Future Hamburg Award

International Startup-Award

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Future Hamburg Award

Cities around the world are facing similar challenges. And the changes affect all areas of our everyday urban life. Our economy, society and climate. Everything is influenced by technological progress. But how can we ensure that our cities remain worth living in? What does a sustainable urban life look like? One thing is clear: the city of the future is a joint effort. That's why Hamburg wants to collaborate with the most innovative startups worldwide. Our goal: to find solutions for an economically strong, liveable and sustainable city. Your benefits: Develop your business idea in Silicon Valley and benefit from the test field Hamburg. The Future Hamburg Award is open to startups with innovative solutions for our future cities. From all over the globe.

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How to apply

Check out the FAQs for more information and the press kit of the Future Hamburg Award 2021!
In case of technical difficulties please contact award@future.hamburg

Why participate?

Business Boost in Silicon Valley

The winner of the award will receive a one-month stay at Plug and Play's Sunnyvale office. Within a network of over 400 companies from around the world, the startup will be able to advance its business model and engage with an international community. Moreover, the Future Hamburg Award offers the unique opportunity to test innovative projects on-site in Hamburg in collaboration with Hamburg Port Authority’s homePORT and AM HAFEN CAPITAL, one of the city’s major startup investors.

Test field chances in Hamburg

Enjoy a valuable programme in Northern Germany! Explore the numerous opportunities in Hamburg and check out its startup breeding ground. The cities official Startup-Unit will connect you with Hamburg’s most important people for your business. To enlarge your network and convince our VCs that the city benefits from your business. Let’s collaborate for a better future.

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Challenges we are facing today are, for example:


Bigger, faster, greener

What does the port of the future look like? How can we use AI, Blockchain and IOT sustainably, and what impact does the smart port have on our everyday life?

Congested traffic

The movement of people and goods in our cities is growing incessantly. Which last-mile solutions can help? How does the city dweller of tomorrow move?

Innenansicht der U-Bahnstation Elbbrücken mit Zug
Hamburg Hafen

The end of fossil fuels is near

Our cities need clean and fresh air to breathe. How can we use renewable energies in our cities to reduce harmful emissions? Is green hydrogen the sustainable fuel of the future?

Why Hamburg?

In Hamburg, tradition meets modernity, research and science meet start-ups and global companies, and capital and entrepreneurial spirit meet unique ideas. This is how innovations are created, innovations that enhance people’s daily lives and that prepare the city for the future – both small and large, for its citizens, and for the world.

Leuchtende Lichter in der HafenCity