【DE】Every day counts: Application deadline for the German Gastro Founder Award ends on the 16th. December


  • Startups can still register at www.gastro-gruenderpreis.de


  • Social media voting for place in the semi-finals starts on the 16th January 2023


  • Live pitches for main prize on the 10th March 2023 at INTERNORGA


Now it’s time to be quick: Only until the 16th. December 2022, founders from gastronomy can apply for the most coveted young talent award in the industry with their innovative ideas. The Leaders Club Germany, the leading industry trade fair INTERNORGA and the POS system manufacturer orderbird are again looking for the best startups that either after the 1st January 2020 in Germany, Austria or Switzerland or are in the idea and implementation phase with planned opening until 31. December 2022. After a first selection round by the jury, from the 16th January 2023 to the social media fans and can vote on the first of ten semi-finalists. Together with nine other promising concepts, he or she will go on the 3rd. February 2023 with live pitches in front of the expert jury into the race for one of the five places for the final on the 10th. March 2023 in Hamburg.




INTERNORGA: German Gastro Founder’s Award.                            Photo: hamburg-messe.de



“You can only win!” last year’s finalists Günes Seyfarth and Judith Stieglmayr from the Munich Community Kitchen appeal to the next generation of the industry. “Just do it – and see how great you are!” Especially the expansion of their network was a huge added value for the two founders – in addition to a lot of fun – for their young business. Main winner Max “Flieten Franz” Laux is still quite euphoric and proud when he thinks of the final at INTERNORGA in April: “The Gastro Founder Award was the most exciting thing Flieten Franz has ever happened. Not only our self-confidence and the number of friendships have increased due to membership in the Leaders Club – our sales as well!” He keeps his fingers crossed for this year’s participants: “You just have to apply!”


In addition to the attention of the industry and valuable contacts, the winners will receive attractive prizes, including an orderbird gastro cash register including iPad Air, two years of guest membership in the Leaders Club and a start-up consultation by the 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 its own concept and a ticket for the International Foodservice Forum as part of INTERNORGA 2024.


Uncomplicated participation via online application

Founders really shouldn’t miss this. Especially since participation is very uncomplicated: simply fill out and submit the application form on the website www.gastro-gruenderpreis.de – the template for the presentation of the business model will then come by e-mail. In addition, a one-minute video about the founders and their concept, the (planned) menu with prices as pdf and optional additional material such as pictures or the business plan are part of the complete application, which will last until the 16th. December 2022 must be submitted by e-mail.


Social media voting and jury determine the finalists

This is how it continues: The expert jury evaluates all fully submitted applications according to the three main criteria of innovation, profitability and founder personality and makes a preselection of 30 startups. From the 16th January 2023, a participant will be determined from them for five days on the social media channels of the German Gastro Founder Award for the semi-finals. Decisive for a place in the top 10 is the number of interactions (likes, comments, shares). The remaining nine concepts are determined by the jury members.


On the 3rd February 2023, the best ten personally present their concepts to the jury in Augsburg and ask their questions. After detailed consultation, the expert committee then decides which five applicants win the German Gastro Founder Award and in the grand final on the 10th. March 2023 at INTERNORGA with ten-minute live pitches each allowed to fight for the main prize. This is awarded on site by the trade visitors of INTERNORGA.


Fresh impulses for the market

“The German Gastro Founder Award is about encouraging and supporting founders who dare to become their own company, especially in these times,” explains Claudia Johannsen, Business Unit Manager of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. Michael Kuriat, President of the Leaders Club, adds: “We can only recommend all startups that break new ground with their brilliant ideas and innovative concepts and thus inspire and enrich the entire industry to participate in the competition. More than ever, we need courageous founders who, despite all the obstacles, carry fresh impetus to the market!”


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



INTERNORGA is the leading international trade fair for the hotel industry, gastronomy, bakeries and pastry shops. As an annual meeting place for these industries, it will take place from the 10th to the 14th. March 2023 on the premises of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. National and international exhibitors present their products, trends and innovations for the entire out-of-home market to trade visitors. The trade fair is accompanied by international congresses, a comprehensive supporting program and innovative industry competitions.


Further information on the website https://www.internorga.com/ as well as on the INTERNORGA social media channels LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.



About the Leaders Club Deutschland AG

The Leaders Club is a network of restaurateurs, consultants and producers with more than 400 members from 200 companies in the industry. It is supported by the voluntary commitment of its diverse characters, their friendly connection and the trusting and open exchange of competence and experience. The goal of the club, founded in 2001, is to strengthen the economic and social importance of gastronomy in Germany as a source of inspiration and mouthpiece of the industry and to create public awareness of it. Connecting innovative, courageous visionaries with experienced doers, passing on knowledge and promoting start-ups, forward-looking concepts and the development of the industry are a matter close to the network. www.leadersclub.de



About orderbird

orderbird (www.orderbird.com) offers intuitive software solutions and additional services for individual restaurateurs and local companies in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. With its more than 15,000 active customers, the company is a market leader for cloud-based POS systems with integrated payment system in Europe. With the heart of orderbird PRO, Europe’s leading iPad cash register in gastronomy, restaurants, cafés and bars can easily and intuitively place orders, bill flexibly and create tax office-compliant reports at the push of a button. With the all-in-one checkout orderbird MINI, orderbird is expanding its range of integrated POS solutions with a mobile Android cash register. The smart point-of-sale solution combines POS software, card reader, receipt printer and barcode scanner in one device and meets all requirements of KassenSichV. orderbird AG was founded in 2011 and today employs more than 120 people in Berlin and Vienna. Since May 2022, orderbird has been fully part of the leading European PayTech company Nexi Group. www.nexigroup.com

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