Participants can expect accelerator sessions, panel discussions, pitches and of course numerous networking opportunities in a two-day virtual programme. While some of the events, e.g. the 1:1 CEO/VC Lunch, are exclusively aimed at the participating start-ups, the evening events also offer the public fresh impulses and innovative best practices. To ensure a truly authentic programme, the programme is organised proportionately by Frankfurt Forward and proportionately by our international cooperation partner. In addition, we work closely with local experts and organisations.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frankfurt Forward is the matchmaker for startups, companies and investors in Frankfurt amMain.
As a project of the Frankfurt Economic Development – GmbH, Frankfurt Forward brings together young startups and established companies. Under the slogan “Matching @ Main” ,the project connects two separated worlds and fosters innovation and digitalization in Frankfurt.