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INTERNATIONAL 
MATCHMAKING.

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.

WHAT?

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.

IT'S A MATCH!

The second International Matchmaking took place on May 19 & 20, 2021: Frankfurt x Lyon.

After our first International Matchmaking in October 2020 with Tallinn, we've been heading to France.

Together with our partner GRANDLYON la Métropole, we explored 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. 

Preliminary program

Wednesday, May 19th


9:00 – 09:45 I Kick Off
In our welcome session, we’ll jointly kick-off the two-day event. Our aim is to get to know each other better, to quickly guide you through the program and clarify open questions. On top, you’ll be warmly welcomed by Thomas Pröpstl (German Consul in Lyon), Hélène Dromain (Vice Présidente du Grand Lyon en charge de l'international et du tourisme) and Oliver Schwebel (Managing Director, Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt – Frankfurt Economic Development – GmbH). This event is exclusive for our participating startups.

10:00 – 10:45 I Startup Ecosystem FrankfurtRheinMain: Community Insights
The Frankfurt startup ecosystem comes together to have a discussion on offers and possibilities for startups in the region. We will deep-dive into the ecosystem´s structures and how the respective startup can benefit from these. Insights will be given by Olaf Atja Lemmingson (Director International Business Communities, Frankfurt Economic Development), Pedro Ferreira (CEO, Frankfurt Valley), Hugo Paquin (Head of Startup and Partner Relations, TechQuartier), David Hess (Marketing Manager, StartHub Hessen), Caro Wagner (CEO, STATION Frankfurt). The event is semi-public. Please contact the Frankfurt Forward team at info@frankfurtforward.com in case you would like to join the session.

11:00 - 11:45 I How to build & scale a company in Frankfurt
Kompass will provide an overview on how to found and scale a business in Frankfurt as well as on the main challenges and lessons learned at the times of the pandemic. The event is semi-public. Please contact the Frankfurt Forward team at info@frankfurtforward.com in case you would like to join the session. 

13:00 - 14:00 I CEO / VC Lunch
In an exclusive lunch event for the participating startups, we’ll bring together our 10 participants with top-notch CEOs and VCs. 

18:00 – 19:30 I Startup Pitches
We’ve asked our 10 participating B2B startups from Lyon and FrankfurtRhineMain to pitch their companies. From FinTech, EdTech and SocEnt to robotics and the future of transportation; we're looking forward to welcoming the following startups: BITA GmbH, MYTIGATE GmbH, nevaal AG,  Qualifyze GmbH, WIANCO OTT Robotics GmbH, NEOVYA Mobility by Technology, RECYC’ELIT, Ship&Co, Swwitch, Teach Up.  Feedback will be provided by top-level decision makers from both cities. Register here to join the public event.

19:30 – 20:30 I Virtual Cider
Grab yourself a cider and mingle with top talents, entrepreneurs and key players of the FrankfurtRhineMain and the Lyon tech ecosystems. We also kindly invite you to network with our 10 participating startups from both cities. On top, Beatrice Guinet (Head of One Bank Desk Germany, France, Italy, BeNeLux, BNP Paribas) will be giving insight on commuting between Lyon and Frankfurt. The event is semi-public. Please contact the Frankfurt Forward team at info@frankfurtforward.com in case you would like to join the session.

Thursday, May 20th

10:00 – 10:45 I Economic Ecosystem Lyon: Community Insights
The Lyon economic ecosystem comes together to have a discussion on how to scale your business from Lyon.Lyon economic development agency will detail how you will be ensured a state-of-the art support for flawless landing and set-up of international investment. This discussion will also lead us to talk about GreaterLyon's impact objectives & describes the collaborative tools & offers existing for you. Our guests will be Julie Berliet of InvestInLyon Agency, Thibaut Baniere from GreaterLyon and Caroline Felix from La Ruche Industrielle. The event is semi-public. Please contact the Frankfurt Forward team at info@frankfurtforward.com in case you would like to join the session.

11:00 – 11:45 I  Lyon Welcome Offer
The Lyon start-up  ecosystem comes together to have a discussion on offers and possibilities for startups in the region. We will deep-dive into the ecosystem´s structures and how startup can benefit from these. Our guests will be Emilie Gerbaud from H7, Pauline Siché Dalibard from BelAirCamp and Elise Varenne from USIN. The event is semi-public. Please contact the Frankfurt Forward team at info@frankfurtforward.com in case you would like to join the session.

15:00 - 15:45 I Live training : HR & contracts laws in hypergrowth
Your business is on the right tracks, it is now time to face hypergrowth, congratulations. Our experts from Lyon are with you today to give you the right advices and the good preparation! Our guests will be  Nicolas Chapdelaine, head of scale-up program, CCI de Lyon, and Cécile Lustin & Philippa Sicard, Endrös-Baum Associés law firm. The event is semi-public. Please contact the Frankfurt Forward team at info@frankfurtforward.com in case you would like to join the session.

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Startups
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.
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Accelerators
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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