EMERGE STARTUPS

We encourage tech startups from the New East to dream big. Our goal at EMERGE is to help startups scale globally and connect with the right people. Get full startup experience by applying for Startup Pass.
STARTUP PASS
Startup Pass is your chance to get attention of 2000+ audience from different parts of the world, meet potential customers, partners, investors, media and new team members. Apply NOW and enjoy full startup experience at EMERGE.

Startup Pass (€120) provides you with 3 tickets for your team, exhibition stand at Startup Alley
and opportunity to meet with investors, business angels, top domain professionals and mentors from 40+ countries.
APPLY FOR STARTUP PASS
DREAM BIG, GO GLOBAL, STAY LOCAL
€10,000
Chance to win cash prize in EMERGE CHALLENGE pitching competition. Applications open until 16 April.
100+ investors
Meet 1-on-1 with investors, media and speakers using our matchmaking tool.
2000+ audience
Showcase your product to international audience for 2 days at Startup Alley. Applications open until 16 May.
Startup Pass is your chance to get attention of 2000+ audience, meet potential customers, partners, investors, media and new team members. Apply NOW and enjoy full startup experience at EMERGE.
EMERGE CHALLENGE
Pitching competition for startups that raised from 0 till €1m in funding and have a global product. The winner will receive €10,000 cash prize. Applications open until 16 April.
STARTUP ALLEY
Exhibition stand for 2 days. Opportunity to meet potential clients, partners, media, and of course investors, as well as recruit new team members. Applications open until 16 May.
MATCHMAKING
In order to book 1-on-1 meetings with investors/media/speakers using matchmaking tool, apply before 16 May. Access all attendees via networking app.
FOUNDERS DAY
Startup-only event (3 June) consists of individual mentorship sessions and workshops. To book 1-on-1 mentorship sessions and roundtables, apply before 16 May.
TIMELINE
Your startup experience will change,
depending on the time when you apply.
30 November
30 November
Applications for Startup Pass open
Participate in Startup Santa contest to win FREE Startup Pass.
16 December
16 December
Deadline for Startup Santa contest
The winners were announced on 21 December.
16 April
16 April
Deadline for EMERGE CHALLENGE
If you want to participate in startup pitching competition and win €10,000 - apply BEFORE 16 April (23.59 GMT+3).
16 May
16 May
Deadline for Startup Alley & Matchmaking
If you want to exhibit for 2 days at Startup Alley, schedule 1-on-1 meetings with investors/speakers/media, and join mentorship sessions at Founders Day - apply, get through the selection process and buy the Startup Pass before 16 May (23.59 GMT+3)
23 May
23 May
Deadline for Startup Pass applications
Apply BEFORE 23 May and attend Founders Day and EMERGE full program, as well as all side events.
3 June
3 June
Founders Day
All successful applicants who are accepted for Startup Pass and purchased startup ticket are invited to attend this exclusive event for founders. Also, shortlisted startups for EMERGE CHALLENGE will be pre-qualified during Founders Day before they are invited to Semi-finals on 4 June.
4 June
4 June
EMERGE CHALLENGE Semi-finals
Pre-qualified startups will pitch on the Demo Stage at EMERGE in front of the jury panel. Finalists will be announced at the end of the day.
5 June
5 June
EMERGE CHALLENGE Finals
Selected finalists will pitch on the main stage. The jury panel will select the winner who will receive €10,000 cash prize.
APPLY FOR EMERGE STARTUP PASS
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WHO CAN APPLY TO EMERGE?

  • has received from 0 to €1 million in funding to date
  • develops a global product
  • has a working prototype
  • has some first traction (e.g. paying customers, downloads, signups etc)
Startup Pass is open to any startup that:
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU APPLY?
1
FILL IN THE FORM
You fill in only one application form for Startup Pass, which includes Startup Alley, Founders Day and full conference experience.
2
GIVE US SOME TIME
Wait till you get feedback from us.
It takes approximately 1−2 weeks to review the application.
3
GO THROUGH THE INTERVIEW
We would like to talk to you and get more about your product and team, so we will send you email with the calendar to book a call, and then will chat for 20 minutes.


4
ENJOY EMERGE!
Attend invite-only Founders Day with mentorship sessions on 3 June, and then hustle at EMERGE on 4 — 5 June, 2019.
*To get full startup experience at EMERGE (exhibit at Startup Alley, attend Founders Day and much more), apply before 16 May. Check all deadlines in Timeline section above.
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STARTUP APPLICATION & INTERVIEW: SURVIVAL KIT
FREE webinar
FAQs
1. What is included in Startup Pass?
Here is what comes with your Startup Pass (€120):

  • Entry to 2 days of EMERGE full program
  • Access to all talks on the program
  • Access to all attendee database via networking app
  • Access to matchmaking tool: book 1-on-1 meetings with investors/media/speakers
  • Attend Founders Day
  • Exhibit at Startup Alley for 2 days
  • Access to side events (pre-registration may be needed)
  • Entry to preparty & afterparty
  • Email support

2. How do I get Startup Pass?
You need to apply for the Startup Pass first and get through the selection process. It takes approx. 1-2 weeks to review the application. Next step - the interview via video call with our Startup Team. Once you are accepted, you will get a link to purchase the startup ticket. After you purchased the ticket, your startup can exhibit at Startup Alley and claim other benefits described on EMERGE Startup page.
3. What are criteria for Startup Pass?
Startup Pass is open for any startup that has received under €1 million in funding to date, develops a global product, and has a working prototype and early traction. Startup founders or someone from the team who knows the product well should be able to present their company in English fluently, as English is the working language of EMERGE.
4. How much does Startup Pass cost?
It costs €120. Price will increase closer to the date of the conference. For the detailed description of the Startup Pass, check the FAQ question "What is included in Startup Pass" or on EMERGE Startup page.
5. What is EMERGE CHALLENGE?
EMERGE CHALLENGE is a startup pitching competition at EMERGE. It's open for any startup that has received under €1 million in funding to date, develops a global product, and has a working prototype and early traction. Participation is included in the Startup Pass purchased before 16 April.
6. What is Startup Alley?
Startup Alley is where you exhibit your startup for 2 days. It includes a startup stand, tabletop space, plugs and logo presence. It's a meeting point for you to invite anyone from the networking app to discover your product. It is the place to attract the attention of media and get to know potential clients and partners.
7. How do I apply for EMERGE CHALLENGE?
Application for the EMERGE CHALLENGE pitching competition is closed. Yet, you still can get all other benefits of the Startup Pass (apply before 16 May to secure the stand in a Startup Alley and access to Matchmaking).
8. What is the selection process for EMERGE CHALLENGE?
Applications for EMERGE CHALLENGE close on 16 April. After that, submitted applications will be reviewed by our jury panel. All shortlisted startups will be announced on 30 April the latest and invited to the pre-qualification round of the competition at the Founders Day (3 June). Semi-finalists will present their projects at EMERGE Conference on 4 June, and then selected finalists will pitch on the Main Stage on 5 June. The winner receives €10,000 cash prize.
9. Can I apply for both EMERGE CHALLENGE and Startup Alley?
Yes, you can. It means you will compete for the prize in the startup competition and also showcase your startup at the Startup Alley during the 2 days of the conference. EMERGE CHALLENGE participation is included in the Startup Pass purchased before 16 April only.
10. What is the application fee for EMERGE CHALLENGE and Startup Alley? Can I pay separately?
EMERGE CHALLENGE and Startup Alley are already included in your Startup Pass. Whether you decide to take part in both EMERGE CHALLENGE and Startup Alley, or in one or another — the price remains the same, €120 per Startup Pass. For the detailed description of the Startup Pass, check the FAQ question "What is included in Startup Pass" or on EMERGE Startup page.
11. I don't want to exhibit at Startup Alley, can I opt out?
Startup Alley is already included in your Startup Pass. It will cost your startup €120. For the detailed description of the Startup Pass, check the FAQ question "What is included in Startup Pass" or on EMERGE Startup page. You can opt out from exhibiting. However, the ticket price won't change.
12. My startup is not selected for EMERGE CHALLENGE, can I still exhibit at Startup Alley?
Absolutely YES! Although, we can not select all the applicants for EMERGE CHALLENGE Finals, we would love to have you with us at Startup Alley. It is a chance to showcase your idea to investors and potential customers, receive feedback and get to know other founders from 30+ countries!
13. When will EMERGE CHALLENGE shortlisted startups be announced?
Shortlisted startups will be announced on 30 April the latest. These startups will then pitch at pre-qualification during Founders Day on 3 June.
14. Who can attend Founders Day?
Anyone who holds Startup Pass. You need to apply for Startup Pass and be accepted before you can purchase the ticket.
SOME OF EMERGE JUDGES IN 2018
EMERGE formed an international committee of industrial specialists, successful tech entrepreneurs and renowned VCs to select the best startups.
ANDREW GERSHFELD
Moscow, Russia
Partner at
Flint Capital
BAY MCLAUGHLIN
Hong Kong
IoT & Hardware investor, co-founder at Brinc IoT Accelerator
YURY MELNICHEK
Minsk, Belarus
Founder at Bulba Ventures, AIMATTER, Maps.me
OSCAR KNEPPERS
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Founder
at Rockstart Accelerator
ZANE BOJARE
Riga, Latvia
Marketing Director
at Startup Wise Guys
ALEXANDER CHEKAN
Minsk, Belarus
Partner at Haxus
ELENA KRAUZOVA
Moscow, Russia
Associate at Speedinvest VC Fund
ALMAS ABULCHAIROV
Moscow, Russia
Head of Analytics at Funcubator