Vali Berlin x DFS Pitch Competition


Pitch your idea and your startup in front of experts and win prizes!

After the great success in 2019 and 2020, Vali will host the Pitch Competition 2021 at #DFS – this time in a hybrid version!

The Vali Berlin Pitch Competition offers early-stage startups the unique opportunity to pitch in front of more than 350 talents and a jury consisting of well-known scientists, successful founders, and investors.

The competition hosted by Vali Berlin – the entrepreneurship hub at ESMT Berlin and the DigitalFuture Summit, took place during #DFS20 and comes back for #DFS21!

Applications will open soon – stay tuned!

Facts about the Pitch Competition

Facts about the event

  • Date: 9th July 09:30 – 11:15 am
  • Audience: ~ 600 international students

Event Design

Five start-ups will pitch their business model within five minutes in front of the audience and jury. They will receive verbal feedback from the jury directly and will be evaluated based on objective criteria that will be shared with the start-ups in advance. The audience will act as the fifth juror using an online application to give their feedback on each pitch.

DFS 2020 - pitch competition

Looking back at the #DFS20 Pitch Competition

Prizes at #DFS20

1st place

2nd place

3rd place

Jury and Feedback at #DFS20

The selected start-ups pitched in front of our jury and got valuable feedback on their idea!
The jury consisted of:

Lukasz Gadowski

Lukasz Gadowski

Managing Director Team Europe, Co-Founder & Venture Partner Point Nine Capital, Founder of Circ

Henry Sauermann

Henry Sauermann

Professor of Strategy &
POK Pühringer PS Chair in Entrepreneurship

Lubomila Jordanova

Founder and CEO at Plan.A.Earth & Co-founder of Greentech Alliance


The Pitch Doctor Christoph Sollich

Pitch Coach, Startup Comedian, Keynote Speaker

Daria Markova

Daria Markova

Founder, Experience designer, Educator


Sponsors at #DFS20

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DFS X Vali Berlin Pitch competition

Pitch in front of 600 participants consisting of the global ESMT community and ESMT partner companies. They could be your first customers, potential business partners, or talent for your startup! 

What is Vali Berlin?

We are Vali Berlin – the Entrepreneurship Hub at ESMT Berlin.

Vali’s mission: 

  • Inspire, educate, and support entrepreneurial talents
  • Connect technology and business
  • Serve as a platform for entrepreneurial students, alumni, and the broader Berlin start-up ecosystem

About #DFS

DFS 2020 - pitch competition

At the very first virtual DigitalFuture Summit, a selected number of the world’s top students, graduates, and young professionals will digitally engage and interact with the leading companies in digitalization, entirely for FREE.

For two mornings on July 9 and 10, leading firms will gather on one digital platform to host keynote speeches, interactive workshops and eye-opening masterclasses exploring the future of digitalization and the latest digital trends.

Directly connect with companies and recruiters through virtual company booths and exclusive online interviews available only for #DFS20 participants. Learn insights directly from employees of trailblazing companies, get a better understanding of what the digital future looks like and accelerate your career directly from your computer