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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 5th, out of which we will select 20 startups and get them ready for the final round with the help of industry renowned mentors.

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

Fast track to a finalist interview for the next Batch (B25) in the Silicon Valley based 500startups Seed Accelerator
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Booth at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 (29-30 Nov)

BEST PITCH

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

BEST INNOVATION

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

BEST BLOCKCHAIN STARTUP

The equivalent of 10.000 € in Elrond tokens (ERD), offered by Elrond Network

BEST AI STARTUP

EUR 50k investment by Techcelerator, powered by GapMinder Venture Partners

HOW TO WIN STARTUP SPOTLIGHT

Below you can find the schedule of the application process:

17 SEPT – 5 NOV Application period
6 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 - 5 NOV

Application period

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6 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.

PITCH TRAINING

All 20 startups selected to present on the Main Stage will benefit of a pitch training session with Elise Sass, Co-founder & COO LIFT99, on the 18th of November, in Bucharest.

After the selection process, each of the 20 startups will be notified via email with the pitching location and schedule.

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

Mihai Rotaru

Mihai Rotaru

Entrepreneur and Investor

Clever Taxi

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao

Venture Partner

500 Startups

Bogdan Ripa

Bogdan Ripa

Head of Product

UiPath

Andra Ciorici

Andra Ciorici

Product Lead RPA

UiPath

Lucian Todea

Lucian Todea

Entrepreneur & Investor

Elrond Network

Manuel Heilmann

Manuel Heilmann

VP of Global Sales

Cleverbridge

Cristian Munteanu

Cristian Munteanu

Managing Partner

Early Game Ventures

Matei Pavel

Matei Pavel

Co-Founder

T-Me Studios

Andrei Pitis

Andrei Pitis

VP Engineering & Head of RO Office

Fitbit

Rumen Iliev

Rumen Iliev

Partner

LauncHUB

Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou

Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou

Co-Founder and General Partner

Velocity.Partners

Dan Lupu

Dan Lupu

Partner

Earlybird Venture Capital

Dan Berte

Dan Berte

IoT Director

Bitdefender

Marko Srsan

Marko Srsan

Director

Techstars London

Jon Bradford

Jon Bradford

Founding Partner

Motive Partners

Ondrej Bartos

Ondrej Bartos

Partner & Chairman of the Board

Credo Ventures

Elise Sass

Elise Sass

Co-founder & COO

LIFT99

Gyula Feher

Gyula Feher

CTO & Founder

Ustream, an IBM Company

Ana-Maria Andronic

Ana-Maria Andronic

Head of IP Practice and Technology

DLA Piper Romania

Dan Mihaescu

Dan Mihaescu

Founding Partner

GapMinder Venture Partners

Cristian Patachia

Cristian Patachia

Innovation & Development Manager

Orange

Andra Ciorici

Andra Ciorici

Product Lead

UiPath

Marian Dinu

Marian Dinu

Partner

DLA Piper Romania

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

Mihai Rotaru

Mihai Rotaru

Entrepreneur and Investor

Clever Taxi

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao

Venture Partner

500 Startups

Bogdan Ripa

Bogdan Ripa

Head of Product

UiPath

Andra Ciorici

Andra Ciorici

Product Lead - RPA

UiPath

Lucian Todea

Lucian Todea

Entrepreneur & Investor

Elrond Network

Manuel Heilmann

Manuel Heilmann

VP of Global Sales

Cleverbridge

Cristian Munteanu

Cristian Munteanu

Managing Partner

Early Game Ventures

Matei Pavel

Matei Pavel

Co-Founder

T-Me Studios

Andrei Pitis

Andrei Pitis

VP Engineering & Head of RO Office

Fitbit

Rumen Iliev

Rumen Iliev

Partner

LauncHUB

Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou

Dimitris Kalavros-Gousiou

Co-Founder and General Partner

Velocity.Partners

Dan Lupu

Dan Lupu

Partner

Earlybird Venture Capital

Dan Berte

Dan Berte

IoT Director

Bitdefender

Marko Srsan

Marko Srsan

Director

Techstars London

Jon Bradford

Jon Bradford

Founding Partner

Motive Partners

Ondrej Bartos

Ondrej Bartos

Partner & Chairman of the Board

Credo Ventures

Elise Sass

Elise Sass

Co-founder & COO

LIFT99

Gyula Feher

Gyula Feher

CTO & Founder

Ustream, an IBM Company

Ana-Maria Andronic

Ana-Maria Andronic

Head of IP Practice and Technology

DLA Piper Romania

Dan Mihaescu

Dan Mihaescu

Founding Partner

GapMinder Venture Partners

Cristian Patachia

Cristian Patachia

Innovation & Development Manager

Orange

Andra Ciorici

Andra Ciorici

Product Lead

UiPath

Marian Dinu

Marian Dinu

Partner

DLA Piper Romania

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

Matei Pavel

Matei Pavel

Co-Founder

T-Me Studios

Catalina Dodu

Catalina Dodu

Global CyberSecurity Services PreSales Director

Atos

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

Valentina Ion

Valentina Ion

Director Government Industry EMEA

Microsoft

Mihai Rotaru

Mihai Rotaru

Entrepreneur and Investor

Clever Taxi

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao

Venture Partner

500 Startups

Marko Srsan

Marko Srsan

Director

Techstars London

Dan Toma

Dan Toma

Independent Innovation Consultant

Ivan Brezak Brkan

Ivan Brezak Brkan

Digital Content Entrepreneur & Consultant

Netokracija

Julian Lukaszewicz

Julian Lukaszewicz

Business Design Lead

Fjord/The Dock

Manuel Heilmann

Manuel Heilmann

VP of Global Sales

Cleverbridge

Elise Sass

Elise Sass

Co-founder & COO

LIFT99

Bianca Guta

Bianca Guta

People Analytics Lead

eMag

Andrei Botescu

Andrei Botescu

Leading Pioneer

Ape Rider, Pegas

Marius Ursache

Marius Ursache

Mentor and Teaching Fellow

MIT

Claudiu Murariu

Claudiu Murariu

CEO and Founder

InnerTrends

Luka Sučić

Luka Sučić

Programs & bizdev

Æternity Ventures

André Guedel

André Guedel

Crypto Economist, Head Intl. HQs Cluster

KPMG

Beniamin Mincu

Beniamin Mincu

Founder & CEO

Elrond Network

Gyula Feher

Gyula Feher

CTO & Founder

Ustream, an IBM Company

Veronika Pistyur

Veronika Pistyur

CEO

Bridge Budapest

Dragos Stanca

Dragos Stanca

Managing Founder

TDG Romania, iCEE.fest

Alexandru Dumitru

Alexandru Dumitru

CTO & Founder

Clever Taxi

Dylan Kennett

Dylan Kennett

Associate Corporate M&A, Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

DLA Piper UK

Dragos Manac

Dragos Manac

General Manager

Liberty Revival Holding LLC

Timothy Sherratt

Timothy Sherratt

Founder

WRKBR and Grow Grow Grow

Cosmin Ochisor

Cosmin Ochisor

Partner

GapMinder Venture Partners

Cristian Dascalu

Cristian Dascalu

Partner

GapMinder Venture Partners

Dragos Nicolaescu

Dragos Nicolaescu

CEO & Founder

Visionary Business Consultants

Sergiu Negut

Sergiu Negut

Co-founder

FintechOS

Julian Padurariu

Julian Padurariu

Founder

Pony Car

Kamil Mieczakowski

Kamil Mieczakowski

Investor

Notion

Tudor Nedelea

Tudor Nedelea

Head of Tax Practice

DLA Piper Romania

Cristina Bucur

Cristina Bucur

Counsel Corporate M&A

DLA Piper Romania

Tudor Juravlea

Tudor Juravlea

Co-founder

Design Thinking Society

Mihai Guran

Mihai Guran

Managing Partner

Guru Consulting Global

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

Matei Pavel

Matei Pavel

Co-Founder

T-Me Studios

Catalina Dodu

Catalina Dodu

Global CyberSecurity Services PreSales Director

Atos

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

Valentina Ion

Valentina Ion

Director Government Industry EMEA

Microsoft

Mihai Rotaru

Mihai Rotaru

Entrepreneur and Investor

Clever Taxi

Marvin Liao

Marvin Liao

Venture Partner

500 Startups

Marko Srsan

Marko Srsan

Director

Techstars London

Dan Toma

Dan Toma

Independent Innovation Consultant

Ivan Brezak Brkan

Ivan Brezak Brkan

Digital Content Entrepreneur & Consultant

Netokracija

Julian Lukaszewicz

Julian Lukaszewicz

Business Design Lead

Fjord/The Dock

Manuel Heilmann

Manuel Heilmann

VP of Global Sales

Cleverbridge

Elise Sass

Elise Sass

Co-founder & COO

LIFT99

Bianca Guta

Bianca Guta

People Analytics Lead

eMag

Andrei Botescu

Andrei Botescu

Leading Pioneer

Ape Rider, Pegas

Marius Ursache

Marius Ursache

Mentor and Teaching Fellow

MIT

Claudiu Murariu

Claudiu Murariu

CEO and Founder

InnerTrends

Luka Sučić

Luka Sučić

Programs & bizdev

Æternity Ventures

André Guedel

André Guedel

Crypto Economist, Head Intl. HQs

KPMG

Beniamin Mincu

Beniamin Mincu

Founder & CEO

Elrond Network

Gyula Feher

Gyula Feher

CTO & Founder

Ustream, an IBM Company

Veronika Pistyur

Veronika Pistyur

CEO

Bridge Budapest

Dragos Stanca

Dragos Stanca

Managing Founder

TDG Romania, iCEE.fest

Alexandru Dumitru

Alexandru Dumitru

CTO & Founder

Clever Taxi

Dylan Kennett

Dylan Kennett

Associate Corporate M&A, Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

DLA Piper UK

Dragos Manac

Dragos Manac

General Manager

Liberty Revival Holding LLC

Timothy Sherratt

Timothy Sherratt

Founder

WRKBR and Grow Grow Grow

Cosmin Ochisor

Cosmin Ochisor

Partner

GapMinder Venture Partners

Cristian Dascalu

Cristian Dascalu

Partner

GapMinder Venture Partners

Dragos Nicolaescu

Dragos Nicolaescu

CEO & Founder

Visionary Business Consultants

Sergiu Negut

Sergiu Negut

Co-founder

FintechOS

Julian Padurariu

Julian Padurariu

Founder

Pony Car

Kamil Mieczakowski

Kamil Mieczakowski

Investor

Notion

Tudor Nedelea

Tudor Nedelea

Head of Tax Practice

DLA Piper Romania

Cristina Bucur

Cristina Bucur

Counsel Corporate M&A

DLA Piper Romania

Tudor Juravlea

Tudor Juravlea

Co-founder

Design Thinking Society

Mihai Guran

Mihai Guran

Managing Partner

Guru Consulting Global

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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