【DE】Apply now! German Gastro Founder Award enters the next round


– Most important German competition for start-ups from gastronomy


– Three-stage selection process identifies five finalists


– Live pitches for main prize in March at INTERNORGA




Founders who dare to take the step to their own company, especially in these times, deserve the greatest respect and recognition for their courage, optimism and energy. That’s why INTERNORGA, the Leaders Club Germany and orderbird are once again looking for the best gastronomic startups this year, which enrich and advance the entire industry with their ideas. Five of them will present their concepts to hundreds of experienced industry professionals and fight for skin gain at the grand finale at INTERNORGA in Hamburg in March. “A mega experience!” comments this year’s winner Max “Flieten-Franz” Laux. Young restaurateurs who want to feel exactly this feeling and give their startup a lot of momentum can register by the 16th at the latest. December 2022 on the website www.gastro-gruenderpreis.de.




“Anyone who has founded in gastronomy in the past two years should definitely apply for the Gastro Founder Award,” recommends Regina von Westphalen, who made it to the final with her concept Beetschwester 2022, to the committed young industry juniors. Because being there is definitely worth it, as Bastian Geuenich confirms. His restaurant Nudel & Holz also reached the final round in 2022 and he highly appreciates the value of the competition for his company: “For us, participation was an absolute win and entering the final was a huge honor, even if it was not quite enough for the main prize in the end.”


There are many reasons to apply for the German Gastro Founder Award: In addition to the recognition and attention of the leading minds in the industry, a winning package worth over 10,000 euros each awaits all five finalists. This includes, among other things, a gastro checkout from orderbird including iPad, two years of guest membership in the Leaders Club and start-up advice from ETL ADHOGA. The main winner will receive an additional 10,000 euros as starting capital, advice from the Leaders Club Germany on the further development of their own concept and participation in the International Food Service Forum within the framework of INTERNORGA.



Jury and social media fans allocate seats


The procedure is known: After the deadline for submission on the 16th. December 2022, a jury will select the top 30 among all applications, among which the first of ten places in the semi-finals will be awarded via social media voting: If you receive the most interactions – likes, shares, comments – from the fans here, you will be there! The nine other semi-finalists are determined by the expert jury consisting of representatives of the Leaders Club, INTERNORGA and the POS system provider orderbird. A total of ten founders will then be allowed on the 3rd. February 2023 personally introduce themselves and their concepts to the top-class jury in Augsburg. According to the criteria of innovation, efficiency and personality of the founders, this selects the five most promising concepts that will get the chance to inspire the specialist audience present with ten-minute live pitches each at INTERNORGA.




Jury member Till Riekenbrauk explains the outstanding importance of the German Gastro Founder Award not only for the next generation, but for the entire industry: “Gastronomy in Germany, Austria and Switzerland is undergoing a profound transformation in view of the current challenges. This makes it all the more urgent for courageous founders who, despite all obstacles, bring new impulses, forward-looking concepts and sustainable inspiration to the market. We as a jury are always enthusiastic and amazed at the innovative ideas with which the founders dare to make their way into self-employment.”


Further information and registration at www.gastro-gruenderpreis.de.



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