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The stage is set for startups

How innovation drivers present themselves at #SCCON24!

Digital success stories need a broad public and make the Smart Country Convention an interactive hotspot for technology and innovation. The most promising start-ups are role models that are driving digital change in the public sphere. At the Smart Country Convention, pioneers will find the support their products and projects deserve: Meet people with enthusiasm for new ideas and get together with other visionary minds to get creative, learn, network and celebrate.

You are a founder and want to present your promising business idea to potential investors?
Our concept stand guarantees you an exciting exhibition format!

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This year's Smart Country Startup Award, the innovation prize of the Smart Country Convention, once again honors startups with outstanding solutions, technologies and products in the areas of Smart City and GovTech.

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Good reasons to be there


Position yourself as a source of ideas and impulses and drive forward the digital change in communities, cities and municipalities significantly.


Present technology and innovation and offer the leading industry heads new perspectives and potential in the public sector.


Meet people with enthusiasm for new ideas: Connect with potential customers, partners and clients and expand your business network.

Content. Networking. Spirit. Succcess!

SCCON Networking Night

The opportunity to expand your network and establish potential partnerships

SCCON Startup Award Night

The networking event for exchanging ideas with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere

SCCON Social Media

Discuss your idea with the SCCON community and find new companions

SCCON App & Platform

More visibility for new, bold projects and ideas - even beyond the event!

A great startup area for innovations & future technologies

Does your start-up provide new and innovative solutions for the challenges of digitization in the public sector? And have you founded the company after 01 January 2018? Then become part of the startup area in hall 25 and register now!

Our startup special

Startup Area

The services at a glance.

  • Turnkey stand construction of 3 m² (co-exhibitors are not allowed)
  • Lockable counter
  • Plug & Play, power connection incl. cable outlet & WIFI included in package
  • Branding package: Exhibitor name as text
  • 5 free tickets and 2 exhibitor passes
  • Target group-specific branding through logo presence on the website and in the app
  • Additional media presence with the Media Package

Download Factsheet Partner Packages (PDF, 6.7 MB)

1.950 € plus VAT

Smart Country Startup Award 2024

October 16, 2024 | Plaza Stage

The application phase for the Smart Country Startup Award has opened! The award honors startups whose digital innovations sustainably improve life in cities and communities. Applications can be submitted until September 16.

Innovation Award of the Smart Country Convention

Clean water thanks to smart sensors, completely new mobility concepts with the help of data analytics - many startups are working to drive digitization in cities, communities and public spaces. In this way, they are making our lives and our everyday lives more efficient, more modern and, above all, simpler.

As the innovation prize of the Smart Country Convention, the Smart Country Startup Award honors young companies with outstanding solutions in the Smart City and GovTech categories. With the Smart Country Startup Award, Bitkom promotes good ideas and innovative concepts around Smart Cities and Digital Government.

Startups can submit their ideas and prototypes until September 16. The selected finalists will get the chance to pitch their projects in front of a broad audience and a jury of experts at #SCCON24. The winners will not only receive prize money of 5,000 euros, but also a one-year Get Started membership in Bitkom.

Two Categories. Two winners!

Two Categories

Wanted: Solutions for the smart state

Is your startup bringing a breath of fresh air to the public sector? Do you have THE solution for digitizing administration? Do you support cities and municipalities with your innovative idea in the transformation to a smart city? Then apply for the Smart Country Startup Award 2024 by September 16!

Impressions from #SCSA23

One evening, six Smart City & GovTech startups, two winners! The highlights of the Smart Country Startup Awards, which took place on the second day of #SCCON23, can be found here in the official aftermovie. The winners were PLAN4 Software and SUMM AI - two outstanding pioneers for the digital cities and modern administrations of tomorrow.


Daniel Breitinger
Contact person Award & Applications

T +49 30 27576 165

Become a partner

Be part of the Smart Country Startup Award as a partner and present yourself to the startup scene as an innovative company. Our award offers you the unique opportunity to meet young, exciting companies and talented founders, to exchange ideas and to establish strategic partnerships with them