** Deadline extended until 26.10 **
Hey Startup! Are you ready to find the next corporate customer for your B2B product?
Buy it! is the startup sales pitch designed for you.
We know the usual story of closing that all important deal with a large corporate client can feel like jumping through a never-ending series of hoops. That’s why Buy it! is designed to be as simple as possible, removing all of the $#*! … and cutting straight to the chase!
If you’re reading this right now then I’m sure you have a product you believe in that could deliver huge benefits to customers - they just have to see you.
For the first edition of Buy it! we’re proud to be working with an incredible group of corporate partners from a diverse set of industries. They’re eagerly looking forward to seeing what you’ve got. When the application stage closes each of them will be inviting 5 promising startups for a private 30-minute video sales call with key relevant decision makers in attendance.
Buy it! is organised around a number of innovation focus areas which highlight the intersection between future-driving trends and the innovation interests of the campaign partners. Read on to find out more about our partners and focus areas!
About our Partners:
ALDI Nord - ALDI Nord is the number one discounter in Germany. Over 100 years of experience, more than 69,000 employees as well as branches in nine European countries display the success of the corporate company. Through Buy it! they are looking for new solutions to define the next generation discount by further improving the shopping experience for their in-store and online customers (ALDI liefert).
BASF - Combining economic success with environmental protection & social responsibility, BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future. We are looking for startups that can help address the big challenges facing the world today in food, housing & mobility. Within the Buy it! campaign we are particularly interested to discover new bio-degradable and/or bio-based technologies which can compete with well-established existing products.
BKK VBU - One of Germany’s top 30 health insurance companies, focussed on innovative products and services. With Buy it! they are hoping to uncover the next generation of digital solutions that can make a positive impact across many dimensions, from their customers to doctors and healthcare professionals.
Bosch Startup Harbour - The Bosch Startup Harbour is an accelerator program for early stage deep tech startups. It facilitates co-innovation with Bosch, partners and startups based on pre-defined focus topics in various domains including industry, mobility, energy and consumer goods.
Covestro - One of the world's largest polymer companies powering innovative solutions for everyday life. Through Buy it! Covestro are aiming to create engagements with startups and scale-ups who can work together with them to shape the future of the materials science industry and solve real world problems.
DB mindbox (by Deutsche Bahn) – The startup hub is the mediator between the startup-world and Deutsche Bahn (German Railway), Europe's biggest railway infrastructure and mobility provider. The main goal of the DB mindbox program is to enhance new innovations within the company to improve the business.
Deutsche Post DHL Group - Deutsche Post DHL Group provides an international service portfolio consisting of letter and parcel dispatch, express delivery, freight transport, supply chain management and e-commerce solutions. The Group employs approximately 550,000 people in over 220 countries and territories worldwide. We are looking for technologies to especially improve our operations with new automation and robotics solutions.
Deutsche Telekom - Leading communication service provider, shaping the digital world of tomorrow, actively driving the digital transformation.
Group Partnering - Within Buy it! Deutsche Telekom Group Partnering is particularly interested in identifying innovative solutions for “Campus Networks” (5G, ultra-low-latency use cases), Industry 4.0 and IOT services, which can enhance Telekom’s portfolio and capabilities to create value for industry clients worldwide.
TechBoost - Within Buy it! they are very interested in identifying early-stage startups with a cloud-based business model, lots of growth potential and whose legal entity is in Germany. Tech startups profit from the advantages of a partnership with Deutsche Telekom with sales and marketing support, access to the customer network and up to 100,000€ Open Telekom cloud credits.
Funk Gruppe - The largest independent insurance broker in Germany supporting companies in questions of insurance, risk management and pension provision. Funk Gruppe are always looking for promising young startups which can demonstrate the potential to revolutionise the insurance industry and help them promote new solutions to their own clients.
Rehau - A leading manufacturer of premium polymers with a fascinating world of potential applications for customers and end users. Through Buy It! Rehau will be looking to uncover promising startups which can demonstrate new digital business models that will make a big impact in future fields.
Swiss Re - A leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Swiss Re searches for startups with the potential to disrupt the typical practices of the insurance industry. They’re looking for new technologies in areas such as IoT and smart analytics.
About the Application:
As soon as the application stage launches on September 23nd you can complete our 10-minute application form using the link at the top of this page. All you need to do after that is sit back and wait for us to announce the winners!
In the application form we ask you to select the most relevant focus area from the list below. Each corporate partner will have a view of the most relevant areas to them, but selecting a certain focus area does not exclude you from being evaluated and selected by any of the campaign partners.
Chemical & Materials - Help global players improve the performance of chemical products and introduce them to new technologies and materials.
Consumer Champions - Improve the lives of every consumer through smart solutions. How can global retailers better meet the evolving needs of their customers?
Industry 4.0 - Design the fourth industrial revolution and create an intelligent networked factory - with lower costs and more efficiency.
Logistics & Supply Chain - Improve delivery, visibility, tracking and delivery times with new platforms and digital and physical solutions
Travel & Mobility - Develop new solutions with mobility providers to get people from A to B faster, more effectively or more enjoyably
Finance & Insurance - Build the world of tomorrow for payments, financing, investment and insurance - together with the major market players.
Other/General - Co-create the future with your B2B products & solutions that have more general applications.
Octorank is a company which develops startup scouting and startup campaign software. We regularly host startup challenges, campaigns & competitions in collaboration with our partners in the startup ecosystem. We also provide a full suite of solutions to support corporate companies looking to engage with startups. To find out more visit www.octorank.com