Producer: Samson Schneidermann | Direction: Shai Hoffmann | Sound: Kadent


The Make It Lean Contest supports and awards innovative startup ideas that are implemented according to the Lean Method.

Prize money

The total grant is in €15,000.

The prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners from the contest. In addition, two special prizes will be awarded for the category “Best Lean Startup” and “Siemens Prize(AR/VR in Industrial Application).”.

Target audience

Young startups with an academic background that implemented their startup idea according to the Lean Method or that are planning to implement it. Startups in the pre-startup phase and businesses up to one year after founding are permitted. Startups in the following categories are welcome to apply: #Social, #Hardware & #Software.

The deadline has been extended!

The application for the Siemens Special Prize has been extended! If you are a startup specialised in AR/VR in industrial application, you can still apply for the Make It Lean Contest. The application for other categories is no longer possible.


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Name Mitgründer/in 2
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Until 4th of August 2019


Do you follow the Lean Startup method when establishing your startup? Then apply for the Make It Lean Contest 2019 and win prizes with a total value of €15,000.

Startups in the following categories may apply: #Hardware #Software #Food #Social







Lean Startup Workshop

1st of August 2019, 9am – 12pm

This workshop provides you with the opportunity to put your lean method to the test. Our coach and passionate Lean advocate Mario Schwery will show you a Lean Journey and discuss relevant steps of your “journey” with you.

Pitch-Video Workshop

6th of August 2019, 9am – 12pm

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At the second workshop you will meet Shai Hoffmann, the crowdfunding series star.

He will coach you on your pitch video concept and give you valuable tips from his practical experience for an optimal communication strategy.

Startup Toolbox

What does Lean actually mean?


Questions & Answers

You may be in the pre-startup phase or you may have already established your startup – both are ok.

In order to participate in the contest, the startup may not be older than one year.

Yes! We value the following points:

  • Problem-Solution Fit
  • Hypotheses Testing
  • Minimum Viable Product
  • Agile
  • Iterative procedure
  • Build Measure Learn
  • Business Model (Lean Canvas/Business Model Canvas)


Elena-Maria König


T: +49 (0)30 30877-1653

Chadi Hassan


T: +49 (0)30 30877-1653


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