Ready, steady, go! Applications now open for How to Web Startup Spotlight

Today we proudly open applications for How to Web Startup Spotlight 2016, deal-making program that helps European tech startups accelerate their businesses. If you’re looking to share the stage with the most promising European tech startups, you’re in the right place! Apply by September 25th and get ready to attend 1 on 1 meetings with potential business partners, gain media exposure, practice your pitch, and receive hands-on advice on raising money! Plus, you’ll get to compete for the cash prizes offered by the main partners of the program.

What’s in it for you

How to Web Startup Spotlight reaches its 5th edition this year and will kick-off on October 31st at TechHub Bucharest and continue on November 1 & 2 during How to Web Conference, at the National Theatre in Bucharest. Still wondering what’s in it for you? Oh well, if you’re an emerging seed-stage European startup, you’ll get:

  • Expert advice and valuable connections with top stakeholders (commercial partners, investors, incubators, accelerators);
  • Curated 1 on 1 meetings with potential business partners;
  • The opportunity to pitch your product on the main stage of How to Web Conference.

If you’re not convinced to join the program by now, read on to see for yourself!

How to Web Startup Spotlight 2015 – Program Overview

120 startups attended the 4 editions of the program organized so far. In 2015 alone, How to Web Startup Spotlight brought together 30 startups from 9 countries, representing 14 local startup communities. During their time spent at How to Web Conference, they had attended a total number of 384 curated business meetings with 54 European professionals carefully selected to fit their development needs.

Most of the startups joined Startup Spotlight in 2015 having at least a working prototype, already close to product-market fit. 27 out of the 30 companies have launched their products or expanded their client base over the previous year.

Last year’s winners, Branch Track (the Best Startup), Symme 3D (IXIA Innovation Award), Jaboo (Runner-up), and Safe Drive (Best pitch), have developed companies with outstanding results. “Winning How to Web Startup Spotlight helped us close our seed round”, said Jean Mauris, Co-founder & Head of Product BranchTrack.

Team & network expansion after attending How to Web Startup Spotlight

The primary focus of the companies that have joined the program in 2015 was to expand their network, raise money and build their teams. 1 out of 3 Startup Spotlight alumni have grown their teams by 30 to 100% and many of them leveraged their connections with mentors, investors and the other startup founders they’ve met during the program.

Check out the Progress Report here to find out more!

How to Web Startup Spotlight 2016: Bigger, wiser, bolder!

You might be wondering at this point what’s different this time around. Oh well, we’re now accepting applications from all over Europe to make a challenging competition for you guys.

Also, this year we will have a special focus on three industry tracks:

  • Fintech – financial services, payments, insurance, financing, infrastructure, advisory;
  • Cyber Securityapplication security, enterprise security, defence, disaster recovery;
  • Gaming & Entertainment – social, games, content discovery, augmented reality, virtual reality

But we also welcome applications from all the startups out there that are innovating in the eHealth sector, hardware industry, Big Data and Analytics, B2B platforms, Agrotech, or Education and others.

If you’re building a product with global potential, this is the place for your business: you’ll get special support and dedicated meetings with specific mentors and specialists in your area of expertise!

Why these changes? Because we want to leverage both the regional expertise and the regional market trend. In Cyber Security we have successful companies such as Bitdefender, IXIA, CyberGhost, BullGuard. There are many gaming studios in the region and big gaming companies headquartered in Bucharest, and technologies such as AR & VR are being increasingly used by startups to create entertainment products. As for Fintech, we noticed a growing interest in products in this area, as new startups emerge and banks are getting involved in supporting innovation in the field.

Is How to Web Startup Spotlight right for you?

If you are an European tech startup with less than two years of activity, that have a least a working prototype for your product and have not raised more than 500.000 EUR to date for your current product, then How to Web Startup Spotlight is the perfect match for your development needs!

Complete your application by September 25th and get ready to close deals and take your business to the next level! And this is not all: attendance to How to Web Startup Spotlight is free of charge and no equity is asked for your participation!

Let’s celebrate startups together & get in touch with the innovators’ community
If you’d like to get connected to amazing startup founders, get in touch with the tech community, or simply feel the vibe of the startup ecosystem at its best, don’t miss How to Web Conference 2016, a special edition that celebrates tech startups from all around Europe. Very early bird tickets are now on sale so hurry up and book yours now! 


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