AI Beyond Borders Awards 2022

Celebrating AI Startups Around the Globe
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The German Entrepreneurship’s AI Beyond Borders Awards have been created to recognize the top 3 German AI startups who are not only pushing the boundaries in artificial intelligence technology, but also are about to take off on an exciting journey across borders to expand internationally.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) startups face particular challenges when they take their business across international borders, be those national data regulations, or simply the cultural acceptance of artificial intelligence technology. It’s important for startups to plan for internationalization early, to educate themselves on potential markets, to make early connections, and to forge long-term partnerships in each new country. At German Entrepreneurship, we understand the challenges startups face around international expansion and we have been helping startups overcome these challenges for the last 15+ years through programs such as German Accelerator, Scale-up.NRW, Scaler8, or the EU-India Innocenter.

The annual awards are organized by the AI Competence Center, an initiative funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action of Germany and run by German Entrepreneurship GmbH.

The Prizes

The AI Beyond Borders Awards 2022 will celebrate the top 3 German AI startups with prizes and benefits valued at more than €400,000.

In addition to cash prizes, award winners will receive a package of benefits that provides tremendous visibility across the European AI ecosystem and the global investment community. Through German Accelerator’s top ranked programs, the finalist startups will take advantage of expert support for as long as 6 months in their expansion journey to the next international market of their choice. The finalists will also benefit from membership into the rich AI ecosystem in Germany with our partners at KI Park. Our partners at Google, Microsoft, AWS, and MongoDB are also offering compute credits as high as €150,000 €.

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In addition to cash prizes, all 3 finalists will receive the following ↓

An opportunity to present your startup to 600+ international AI experts and investors at the European AI Summit 2022 on October 27 in partnership with Intel Ignite, the Transatlantic AI Exchange, and Startup Network Europe.

Finalists will be able to take advantage of a private session with one of our experienced pitch coaches and will take part in various promotional campaigns with German Entrepreneurship and our AI ecosystem partners.

Participation in German Accelerator’s top-ranked internationalization programs including Market Discovery to Singapore and Market Access to South East Asia or North America (including paid flights).

1 year complementary membership to the KI PARK network of AI experts in Berlin.

Mingle with the KI PARK network of AI experts at member events, participate in moonshot projects to solve the big questions, and meet like-minded AI enthusiasts at KI PARK Co-Working Hub in Berlin.

Meet German Entrepreneurship’s 500+ network of global mentors for 1:1 advisory sessions to help your startup succeed in new international markets.

Compute credits

  • Google: $100,000 in Cloud and Firebase credit
  • Microsoft: $120K of free Azure Cloud credits
  • AWS: $25K AWS credits
  • MongoDB: $3,600 in credits for MongoDB Atlas

How to Participate?

In order to be considered for the AI Beyond Borders Awards 2022, you need to answer the following three questions and submit a pitch deck along with an optional video recording through the awards application.

  1. What have you done to prepare for an international expansion of your business?
  2. Please describe your use of AI technology, in your product, and how you consider this technology will transfer to different geographic locations.
  3. How do you envisage the global market for your product? What are potential barriers to expansion? How do you plan to deal with these barriers?

Pitch deck for a 2
-3 min pitch as you imagine presenting your startup at the European AI Summit event. [PDF only]


Link to a pitch video hosted on YouTube or similar platforms.

Who can participate?

Seed-funded or Series A+ AI startups developing applied or foundational artificial intelligence solutions.

You classify as an AI startup if:

→ You develop foundational machine learning technologies (such as language models) and/or deployment infrastructure solutions (MLOps)

Or if you have developed a machine learning technology and implemented it in your product(s) 

Applicants must have a legal entity in Germany and have raised at least €500k since their inception.*

*DeepTech applicants, who have been in receipt of invisible governmental supports, will be considered on an ad hoc basis.

Timeline & Dates


Submission deadline

October 3, 2022 (23:59 CET)



Selection by a panel of expert judges

October 3, 2022 – October 10, 2022



Top 3 finalists are announced

October 10, 2022



Winner announced at the European AI Summit in Munich

October 27, 2022


Partners of the AI Beyond Borders Awards 2022

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Startup Network Europe