Tech Tour Contest Final: Fast Forward to the Future!


The 13th edition of the Tech Tour Contest Final is taking place on 9-10 December 2019 in Essen, Germany.

The Final will present 175+ European innovative companies in the High-technology sectors to an international audience of investors, key corporates and innovation experts. 


About the Tech Tour Contest Final:

  • 150+ investors and corporates
  • 175+ presenting companies
  • 18 presentation sessions sector focused
  • 3 Award Winners
  • 350+ attendees
  • 14.3 € bln value of strategic deals of Tech Tour presenting companies over the last 7 years 
  • Over 10 M assets under management in total of participating funds


Unique location

The Tech Tour Contest Final will be held at a unique venue, the Zollverein Unesco World Heritage. 

More than 25 years after its closure, the once largest colliery in Europe combines culture and dining, design and architecture, handicraft and the creative industry – as the only World Heritage Site of the Ruhr Area. 

Please find more info about the venue here.


Highlights from the Contest Final 2018


The Contest Final 2019 Programme

Day 1 - December 9

Collaborative Academy

Entrepreneurs-only programme


Collaborative Round Tables

Investors-only programme (in collaboration with the International Venture Club)

Master Classes in Investment Readiness and dry-run with experimented coaches for presenting companies.



The programme will entail: keynote speeches, round table discussion, social activitiess and workshops.

Investiors attending the Tech Tour Contest Final will scout business opportunities in the region that records the highest percentage (26.1%) of all direct investments in Germany, which totalled 686.3 billion euros in 2016.



Day 2 - December 10

The day of the Final  competition will be organised on the theme of “Fast Forward to the Future”, with a programme including:

  • 150+ companies pitching to investors
  • Final Pitch battle top select the 3 winners
  • Fireside chats
  • Elevator pitches of 2018 award winners
  • One2One meetings
  • Exhibition area


Why NRW region?

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) region is located in the center of Europe, and borders on the Netherlands and Belgium. NRW is the beating heart of the German economy, being the German state that counts the most foreign investments. NRW is also poised to become the leading location for the digital economy in Germany. 

Every fifth German start-up comes from the NRW region, due to the outstanding entrepreneurship scene. 

These are some of the reasons why North Rhine-Westphalia is the natural place to organize the European Venture Contest Final.

You can find HERE more information why NRW is the N. 1 investment location in Germany





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