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Watch out Newcomers: This could be your chance to kickstart your startup!

Do you have an exciting business idea? Or just entered the journey of creating your own startup? Did you come to Germany within the last 8 years? Are now living, working and having ideas in Berlin? Then this seems to be your competition

Berlin Newcomer Startup Award offers you not only cool opportunities to work on your concept with and get feedback from others, meet new people and expand your network but also – DRUMROLL – 27.500€ seed capital in total plus individual coaching and support for the lucky winners!

Apply now! Application will be open until  October 5, 2022 at 11:59PM


What is in it for you?

It’s not all about the (prize) money – or is it? Berlin Newcomer Startup Awards have even more to offer

  • great opportunities to network – online and offline.
  • valuable feedback on your ideas and plans from experienced entrepreneurs and experts.
  • visibility and the chance to present your (future) business to a larger audience if you get nominated as a finalist.

And this is how easy it is!

Ready to get started?

Everything you need to know.

Still not convinced that we’re looking for you? Check out the answers to our FAQs below and download the conditions for participation for even more information.

You are eligible to apply for the Berlin Newcomer Startup Award if 

  • you are living in Berlin,
  • you moved to Germany within the last 8 years, i.e. in 2014 or later,
  • you have the nationality of one of the countries from the DAC List of ODA Recipients,
  • and you are over 18 years old.

If you apply with a team: Your team members do not all have to match the criteria as well.

Good ones of course 🙂 There’s no limitation to a specific sector or industry.
The 2022 edition of the Berlin Newcomer Startup Award is addressing Kickstarters only.

Meaning: We are searching for (future) entrepreneurs who are still in the ideation phase or currently working on their business plan and building networks as well as Newcomers who started or already finished the founding process – as long as they did not enter the market yet!

No. The 2022 edition of the Berlin Newcomer Startup Award is addressing Kickstarters only. Therefore your startup’s market entry is an exclusion criterion.

We’re offering a series of free online events to support you with ideation and other topics.

Check out our program here and join us to co-create exchange and network!

We only accept applications submitted via the application form on this website.

The call for applications will be open until the end of the day on October 5, 2022. 

Sure! You can apply as an individual or with a team of co-founders / co-creators. Just keep in mind: The person submitting your application needs to be eligible to participate and will be the one presenting your team at the final pitches if you get chosen.

No. The program language for the whole contest is English – from online events and applications to your pitches and the award ceremony.

But don’t worry no one is here to judge your language skills. 

Yes, you do need to upload a video to complete your application. But a nice video doesn’t necessarily need a lot of money or fancy equipment. We’re just interested to get to know you and your business concept a little better so:

  • Tell us your story, what motivates you or why the world needs your idea.
  • Explain what it is all about and what makes your product or service special.
  • Describe where you stand and what you’re planning for the future.
  • Share with us what you think we need to know about your business / business idea.
  • Or show us your idea in action!

How to do so? Be creative and use what you’ve got! There’s a lot of cool people sharing their knowledge on how to make a convincing pitch video online.

You can also check our online events for support on how to convince your audience.

There are a few formal requirements for your video:

  • max. 90sec 
  • horizontal format (preferably 16:9)
  • mov or mp4 
  • file name = your name 

To complete your application, please send your video via wetransfer to

If you get nominated as a finalist: Some party of your application (–> see application form for more information) may be published on our social media appearances or website for the public voting and / or in preparation for the award ceremony. 

For all other applicants: We will only share your answers with the jury for evaluation and will not publish anything without your permission. 

Our jury will nominate 6 finalists out of all eligible applications. After +/- a week we will announce the finalists publicly – stay tuned for more information – but will also inform you via your given email address.

You don’t have to apply for the public voting separately. The six finalists who convinced the jury of their business ideas will automatically go into public voting and will also pitch their ideas at the award show 2 weeks later.

Information about our jury and the criteria they evaluate can be found here.

The probably most asked question when it comes to a competition 🙂

Besides great opportunities to co-create, exchange and build networks, our finalists will benefit from valuable feedback to their business ideas from our jury as well as more visibility and public awareness.

The winners will be awarded with:

  • 1st prize: 10.000€ seed capital + 2.500€ budget for coaching and consulting
  • 2nd price: 7.500€ seed capital + 2.500€ budget for coaching and consulting
  • 3rd prize: 5.000€ seed capital + 2.500€ budget for coaching and consulting
  • winner public voting: 5.000€ seed capital + 2.500€ budget for coaching and consulting

No worries, we got you covered! All finalists will be supported with preparing their big entrance at the online award show.

You’re interested in learning more about how to present your idea in preparation for your application? Check out our online events. 


What do you think? Who should win the Berlin Newcomer Startup Award 2022? We’re interested to find out which business idea is the most convincing to you as a potential future client, supporter, business partner, or investor.

We invite you to be a part of our “extended jury”!

Our jury has preselected 6 awesome finalists! You can support your favorite by giving them your vote, sharing the link to their profile with your network – and in the end make them the lucky winner of the extra prize of 5.000€ + 2.500€ budget for coaching / consulting. Do you want to see the results and celebrate (future) entrepreneurs?

End: November 3 2022 at 20:00

Joseph Francis + Anita Chen


What will your new startup’s offers be?

We developed a software concept that can perform project manager duties via Artificial Intelligence methods. In comparison to other PM tools in the ecosystem, this software captures and automates tasks that are often lacking in real project scenarios due to human error.

Who will be your customers?

The first target group will be project managers working in digital agencies. Based on previous working experiences in agencies, digital projects frequently face unnecessary issues that can negatively impact team members and result in delays, politics, etc. This software aims to eliminate those matters.

…read more!

Mihri Minaz + Jana Schellong


What will your new startup’s offers be?

Beams is a mindful new work tool that helps people work better. It learns about your personal work routine and intelligently suggests deep work blocks where distractions are eliminated and it reminds you to take breaks at the right time. As a meta layer of your work tools, Beams consolidates and prioritizes your emails, messages and notifications and delivers them to you in batches so that you can focus better.

Who will be your customers?

Our initial target persona are members of the product team (product managers, developers and designers) of early to mid-stage digital startups and our first product is a Mac Menu Bar App, which we are testing and co-creating with currently 30 alpha users.

…read more

Rima Alqaq

Jasmine Online-Shop

What will your new startup’s offers be?

My idea is to sell hand-made, original, authentic products at affordable prices online. This idea is beneficial for two parties:

  1. People with migration background who have difficulty in integration or people with economic problems, they will find proper distribution for their work and will be culturally and economically empowered
  2. Customers who like these kind of precious products usually find them expensive because they are coming from their origin countries.

Who will be your customers?

The target group is people who like to get special, artistic, handmade or exotic items but are forced to go to fast fashion because of the prices and they are considered luxury and fancy.

…read more

Audrey Keutchaji

Mama Coco 

What will your new startup’s offers be?

Making the world discover African spices.

Who will be your customers?

European market.

…read more

Juan Opitz-Silva, Facundo Guiterrez, José Villatoro, Nils Janßen + Mar Sanchez


What will your new startup’s offers be?

We are the intel inside of clothes. not batteries not motor. the first fully washable wearable device that moves.

Who will be your customers?

We help companies and persons that work standing for long periods of time standing or walking. To reduce the muscle hazard in lower limbs, compressing and providing an oscillating massage without batteries and motors. More than 50% of jobs work standing (Nurses, line production workers, restaurants etc), standing more than five hours a day contributes to significant and prolonged lower-limb muscle fatigue. This raises the risk for long-term back pain and musculoskeletal disorders.

…read more

Abdelrahman Rabee

Portable Wind Turbine

What will your new startup’s offers be?

Portable wind turbine that is deployed from a ship container. The container can be transferred anywhere providing a clean source of electricity. In addition solar panels can be installed by the container to provide reliable renewable energy solutions depending on how much power supply is needed.

Who will be your customers?

The potential customers are governments and Organizations who are interested in electrification of off grid places in Africa for example. Other customers are Building contractors or even oil drilling companies who build projects in deserts for example and away from the electricity grid. In addition to refugee camps and places that suffered from disasters and need an emergency supply of electricity.

…read more


Evaluating the entrepreneur’s business ideas, analyzing potentials and deciding which one of all the great (future) businesses should win the big prize? Not an easy task to accomplish – but our expert jurors like a little challenge!

As a team of diverse backgrounds and expertises, they will not only pre-select the six finalists to compete for the public voting prize but also evaluate their live pitches later on at the final digital award show.

Decisions on the winners of the 3 main prizes will be based on the following criteria:

  • degree of innovation of product or service solution
  • clear understanding of and attractiveness for target group
  • competition on the market
  • feasibility
  • business model
  • entrepreneur / team and network
  • entrepreneurial responsibility


STAY TUNED for the reveal of the Berlin Newcomer Startup Award 2022 jury! 

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Lina Eddisi

Mayra Frank

Dr. Rainer Seider

Livia Zimermann

Ahmad Sufian


You’re just starting your entrepreneurial journey or you’re already part of Berlin’s startup scene and interested to meet cool people and expand your network?

You’re interested in learning more about the newcomer entrepreneurs participating and their ideas? Or you’re just up for a digital celebration?

Sign up and join us to celebrate new creative ideas and take part in our different events.


All events are free of charge and open to everyone interested. For detailed information check out the events below.


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01.10.22 ///10.00-18.00


19.10.22 ///18.30-20:30


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Webinars & Impulses

You only have a vague idea and need some guidance and tools on how to bring your concept to the next level? You want to deep dive into a certain aspect of your (future) business? You want to submit your business idea but don’t know yet how to get your story through? Or you’re just not sure how to answer the application form? Don’t worry, we got you covered!

To get support with the application or inspiration and impulses on how to further develop your concept, join us for our open Q&A-sessions or webinars on more specific topics.

All events are free of charge and open to everyone interested in participating in the Berlin Newcomer Startup Award!

Interested? Check it out and sign up now:

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Q&A-Session: Your Application


Webinar: Get to Know Your Customer


Webinar: Define Your Product Value


Webinar: Pitch Your Idea


Did you know, we’re already celebrating Newcomer Entrepreneurs, their great startups and very promising business ideas for the third time this year?!

Since 2018, twenty talented Newcomer entrepreneurs and their teams have been awarded for their startup ideas, with the Berlin Newcomer Startup Award – and amongst other cool prizes with a total prize money of over 100.000€.

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Dr. Kalla Co

< 1st Price Startup Category 2018 />

Reviving Home

< Winner Kickstarter Category 2018 />


< 2nd Prize Kickstarter Category 2021 />


< Winner Kickstarter Category 2019 />


< 1st Price Startup Category 2019 />


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< Winner Kickstarter Category 2018 />

Aram Kraft

< 3rd Prize Kickstarter Category 2021 />


< Winner Kickstarter Category 2019 />

Era Zero Waste

< 2nd Price Startup Category 2019 />

Carbon Mobile GmbH

< 3rd Price Startup Category 2018 />


< Winner Kickstarter Category 2018 />

Roots and Radicals

< Audience Prize Kickstarter Category 2021 />


< Winner Kickstarter Category 2019 />

Aalaa Vegan Tales

< 3rd Price Startup Category 2019 />


< Winner Kickstarter Category 2018 />


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Big Berlin Food Coop


SINGA Berlin

SINGA Berlin was founded in 2016. We are devoted to creating meaningful connections between locals and newcomers. Our portfolio includes programs with focus on entrepreneurship and the working field like Business Lab by SINGA, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Kompetenzwerkstatt, Perspektive neuStart where SINGA Business Lab is one of the initiators. We are also proud of our successfully completed project Integration neu denken. Building up on the experiences, approaches, methods and networks from it, we created a new, international project: Shaping Inclusive Societies. Our activities are taking place in Berlin and the surrounding area. At the same time we support organizations and initiatives all over Germany in implementing innovative projects that lead towards an inclusive society.


businesslab by SINGA

businesslab by SINGA is an inclusive pre-incubator that was co-created with newcomer entrepreneurs to identify their key challenges and design a program that would best enable their success.
businesslab by SINGA has several program modules, each tailored to the specific needs of entrepreneurs at different stages of their business development with additional support of professional mentoring.



City of Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises

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“We support the Berlin Newcomer Startup Award because we believe in the power of people from all over the world in finding innovative solutions for a better world!”

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