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 14th 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.
Hybrid Workforce Leader, Deep Tech Investor, Founder & Product Manager with a strong background in finance, strategy, AI, blockchain & Web3.
Innovation Manager @ Market One Capital
VC investment professional with computer science background. Focused on Marketplaces (SaaS based) and B2B Software.
UX Manager @ UiPath
Senior UX Designer with a solid background in RPA, Healthcare, Financial Services and Banking industries. Encompasses a great love for the design craft, which makes her excited and curious about design in other industries too.
Partner @ LAUNCHub Ventures
South-East Europe seed-stage investor, passionate about entrepreneurship, technology investments and social impact.
Serial entrepreneur of technology-driven businesses with previous exit experience of uberVU to Hootsuite.
Managing Partner @ Techstars
Global early-stage investor in +50 startups, former technology investment banker, entrepreneur, and founder of four companies.
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. ⚡