Born Global Startup Festival 2023

BGSF Day 1 - Empowering Internationals to Create Startups in Germany

The first day of the Born Global Startup Festival took place in Leipzig on the 27th of June and brought together more than 200 international students, Ph.D./ Post Doc researchers and alumni with business ideas and or interested in setting up a Startup in Germany.

A special focus of the festival was on empowering international participants to create startups in Germany. Attendees had the invaluable opportunity to learn from successful international founders like Luana dos Santos Held, CEO and co-founder of Brasilheroe and Pratyush Saxena, CEO and co-founder of Ideatarmac, who generously shared their entrepreneurial experiences in Germany.

After the inspirational podium discussion, attendants had the opportunity to take part in one out of three informative workshops on topics such as legal considerations for solo entrepreneurs, funding opportunities, and the thriving startup ecosystem in central Germany.

Moreover, we proudly marked the official launch of the International Startup Office, a dedicated space designed to continously provide support to international aspiring entrepreneurs from Leipzig, Jena and Halle.

To culminate the evening, we presented the prestigious International Innovators Award Mitteldeutschland and the ARQUS International Innovators Award, followed by an unforgettable summer party.

Pictures: Swen Reichhold

We extend our deepest congratulations to our award winners:

Realist Training Technologies GmbH, the winner of the International Innovators Award Mitteldeutschland, due to its long trajectory in global business, revolutionary ideas, and unwavering commitment to excellence in spine surgery training.

Karion Therapeutics, the winner of the ARQUS International Innovators Award, for its innovative cancer therapies aimed at extending survival and improving patients' quality of life.

Congratulations to both Realist Training Technologies GmbH and Karion Therapeutics for their well-deserved achievements!

We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended the festival and made it a resounding success. Together, we can build a vibrant and thriving Born Global Startup community in Central Germany. Stay tuned for more updates and join us on this incredible journey!

Pictures: Swen Reichhold

BGSF Day 1 - Speakers

Luana dos Santos Held

Luana is co-founder and CEO of Brasilheroe continuing a long family tradition of handmade and ecologically manufactured products from her native Brazil in Leipzig. She completed the International Training Course (ITK) at Leipzig University and is currently doing her doctorate in the field of sports managements. 

Pratyush Saxena

Pratush is the co-founder and CEO of Ideatarmac since 2013. His company works on developing various E-commerce infraestructures, the integration of plugins to different shop systems and real-time data analysis. Currently, his company has two branches in Jena and Bangalore.

ISC Born Global Startup Festival

The Born Global Startup Festival is an annual event that supports "Born Globals", startups founder, international students or researchers from Mitteldeutschland and from the Universities Leipzig, Jena, and Halle. The festival combines inspiring keynotes, workshops, expert panelists that give insights to startup ecosystem in here and beyond horizon.Born Global Startup Festival is our event for the global-minded startup community. On this edition of 2023 we offer a three-day event focused on diverse thematic and target groups.