Strong teams in northern Bavaria

A strong middle class, successful start-up companies, incubators and bright minds: Franconia and the Upper Palatinate regularly convince our jury with exciting new technologies and business concepts. Join the ranks of names such as Scoutbee, iNDTact, va-Q-tec or sunhill technologies and take advantage of the opportunity to lead your company to success with the competition!

Future-oriented concepts

Since 1998, the Business Plan Competition Northern Bavaria is the first startup competition in Germany aiming specifically at founders in the region so that they can successfully establish their businesses. Startups from Franconia and the Upper Palatinate have the chance to apply with their business concepts in three competition phases. Taking part is not just about cash prizes for the winners. All participants benefit from expert feedback, workshops and contacts to network partners.


16th January 2024

Phase 1: Business idea and customer benefit

20th March 2024

Phase 2: Marketing and sales

11th June 2024

Phase 3: Implementation, capital requirements, sales planning


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Information for participants

Find a detailed step-by-step-guide for the businessplan competition, information about the jury and the criteria they use to select the winners, conditions of participation and much more.

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The winners of each phase of the Bavarian business plan competitions are honored at award ceremonies. It’s the go-to event to immerse yourself in the northern Bavarian start-up scene, get to know the region's top startups and exchange ideas with innovative founders, experienced entrepreneurs and investors.

Winners 2023

2Lock develops and markets a contactless activatable wheel hub lock that can block both the rotation and removal of the front wheel of an e-bike. Due to its integration into the inner workings of the wheel hub, it is impossible to break open or remove the 2Lock hub lock without destroying the e-bike.

AMPERIAL Technologies is developing a retrofittable and dynamic heat protection for buildings that can be activated automatically or individually. The intelligent film, based on a new, nanotechnological material, has been registered for patent and can reduce heating in the building by up to 7°C and electricity consumption by up to 26%. The transparent film mainly reflects the heat portion of the sunlight without impairing the desired daylight incidence and can also be tinted for glare protection.

MYTRA is developing a novel measurement method for the detection of microparticles that enables the precise analysis of microplastics at the particle level in the flow. Companies, regulators and end customers can thus make sustainable and economically efficient decisions and implement measures to reduce microplastics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Based on your postal code, you will be assigned to the Business Plan Competition Swabia or Ideenreich, the Munich Business Plan Competition or the Business Plan Competition Northern Bavaria when you register your team.

The competition is a platform on which you can test your concepts and improve them through feedback. So: yes, please submit your concept even if it is not perfect, yet.

You upload your concept in our protected web portal after a successful registration at All our judges have signed an NDA and are bound to secrecy.

If we at BayStartUP communicate your solution externally (e.g. if we present your team as a winning team as part of our marketing activities), then only with content that you have approved in advance.

Feedback from experts, the chance to be included in the free BayStartUP financial coaching, media attention, prize money, support from the twelve digital incubators throughout Bavaria and our other partners in the network, information and updates from the Bavarian startup scene.

The page numbers of the chapters are guidelines, but they should by no means be exceeded. In terms of content, you should make sure that you address the main topics of the respective competition phase.

Tobias Bladowski via 


Head of Business Plan Competition Northern Bavaria

Tobias Bladowski
+49 (0) 179 39 79 539