Do you have a startup? Congratulations! 90% of startups worldwide fail in the first years.

If you want to make sure you are not one of them, join our exciting Startup Spotlight competition to see where you stand and secure the future of your business.

Startup Spotlight is the one of the most successful startup programs in South-Eastern Europe, with a 35% deal making success rate.

We are calling all CEE early-stage tech startups looking for investment, distribution partnerships, media exposure and valuable connections in the industry to apply to the 7th edition of Startup Spotlight competition and mentoring program, part of How to Web Conference 2018.

Startup Spotlight is organised in partnership with KPMG Romania, our Startup Growth Partner.

What’s in it for you

Being selected for Startup Spotlight means you have access to mentoring and networking sessions with leading experts and investors, pitch on the main stage of How to Web 2018, have full access to all public sessions and side events of the conference and get international media exposure!

Not to brag, but we have some very cool prizes, as well! Here’s what you could win:

  • $1m in free benefits through the F6s Alpha Card for the 20 startups selected
  • Best Startup – booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018
  • Best Pitch – booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018
  • Best Innovation – booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018
  • More incredible prizes to be announced on October 1st, 2018.

Are you eligible?

Startup Spotlight is open to all early stage technology startups in CEE, which are less than 5 years old and raised up to 1M EUR in financing.

How to apply

Startups can submit their applications and decks by November 1st. Check the Startup Spotlight section on the website for more details – or apply directly here.

Evaluation criteria

The jury will positively evaluate the experience and complementarity of the team, the added-value of the solution developed, the target market size and the growth opportunities.

How does Startup Spotlight work?

Once applications are closed, our expert Jury will be selecting 20 of the best CEE startups to join the Startup Spotlight Competition. All teams will go through Pitch Rehearsal on November 18th.

During the Conference, the 20 startups will be pitching their products on stage in front of the Jury and investor panel. The best 8 startups will pitch again in ‘The Grand Finale’ during the last day of the conference.

Startup Spotlight Awards Ceremony will be closing the Conference, on November 20th.

Our partners

Startup Spotlight is organized in partnership with KPMG Romania and with the support of Bitdefeder, UiPath, Gecad Ventures, F6s and Amazon AWS.

We’ve got some history

In our 7 editions, we’ve had ~500 startups from Romania and CEE applying for Startup Spotlight and 200 of them went through our acclaimed program – some of them being rising stars of the tech industry now.

Previous winners and notable participants of the competition include companies like TalentBrowse, TypingDNA, Scooterson, Omniconvert (previously Marketizator), Incrediblue, Mavenhut, Green Horse Games, Retargeting or Symme3D.

This is your year! Pitch your business revolution for this amazing experience and see your startup succeed!

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