Startup Scouting

The Octorank Startup Scouting is the #1 service to explore new startups.

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How does Startup Scouting work?


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You describe your problem or area of interest e.g. “mobility startups in Europe" or “global robotics companies for a smart factory". You can also define other conditions such as startup size, financing or number of patents.


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Octorank finds the best and most suitable startups for your needs. You get a ranked list of the 10 - 1.000 best startups, containing all necessary information.


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If desired, Octorank reaches out to the most relevant startups on your behalf, such that you can evaluate collaboration or investment opportunities.

Case study

Startupnight is one of the biggest startup exhibitions in Europe since 2012. Octorank is the Scouting Partner and helps Startupnight to gather 250+ startups in Berlin for the yearly event. The search criteria are always defined by the main sponsors Deutsche Telekom, Volkswagen and E.ON and Octorank's Startup Scouting is performed globally.

Our Technologies

Octorank has developed unique methods to identify the best startups globally. We are able to always include the latest startup entries from conferences or award sites, media or commercial registers. We can attach the most relevant information, e.g. from social media. And finally, we can easily connect you to the startup founders in fractions of a second.

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We are continually expanding the extensive Octorank startup database which covers many regions and industries. For every scouting we complement this with about 30 additional external startup databases, the most popular of which include Crunchbase, Dealroom, f6s and Gust.

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Web Crawling

In addition to databases Octorank also crawls new online startup lists of conferences, awards, media and more (e.g. the commercial register) in each scouting process. This method can be particularly effective for identifying very young startups which only recently publicised themselves.

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Data Enrichment

Octorank automatically enriches the data of the identified startups using social media profiles, company websites and more. The augmented data (year of foundation, company purpose, team size, financing) enable a basis for better decision-making against your final list. Particularly important here is of course the identification of active contact information.

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Automated Contacting

Octorank has developed successful methods and templates for reaching out to suitable startups. We use multiple channels such as email, LinkedIn or telephone to contact the right people, e.g. the startup founder or a sales manager, on your behalf.

For whom do we offer the Startup-Scouting?

Our customers are frequently those who deal directly with startups and startup investments. Sometimes our clients' goals are more broadly to drive innovation or technology in their company. We help them expand their scope of work to the startup ecosystem. E.G:

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Head of innovation
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Innovation Manager
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Investment Manager
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Startup Coordinator
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Head of Technology Scouting
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Investment Analyst
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Chief Information Officer
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Head of R&D

We offer Startup Challenges for different organisations with different needs:

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Medium-sized companies
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Consulting firm

Our Industries

There are no limits to the areas which startups can inject with innovation. Here is just a selection of industries we at Octorank have already worked with.


Challenges for the Automotive Industry

Few industries have encountered as many disrupters as the automotive industry. It’s clear that autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and new models of vehicle ownership are going to continue shaking up the industry but less clear which steps the established players need to take to stay ahead.

Solutions from Startups

Startups are bursting with innovations that are fit for the future of the industry. Digital platforms are being used to revolutionise the damage repair space - from diagnostics through to repair. Next generation green vehicles using hydrogen fuel-cells emit nothing but water and are being launched with subscription models. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence and automation are combining in areas as diverse as safety, fuel efficiency and routing.


Challenges for the construction industry

Construction firms face difficult market pressures such as rising material costs and at the same time are being disrupted by trends such as modular construction. A further challenge is the need to reposition for a future with more sustainable building and perhaps a transition towards a circular economy.

Solutions from Startups

The startup world is reacting to the challenges of the construction industry. State-of-the-art technology is being used to optimise material choices on an individual project basis. New recycled materials with higher performance and lower cost are becoming a reality. Additionally, digital & AI solutions are beginning to leverage automation to revolutionise project management.


Challenges facing the Chemical industry

The chemical industry has had to wrestle with a combination of rising costs and cooling demand for core products. Macro pressures such as global trade wars mean that it’s more important than ever for established companies to find new ways to position themselves and leverage core capabilities. One imperative for future success will be to get ahead in terms of advanced analytics and data technologies.

Solutions from Startups

Many innovations to support the industry are originating from the startup world. New microcapsule technology is one example that should enable countless possibilities for producers. New processes are lowering the cost of green fuel creation and finding new methods of extraction - such as a process to remove silica from geothermal fluids.


Challenges facing the energy industry

The problem of rising greenhouse gas emissions compounded by accelerating energy demand from China and India results in constant scrutiny of the energy industry and it’s plans for the future. Elsewhere, opportunities are presenting themselves, such as the rising possibilities around energy vectors like hydrogen.

Solutions from Startups

Some of the solutions from the startup world are tackling new energy sources such as ocean waves, geothermal vents or superconductors. Elsewhere, data-driven technology is used to analyse performance and increase energy efficiency. Other startups deliver technology to expand capacity through energy storage innovation.

Health and Biotech

Challenges for Health and Biotechnology

The enduring reality of modern healthcare is that every success adds to the pressures of a significantly aging population. Ever rising costs put continuous strain on healthcare providers and the populations they serve. Meanwhile, biotechnologists face their own challenges of the high risks faced in taking R&D all the way to market and ultimately convincing the public of their safety and efficacy.

Solutions from Startups

Despite the challenges in these spaces, startups are delivering solutions for an optimistic future. Biotechnology innovations are enabling personalised healthcare as well as medical treatment on the genetic level. Gene editing will allow preventative measures to become more accessible and effective than previously possible. Additionally, artificial intelligence is extending capabilities in numerous areas including diagnosis.


Challenges for the logistics industry

A key problem faced by the whole industry is of rising transportation costs, driven by fuel prices and inflation, and this punishes any inefficiencies. There is also the double-edged-sword of huge amounts of data to manage. This can be a great asset to leverage but also brings layers of complexity which when combined with wide ranging regulations are also challenging for the industry.

Solutions from Startups

There are already a number of startups that are bringing data management platforms to market, helping the industry derisk against macro fluctuations and leverage artificial intelligence to guide decision making. Meanwhile, others are finding ways to redefine the ways that deliveries are completed, using technologies such as drones to reduce the costs of reaching remote areas.


Challenges facing the manufacturing industry

Despite attention often being drawn elsewhere, the manufacturing industry still accounts for around a quarter of jobs across the world. However, some projections warn that many developed manufacturing areas could face labour shortages in the future. At the same time, global competition continues to become more fierce, particularly as China expands its output within more advanced production.

Solutions from startups

Automation is clearly a crucial part of the industry’s future but it has not always been easy to implement. The startup world is producing an increasing number of innovations that leverage technologies such as robotics, advanced sensors and artificial intelligence to make automation a reality. Other innovators are working with blockchain to deliver trust at every level in supply chains.

Finance and Insurance

Challenges facing Finance and Insurance

Financial services have seen a wave of fintech innovations sweep the industry, however, this has brought some of its own challenges. Now institutions must invest heavily in state-of-the-art cyber security to defend against cyber crime. Secondly, many of the fintech innovations are competing directly with established products, forcing the market leaders to rethink future business models.

Solutions from the startup world

An opportunity for players in the industry will be to find early stage startups and build partnerships. Some of these young companies are producing innovations that leverage artificial intelligence to offer better products at competitive prices. Others are finding ways to open up untapped corners of the market, such as young adults.


Challenges facing the electronics industry

The electronics industries challenges for future readiness mirror those in related industries such as manufacturing and telecommunications. While the transition to Industry 4.0 is happening, leaders want more confidence about which areas to invest resources in order to best leverage assets such as big data or 5G connectivity.

Solutions from startups

The innovators in the startup world are designing the building blocks of future electronics production. Some focus on industrial applications such as advanced connected sensor systems, driven by data analytics. Others have put their attention on consumer electronics innovations such as e-cigarettes, smart home devices and personal robotics.


Challenges facing the telecoms industry

Massive opportunities such as 5G also present huge challenges including regulation, adoption and investment. Smart cities will be another transformation of the future - but this will require an acceleration of innovation especially involving cyber security.

Solutions from startups

Some of the startups in the space are extending network possibilities such as by enabling improved performance in low-power and wide-area locations. Others are seizing upon the opportunities of 5G to provide next level experiences such as in music streaming.

Our Regions

Octorank is located Berlin, Germany’s startup capital. We have a global reach and lots of experience with key international startup hotspots.

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What our clients say about us

Cem Ergün-Müller

Octorank is the best partner we ever had to support us in the scouting process of startups for our Startupnight. Their tool takes out the complexity, gives a good overview and allows easy collaboration with our partners.

Cem Ergün-Müller
Head of Digital Open Space | Deutsche Telekom AG
 Deutsche Telekom AG

Our Pricing


Discover the best startups!

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List with the 20-500 most suitable startups as ranking

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Data enrichment and contact information

€ 4,900


Connected with the best startup founders!

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List with the 20-500 most suitable startups as ranking

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Data enrichment and contact information

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Automated Contacting of the most suitable startups from the list

€ 8,900


Looking for something special?

Our bespoke scouting offer can help you if you need regular scouting intelligence, deeper ecosystem mapping, or something completely unique to you.


Plus icon Minus icon How large is Octorank's scouting network?
While our existing network is extensive, our scouting process doesn't limit us to our network. Instead, we find new sources and new startups in every scouting project. From the databases and sources we use, our working assumption is that we can roughly consider 1-2 Mio companies as "startups" globally.
Plus icon Minus icon Can we license Octorank's scouting intelligence software?
No, not yet. Our scouting is an intelligent service, enriched and configured by intelligent humans.
Plus icon Minus icon What does the output of a scouting assignment look like?
Our output depends on our clients' requirements but options include (Excel-) lists, rankings, ecosystem maps or periodically updated reports.
Plus icon Minus icon Can I get a free example report?
We cannot provide this for your specific topic, however, we can discuss teasers in a short conference call. Don't forget to check out testimonials from our satisfied clients above and on our main page!
Plus icon Minus icon How many startups will you provide for one request?
The volume of output depends entirely on the scope and definition of the task. Before initiating a scouting we will discuss realistic estimates with you.
Plus icon Minus icon How does your process work?
We send you a quotation via email and once accepted we will receive and study your short briefing. We provide the result as Excel, PDF, in our platform or however best suits you. We always plan with enough feedback loops to ensure the best possible result.
Plus icon Minus icon How long does a scouting project take?
This depends on the specific requirements but generally ranges from 3 days for simple tasks to 3 weeks for complex or multi-stage projects.
Plus icon Minus icon Do you have experience in XY industry?
We always assign an analyst to your project who either has relevant knowledge in your industry or can acquire it.

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