Five-days program to find investors and corporate partners

13th - 17th March 2023

What Up2B Firecamp offers you


Get connected to VCs and Business Angels


Access to DAX enterprises, SMEs and Hidden Champions

Individual Mentorings

Mentoring with B2B experts

Who you are

What you can expect

  • Entrepreneurs seeking for financing, pilot customers and scaling
  • With a solution from the fields IT, digital, Industry 4.0 and high-tech
  • With a B2B business model

Program location

The first day: Live in Mannheim

Day 2 to 5: Virtually

Five days for you startups with…

  • Individual mentorings with 15+ B2B experts
  • Corporate speed dating with 12+ multinationals and SMEs 
  • Direct connection and one-on-ones with VCs and business angels
  • Free participation incl. food, drinks and a surprise box

Program period

Monday 13th – Friday 17th March 2023

Program language


The Program

Five days full of insights and relevant business contacts.

Your startup is currently seeking financing, customer feedback and warm intros to investors? Then this is the perfect 5-day program fou you.
After a warm welcome onsite in Mannheim you will have the chance to network with fellow B2B founders.
Tuesday is all about getting ready to meet the investors. Together with Erdinc Koc you will learn about the crucial steps of an investment journey and everything you need to consider early on.
On Wednesday you will go through three individual sessions with leading national and international B2B experts. The areas of mentoring are “Pitch, Sales and Law”.
On Thursday everyone will have the opportunity to participate in a peer mentoring session and give each other valuable feedback on their solutions.
On Friday it is all about meeting the VCs. In a VC-Startup Matching our investment partner want to get to know your startup and check whether the solution fits their purposes.

Corporates you will meet

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Investors you will meet


Experts you will meet one-on-one

Dima Sarle

Entrepreneur, Coach and Speaker

Caroline Aumeran

Venture Builder in the Field of Energy and Sustainability

Maeva Cifuentes

Founder of Flying Cat Marketing

Dr. Matthias Heusel

M&A/VC-lawyer @ Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Dr. Simon Apel

IT/IP Lawyer @ SZA

Verena Kleinmann

Entrepreneur – Lecturer – Consultant, Marketing Strategy and Social Media

Marcus Erken

Founding partner of Sunfish Partners

Dr. Arndt Schwaiger

Expert in Digital Business Models and Artificial Intelligence

Marcel Pfenning

Sales and Communication Expert

Erdinç Koç

Funding and VC Expert

Manuel Hartmann

Author of the Sales Playbook

Christian Els

CEO and Co-founder at Sentin

Remaining time until application deadline:


Firecamp July 2019



Who can apply?

Startups from the field of IT, digital and high-tech. If you have a clear focus on Business-to-Business (B2B) it´s even better! We take your B2B focus as an advantage.

When is the application deadline?

On Sunday, 19th February 2023, 23:59. We can not consider further applications after the deadline.

We have not founded the company yet. Can we also apply?

Yes, we consider startups no matter if they have founded a company already or not.

When do you decide if our team can participate in the Firecamp?

We will select the attending startups about 3-4 weeks before the program starts. All startups will be notified via E-mail, if they have been selected or not. We might also contact you for an additional interview. At this point, you’ll still have the possibility to either accept or cancel your participation. Once you’ve accepted your participation, cancellation isn’t possible anymore.

Is it necessary to be on site every day for the whole team?

At least of you has be present during the whole week. No show is an exclusion criteria.

We only have a business idea and want to apply for the Firecamp.

The focus of Firecamp is to support startups that want to scale and to get funded. For very early-stage startups we offer our program “Breakthrough” twice a year. No matter you can apply. If your startup is too early-stage for Firecamp, we will inform you.

Do we have to pay for the participation or give shares of our company?

No, the program is for free!

What is the program language?

English! All presentations and your pitches as well as your application have to be in english, since we expect also international participants. Some of our experts and mentors as well as investors are international too.

We do have further questions. Who can we contact?

Please contact Paul Becker, Startup Support Manager at Heidelberg Technology Park:
Phone: + 49 178 1918168

What is Start-up BW Pre-Seed?

BW Pre-Seed enables startups to receive 50,000 – 200,000 Euro in funding if they qualify and find a co-investor for 20% of the total investment. Terms and conditions apply. For detailed information please visit the Pre-Seed Site of Start-up BW or contact us.

Your contact person

Inga-Marit Nölle

Business Development Managerin – innoWerft

+49 160 896 9975


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