Transformation für den Mittelstand


Innovators Challenge




TechQuartier & virtual


07 Nov - 21 Nov



The future?
Already running!

Drive the digital transformation, sustainability, and process optimization of your company with the help of start-ups!

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, companies face a multitude of challenges that demand innovative solutions. Startups are at the forefront of driving these innovations, bringing fresh ideas and agile approaches to the table. We invite you to become part of an exclusive two-week program designed to transform your internal challenges into real business opportunities.

The Innovators Challenge, hosted by WIBank and L-Bank, is dedicated to supporting medium-sized companies in Hesse and Baden-Württemberg on their journey toward digitalization, sustainability, process optimization, and business model resilience. This program leverages the creativity and expertise of young startups with validated business models to develop tailored solutions that meet your company's unique challenges.

Program Highlights

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Expert Collaboration

TechQuartier & Gründermotor specialize in programs that support startups, helping them scale and succeed.

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Innovative Ecosystem

TechQuartier & Gründermotor connect startups, academia, and industry to create a vibrant ecosystem.

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Tailored Solutions

Young startups with validated business models will develop customized solutions that address your company's specific challenges.

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Network Opportunities

Cross-company exchanges let participants share insights, gain new perspectives, and build connections.

Program Benefits

What you gain

  • Direct access to innovative solutions: Gain direct access to cutting-edge solutions that address your internal challenges and drive your business forward.

  • Entry into the startup ecosystem: Experience the start-up ecosystem firsthand with professional support throughout the entire collaboration process. This includes scouting, selection, and ongoing mentorship.

  • Expert Guidance: Receive expert guidance in identifying and defining your specific challenge. Our structured process ensures that the right start-ups are matched with your company, maximizing the potential for successful outcomes. through cross-company exchange

  • Platform for Exchange: Engage with start-ups and stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem through our dedicated platform. This interaction fosters a collaborative environment where ideas can flourish.

What we offer

  • Specialized Contact: A dedicated contact person will be assigned to you for the duration of the program, ensuring personalized support and effective communication.

  • Openness to Innovation: We are committed to exploring innovative solutions and approaches, providing a fertile ground for creativity and growth.


Become Program Partner

Don't miss the opportunity to future-proof your operational processes!

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Key Dates



of the companies

Sept - Oct

Startup Scouting

and Selection



Match Day

Start of the challenge in Frankfurt



Demo Day

Presentation of the solutions in Stuttgart


LkSG Innovation Challenge

The Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (LkSG) went into effect on January 1, 2023. To help companies understand how LkSG will change their business, we co-created an event to explore ideas and share startup solutions in logistics. Founders and experts from Baker McKenzie, Deloitte and Microsoft shared their most important challenges and use cases from the areas of compliance & risk, data & reporting and procurement.



Contact us today and become a part of the challenge, get in touch with:

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Patrice Pogorelik

Head of Corporate Innovation & Acceleration


Carina Sauerwein

Innovation Manager

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