On the 27th October 2016, StartupCon brought together founders and investors in a series of exciting lectures, pitches and joint exchanges at the LANXESS Arena in Cologne. The programme included 150 top speakers, among them self-made billionaire Arun Pudur; Heiko Hubertz, one of the 500 richest Germans; young entrepreneur Moziah Bridges (aged 15) and the “Lions”, Frank Thelen and Jochen Schweizer.

300 exhibitors lined the halls of the venue. At the same time, the ConversionCon, IndustryCon and the InfluencerCon took place so it was a great opportunity to network with the startup community in Germany.

StartupCon itself started two years ago, in a relatively small setting in Leverkusen with just 300 visitors and last year’s event in Cologne Gürzenich brought together 800 visitors.

We include here some highlights from the event:

The startup community came together on the local and national level to support StartupCon. Credit: Spaceoneers

 

Cologne is an attractive city for startups, particularly in digital media. Credit: Spaceoneers
Cologne is an attractive city for startups, particularly in digital media. Credit: Spaceoneers

 

Alongside the many talks and workshops, various hackthons took place at the StartupCon. Credit Spaceoneers
Alongside the many talks and workshops, various hackthons took place at the StartupCon. Credit Spaceoneers

 

Panel discussion on startup investments. Credit: Spaceoneers
Panel discussion on startup investments. Credit: Spaceoneers

 

An astronaut spotted on business and startup advertising. Credit: Spaceoneers
An astronaut spotted on business and startup advertising. Credit: Spaceoneers
Space-relevant quote spotted at StartupCon via the Rotunda Business Angels. Credit: Spaceoneers
Space-relevant quote spotted at StartupCon via the Rotunda Business Angels. Credit: Spaceoneers

 

Arun Pudur on his success story as a life-long entrepreneur. Credit: Spaceoneers
Arun Pudur on his success story as a life-long entrepreneur. Credit: Spaceoneers