Here is the winner of the Heidelberg Inovation Forum 2017: computomics 

Computomics uses machine learning and bioinformatics to make plants more resistant to a changing climate and to plant pests.

Here you can find more information about their ideas.

About HDI




Pitch Coaching


HDI helps to make start-ups and researchers investor-ready for their final pitches. The participants benefit from an individual pitch training by bwcon coaches and international agrifood experts. By practicing their presentations they have the possibility to improve their pitches.



The focus „AgTech & FoodTech“ addresses precision agriculture solutions for sustainable farming, functional foods and nutrition with health benefits and mobile services and IoT for the agrifood market.






You are a founder, start-up or researcher looking for funding? Or you are an investor looking for disruptive technologies and concepts to invest in? The Heidelberg Innovation Forum connects entrepreneurs and financial providers at the pitch day!

Cooperation Partner

  • Do you have a food product that you would like exposed to 80 + top critics of food?
  • How can we feed 80 + people in 1 hour?
  • Showcase your food product and join us for FoodSmash Networking Lunch


We start the day with a Pitch Coaching Session. The feedback from coaches helps to make start-ups and researchers investor-ready for their final pitches. Sessions dedicated to in-depth networking will alternate with so called Inspirational islands, inspring talks of entrepreneurs and experts. As one highlight of the day the lunch break is designed as a Foodsmash where start-ups showcase their food products. Finally in the afternoon the start-up teams will present themselves and their business ideas in short elevator pitches to the audience.



Jewell Sparks

Jewell is the Founder of BITHOUSE
GROUP, AgTech FoodTech Summit and
the Chairwoman of the Food and Food-
Tech Expert Group of the German Startup
Association. She will speak about current
trends and future movements in AgTech
& FoodTech.
Frank Karlitschek

Frank will talk about his different experiences in founding and running start-ups as well as the different mindset of VCs in the US and Germany. Also, he will speak about mistakes that he made and how to avoid them.


Alina Profir
Cosmin Reaboi
Marco Tidona
Berlin Organics
Klaas Koolman
Alexander Lie
Josef Teips
Marina Zeisler
Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss
Gerald Perry Marin
Vita Jarolimkova
Adriana Balazy
Pornpim Ampikitpanich


Further Start-ups:

Additionally, the best Start-ups from KATANA Bootcamp will pitch their ideas. The KATANA Bootcamp takes place from 7 to 9 July 2017 with 100 selected teams out of the AgTech & FoodTech sector. KATANA is an EU-funded business accelerator.

More Information:


The Heidelberg Innovation Forum will take place at Steinbeis – Haus für Management und Technologie (SHMT) in Stuttgart, Germany.

Filderhauptstraße 142, 70599 Stuttgart




Alexandra Hofmann
Innovation Programme Manager

bwcon GmbH
Breitscheidstr. 4
70174 Stuttgart

Fon: +49 711/18421-608
Fax: +49 711/18421-699