Vali Berlin x DFS Pitch Competition


Pitch digital and win prizes worth more than €5'000!

After 2019 success, Vali hosted the Pitch Competition 2020 at #DFS – this time digitally!
Pitching and getting feedback on your pitching skills and Startup ideas was never this easy: at home, in your kitchen or in your living room!

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

The competition hosted by Vali Berlin – the entrepreneurship platform at ESMT Berlin and the DigitalFuture Summit, took place during #DFS20.

Applications are closed!

What's in it for you?


1st place

2nd place

3rd place


July 9th, from 12:30 – 1:30 pm


Digitally, via Zoom!


Early-Stage Start-ups (Pre-seed to Seed phase)

Jury and Feedback

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



DFS X Vali Berlin Pitch competition

Pitch in front of 400 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! 

Applications are closed!

What is Vali Berlin?

We are Vali Berlin – a platform for entrepreneurship, innovation, and research for the ESMT network, talent, and partners. We create social, environmental, and economic value by leveraging responsible entrepreneurship in technology and innovation.

Vali’s mission: 

  • Support the next generation of entrepreneurs who think digital, responsible and out-of-the-box
  • Give start-ups access to our network connecting them with entrepreneurs, mentors, and industry
  • Provide start-ups connection to investors for early-stage investments

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


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Facts about the Pitch Competition

Facts about the event

  • Date: 9th July 12:30 – 13:30 pm
  • Audience: ~ 350 international students

Event Design

6 start-ups will pitch their business model within 5 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.