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The EWG – Essen Economic Development Agency hosted one of the most prestigious international forums in the world of innovation and technology. The 13th edition of the Tech Tour Contest Final 2019 – the Europe's leading network and investment event for high-growth technological start-ups, venture capital investors and technological corporations – took place on 9-10 December 2019 in Essen, Germany.


EVC Final selection process


The 148 presenting companies were invited as the top-rated companies of the Tech Tour European Venture Contest, selected over a series of 20 regional or sector–focused qualifying events which compose the Final Contest. These 125 companies were reviewed online and onsite by investors and the investor jury on 6 criteria. The presenting companies covered 17 tech sessions over the 3 tracks including Medtech, Digital Health, Biotech, Photonics, Softwares, Hardware & Wearables, Platforms, Artificial Intelligence, Circular Economy, Smart Manufacturing, Foodtech, New Materials & Batteries, and Bioeconomy.


The winners, who have got the highest review ratings in each presentation session onsite, entered a final pitch battle for 10 prestigious awards: Healthtech (gold, silver and bronze), Digital Tech (gold, silver and bronze), Sustainability (gold, silver and bronze), and Audience Award.


The Contest is quite popular amongst the companies as they provide an efficient local access point to the European Venture programme while focusing on matching innovative companies with active investors.


Tech Tour Contest Final in numbers:

  • 150+ investors and corporate VCs
  • 148 presenting companies
  • 17 presentation sessions sector focused
  • 3 Award Winners per track
  • 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.


About Tech Tour


Founded in 1998, Tech Tour is a unique cross-border platform for growing and emerging innovative tech companies on their way to investment and funding – from the idea to the success story. The platform supports innovative companies and their projects through online community space and in person at 25 networking events that we organise each year. Tech Tour is well known in the venture capital market with its 20-years of experience across Europe and the Middle East, and planning to enlarge our scope of work to China. For more information please visit:


About EWG – Essen Economic Development Agency


EWG was launched as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in 1991. The shareholders are – each with a 50% stake – the City of Essen and IEW – Interessengemeinschaft Essener Wirtschaft e.V with their approximately 50 renowned member companies and institutions. This focussed expertise makes EWG the ideal partner in Essen for businesses, investors and start-ups. In a nut shell, for you. For more information please visit:


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Annalisa Gardella | Team Leader | |

Thomas Veldmaat | Project Manager Assistant | |


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