5-HT X-Linker

Startup boot camp for digital chemistry startups

Online 5-HT X-linker | February 1-5, 2021 | Part-time program


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The 5-HT X-linker success story continues – now virtually!

After amazing 5-HT X-linker bootcamps in 2019 and 2020, we will continue the success story.
Be part of us and our community and participate in February 2021!

Startups from the field of Digital Chemistry are intensively examined and get connected with corporates and our community. During the 5-days-program, the startups receive individual coaching. On the final day, the excellently prepared startups have exclusive sessions with relevant corporates and pitch in front of our community.

During the part-time-program the startups have the possibility to continue their daily business.


  • Participants
    The program is designed specifically for startups within Digital Chemistry who are looking for an individual intro to renowned German chemical corporates (BASF, Merck, Gelita, Daikin, Evonik, Henkel etc.) as well as SAP and Pepperl + Fuchs. The focus is on digital solutions for the chemical industry, e.g. digitalization of R&D, smart production, digital sustainability solutions.
  • Startup maturity
    Seed to Series B stage
  • Date
    February 1-5, 2021
  • Location 
    The program will take place virtually.
  • Language
    The program is fully conducted in English.
  • Our offer
    The whole program is free of charge.
  • Your benefit
    Get fully prepared to pitch in front of our community and meet corporate delegates. Expand your network and boost your startup’s development.
  • Application
    Our application portal opens October 7, 2020. Please fill out the application form with all required information.
    Application Deadline is December 5, 2020.
    After reviewing your application, you will receive feedback about your participation. Latest December 15, 2020 we will send out the final invitations.


Monday, February 1, 2021
Intro 5-HT, program and startups (4 min pitch of each startup)
–> 120 min intro session + get-to-know

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Individual Startup Coaching
: In specific 1:1 sessions our experts will challenge your startup individually in the following fields: business model, market, product, team and financial structure.
Professional Pitch Training:  structure, speaking, slides will be reviewed
–> 60 min per startup

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Corporate Speed Dating Session
: Our experts will prepare you explicitly for the Corporate Speed Dating and where to focus on and what to avoid.
–> 90 min for all startups

Thursday, February 4, 2021
Dry Run for Corporate Speed Dating: Each startup will pitch 4 min and gets direct and individual feedback. Additionally, there will be a final test for the tool being used a the final to prevent technical issues.
–> 30 min per startup

Friday, February 5, 2021 (Virtual Conference room)

09:00 – 09:30 Arrival, Virtual rooms open for login and first impressions

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome and Introduction

09:40 – 09:45 Welcome Speech / Opening words:

Thomas Jarzombek, Commissioner for the Digital Industry and Start-ups and Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy)

Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel, Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of BASF SE

09:45 – 09:55 Intro X-Linker 2021, Rules, Jury

09:55 – 11:00 Startup Pitches with Q&A

(all times are CET)

Voices of former participants:

We are looking for partnerships, we are looking for researchers, pharma companies who are interested in trying out our product and I think this program is a phantastic platform for us to get that exposure, to get our word out and we are hoping to develop relationships through this program.
Mehak Mumtaz, iLoF, 5-HT X-linker 2020

The main benefit of the program were the mentoring sessions where experienced people sit down with you and really take the time to understand your individual situation and then to give you personal advice based on their experience.
Florian Hildebrand, Qualifyze, 5-HT X-linker 2019

It’s about people and networking and I am incredibly grateful and happy to be here. Thank you.
Kamil Tamiola, Peptone, 5-HT X-linker 2020

There are many different stakeholders that are here today, from corporates to startups to people from clusters, so very positive, very open and very welcoming. I found it very full on energy, optimism and I was really blown over by the different types of business models that were presented by the startups.
Marie Asano, HTGF, 5-HT X-linker 2019

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