Welcome to the leading startup competition in Eastern Europe, where you can accelerate your startup to success. Spotlight fuels early-stage tech startups with unique opportunities for matchmaking, collaborating and scaling.
The energy of startup founders matched with the seasoned skills of the mentors can lead to refined businesses. At Spotlight 2022, you have the chance to share ideas and test your skills with some of the most experienced mentors in Eastern Europe.
Investor Office Hours
From how to prepare your pitch to what are investors really looking for in a startup — some of the most eager investors can give you the real answers to these questions. Enrol your startup on the Spotlight programme and you can propel yourself only one step away to that new round of funding.
At How to Web 2022, startups are in the Spotlight. With a dedicated Expo Area, you can showcase your idea and expertise to like-minded peers and spread the word about your startup directly to a niched audience.
Pitch on Stage
Entrepreneurs with big ideas and their startups that can change the world really glow in the Spotlight. Pitch your idea on stage and get your company off the ground, as the investors are all eyes on you.
Step on stage and pitch for the grand investment prize — last year it rose up to 350K EUR, more details coming soon.
The Spolight finalist will receive the grand prize — a round of funding to set him off to success. Stay tuned to find out the surprize prize. 💰
Do you have a tech startup that can change the world?
Spotlight is dedicated to all early-stage tech startups in Eastern Europe that have the eagerness to take their business to the next level. If you meet the following criteria, sign up for the most engaging startup competition:
Stage of Business
You have an early-stage technology startup, less than 5 years old and up to 1m EUR in financing.
Stage of Product
You are past the idea stage, having a launched product with some traction.
How Does It Work
Submit your application.
⌛ June 7 - September 1
Applications for Spotlight 2022 are open from June 7th until September 1st.
Enter the competition.
⌛ September 1 - September 20
40 startups will be selected to enter the matchmaking program based on their innovation and potential.
Shortlist to the semifinals.
⌛ September 21- September 22
20 startups will be announced on September 21st if they enter the pitch competition at How to Web 2022. They will also benefit from expo area, investor & expert meetings and quality exposure.
The best enter the finale.
⌛ September 22
The final rundown to the grand prize will take place on September 22nd on the Main Stage of the conference. 6 startups will enter the final competition and the best will receive the surprise round of funding.
Product Teams Development Expert, Product Director, Lecturer at TAG Innovation School, Product Tank Co-Organizer, with over 10 years of experience in overseeing tech, product design and product management departments.
Founder @ Neobility
Serial entrepreneur with previous sucessful exit of CleverTaxi to MyTaxi (currently Free Now). Self-taught transportation and mobility expert.
Hybrid Workforce Leader, Deep Tech Investor, Founder & Product Manager with a strong background in finance, strategy, AI, blockchain & Web3.
Principal @ Market One Capital
VC investment professional with computer science background. Focused on Marketplaces (SaaS based) and B2B Software.
UX Manager @ UiPath
UX Leader with experience in large companies like UiPath and ING Bank, as well as a solid body of work consulting and designing for early-stage startups. UX educator and mentor through UX Goodies and Mento Design Academy.
Partner @ LAUNCHub Ventures
South-East Europe seed-stage investor, passionate about entrepreneurship, technology investments and social impact.
500 Startups Alumnus, product expert creating top-notch on-boarding processes. Passionate about data algorithms designed to offer deep insights into customer success.
Product Marketing Manager @ Meta
Product Marketing specialist with over 10 years experience & extensive background in value proposition development & product adoption. Passionate about supercharging start-ups in their growth journey & all things metaverse.
Growth strategist & angel investor @ 3VC
Investor, Growth Adviser, UiPath Alumnus, Venture Partner at 3VC
Principal @ Inovo Venture Partners
Ex-founder and operator of VC-backed B2B marketplace and deep tech startups now joined the dark (VC ;)) side.
Partner, Head of Tax & Legal @ KPMG Romania
Head of Tax & Legal at KPMG Romania and coordinator of the KPMG Romania Startup Grow Pad Program.
Partner @ GapMinder Venture Partners
Investor and adviser in early-stage technology companies. Recently invested in some of the newest high-growth tech startups from CEE - Deepstash, Soleadify, Machinations, Frisbo, Innoship.
CEO @ Swiss ICT Investors Club
Diverse professional background in business development, strategy, operations, and marketing.
Founder, Writer and Employer Branding Consultant @ Netokracija
Founder and Editor of Netokracija, the ‘Techcrunch of the Balkans’. As a digital content consultant, Ivan has helped brands like Mastercard, A1, Microsoft and Raiffeisen bank with content marketing and employer branding.
Kirsten leads the pre-seed fund at Octopus Venture focused on B2B SaaS, FinTech, and Digital Health across Europe. She has spent the best part of the last decade working alongside some of Europe’s most exciting high-growth startups.
Full-stack product marketer and experienced project manager, previously leading the marketing efforts of Uber in Romania. Entrepreneur at heart.
Product Marketer @ Creatopy
Product Marketing Manager & the host of one of the most popular podcasts in Romania called “Katai”. His work was featured on TechCrunch, AdWeek, Entrepreneur, Marketing Pros, and his blog on robertkatai.com.
Head of Unit of Transition and Business Acceleration Services @ European Innovation Council
Head of Unit Innovation, Viorel ensures that Europe is best positioned to capitalize on emerging industrial opportunities.
Representative for Romania @ Vienna Business Agency
Passionate about technology and digital transformations, I help businesses expand to Austria/DACH. With an extensive background in IT & Management Consulting, Business Development & Strategy, Deep Tech Start-ups, in Automotive, IT&C, Retail and Energy.
Investment Analyst @ Lakestar
Investment Analyst, Zornitsa is responsible for supporting the investment process in areas of Life Sciences and Healthcare, Real Estate, and Financial Institutions
Commercial Pricing Director @ UiPath
Leading cross-department and cross-geography strategic projects in UiPath. Part of a brilliant team of professionals that aim to improve current aspects and also to look forward and prepare the company for upcoming challengers.
Business Development @ Startup Wise Guys
Business Strategist at SWG for more than 2 years, leading change and innovative paths for new startups to arise.
General Partner @ Acrobator
Early-stage investor in B2B data-intensive startups. Invested in around 40 companies, co-founded several ventures/networks, and primarily interested in machine learning or Saas type of companies.
Fractional CMO for B2B startups & Founder @ Techmakers
Ioana brings 15+ years of experience in B2B international marketing and business development for tech companies, mostly SMEs and startups
Investor @ Hellen's Rock
VC investments at Hellen’s Rock, with a focus on FinTech / Financial Services, with 10+ years experience in Fixed Income Investments, Management Consulting, and most recently ran Romanian operations of a high-growth CEE FinTech scale-up.
CEO & Co-founder @ Mobiversal
Serial entrepreneur for 20+ years, co-founded multiple startups and tech companies, involved in 3 exits so far (the latest one, last year), passionate and strong advocate of Romanian startups ecosystem and ethics in business
Technology Advisor @ Hellen's Rock
Technology strategy expert, with a proven track record in Software Product Management, Product Strategy, and Business Development. She has been working both in corporate and startup environments in Strategy, Operations, and Business Analysis.
Startup Partner @ Stripe
Partner @ Early Game Ventures
Investor and adviser in early-stage technology companies, skilled in Negotiation, Business Planning, E-commerce, Business Development, and Entrepreneurship.
Engineering Manager @ Google
PREVIOUS WINNERS AND PARTICIPANTS
CEO and Data Scientist @ TYPINGDNA
“Startup Spotlight was a great opportunity to interact with other entrepreneurs and with seasoned professionals who could provide guidance for growing our company. We have incorporated many of the things we learned through the HTW experience into our business and believe that it brought us an extraordinary launching opportunity.”
CEO @ OMNICONVERT
“The How to Web team has put together a great concept where not only are startups brought into contact with investors, but the guidance from mentors and networking helped us understand better the SaaS game that we are in and also gave us more knowledge about how to tackle the channel market fit phase that Omniconvert encountered.”
Co-founder @ Cartloop
“ Winning Spotlight brought us an extra validation that the product is working and people believe in our vision and roadmap. We are really grateful for the opportunity to make amazing connections and gain valuable feedback which came at the right time and boosted the growth of Cartloop over the following months.”
Want to Change the World?
Sign up for the most electric startup competition and the Spotlight can be yours. ⚡