European Startup Challenge

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December 9, 2021

Startups & Scaleups

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Sectors

We are looking for regional startups and scaleups from Europe raising seed, pre-series A, series A and beyond in following verticals:

Business & ICT

AI & Analytics & Big Data

Fintech & Insurtech

Smart Cities & Home

Industry 4.0 & Proptech

Transport & Logistics

Planet & Sustainability

Healthcare & Wellbeing

Timeline

November 24, 2021

Application closes

November 29 - December 6, 2021

Jury work

December 7, 2021

Top 10 announcement

December 8, 2021

Workshop Day

December 9, 2021

Pitching Session & VC Talks - Winners announcement

1:00 pm CET | How to increase sales with a better payments experience?

by Elena Maricic and Sumit Kumar from Stripe

2:00 pm CET | No money but good story - how to grab media attention?

by Joanna Parasiewicz, Communication & Marketing Manager for CEE Region at OVHcloud

3:00 pm CET | CX-led growth: learnings from analyzing 4,600 early-stage companies

by Tommy Klouwers, Sr. Growth Marketing Manager at Zendesk

11:00 am - 12:30 pm CET | Pitching Session

Selected startups will pitch their solutions to leading global VC funds.

12:30 - 1:15 pm CET | Trends shaping VC & startup scene

Meet the Speakers

  • Marcin Hejka

    General Partner, OTB Ventures

  • Alexander Pak

    Investment Director, TMT Investments

  • Diana Koziarska

    Partner, SMOK Ventures

  • Marcin Laczynski

    Partner, Next Road Ventures

  • Artur Banach

    Managing Partner, Movens Capital

  • Berkin Toktaş

    Managing Director, Revo Capital

1:20 - 2:05 pm CET | CEE VC & startup ecosystem outlook

Meet the Speakers

  • Ewa Chronowska

    Partner, Next Road Ventures

  • Enis Hulli

    General Partner, 500 Istanbul

  • Jan Habermann

    Partner, Credo Ventures

  • Richard Illes

    Investment Director, OXO Holdings

  • Valeri Petrov

    Partner, Eleven Ventures

  • Marcin Kurek

    Managing Partner, Market One Capital

2:10 - 2:55 pm CET | ESG in Venture Capital and startups

Meet the Speakers

  • Gregory Leschenko

    Chief Investment Director, Huawei

  • Alisa Band

    Senior Investment Manager, Henkel Tech Ventures

  • Stevica Kuharski

    Principal, Fil Rouge Capital

  • Maximilian Schausberger

    Managing Director, Elevator Ventures

  • Paweł Maj

    VC Investor & Advisor

  • Konrad Koncerewicz

    Head Of VC & Startups, Vestbee

3:00 pm CET | Winners announcement

Winners of the fist edition of European Startup Challenge will be revealed!

Prizes

Fast Track To 1M EUR Investment

Up to 1M EUR investment for selected startups after positive due diligence

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Up To $25,000 For TOP 10

AWS Credits: up to $25,000 for TOP 10 & $10,000 for all participants!

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Up To 90% Off

Up to 90% off on HubSpot for Startups for Top 100 eligible teams

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Up To €100.000

Up to €100.000 infrastructure credits for all applicants + fast track to the OVHcloud Startup Program, marketing & technical support for TOP 10

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Dedicated Support From Startup Success Team!

1-on-1 onboarding with Startup Success team for TOP 10 and 6 months FREE for all participants!

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Microsoft For Startups Program

Participation in Microsoft For Startups program for selected teams

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€30.000 Credits

Stripe Credits: €30.000 for TOP 10 and €15.000 for all participants!

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12 Months For FREE

12 FREE months for basic plan or 90% off for premium plan for selected eligible startups

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6 Months For FREE

6 months for FREE for the Winner and 3 months for all applicants!

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Annual FREE Premium Access

Annual Business Plan for the Winner, 6 FREE months for TOP 10 and 3 months for all applicants!

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Annual FREE Premium Access

Annual Premium Access for the Winning Team, 6 months FREE for 2nd and 3rd place & 1 free month for all applicants!

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Up To 500,000 FREE Credits

500,000 FREE email verifications for TOP 3; 100,000 for TOP 10 and 25,000 + 20% off for all participants

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FREE IT Work

120 hours for the Winner, 40 hours for TOP 10 and 10 hours for all applicants!

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Media Coverage

For The Winner & 35% discount for all applicants!

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Media Coverage

For The TOP 3

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Pitching On Stage

Live pitching for selected startups from TOP 10 during the bigest conference for startup ecosystem in CEE

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Special Startup Mentions

Most interesting startups will be featured by special mentions in the following categories:

CEE Startup

Newcomer

Scaleup

Impact Startup

Female Founder

Judges

Meet the Judges who will be bringing their industry knowledge to assess the Winners

  • Ewa Chronowska

    Partner, Next Road Ventures

  • Jan Habermann

    Partner, Credo Ventures

  • Enis Hulli

    General Partner, 500 Istanbul

  • Michał Bajda

    Business Creation Manager, EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe

  • Szymon Kwiatkowski

    Business Creation Manager, EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe

  • Gregory Leschenko

    Chief Investment Director, Huawei

  • Numan Numan

    Managing Partner, 212

  • Onur Erbay

    Partner, Global Founders Capital

  • Marcin Hejka

    General Partner, OTB Ventures

  • Marcin Laczynski

    Partner, Next Road Ventures

  • Alexander Pak

    Investment Director, TMT Investments

  • Daniel Tomov

    Founding Partner, Eleven Ventures

  • Tomas Martunas

    Founding Partner, Iron Wolf Capital

  • Maximilian Schausberger

    Managing Director, Elevator Ventures

  • Marcin Kurek

    Managing Partner, Market One Capital

  • Henry Jefferies

    Senior Associate, Accel

  • Julien Coustaury

    Partner, Fil Rouge Capital

  • Bartosz Lipnicki

    Managing Partner, Alfabeat

  • Dilek Dayinlarli

    Managing Partner, ScaleX Ventures

  • Michał Rokosz

    Partner, Inovo Venture Partners

  • Wojciech Majewski

    Managing Director, Simpact Fund

  • Georg Ioannidis

    Managing Director, Uniqa Ventures

  • Alisa Band

    Senior Investment Manager, Henkel Tech Ventures

  • Krzysztof Tokarski

    Managing Director, PKO VC

  • Marcin Szczecinski

    Investment Manager, Adamed

  • Michael Claes

    Senior Technology Manager, SABIC Ventures

  • Szymon Syp

    Angel Investor, Partner at SSK&W Law Firm

  • Assaf Shamia

    Investment Partner, Giesecke+Devrient Ventures

  • Martin Mossler

    Managing Director, Science Park Graz

  • Claudia Czigony

    Investment Manager, Impact Ventures

  • Agnieszka Poznanska

    Head Of Origination, Shape VC

  • Adam Rudowski

    General Partner, Level2 Ventures

  • Mirosław Adamczyk

    Managing Director, DuoLife

  • Richard Illes

    Investment Director, OXO Holdings

  • Vuk Lau

    Partner, Reveris

  • Andrej Petrus

    Investment Manager, ZAKA Ventures

  • Helmuts Lejnieks

    Chairman of the Board, Latvian Business Angels Network

  • Adam de sola Pool

    Business Angel, MIT Angels

  • Branko Drobnak

    President, Business Angels Of Slovenia

  • Magdalena Balcerzak

    Manager, CEE Business Angels Network

Powered By

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Strategic Partners

Next Road Ventures logoamazon web services logoEIT InnoEnergy logo

Corporate Partners

  • Huawei logo
  • Microsoft logo
  • ovh startups program logo
  • hubspot logo
  • Stripe logo
  • SSK&W Law Firm logo
  • Brand24 logo
  • TrustMate logo
  • Avisto Eastern logo
  • Zendesk for startups logo
  • Customer.io logo
  • Beautiful.ai logo
  • duolife logo
  • Bouncer logo

Partners

  • 500 Startups logo
  • Accel logo
  • Credo Ventures logo
  • TMT Investments logo
  • Uniqa Ventures logo
  • Market One Capital logo
  • Eleven Ventures logo
  • 212 logo
  • Henkel Tech Ventures logo
  • PKO TFI logo
  • Inovo Venture Partners logo
  • Global Founders Capital logo
  • Fil Rouge Capital logo
  • otb logo
  • Iron Wolf Capital logo
  • Elevator Ventures logo
  • Impact Ventures logo
  • ScaleX Ventures logo
  • oxo holdings logo
  • Level2 Ventures logo
  • augere venture fund logo
  • Shape Venture Capital logo
  • Sabic logo
  • GD Ventures logo
  • Science Park Graz logo
  • Adamed Technology logo
  • Starta Ventures logo
  • Simpact logo
  • alfabeat logo
  • reveris logo
  • zaka ventures logo
  • Wexelerate logo
  • ReaktorXlogo
  • Eban logo
  • latvian business angels network logo
  • Business Angels of Slovenia logo
  • Lithuanian Business Angels Network logo

Community Partners

  • Blue Lake Accelerator logo
  • albania tech logo
  • Bulgarian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association logo
  • cLAB Ventures logo
  • bSpherik Accelerator logo
  • Huge Thing logo
  • Link To Leaders logo
  • Disruption Banking logo
  • Female Founders logo
  • Proptech Romania logo
  • The Startup Club logo
  • Spinlab logo
  • Mamstartup.pl logo
  • Brief logo
  • ITKey Media logo
  • Zrobotyzowany.pl logo
  • Terkko Health Hub logo
  • Comparic logo
  • Baltic Sandbox logo
  • Unit City logo
  • FxMag logo
  • SPI logo
  • Smart Everything Everywhere logo
  • crossweb logo
  • techstars logo
  • Open Data Incubator logo
  • Kiuas logo
  • Invest in Wroclaw logo
  • Bird Incubator logo
  • Sampo Accelerator logo
  • Sieć Otwartych Innowacji logo
  • Czech Startups logo
  • Finance Project Manager logo
  • CESA Awards
  • HowToWeb logo
  • Impact CEE logo
  • TechChill logo
  • InfoShare logo
  • Techyslvania logo
  • Webit logo
  • Up21 logo

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