Innovation days: a startup matchmaking day and 2 days of Hackathon.

We are looking to create solutions in :

Virtual Reality experience in museums

Booking/Occupancy platform for sports facilities

Authentication and payment solutions for student cafeterias/canteens

Accounting & Bookkeeping using SAP Interface

Additionally, we are looking for digital solutions/process automation tools in the following areas :

  • Cash/Liquidity management
  • Time recording
  • Issuing of driver licenses
  • Visualization of open-datasets and public transport network



  • Matchmaking and mentoring with Stadt Frankfurt, Helaba, Mainova, Studentenwerk and more.


  • 24h Hackathon
  • Award Ceremony

Visibility opportunity with key decision-makers and the City of Frankfurt :

  • Virtual reality : Get to work directly with the city of Frankfurt, which has earned a national reputation as a city for the arts. Every year, more than 2 million people visit its approximately 60 exhibition centres.
  • Booking solutions : Frankfurt is responsible for 54 municipal sports facilities with a total of over 120 playing fields and athletics facilities, which are used intensively by school classes, club, leisure and company athletes.
  • Bookkeeping tool : Frankfurt is one of the largest regional energy suppliers in Germany and supplies about one million people in Hessen and neighbouring provinces with electricity, gas, heat and water
  • Payment solutions :  Present your solution to two local universities, boasting over 25.000 students, 5.000 employees and with budgets of over 450 million euros

How it works

Application Open


Application closing


Selection + Invitation


Innovation Days


Key benefits

  • Direct contact to key corporate executives
  • Networking with industry mentors and your peers
  • Brand and product exposure
  • Real-time feedback during development
  • Introduction to leading institutions and potential investment opportunities
  • Free program and no equity is taken

Are you the right fit?

  • You are based in DACH
  • You already have a functional prototype and/or early customers
  • You are ready to scale your business idea
  • You are geared for growth
  • You are working on a solution for the digital reinvention of the public sector


When it comes to digital public services, Germany and its various levels of administration are in catch up mode. According to the European Commission*, Germany ranks 22nd out of 28 member countries when it comes to digital public services. Why? A lack of focus on the end user, the citizens. Also, complicated solutions with little appeal or long adoption curves, burdensome process to onboard external providers, and unflexible IT infrastructures and legacy systems. The list goes on.

* Source : Digital Economy and Society Index Report 2018 - Digital Public Services

Helaba and the idea behind Innovation Days

As an important financial partner to the public sector, the digital transformation of public administrations is right at the top of Helaba's agenda. The bank has therefore been consequential in establishing komuno (a digital platform for the brokerage of municipal loans) in order to simplify processes and make them faster and more efficient. Digital solutions are also possible in many other areas, for example payment systems for public amenities or when booking sports facilities. It is also conceivable to explore completely new ways in which people can experience museums, such as virtual reality. Problems of this kind, and their potential solutions, will be presented during the Innovation Days.

Helaba aims to remain the principal financial partner for its public-sector customers in the digital future, too, and is therefore offering them its diverse range of contacts in the start-up scene through the Tech Quartier platform, which it supports as a platinum sponsor. The program is intended to further intensify these contacts with innovative companies.