Startups meet Companies

Be the young talents driving innovations in German companies!

 Choose Your Challenge!

  1. Develop an idea deck showcasing your solution and present your product or service as a solution for one of our partner companies.

   2.  Enjoy hosting, fully covered expenses, and get paid.


DEADLINE: 31/08/24

The transformation processes in the industry are fostering a more sustainable business.

  • Therefore, emissions during the operation of industrial plants but especially also during power production shall be reduced.
  • Siemens ENERGY wants to support enhancing energy efficiency at the factories of their customers by utilizing environmentally friendly technologies to generate electricity out of low-temperature waste heat sources.
  • By this, they decrease fuel demands and save GHG emissions.

Click here to find out more about Challenge 1! 

The transformation processes in Siemens Energy are fostering a more sustainable business.

  • Therefore, emissions during the operation of their products but especially also during the production shall be reduced.
  • Siemens Energy wants to decarbonize their factory by utilizing environmentally friendly technologies to cover their energy demands in the heat, electricity but also testing applications.

Click here to find out more about Challenge 2! 

Görlitzer Verkehrsbetriebe GmbH is currently implementing the so-called “Public Transport Model City Project“.

  • This project is being subsidised with around 70 million euros and involves the renewal of the transport infrastructure and the procurement of 8 new innovative trams.
  • The focus of the infrastructure topics includes accessibility, innovation and digitalization. Furthermore, new drive technologies for tram vehicles and autonomous driving are to be tested.

Click here to find out more about Challenge 3! 

LEAG is one of the major employers in Eastern Germany, operating the second-largest lignite mining area and employing around 7,000 people. It aims to shift to renewable energy and innovative low-emission technologies by 2038 under the brand GigawattFactory.

  • Bridging the gap between energy demand and the variable availability of renewable sources.
  • Efficiently installing PV modules and ensuring reliable, renewable 24/7 baseload energy.

Click here to find out more about Challenge 4! 

Opened in 1910, the Town Hall Görlitz is a unique art nouveau concert hall. Built for the Silesian Music Festival, it has been a symbol of Görlitz’s up-and-coming society since its opening and has established itself as the city’s cultural memory. It has been closed since 2004 and has only been used occasionally. After the building was only given emergency repairs in recent years, it is now to be extensively renovated and modernized between 2025 and 2028. The aim is to create a modern cultural and congress center for a variety of uses.

  • The conversion and future operation of the culture and convention center will take place under the guidelines of sustainability.
  • The biggest challenge is to find sustainable energy solutions that support the operation of Stadthalle Görlitz without increasing its carbon footprint.

Click here to find out more about Challenge 5! 

The town of Görlitz is an important and growing tourist destination in Upper Lusatia and Saxony. Lake Berzdorf is located right outside the city gates. In the past, lignite was mined in a scenic setting with fantastic views of the nearby mountains. After years of recultivation, the approximately 960-hectare lake now blends harmoniously into the landscape and there are already numerous offers for active recreation and relaxing vacations. Lake Berzdorf is also an exciting playing field for private investors to exploit existing development opportunities and realize their own projects.

  • The initiative aims to establish a self-sufficient energy supply that promotes local tourism development, reduces the carbon footprint and is aligned with the city’s sustainability goals
  • It is expected that this transformation process will improve the conditions for the construction and operation of existing and additional tourist facilities during the peak summer season.

Click here to find out more about Challenge 6! 


  1. Fill out the contact form down below
  2. Describe your business idea or startup
  3. Choose one challenge and upload your idea deck (max. 5 slides) 
  4. Check the boxes for Consent and Authorization Agreement and Data Protection

Do You Fulfill Our Requirements? 

We are looking for young to established startups, interested in taking up the challenge presented by the city’s utility company for innovation development/transformation.

Startup teams should possess the following characteristics:


That’s In For You!

Join the entrepreneurship challenge in Görlitz and get financial support, accommodation, and top-level coaching from Germany’s No.1 University for Entrepreneurship, HHL.

By participating in this entrepreneurship challenge, the startup teams can expect the following benefits

Mapping The Path To Program Success

Problem identification and challenge description​

Problem/challenge definition from the company’s side

June - July
Startup identifcation and selection​

Startup acquisition

August - September
Startup identifcation and selection​

Startup selection and qualification

October - December
Incubation program in Görlitz​: Coaching by HHL DIGITAL SPACE at Siemens ENERGY CoWorking Space​
Presentation of the solution

Start proof of concept

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