• Up2B Firecamp

    Five-day intensive coaching to get ready for your first round of investment

    19th – 23rd February 2018

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Up2B Firecamp

Who you are

  • Entrepreneurs with a business idea or a startup with business plan
  • Seeking for financing & scaling
  • From the field of IT, digital or high-tech

Program Period

19th – 23rd February 2018

Program Language


Program Location

Mannheim and Heidelberg

What you can expect

A week full of high-class mentoring, individual feedback, professional pitch training, exchange with more than 20 experts and other entrepreneurs (12 teams) and networking with corporates and investors.

  • Targeted and selective optimization of relevant business fields
  • One-on-one consulting with experts
  • Corporate speed dating with multinational companies
  • Contact to investors
  • Fireside evenings
  • Pitching event with award ceremony
  • Attractive prizes to win
  • Free participation including meals

The program

Five whole days.

Monday starts with a welcome and get together. While having some drinks you will get to know each other, the Firecamp team. Our special guest will be Morten Lund, Denmark´s best-known startup investor. You will have the opportunity to listen to his story and ask him some question.

On Tuesday it´s all about your perfect pitch. You will get a pitch training by professional pitch coaches. They will coach you in the structure of your pitches, in your presentation impression and in persuasive speaking techniques. Be prepared for the best pitch coaching you ever had!

Wednesday and Thursday are Mentoring Days. Each day you will go through three stations with high-level mentors in one-on-one coaching sessions. The mentoring areas are “sales, marketing, product, finance and investment, business model and law”. On Thursday evening you are also invited to a fireside talk with Raymond C. Chow, Senior Manager for Business Innovation at Daimler and initiator of Daimler´s innovation platform STARTUP AUTOBAHN.

Friday starts with a corporate speed dating. Various multinational IT and high-tech companies want to get to know you and your startup. Use that opportunity to build up your B2B network.

After that it´s time for the final pitches and the decision. Take the chance to pitch in front of a selected jury and investors, win attractive prizes and the interest of investors!

Firecamp 2017 Review

“That was the most intense coaching week of my life. I took a lot of things with me and now I even go home as a winner. The program is unique in its intensity in the startup scene. I can recommend every startup to apply for the next Firecamp”

Andreas Widmann
Andreas WidmannFounder of RoadAds and winner of the Firecamp 2017.

“The Firecamp is the most inspiring and intensive format for the further development of innovative startup ideas i have seen in Germany so far. This week is so motivating for the founders, startup teams and mentors and ensures the exchange of valuable knowledge and experiences in professional fields. For local startups who are serious about their growth, the Firecamp is an absolute must and a highlight!”

Christian Wewezow
Christian WewezowMarketing and Strategy Consultant at Clockhouse Consulting

“Please repeat that format! It’s the best format you can find in the Rhine-Neckar region.”

Daniel Szkutnik
Daniel SzkutnikManaging Director & founder of Julie Soley GmbH

“We made further progress this week than the whole last year.”

Timm Czarnecki
Timm CzarneckiCo-founder of BRC

“Programs like the Firecamp are just what you need to move Germany towards more innovation. For founders, it’s important not to waste too much time analyzing a problem. Instead, they have to make decisions and talk to as many people as possible to quickly find out if their idea can convince the market. That’s what we did this week.”

Jackson Bond
Jackson BondSerial entrepreneur & co-founder of Monoqi and relayr.io

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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 the 4th February 2018, 23:59. We can not consider further applications after the deadline.

I am the only founder in the company. Can I apply?

Yes, you can! A team is not necessary to apply for the Firecamp.

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?

The Firecamp organization team will decide on Wednesday, 6th February latest if you are among the participants. On 5th and 6th February there might be the possibility to contact you via Skype or Phone if we have some question regarding your startup and your team.

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



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