Future Hamburg Award

Future Hamburg Award

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.

Business Boost in Silicon Valley

The main prize of the award is a one-month stay at Plug and Play's Sunnyvale office. The prize offers access to a global network of over 400 companies and the opportunity to significantly develop one's own business model. The first winner and two other top startups can also expect a customized three-day program by the Startup Unit Hamburg in Hamburg with the chance to further develop their business model and prototypes on site, as well as contacts with potential investors. There are also two attractive bonus prizes: AM HAFEN CAPITAL will review all applications with regard to an investment of up to six figures, and the Hamburg Port Authority's (HPA) innovation campus homePORT will make its test site available exclusively for prototype testing. 

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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