Innovations from Swabia

Take off on the market with the Business Plan Competition Swabia – BayStartUP is looking for the best startups from the Bavarian Swabia region. The top teams can look forward to winning prizes totaling 2,250 Euros. Startups and prospective founders can take advantage of the free business planning workshops to prepare for participation.

Growth Accelerator Business Plan Competition

Numbat, Secomba or Little Lunch – these are today's successful companies that grew up with the Business Plan Competition Swabia and are now operating in the market as growth drivers and innovative pioneers in their field. Since 2002, BayStartUP has been supporting ambitious entrepreneurs from Bavarian Swabia with the competition. It is sponsored by Bayern Kapital and the City of Augsburg.


The application deadline for 2024 is closed!

Video content solution from Swabia

The Allgäu tech startup Mozaik (Picture Framing GmbH) was one of the winners in the 2021 Business Plan Competition Swabia, followed by their high six-figure seed funding in July of the same year. Mozaik's video creator app enables companies to easily and cheaply shoot professional videos with their smartphones.

Neele Maarten de Vries, co-founder and CEO of Mozaik:

The Business Plan Competition Swabia was the ideal opportunity for us to put our business plan through its paces. We received professional feedback from experienced experts, which we were able to use for our further path. In addition, BayStartUP was an important contact and supporter for our later financing round with the coaching at our business incubator.

Further information for participants

Find out more about the course of the competition, learn about the jury and which requirements you need to meet, how the winners are selected, terms of participation and much more.

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The winning teams in the Business Plan Competition Swabia are awarded at festive award events. Here, the best up-and-coming entrepreneurs come together with startup experts and experienced entrepreneurs from the region. Those interested in start-ups are also invited to attend the award ceremony and get to know the top teams and their ideas personally.

Winner 2024

1st place: Solidcryo

Solidcryo develops innovative heat sinks and cooling systems for low-temperature applications, e.g. in quantum technology. Low temperatures play a decisive role in the performance of quantum sensors and computers. Currently, these temperatures are often achieved with helium-3, an extremely rare substance. Solidcryo's technology makes it possible to reach extreme temperatures without the use of helium-3, which not only lowers costs but also reduces geopolitical dependence on this rare resource. 

2nd place: Perian

Perian offers an innovative Sky Computing platform that enables companies to manage cloud resources from different providers seamlessly and efficiently. The solution reduces complexity, optimises costs by intelligently selecting the most cost-effective resources and simplifies operations across different clouds. This solves the problem of high cloud expenditure, wastage of resources and dependence on individual providers, resulting in a significant reduction in IT costs and an increase in flexibility.

3rd place: NKTEK

NKTEK is developing HerdTek, an AI-based solution for monitoring the health of dairy cows. Using state-of-the-art hardware and AI analytics, HerdTek enables more precise early detection of diseases in order to minimise the use of antibiotics, react quickly to health problems and thus save costs.

Regional sponsoring partners

Stadt Kaufbeuren 

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.

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Head of Business Plan Competitions Munich, Swabia & Ideenreich

Max Achmedschin
+49 (0) 151 46 56 1322