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Apr 2021

Apply now to join the International Matchmaking with Lyon

A close city partnership between Frankfurt and Lyon has already existed for 60 years. Under the umbrella of Frankfurt Forward and GRANDLYON la Métropole, the startup ecosystems of both cities are now to be more closely networked in the International Matchmaking from May 19th to 20th.

What is it all about?

The International Matchmaking was launched in 2020 by Frankfurt Forward. The goal is to provide participants with authentic insights into the respective ecosystem of the partner country and to support them in scaling, networking and internationalization. 

Five startups each from FrankfurtRhineMain and Lyon have the chance to exclusively participate in the virtual exchange program. Participants can expect numerous networking opportunities in addition to accelerator sessions, panel discussions and pitches. While some of the events, e.g. the 1:1 CEO/VC Lunch, are exclusively for the participating startups, the evening events also offer the public fresh impulses and innovative best practices. For more details on the program, click here.

Apply now!

The program is open to all B2B startups with high digital value creation from FrankfurtRhineMain and Lyon. The startups must be 2-5 years old and already on the market. Interested parties can apply here until May 05th.

Further insights?

Then feel free to take a look at the recordings of our first International Matchmaking 2020: Frankfurt x Tallinn:

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)

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) 

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

Frankfurt Forward ist der Matchmaker für Startups, Unternehmen und Investoren in FrankfurtRheinMain.

Frankfurt Forward bringt unter dem Dach der Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt Startups und etablierte Unternehmen zusammen. Unter dem Motto „Matching am Main“ verbindet das Projekt bisher getrennte Welten und fördert die Weiterentwicklung von Innovation und Digitalisierung am Standort Frankfurt am Main.

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.



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