the participants over a period of four months to further develop their entrepreneurial solutions and turn them into market-ready social enterprises. Through workshops and exchanges with startup experts, they gained a great deal of knowledge and business know-how on the topics of marketing, finance and business model development. These teams took part:

  • Alles in Ordnung is planning to set up a store & space for inclusion where people with and without disabilities can come together.

  • VisualMINT wants to make STEM subjects at school more appealing for pupils with innovative teaching materials.

  • Hands On! Mein handwerkliches Praxisjahr aims to break gender-specific role models by making skilled trades more accessible to female school leavers.

  • Volunteer Over Here is developing a platform on which associations, companies and volunteers can network in order to promote the common good.

  • Si Trust Solutions is focusing on the informal economy in Africa and wants to help it achieve greater legal certainty.

  • tiefpunkt wants to create safe spaces for students where they can receive support and psychological care.

  • Andalusia plans to set up an interfaith daycare center to promote tolerance for different cultures and beliefs.

  • Youth Lead the Change e.V. encourages young people to get involved in democratic processes at a local level.

  • UFUNDI offers artists from the Global South a stage for their art and stories.

© Lidija Delovska: Aylin Kitte und Elena Dwenger, founders of Hands on!
© Lidija Delovska: Aylin Kitte und Elena Dwenger, founders of Hands on!

Hands on! Is will pitch at Female StartAperitivo

The winners of the pitch were Aylin Kitte and Elena Dwenger from Hands on! They received a wildcard for the Hamburg semi-finals of the Female StartAperitivo competition on May 15. All nine teams also qualified for the next round of the Next.Generation Incubator and will be able to further develop their ideas in a prototyping workshop over the next six months. Conclusively, a final pitch is on the agenda, where one team can win a startup grant of 50,000 euros.

“With the incubator program, we want to offer longer-term support; we don't want it to end after a few months. Our aim is to make future-oriented entrepreneurship the standard in Hamburg in the long term and, above all, to focus on the next generation of founders.”
Carmen Ludwig, Head of the Körber Start-Hub


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