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Our accompanied matchmaking event brings potential founders together with their co-founders. We fill a limited number of places with ambitious founders, start-up teams and people interested in founding a company from various universities and research institutions. There is no age limit for this program. In various rounds, you will engage in interdisciplinary discussions, compare your ideas and skills with your chosen counterpart, develop perspectives – and perhaps lay the foundation for a successful start-up team.

Special Editions 2024

On June 11, 2024, the AI.STARTUP.HUB Edition will take place at the Digital Hub Logistics with a focus on ideas for artificial intelligence. (The registration period has already ended.)

It continues on 21.11.2024: As part of the Female Entrepreneurship Week, there will also be a Female Entrepreneurship Edition of Meet&Match. Dear women – come up with your ideas. The stage is yours! Men are welcome to register in this round as atendees interested in founding a company without an idea of their own. Because the more diverse the teams, the better the outcome!

Photos © Anne Gaertner



Don’t swipe, start

Oliver and Lars were there for the first run of “Meet&Match” and report on their experiences in our news.

“Just have a beer together!”

Bored in lockdown, playing around with lasers and suddenly you’re faced with your own start-up idea? This is roughly what happened to Johannes and Jan, the founders of the startup VLOUW. Read their success story to find out how Meet&Match enabled them to expand their team.

“We wanted to be a balanced team.”

What do you do when you have an almost revolutionary idea but no one to bring it to market with you? That’s right, you sign up for Meet&Match! Just like Felix, Lars and Caro from iPolis.

“No real life anymore!”

“We want to build something that lasts!” The two young founders Yolanda and Luca started their start-up ReDo with this dream in mind. Find out how Meet&Match has helped them in their success story.

A strong team is particularly important!

Get to know each other, match – and then still not found a company? At first glance, you might think that this sounds like the story of failed founders. However, Lars and Sepehr show the complete opposite.

Compact info

Target group:

  • Groups and/or individuals with startup idea
  • Individuals with desire/interest to found, but without concrete idea

This offer is primarily aimed at members of the affiliated institutions. Free places we also offer to other people from the Hamburg metropolitan region or beyond who are interested in setting up their own business.



3-4x a year


Individual process of several weeks per matchmaking round (depends on the respective get-to-know team)

Free of charge

Next rounds

The next Meet&Match rounds will start with the following kick-off events:

14:30 - 17:30
Universität Hamburg | Transferagentur
As part of the Female Entrepreneurship Week,Co-founder Matching
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Are you interested in “Meet&Match” and would like to get to know your future founding team? In several phases, we support the resulting teams with advice and assistance right up to their foundation. Registrations are possible at any time.

A kick-off event takes place at the start of each round. There you have the opportunity to get to know each other and exchange ideas. Potential founders pitch their ideas. The next step is to get to know each other and find out which idea might be of interest to which co-founder. Please indicate in the registration form which event you would like to attend.

We are particularly looking forward to receiving applications from people who are interested in setting up their own business but who can imagine using their skills to support a start-up project. Other exciting start-up ideas are of course still very welcome! In particular, we would also like to encourage women (FLINTA*) to apply in this format.


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Cecily Steckel

Program Manager “Meet&Match
University of Hamburg