Vali Berlin Pitch Competition at DFS

Will you shape the future? Pitch your idea and in front of experts and a big audience!

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

The Vali Berlin Pitch Competition offers early-stage startups the unique opportunity to pitch in front of a jury consisting of well-known and successful founders and investors and more than 600 talents.The audience consists of the global ESMT community and ESMT partner companies. They could be your first customers, potential business partners, or talent for your startup! 


Applications are open now!

Vali’s Pitch Competition at DFS 2021 is a place for startups that strive to shape the future. This year’s DFS guiding questions are:

Health: How do we ensure public wellbeing?
Information: How are we distributing knowledge?

Sustainability: How do we continue to address environmental challenges?
Mobility: How do we get to where we need to be?
Work: How are we maneuvering remote environments?
Technology: How do digital solutions reshape industries and life?

Are you Interested? Then apply to be part of the Vali Pitch Competition at DFS21! 

The deadline for applications is the 25th of June! 

Facts about the Pitch Competition

Facts about the event

  • Date: July 9th 2021
    Time: 9.30-11.00 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. After, 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 winning teams will receive great prices, which will push them forward to keep shaping the future.

DFS 2020 - pitch competition

The Jury for the Pitch Competition 2021

The selected start-ups will pitch in front of our jury and will get valuable feedback on their idea!
The jury consists of:

Lukasz Gadowski

Lukasz Gadowski

Founder, entrepreneur and investor

Lubomila Jordanova

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

Alexander Kölpin

CEO of seed + speed Ventures

Daria Markova

Daria Markova

Pitch Competition Moderator 
Ecosystem & Accelerator Builder, Startup Trainer, Writer

Prizes at #DFS21

1st place

2nd place

3rd place

Sponsors at #DFS21



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

Find more information about Vali and what we do here!

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