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What is the Pitch Club?

Pitch Club has been initiated with the idea to develop Frankfurt Rhine-Main’s startup ecosystem from a highly fragmented one to a solid and strong ecosystem for startups. Meanwhile, Pitch Club is the most successful pitch event in the region with impressive metrics, underlining this fact: In 12 editions, 120 pre-selected startups have pitched in front of more than 360 investors. From the beginning Pitch Club has been focussing on the major bottleneck of founders: money raising. More than 40 % of particpating startups have received a funding, after they had presented at Pitch Club. In total more than 17m EUR of fundings have been raised so far – directly and indirectly received from participating investors!

But that’s not all: With strong partnerships like the Tech Quartier, Goethe Unibator, Business Angels network, initiatives like Startup Grind or Innovation Map, we bring Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region more and more on the national and international startup landscape. Even though, we have moved forward in the previous years – and Frankfurt Rhine-Main’s ecosystem has substantially grown and is able to compete in some aspects with other ecosystems like Berlin, Munich and Hamburg – there is still a lot to do. We are looking foward that you are / you will be part of the ecosystem and bring it to the next level!

The next Pitch Club?

The next PITCH CLUB FFM #13 takes place on Thursday, November 16th, 2017, in Mainz. In this exclusive event, capital-seeking startups pitch in front of top-notch investors.

Beginning in the early afternoon at 2 p.m., startups present themselves in the traditional elevator pitch manner. An intensive Q&A round follows, in which investors thoroughly question and evaluate the business model. At 6 p.m., the event shifts to the legendary After Work Party mode, with refreshing drinks and club beats. All participating companies enjoy VIP access to network with investors and begin discussing the first deals.

The contest inspires young, creative startups to pitch their business to a crowd of serious investors. Not for the faint-hearted, startup contestants will be challenged to „give it all“, with the stage transforming into a „ring“ where the contestants must parry tough questions from experienced investors. Difficult, hair-raising questions are not only desired, but strictly required.

Think you’ve got a good idea? Ready to defend it in front of serious investors? Then step onto the stage and become a contestant in the Pitch Club. If you successfully impress an investor or two, you might have a serious chance at scoring serious capital for your startup. After all, we only invite investors who are actively seeking outstanding investment opportunities in the early-stage phase.



PCDE #3: October 12th, 2017 in Stuttgart

PCDE #4: October 26th, 2017 in Frankfurt am Main

PCDE #5: November 30th, 2017 in Dortmund

So this is like a job interview – but reversed! Companies pitch themselves, the HR concepts, jobs and projects they offer to the audience, i.e. the Software Developers and IT-Professionals, who ask tough and hair-raising questions in addition. After the pitches you can get more information in 1-on-1 talks with the companies. At 8 p.m. the event shifts over to the afterwork party: All participants are invited to snacks, drinks and maybe you get to know your future employer.

The participation as well as catering (including snacks, soft drinks, beverages & long drinks) are for free! If you want to participate as a Software Developer or IT Professional at the invite-only event, please apply via our Pitch Club Developer Edition page. To join the afterwork party at 8 p.m., just register via the afterwork registration form.

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Want to join the next Pitch Club event? Here you can apply in your category.

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  • The level of the participating startups is awesome. They are very advanced, very mature, and well prepared.Prof. Dr. Anna Rosinus
  • Pitch Club is a unique platform, bringing together exciting companies and exciting investors. This is excatly what the city and region needs.Yassin Hankir, Gründer Savedroid AG
  • Pitch Club is for the Rhein-Main Region – which is in comparison to Berlin still underdeveloped – highly important.Wolfgang Weicht, TEDx Rhein-Main
  • Pitch Club is an important factor for Frankfurt‘s startup ecosystem and an awesome event, enabling to listen to high quality pitches within a small and selected circle of top-notch investors.Ingo Franz, Managing Partner Vectorpilot | Business Angel

The Team


Stefan Maas

Founder, Managing Partner


Daniel C. Kuczaj

Founder, Managing Partner


Dr. Sebastian Schäfer



Arthur Rehm

Co-Founder, IT/Marketing


Steven Cardoso

Co-Founder, IT/Marketing

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