Early and seed stage startups are welcome to apply to the Fifty Founders battle at TechChill and compete not just for investor attention, but also the main prize. The winner will receive 10 000 EUR in cash - no equity and no strings attached! The competition is hosted in partnership with Startup Wise Guys, the leading B2B, SaaS startup accelerator in Europe.
TechChill is reinventing the pitch battle format this year. In previous years many promising startups didn't get to pitch on the big stage, as the event only offered the opportunity to the top five finalists. This year, the event will showcase 50 of the most promising startups and offer them all stage time on the first day of the event to pitch their story and direct access to an audience of international VC's, business angels, accelerators, media and of course, the official jury. The finalists will still take the main stage on the last day to an audience of 2000 people and compete for the 10 000 EUR prize in cash, with no strings attached, for the winning team.
Previous TechChill pitch battle winners include Baltic success stories such as Infogr.am, TrackDuck, Edurio, Nordigen and Sprayprinter. This year the organizers expect a lot more competition from startups in the Nordics and CEE. Startup Wise Guys mentor and expert team will be leading the selection process, working together with TechChill community partners and startup organisations across Europe to hand-pick 50 most promising teams both from recommendations as well as an open call for applicants. Around half of startup teams will be selected based on startup community partner recommendations in different countries and the other half will be picked from an open pool of applicants by a professional and international jury, to be announced soon.
All seed and early stage startups are welcome to apply, with no country restrictions.
Application deadline January 7, apply here: ej.uz/50founders
TechChill has grown to become one of the leading tech, startup and entrepreneurship inspiration events in the region. For 2 days in February 8-9, 2018, the event in Riga will host up to 2000 international attendees and around 100 speakers, including CEO's, founders, and leading minds in fintech, blockchain, VR/AR, AI, hardware, testing, IoT and more. TechChill agenda will devote time to discuss trends and and the future, as well as in-depth discussions on the present and future of tech communities, the role of investors and mentors, differences in the tech ecosystems and their growth, as well as the biggest challenges startups face – growing, selling, hiring, scaling.
The event will host representatives from around 100 venture capital firms, corporate VC's, business angels and accelerators. Currently signed up participants Startup Sauna, Startup Wise Guys, Index Ventures, Cavalry Ventures, InReach Ventures, Vertical VC, 500 Startups, Hoxton Ventures, Techstars, StartupBootcamp IOT, Hardware Club, Change Ventures, EstBan, Karma Ventures, EBRD, LauncHub, NordicBan, Open Ocean, Superhero Capital and more, looking for their next investment.