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STARTUP SPOTLIGHT Competition

30 – 31 October 2019 | Bucharest, Romania

TAKE YOUR PLACE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Startup Spotlight is the leading competition for startups in CEE, where we invite ambitious founders of early stage startups to turn them into successful enterprises.

You bring the product and team, and hopefully a bit of traction, we provide you with access to some of the best investors, experts and journalists on the planet.

Embrace yourself and hit the apply button. Welcome to How to Web!

HOW DOES IT WORK

The top 20 selected startups will pitch their products on stage, showcase them in the startup expo area, meet investors, relevant experts and potential business partners, and receive the public exposure they need.

Best 6 startups will qualify in the competition final, where a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, investors and operators will review their pitches and reward the best ones.

AWARDS

For this year’s competition, we prepared some amazing prizes that will bring you international exposure in the tech ecosystem, valuable PR, mentorship and business development opportunities.

BEST STARTUP

Booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019 (29-30 Oct)

BEST PITCH

Booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019 (29-30 Oct)

BEST INNOVATION

Booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 (29-30 Oct)

$1M IN FREE BENEFITS

F6s Alpha Card for the 20 finalists

Coming soon

More prizes to be announced!

HOW TO WIN STARTUP SPOTLIGHT

Below you can find the schedule of the application process:

1 JUL – 10 OCT Application period
11 OCT – 19 OCT Judging period
20 OCT Notification of selected teams
29 OCT Pitching rehearsal
30 & 31 OCT Event days

HOW TO WIN STARTUP SPOTLIGHT

Get your deck together and apply:

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11 JUL - 10 OCT

Application period

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11 OCT - 19 OCT

Judging period

20 OCT

Notification of selected teams

29 OCT

Pitching training

30 & 31 OCT

Event days

WHO IS IT FOR?

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

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.

PREVIOUS WINNERS & NOTABLE PARTICIPANTS

TypingDNA provides typing biometrics authentication as a service, an API that anyone can use for 2FA and fraud prevention use cases. We are present in New York, USA and Romania, EU.

TalentBrowse aggregates the hottest talent from recruitment agencies, offering you access to a database of only hot, recently interviewed candidates, immediately interested in job offers.

Marketplace focused on improving recruitment of healthcare professionals. Launched in US, TechStars Berlin 2019 alumni, expanded to US.

Scooterson is the intelligent electric kick-scooter that understands and enhances the rider’s experience, whilst maximizing energy efficiency and safety.

Omniconvert is a suite that integrates three major aspects of conversion – web personalization, surveys, and A/B testing – into one compact and complete conversion optimization solution. The software is designed to help businesses understand their consumers while significantly enhancing their conversion rate simultaneously.

Incrediblue is an intermediate charter agency in Europe. They have over 23,200 boats to offer you in over 32 countries around the world.

Green Horse Games is building social and mobile games for sports fans. With a focus on group collaboration our games are offering new and original game concepts that target an international audience.

Retargeting is a recommendation engine, an advanced business platform, built on Artificial Intelligence, which helps online shops provide completely personalized decision-making support, by studying the behavior of their users and making the most personalized recommendations.

TESTIMONIALS

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.

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.

We had the chance to meet awesome people, some of which later become our investors and got featured in some of the biggest tech outlets in the world. Highly positive experience, great business outcome!

Raul Popa

CEO and Data ScientistTypingDNA

Valentin Radu

Georgios Gatos

Co-founderIncrediblue

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.

Raul Popa

CEO and Data ScientistTypingDNA

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.

Valentin Radu

We had the chance to meet awesome people, some of which later become our investors and got featured in some of the biggest tech outlets in the world. Highly positive experience, great business outcome!

Georgios Gatos

Co-founderIncrediblue

Your turn

APPLY AS SOON AS YOU CAN – APPLICATIONS ARE REVIEWED PERIODICALLY

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