Créme de la créme of European startups are heading to Prague in April to clash for the European Champ title
On April 10, 2019, at the Prague Congress Centre, the first ever European Continental Finals of the global competition Startup World Cup 2019 will be held as a part of the Startup World Cup & Summit (SWCSummit). The winner is about to win $ 500,000 USD investment prize and the title of the European Startup Champion. They will also gain entry to the global Grand Finale, which is to be held in Silicon Valley in May. Apart from the competition, the event will welcome keynote speakers from all over the world, including Apple’s first CMO, John Rizzo, the ex-VP of Instagram and CEO of Strava, James Quarles, the bestselling author and founder of Electronic Arts, Dave Evans, Avast CEO, Vince Steckler, and the billionaire Karel Janeček. Along with them the organisers expect dozens of angel investors, founders, and innovators from all around Europe. They will all be ready to network, provide guidance to fresh entrepreneurs, and look for new business opportunities.
Hundreds of up-and-coming startups are confirmed to attend SWCSummit, one of the most important events in the startup world in the Central Europe region this year. The goal is to find the European champion, create a talent network, draw the public’s attention to small businesses’ added value, and, most importantly, boost the European startup scene’s confidence. “Europe used to be an unshakeable cradle of innovation. Nowadays, despite Europe’s huge potential to retain its position, we feel momentum is shifting away. With this in mind, we see SWCSummit as an opportunity to spark new connections, investments, and ideas that can help Europe reclaim its reputation of the global innovation epicenter,” says Vít Šubert, the startup incubator UP21 CEO and the event’s co-founder.
“There’s an opportunity for everyone at SWCSummit – not only startups vying for the title and $ 500,000 USD investment prize. The event will be divided into special zones dedicated to startups, innovators from the corporate world, investors, and the general public. All attendees will be brought together through Myia, a networking and matchmaking smartphone app,” explains Václav Pavlečka, the CEO of Air Ventures and the second co-founder of the event.
The startup event of the year
For the first time, Prague is going to witness the best startup projects in Europe, the winners of 13 regional finals of the Startup World Cup. The finalists will compete to win $ 500,000 USD investment prize, the title of the European Startup Champion, and participation at the global finals held in San Francisco. Europe is the first continent to hold its own finals of this startup competition.
In the scope of SWCSummit, the regional finals of Visegrád Group takes place. 265 confirmed startups will compete to become the winning startup of the V4 Regional Finals, who will gain entry to European Continental Finals as well as entry to the global grand finale taking place in Silicon Valley in May.
The Startup World Cup & Summit (SWCSummit) is a unique marriage between the two most significant startup summits to emerge over the last few years. The Startup World Cup is a global startup summit and competition organized by the Silicon Valley venture capital fund Fenox. It was created to support innovations worldwide, interconnect subjects within the startup ecosystem, open doors for talented entrepreneurs, and identify 20 of the best startup projects on the market today. Regional winners will compete at the grand finale in Silicon Valley for $1 million and other cool prizes. SWCSummit is organized by the investment fund Air Ventures and the startup incubator UP21. Dating back to 2012, the summit has attracted speakers from leading global corporations and startups, including TechCrunch editors, Startupbootcamp chiefs, Silicon Valley investors and representatives from companies like Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop Transport Technologies and Kiwi.com. The summit has also headlined corporate leaders like Andre Wehner from Škoda Auto and Tomáš Budník from O2. Learn more at www.swcsummit.com.
UP21 is an incubator and investor, providing startups with four crucial elements to help them succeed — financial support, specialized mentoring, personal development, and key industry skills. For each startup, UP21 creates a personalized navigation plan and leads innovators on their path to success in the spirit of its motto: “Investment is not enough. Ask for a great co-pilot.” Learn more at www.UP21.com.
Air Ventures supports rising tech startups. The fund invests in dynamic technology companies with the focus mostly on the Central European region, brings unique know-how to marketing strategy-building, and allows startups to reach audiences and attract customers efficiently. Learn more at www.airvcs.com
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STARTUP OLÉ 2018
Startup Olé has become a benchmark event for the international tech-entrepreneurial ecosystem, and its fourth edition is expected to be the biggest and most impactful ever. A place where meaningful connections will be made with ALL the key players at European and international level.
With the continuous support of Startup Europe (European Commission), Startup Olé 2018 will do what it does best: showcasing startups and providing them with the right connections (Accelerators, Investors, Public Administrations, Policy-Makers, Universities, Talent, etc.). It will also provide a forum where startups can share experiences and develop synergies so that they can grow together. Whether you are a startup, a scaleup or an entrepreneur, Startup Olé 2018 is the place to be.
We know that passion never fails, and that is why we are sure that this event will really make a difference, will you miss it?
ARE YOU A STARTUP?
We know that being a startup requires 110% of your energy all around the clock, that is why we want to make things easy for you and help you out with a whole set of cool activities for startups.
In Startup Olé 2018 you will be able to share your passion with us and with more than 2,000 attendees and entrepreneurs thanks to our startup-oriented activities, actions such as astartup fair, pitching competitions, matchmaking with corporates, curated contact with mentors and even an accelerators’ competition where you’ll get to be the judge! All that in a friendly atmosphere with lots of meaningful networking.
Startups are the backbone of the Startup Olé Community, so what are you waiting for? Sign up now and apply for our startup activities!
ARE YOU AN INVESTOR?
Every startup needs investment, and every investor wants to find the best and most promising projects to make sure that his/her money really pays off.
Our goal in Startup Olé is to build bridges between investors and startups/scaleups in a friendly and filtered environment. Thanks to our wide variety of activities and our official app we ensure that investment opportunities are boosted and multiplied, all this reinforced with networking events.
Also, as an investor you will not only get to know the best startups/scaleups, you will also be able to contact with peers and colleagues to learn best practices and develop synergies.
For all this, Startup Olé provides an excellent ground to meet your perfect match as an investor and also to meet colleagues from different and international ecosystems. Startup Olé 2018 is a great opportunity that you can not miss.
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ARE YOU A CORPORATE?
Startup Olé gathers the most relevant ecosystem builders at international level.
Corporates’ Innovation Teams can gain access to a wide variety of startups and promising projects that are filtered according to each corporate’s needs. On top of this, the high density of top representatives from companies, public administrations and EU bodies makes Startup Olé an excellent opportunity for networking and synergy development.
Startup Olé has become a benchmark in European tech and entrepreneurship ecosystem, with a wide media coverage that can give your corporate high visibility at national and international level.
Coming to Startup Olé will not only guarantee that you get the projects that can drive your company through the future, it will also ensure that your business is well positionedand develops the right contacts to grow in an increasingly competitive tech environment.
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ARE YOU AN ACCELERATOR?
Accelerators are always searching for the best startups and spinoffs to incorporate them to their programmes, so our pool of innovative projects with high-growth potential will be the perfect hunting ground. In Startup Olé 2018 your accelerator will have access to over 300 startups, so you will surely find the projects that best fit into your programmes.
In addition, Startup Olé 2018 will give you the opportunity to showcase your accelerator in front of all the relevant ecosystem builders. Our Accelerator Showdown activity will allow you to present your programmes and to prove their worth while also learning best practices from peers and colleagues.
Every accelerator wants the best and most promising projects to accelerate, and we in Startup Olé have a nice handful of them, so do not wait any longer and sign up!
ARE YOU A UNIVERSITY?
In a recent survey to 30 universities as part of the Startup Europe University Network, the Startup Olé team identified lack of effective education tools for entrepreneurship and the need to improve connectivity between students, entrepreneurs and industry as the key challenges for universities regarding entrepreneurship and innovation.
For these reasons, Startup Olé brings together a range of university representatives from across Europe to discuss actions that we can take together to improve the entrepreneurial culture, connect universities to the startup ecosystem and showcase spin-offs and research projects on an international level.
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Mobility Pioneers 2018
Breaking frontiers through open innovation in the automotive sector across Europe and beyond
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Apply as a startup and have the chance to attend, pitch, and exhibit at Mobility.Pioneers for free.
Discover 120 highly-promising startups advancing the automotive industry.
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The ultimate meeting point for tech innovators; where OEMs, manufacturers, mobility providers meet the 120 most promising seed and Series A Startups working on truly game changing technologies. Bringing together 500 decision makers under one roof to have the important conversations in an exclusive milieu and make the introductions that have the potential of driving the industry forward.