What is the Award about?

Artificial intelligence is one of the key drivers for the digital transformation of companies and processes, for the way we work

Companies in Germany and the Asia-Pacific face similar problems: They want to innovate in a way that’s clear and fair, while boosting their competitiveness and dealing with cybersecurity issues.

Working together, Asia-Pacific and Germany can tackle these challenges. Pairing up fast-moving startups with well-established companies is part of the solution.

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Who is behind the Award?

The German-Asia Startup Award is presented by the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business – APA. APA is a joint initiative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the German Asia-Pacific Business Association (OAV), the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA) and the Association of German Banks (Bankenverband). We bundle the economic concerns of German businesses with a commitment in the Asia-Pacific. Dr. Roland Busch, President & Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG, assumed the APA chairmanship in October 2021.

In addition to political support, the APA organises the bi-annual Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business in the region together with the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.

What benefits do nominees & winners have?

Opportunities to network with decision-makers from companies across Germany and the Asia-Pacific region.

A Trophy and certificate that highlight your company's achievements

Permission to use the award logo for your own marketing purpose.

As one of the finalists selected you will receive 1 flight ticket from the country your company is based and a 2-night stay, both chosen and booked by APK.

If you are not among the companies selected but nominated by an AHK, you are offered 1 ticket for free of charge access to APK for October 25 and 26, 2024.

A chance to participate in a Tech-Talk with the German Vice Chancellor and Federal Ministryer for Economic Affairs and Climate Action on stage with an audience of over 500 C-Level attendees of APK24 in New Delhi.

Increased visibility through the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad in Asia Pacific and worldwide.

The opportunity to expand your own network through new contacts among financiers and other partners in business and politics.

Up to 2 representatives of the companies selected for travelling to India will be granted free of charge access to APK for October 25 and 26, 2024.

Who can participate?

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  • Business Focus: Open to companies founded and based in the Asia Pacific region that specialize in developing AI technologies with significant impact on industries, trade, and services.
  • Core Business Requirement: AI must be at the core of the business. According to the OECD definition, an AI system is a machine-based system that processes inputs to produce outputs like predictions, content, recommendations, or decisions that can affect physical or virtual environments.
  • Startup Age: Only startups that have been founded within the last 5 years are eligible to apply.
  • Innovation and Impact: Entries must showcase innovative AI solutions that are applicable and have demonstrable impacts on industries.
  • Nominating AHKs: Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, and Greater China (including the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) are eligible to participate.

How does it work?

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  • Nominations: Each German Chamber of Commerce abroad (AHK) in the list of countries is authorized to nominate 1 startup.
  • Selection of Finalists: A pre-jury consisting of APA members and supporting companies will select up to 8 finalists from the nominees.
  • Final Event: The selected finalists will pitch their businesses on-site in front of an audience of over 500 C-level attendees from international companies. The audience at the event will vote to decide the winner.

How can you get Selected?

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  • What is the specific impact of artificial intelligence on business?
  • What makes the AI business model innovative?​
  • What is the potential for scalability and sustainability in the business case?​
  • How are transparency and explainability provided?​
  • How are robustness, data security and safety provided?​
  • How are accountability and support provided?​
  • What is or could be the link to Germany?

How can you participate?

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Particpation is closed.

Who does the Selection?

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AHKs from the countries listed each will nominate one startup for being selected to travel to India for the finals.

Applicable T&C?

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  • A prerequisite for participation in the AI Startup-Award 2024 is that the legal establishment of the company must not date back more than 5 years and must have been founded in Asia-Pacific, not only as a subsidiary.​
  • By completing this form and sending the application, you agree to the award’s process and consent to the use of the data in the process. Personal data will of course be treated confidentially. See details below.​
  • The pre-jury in Berlin reserves the right to exclude submissions that are deemed unsuitable.​
  • APK, APA and AHKs accept no liability for the loss or incompleteness of data submitted by you, unless the loss or incompleteness is due to intentional or grossly negligent behaviour on our part or that of our employees. This non-liability also applies to the disclosure of information by third parties due to technical errors during data transmission and/or unauthorised access.​
  • Legal recourse is excluded.​
  • Participants can only send material to the nominating AHK. AHK will have the full right to use it and to share it with APK, APA; BMWK and the members of the pre-jury. for which you have the full right of use. The representative of the Startup also confirms that they have the permission of the persons concerned for personal data and photos. They also confirm that all persons depicted agree to publication in the context of reporting on the AI Award in print and online.​
  • An in-person attendance by a representative of the Startup chosen as one of the finalists at APK in India is a prerequisite for being part of the final. In case a person is not able to attend for whatever reason, including visa issues, the next startup in line that had been listed by the pre-jury will be invited to attend. Please be aware that the organiser does not cover insurance and is not liable for any property damage or personal injury that might occur.

The data transferred to the pre-jury will be permanently archived for the documentation of subsequent events. Information on data protection and the contact person can be found on our Privacy Policy page.




What is the Timeline?

Deadline 1 Startups are invited to express their interest by submitting an online application here.

July 1, 2024

July 31, 2024

Deadline 2 AHKs in Asia Pacific nominate one finalist for each country listed according to the selection criteria.
Deadline 3 A Pre-Jury of APK- Committee and German Companies selects finalists who are invited to travel to India as finalists.

August 31, 2024

September 15, 2024

Deadline 4 List of finalists that accepted an invite to India.
Pitches @ APK in India Finalists will conduct live pitches, and winners will be selected by the audience in a live voting.

October 25, 2024

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