Startup Spotlight

Competition

30 – 31 October 2019 | Bucharest, Romania

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.

Apply now

INVESTMENT PRIZE & BENEFITS

Startup Spotlight Startup Spotlight is all about pushing your startup forward. Apart from customised mentoring schedule and intros, we’ll treat you with some great benefits and a big investment cheque for the lucky winner.

Over € 100K investment prize for the best startup

from TechAngels, GapMinder Venture Partners and other investors. VC funds & angel networks come together to co-invest in the next rising tech startup. Final investment value to be announced in late September.

Access to € 1M in free benefits for all selected startups

from F6S that will bring you access to tools, resources and other goodies you can use to boost the growth of your startup.

Best
BUSINESS

Best
PRODUCT

Best
INNOVATION

How does it work?

1st

submit your application

The the first step is to submit your application. Startup Spotlight Competition gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their ideas in front of the most relevant audience, win amazing prizes, visibility and networking opportunities.

40

startups selected

Over the course of 2 months, the top 40 startups selected will go through a custom program of Q&A sessions and 1-to-1 meetings based on their needs and requests, connecting with top investors, experts, potential partners and clients. They’ll get help with their pitch, product and investment strategy, valuable connections, while keeping their involvement at 4 hours / week.

10

investment pitch
finalists

Best 10 pitching startups will qualify for Pitch Day, a private event for the finalists, investors, business partners and press representatives. At Pitch Day a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, investors and operators will review their pitches and award the winner of the competition with a convertible note of over € 100K.

The program

Schedule

Applications:

Aug 20 - Sept 28

Selection:

Sept 29 - Oct 4

Program:

Oct 5 - Nov 29

Semi-finalists investment pitch

Nov 30 - Dec 2

Finalists investment pitch

Dec 3










Application period:

Jul 1 - Oct 10

Judging period:

Oct 11 - Oct 19

Notification of selected teams:

Oct 20

Pitching rehearsal:

Oct 29

Event days:

Oct 30 & 31


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.

Mentors & Guest Speakers

of the program

  • All topics
  • Jurors
  • Mentors
  • Investors
  • Guest Speakers

Cristian
Tamas

Co-Founder & CMO
TypingDNA

Digital marketing expert

Liana
Dumitru

Design Manager
Plaid

Product design expert

Martyn
Davis

Head of Developer Education
Vonage

Product and community strategist

Kamil
Mieczakowski

VP
Notion Capital

Investor and adviser in technology companies

Dragos
Stanca

Founder
Upgrade 100

Digital media expert

Andrei
Dudoiu

Co-Founder & CEO
SeedBlink

Experienced banker turned into investor

Claudiu
Murariu

CEO & Co-Founder
InnerTrends

Obsessed with data-driven businesses

Antonio
Eram

Founder & CEO
Netopia

Serial entrepreneur and investor

Dorin
Boerescu

CEO
2Performant

Serial entrepreneur in the digital marketing space

Matei
Pavel

Co-Founder
T-Me studios

Serial entrepreneur and investor

Radu
Hasan

Co-Founder & CEO
SmartBill

Engineer turned into founder

Romeo
Man

Founder
MAN.digital

Sales and marketing expert

Sitar
Teli

Managing Partner
Connect Ventures

Investor and adviser in technology companies

Andrei
Brasoveanu

Investor
Accel

Investor in technology companies

Adrian
Gheara

Tech startups investor & adviser

Investor and adviser in technology companies

Andra
Zaharia

Content Marketer
The Content Habit

Content marketing specialist

Corina
Stirbu

Chief Marketing Officer
Wolfpack Digital

Marketing strategist fueled by data-driven actions & optimization

Dragos
Nicolaescu

Founder
Visionary Business Consultants

Investor and consultant for startups

Mihai
Guran

Managing Partner
GCG Consulting

Investor and consultant for startups

Eugen
Potlog

CRO Strategist
UX Studio

Highly technical CRO strategist

Marius
Tirca

Co-Founder & CTO
UiPath

Decacorn founder and pragmatic tech enthusiast

Dan
Calugareanu

Partner
Early Game Ventures

Investor and adviser in technology companies

Borys
Musielak

Founding Partner
Smok Ventures

Engineer turned entrepreneur & investor

Veronika
Pistyur

General Partner
Oktogon Ventures

Investor & startup ecosystems expert

Alan
Clayton

Global Roaming Mentor @ SOSV

Experienced founder & acceleration specialist

Marvin
Liao

Early Stage VC Investor
Tech/Media executive

Investor and adviser in technology companies

Bretton
Putter

CEO & Founder
Culture Gene

Culture expert

Michael
Perry

Director of Kit
Shopify

Director of product, marketing Shopify Product expert and founder of Kit

Ivan Brezak Brkan

CEO & Founding Editor @ Netokracija

Digital media specialist

Mada
Seghete

Co-founder & CSO @ Branch.io

Co-founder and CSO of Branch.io, San Francisco unicorn & mobile deep linking platform used by the likes of Airbnb, Pinterest, Slack, Ticketmaster, Tinder, Starbucks, and Yelp.

Malin
Stefanescu

President
TechAngels

Entrepreneur & Business Angel. He invested, from their early stages, in some of the most promising startups as Symphopay, SmartDreamers and TypingDNA.

Rumen
Iliev

Partner @ LAUNCHub Ventures

Passionate about Entrepreneurship, Startups, Venture Capital, Technology investments & Social Impact.

Radu
Georgescu

Investor @ Gecad Ventures

Serial entrepreneur turned into investor

Trevor Hatfield

Founder & CEO
Inturact

SaaS Growth Marketing & Data Analysis

Marcin
Grodzicki

Chief Product Officer @ Sotrender

Experienced founder & product management specialist

Marius
Ghenea

Partner @ 3TS Capital Partners

Venture & PE investor in tech companies, entrepreneurship professor and business angel

Andrei Pitis

Partner @ Simple Capital

Engineer turned entrepreneur & investor

Udit
Batra

Product Owner @ Booking.com

Product specialist at Booking.com, a top 10 internet company

Vladimir
Oane

Founder & CEO @ Deepstash

Serial entrepreneur of technology driven businesses

Irina
Scarlat

Global Head of Growth
Revolut

Full-stack product marketer and experienced project manager

Alexandru
Bogdan

Investor @ ROCA X

Helps startups grow their businesses.

Paolo
Ertreo

Product Designer @ Dropbox

Product designer with a passion for user-centered design

Cristian
Munteanu

Founder & Managing Partner @ Early Game Ventures

Investor and adviser in technology companies

Ondrej
Bartos

General Partner
Credo Ventures

Venture capitalist with a passion for finding outstanding founders and great talent

Jag
Singh

Managing Director @ Techstars Berlin

Investor and supporter of the next wave of disruptive European startups

Valentin
Radu

Founder & CEO @ Omniconvert

Data-driven marketer and growth hacker

Dan
Mihaescu

Managing Director @ GapMinder Venture Partners

Investor and adviser in technology companies

Jon
Bradford

Founding Partner
Dynamo VC

Serial entrepreneur turned into investor and adviser in technology companies

Enis
Hulli

Partner
500 startups Istanbul

Investor and adviser in technology companies

Jeroen
Corthout

Founder & CEO @ Salesflare

B2B product expert

Dave
Collins

Founder
Software Promotions

SEO & Google Ads expert

CHRIS
MASSEY

Experienced product specialist & co-curator @ Mind the Product

Product management and team alignment expert

Dan
Lupu

Partner @ Earlybird Venture Capital

Investor and adviser in technology companies

Mihai
Rotaru

Founder @ Neobility

Serial entrepreneur and mobility expert

Carmen
Sebe

Board Member @ SeedBlink

Results driven technology industry executive

Cristian
Dascalu

Partner @ GapMinder

Entrepreneur, acceleration specialist and investor

Raul
Popa

CEO & Data Scientist @ TypingDNA

Data scientist turned into founder

Dan
Toma

Co-Founder
OUTCOME

Innovation key opinion leader with entrepreneurial background

Program Alumni

testimonials

Raul Popa

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.”

Valentin Radu

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.”

Georgios Gatos

Co-founder @ Incrediblue

“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!”

Ready to g(r)o(w)?

Applications are reviewed periodically.

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