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STARTUP SPOTLIGHT Competition

19 – 20 November 2018 | Bucharest, Romania

TAKE YOUR PLACE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Startup Spotlight is the leading competition for startups in CEE, where we invite savvy entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas on stage and turn them into successful enterprises. You don’t just get the chance for funding, but you’re also giving your startup the exposure it needs.

During the 2-days pitching sessions, a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and investors will review pitches and reward the best startups.

All applicants can submit their pitch decks between September 17th – November 1st, out of which we will select 20 startups and get them ready for the final round with the help of industry renowned mentors.

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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.

$1M IN FREE BENEFITS

F6s Alpha Card for the 20 finalists

BEST STARTUP

Booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018

BEST PITCH

Booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018

BEST INNOVATION

Booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018

TO BE ANNOUNCED

More details to come on October 1st

TO BE ANNOUNCED

More details to come on October 1st

HOW TO WIN STARTUP SPOTLIGHT

Below you can find the schedule of the application process:

17 SEPT – 1 NOV Application period
1 NOV – 10 NOV Judging period
11 NOV Notification of selected teams
18 NOV Pitching rehearsal
19 & 20 NOV Event days

HOW TO WIN STARTUP SPOTLIGHT

Below you can find the schedule of the application process:

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17 SEPT - 1 NOV

Application period

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1 NOV - 10 NOV

Judging period

11 NOV

Notification of selected teams

18 NOV

Pitching rehearsal

19 & 20 NOV

Event days

CANDIDATE PROFILE

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.

THE JURY

Startup Spotlight candidates will be evaluated by a jury which includes founders, investors and execs with extensive experience in the technology business. More jury members to be added soon.

René Schöb

René Schöb

Partner, Head of German Desk

KPMG Romania

Bogdan Iordache

Bogdan Iordache

Partner

Gecad Ventures

Radu Georgescu

Radu Georgescu

Founding Partner

Gecad Ventures

Luciana Lixandru

Luciana Lixandru

Partner

Accel

Mihai Rotaru

Mihai Rotaru

Entrepreneur and Investor

Clever Taxi

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao

Venture Partner

500 Startups

THE JURY

Startup Spotlight candidates will be evaluated by a jury which includes founders, investors and execs with extensive experience in the technology business. More jury members to be added soon.

René Schöb

René Schöb

Partner, Head of German Desk

KPMG Romania

Mihai Rotaru

Mihai Rotaru

Entrepreneur and Investor

Clever Taxi

Bogdan Iordache

Bogdan Iordache

Partner

Gecad Ventures

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao

Venture Partner

500 Startups

Radu Georgescu

Radu Georgescu

Founding Partner

Gecad Ventures

Luciana Lixandru

Luciana Lixandru

Partner

Accel

MENTORS

Throughout the two days of the How to Web Conference, the 20 finalists of the competition will have the opportunity to meet investors and mentors in 1-to-1 sessions. More investors and mentors will be added soon.

Jon Bradford

Jon Bradford

Founding Partner

Motive Partners

David Bizer

David Bizer

Founder and CEO

Talent Fountain

Rumen Iliev

Rumen Iliev

Partner

LAUNCHub

Carmen Sebe

Carmen Sebe

Partner

Gecad Ventures

Radu Georgescu

Radu Georgescu

Founding Partner

Gecad Ventures

Valentin Radu

Valentin Radu

Founder and CEO

Omniconvert

Dimitris Kalavros

Dimitris Kalavros

Co-Founder and General Partner

Velocity.Partners

Dan Mihaescu

Dan Mihaescu

Founding Partner

GapMinder Venture Partners

Ana Maria Andronic

Ana Maria Andronic

Head of IP Practice and Technology

DLA Piper Romania

Ondrej Bartos

Ondrej Bartos

Partner & Chairman of the Board

Credo Ventures

Dan Lupu

Dan Lupu

Partner

Earlybird Venture Capital

Cristian Munteanu

Cristian Munteanu

Managing Partner

Early Game Ventures

René Schöb

René Schöb

Partner, Head of German Desk

KPMG Romania

Bogdan Iordache

Bogdan Iordache

Partner

Gecad Ventures

Luciana Lixandru

Luciana Lixandru

Partner

Accel

Mihai Rotaru

Mihai Rotaru

Entrepreneur and Investor

Clever Taxi

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao

Venture Partner

500 Startups

MENTORS

Some of the most successful national and internation entrepreneurs, investors and CEOs will share their insights on stage and open up new perspectives for How to Web attendees.

Jon Bradford

Jon Bradford

Founding Partner

Motive Partners

David Bizer

David Bizer

Founder and CEO

Talent Fountain

Rumen Iliev

Rumen Iliev

Partner

LAUNCHub

Carmen Sebe

Carmen Sebe

Partner

Gecad Ventures

Valentin Radu

Valentin Radu

Founder and CEO

Omniconvert

Dimitris Kalavros

Dimitris Kalavros

Co-Founder and General Partner

Velocity.Partners

Dan Mihaescu

Dan Mihaescu

Founding Partner

GapMinder Venture Partners

René Schöb

René Schöb

Partner, Head of German Desk

KPMG Romania

Ondrej Bartos

Ondrej Bartos

Partner & Chairman of the Board

Credo Ventures

Dan Lupu

Dan Lupu

Partner

Earlybird Venture Capital

Cristian Munteanu

Cristian Munteanu

Managing Partner

Early Game Ventures

Ana Maria Andronic

Ana Maria Andronic

Head of IP Practice and Technology

DLA Piper Romania

Bogdan Iordache

Bogdan Iordache

Partner

Gecad Ventures

Radu Georgescu

Radu Georgescu

Founding Partner

Gecad Ventures

Luciana Lixandru

Luciana Lixandru

Partner

Accel

Mihai Rotaru

Mihai Rotaru

Entrepreneur and Investor

Clever Taxi

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao

Venture Partner

500 Startups

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.

MavenHut’s first innovation was to bring the social into the unsocial Solitaire. They’re developing Solitaire games with a casual flavor, where you can compete against other players in real time. The games are available on both Facebook and the mobile market, mainly iOS and Android.

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

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