Pitch your startup in front of sports heroes and investors!


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Who can participate?

We are looking for German and international start-ups with innovative ideas from the fields of sports technology and health.
No matter whether your idea is still fresh or you have already completed financing rounds: You can apply for the Venture League Qualifiers round by clicking on the button below. After an intensive selection round, the best 5 start-ups will pitch in front of our prominent sportsmen’s jury and investors on 21 November 2019.
f you convince our investors, we offer 6- 7-digit investments.
Apply now!

The Schedule

14. Nov. 2019
21. Nov. 2019
Pitch event in front of investors in Hamburg
Welcoming address
Christian Mees, Venture League
Panel discussion "Startups and athletes - does that fit?
Felix Erdmann (Venture League), Marcell Jansen (Präsident d. HSV und Startup-Investor), Ronny Wagner (Donner & Reuschel)
Pitch of the Top 5 Startups
15 min. each
Announcement Winner
Networking, Snacks, Drinks
You want to be a guest? Send us an e-mail.

The jury of athletes

In addition to the expertise of the investment team, the opinions of active and former top athletes on the start-up idea are also sought. While the investment team rather examines the team structure and the business idea, the expert jury provides deeper insights into whether the business model can be interesting and helpful for the individual athlete. Their verdict should give the overall assessment a greater practical relevance.

Julius Brink

Beach volleyball Olympic Champion, World and European Champion

Marcell Jansen

German National Soccer Player, HSV President, Startup Investor

Kira Walkenhorst

Beach volleyball Olympic Champion, World and European Champion

Richard Golz

Former Bundesliga soccer player, coach, personnel consultant

The expert jury

We are pleased that additional proven start-up, marketing and financial experts support the jury members with their experience and know-how.

Ronny Wagner

Head of Department Alternative Investments, Donner & Reuschel


Startup-Gründer & -Investor

Raphael Brinkert

Agency founder, brand consultant

Christian Mees

Entrepreneur, start-up investor

The pitch

The HSV Arena offers the spectacular and suitable environment for the 1st Venture League Pitch Event.
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