Connecting ecosystems


Being in the heart of Germany and the gateway to Europe, Frankfurt is the ideal starting point to foster international cooperation and innovation. So, let’s walk the walk.


With our International Matchmaking we create and utilize synergies between startups, corporates, investors and politics on an international level.
The International Matchmaking was born out of the vision to support Frankfurt startups in international networking and to attract startups from all over the world to Frankfurt am Main as a location.

"The goal of International Matchmaking is to connect key players from two international startup ecosystems and to promote innovation across industry and country borders," states City Councilor Markus Frank, Head of Economic Affairs of the City of Frankfurt am Main and patron of Frankfurt Forward. 

from May 19th to 20th, 2021
Frankfurt x Lyon.
The virtual International Matchmaking.


The next International Matchmaking will take place on May 19 & 20, 2021: Frankfurt x Lyon.

After our first International Matchmaking in October 2020 with Tallinn, we are now heading to France.

Together with our partner GRANDLYON la Métropole, we will explore the startup ecosystem of France on a local and national level.

What to expect?

On all days there will be closed, semi-public and public events.

Our participants will be joining accelerator sessions, panel discussions, pitches and of course numerous networking opportunities in a two-day virtual program. While some of the events, e.g. the 1:1 CEO/VC Lunch, are exclusively for the participating startups, the evening events also offer fresh impulses and innovative best practices to the general public.

To ensure a truly authentic program, the program is organized partly by Frankfurt Forward and partly by our international cooperation partner. In addition, we are working closely with local experts and organizations. 

The full program 2021 will be published in the coming weeks.
Until then, feel free to take a look at the recordings of our International Matchmaking 2020:

Politicians’ Pitch with Dr. Philipp Nimmermann (State Secretary in the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport & Housing), Alar Streimann (Estonian Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany), Uwe Becker (Mayor and City Treasurer, Head of Department of Finance, Investments and Churches) & Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Deputy Chair of Reform Party Fraction)
Watch here.

The Future of Government with Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus (Hessian Minister for Digital Strategy and Innovation), Oliver Schwebel (Managing Director, Economic Development Agency Frankfurt), Kalle Palling (COO, Cachet and former member of the Estonian parliament), Taavi Einaste (CEO, Nortal Germany), Astrid von der Malsburg (Honorary Consul of Estonia in Germany), Uwe Paulsen (Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Women, Die GRÜNEN) & Mikk Vainik (Head of Accelerate Estonia).
Watch here.

GovTech Startup Pitches
with Blockchain HELIX, BidrentoPRO, Otto ID Solutions, BruceBEM, Mobileeeee, Kraftworks, NAIX Technology, MaaSXT & Nutiparkla.
Watch here.


To join our premiere International Matchmaking, startups, accelerators and partner can apply online until
April 30th, 2021.
The program is open to all B2B startups with a high digital value add and great disruptive potential from FrankfurtRhineMain and Lyon. The startups need to be 2-5 years old and already on the market.
Apply now!
For each matchmaking, we offer up to three accelerators from FrankfurtRhineMain the opportunity to host a session (1 hour). Interested in hosting a session? We are looking forward to your application!
Sponsors & Partner
We are also happy to welcome further partner and sponsors on board. To learn more about the conditions and partnership models, please contact us here.


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