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Demo Day

ESMT Demo Day

Create a better tomorrow
September 30, 2022, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Are you an early-stage startup?

Pitch your idea in front of investors and the ESMT startup ecosystem to be in with the chance to win €5,000 to fund your idea.

Do you want to connect to the Berlin startup ecosystem?

Get the chance to connect to investors, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders of the Berlin startup ecosystem.

The ESMT Demo Day is a startup event where early-stage startups, investors, corporates, and other stakeholders of the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem meet and discuss new ideas. Besides startup pitches, we host panel discussions and keynotes around the topic of entrepreneurship and innovation to enable connections, networking, and growth for our partners and the ecosystem.  

Save the date for this year's event: September 30, 2022

Program Details

Program details

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.   Reception

2:00 - 2:10 p.m.   Introduction

2:10 - 2:25 p.m.   Keynote

2:25 - 2:45 p.m.   Panel discussion

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.   First round of pitches

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.   Break

3:45 - 4:30 p.m.   Second round of pitches

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.   Award ceremony


ESMT Berlin
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 212 31 0

How to get to ESMT Berlin


During Demo Day, the entrepreneurship community at ESMT meets the startup ecosystem of Berlin. Are you interested in participating?

Please register here.

Application information


Early-stage startups pitch their ideas in front of a jury and pre-seed investors and connect with the local startup ecosystem in Berlin. The jury consists of entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders of the startup ecsystem and will select the winners of the € 5,000 prize money. Are you a startup and want to participate?

Then apply now here.

Application period

  • Application open: July 18 
  • Application end: August 30
  • Final decision: September 10


Startups that want to pitch at Demo Day need to fulfill two main criteria:

  1. At least one ESMT student or alumni member must be part of the founding team
  2. No pre-seed round raised 
About Vali Berlin
Marie Kober

Create a better tomorrow

Vali Berlin - Entrepreneurship Hub at ESMT

Vali Berlin is the entrepreneurship hub at ESMT Berlin and fosters responsible entrepreneurship for economic, environmental, and social value creation. We do so through a range of initiatives in four main areas: We support founders and joiners, educate entrepreneurial leaders, shape an entrepreneurial culture and connect entrepreneurial stakeholders.

Learn more about Vali Berlin here.

Are you interested in pitching your idea in front of investors?

Apply now


ESMT Berlin
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 212 31 0

How to get to ESMT Berlin

Demo Day 2021

Gain an insight into the ESMT Demo Day 2021.

Read our Press Release
outside of the ESMT Berlin building, from the front.
A cover image of the 13th episode of the Campus 10178 podcast shows the founder of Vali smiling.
The winner of Vali's Demo Day at ESMT Berlin, Senvo, founded by Marie Kober (MBA 22).
A group photo of the event
Team Asfelia celebrating. ooo yea
Vali Berlin scholarships

Vali offers Female Founders and entrepreneurship scholarships for full-time MBA students working at their own company or proactively exploring new business ideas.

Introducing Vali Berlin, the entrepreneurship hub at ESMT

In episode #13 of Campus 10178, the ESMT Berlin podcast, Baris talks about how Vali Berlin was created, the development of its SEP, and where it fits in Berlin’s startup ecosystem.

Summer Entrepreneurship Program 2021 - Demo Day

SENVO wins €5,000 prize money at Vali Berlin’s Demo Day at ESMT Berlin

ESMT x HPI Startup Bootcamp

Vali Berlin and HPI co-hosted this year's Start-up Bootcamp on Innovating Cybersecurity, specifically targeting HPI and ESMT students and alumni to bring together teams from tech and business.

ESMT x HPI Startup Bootcamp

Team Asfelia wins the Best Idea Award

Contact us

Baris Efe

Manager & Co-founder at Vali Berlin - Entreprenurship Hub at ESMT
+49 30 212 31 1649

Henry Sauermann

ESMT Chair in Entrepreneurship & Academic Director at Vali Berlin - Entrepreneurship Hub at ESMT