We’re looking for early-stage tech startups from Eastern Europe, no older than 5 years and that haven’t raised more than €1mln to date.

Spotlight is industry agnostic.


Spotlight timeline:

Aug 17 – Sep 19 Startups can apply for Spotlight 2021

Sep 20 – Sep 23  All applicants are reviewed and evaluated

Sep 24 – Sep 27  Top 40 startups are invited to Spotlight 2021 and need to confirm their participation

!!! Startups that do not confirm in due time are disqualified from the program, and startups on the waiting list are summoned instead !!!

Oct 4 – Nov 21 All 40 startups benefit from 1:1 meetings and group Q&As according to the program’s schedule.

Nov 23 All 40 startups enter semi-finals

Nov 24 Top 10 startups resulting from semi-finals pitch in the final

Nov 24 One of the startups is awarded the investment deal, in the form of a convertible note.

The investment prize is syndicated by business angel groups and venture capital funds to be announced in September.

Across all evaluation phases, the evaluation criteria are: Market Size, Team Experience, Product Value & Traction