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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 the end of November 2, 2021.

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

  • series of webinars to support you in developing your business idea and in preparation for your application
  • great opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs and experts
  • valuable feedback on your business idea
  • more visibility and the chance to present your (future) business to a wider audience if you get nominated as a finalist

And that’s 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 2013 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 2021 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 2021 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 webinars and impulses 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. Application will be open until the end of day November 2, 2021. 

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. Program language for the whole contest is English – from webinars and applications through 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 webinar series 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 webinar series.


Your opinion counts!

What do you think? Who should win the Berlin Newcomer Startup Award 2021? 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”!

The six finalists preselected by our jury will be presented on this website for 2 weeks and 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.

Starting: November 10 2021 on this Website!

Stay tuned for more information!

Already excited to see who will be the 6 finalists chosen by our jury? Join us live for the reveal and launch of the public voting.


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 and attractiveness for target market/group
  • Competition on the market
  • Feasibility
  • Business attractiveness
  • Team (if any) and network
  • Entrepreneurial responsibility 


You want to join us for the finalists’ pitches, the jury’s decision and  to celebrate the lucky winners?

Dr. Rainer Seider

Mayra Frank

Lina Eddisi

Livia Zimermann

Ahmad Sufian

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Networking & Award Show

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?

Join us for our networking event (incl. announcement of the finalists!) or sign up to watch the finalists pitch their ideas at thedigital award show:
SAVE THE DATE: AWARD SHOW / 23.11.21, 18.00-20.30 / ONLINE
Both events are free of charge and open to everyone interested. For detailed information check out the events below.

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10.11.21 /// 19.00-20.45


23.11.21 /// 18.00-20.30


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?!

In 2018 and 2019 six talented Newcomer entrepreneurs and their startups as well as ten Kickstarters full of potential have been awarded with the Berlin Newcomer Startup Award – and amongst other cool prizes a total prize money of 80.0000€.

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Dr. Kalla Co

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Reviving Home

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Aram Kraft

< Winner Kickstarter Category 2019 />

Era Zero Waste

< 2nd Price Startup Category 2019 />

Carbon Mobile GmbH

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Roots and Radicals

< Winner Kickstarter Category 2019 />

Aalaa Vegan Tales

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Big Berlin Food Coop


SINGA Deutschland

SINGA Deutschland 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.


Business Lab by SINGA

Business Lab 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.
Business Lab 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.



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