Stay tuned for GROW 2019/20

Become an entrepreneur and advance your idea over 11 weeks. Get support, build your prototype and test your market.

GROW, the student founding contest in Karlsruhe, is aimed at helping student entrepreneurs to get the right experience, knowledge and network to found their own company. There are no requirements; some teams start with nothing but an idea and others are already working on their prototype. We value progress; it doesn’t matter where you start, as long as you GROW.

At the end you can get the chance to pitch your progress in front of 500+ people including an experienced jury and may win one of the prizes from our prize pool worth over 10.000 €.

Supporting young founders - every winter in Karlsruhe

You want to participate in 2019?

  • Registrations have not yet opened

You can also attend the Kickoff event and enter spontaneously.

Do you have any questions? Just write a mail to


Nov 07


The kickoff is where the fun starts, no matter whether you have already applied or whether you're still undecided. We will present everything you need to know about the contest and give you a chance to find an idea and/or teammates....

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Dec 11


Half time break! Pitch what you've done in the last 5 weeks in front of a small audience and a jury. The judges will select 10 teams out of all participants to continue with the second half of the content and ultimately the final.

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Jan 22


This is what you've been working for! Pitch one last time in front of a huge audience and show what you've learned and how far you have come....

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1. We value progress
It doesn't matter where you start. We only want to see you advance as much as possible during those 11 weeks.

2. A business is more than a prototype
Not only your prototype will be judged. A successfull venture includes understanding your customers, having a strong business model, building a network and validating your ideas.

3. GROW actively supports you
During those 11 weeks we try to help you advance as much as possible. We offer multiple full-day workshops to teach you the necessary soft skills about entrepreneurship. We connect you with experienced mentors that can give you feedback and the right mindset. And we give you access to our network of founders, investors and startups.

4. GROW is not for profit
GROW is organized by the student-run association PionierGarage e.V. Our first and foremost goal is to inspire students to found their own ventures, which is why GROW is financed completely by donations.

That's what alumni have to say about GROW

GROW has provided us with a strong network of founders, investors and also other companies. Martin Trenkle, Founder of Campusjäger
We have learned a lot during that time and were able to really take of after that. Sebastian Murgul, Founder of MelodyScanner