3 MIN READ, FEB 4, 2020
The first EMERGE conference was held in May 2018 in Minsk. Thanks to the interest and support of the tech community, in the first year, the event gathered 1,500+ participants from 22 countries of the world. Last year, the event was attended by 2100+ people from 43 countries. Among them: 34% — founders of startups and CEO, 28% — technical specialists. Interestingly, 43% — women in tech. Probably not the last role in this is played that the conference has 2 female founders ;-)
Alina Bezuglova & Margo Lazarenkova, EMERGE Founders
Alina Bezuglova (left) and Margo Lazarenkova (right), EMERGE founders
The cross-cutting theme of the conference is the creation of global innovative products and technology investments. EMERGE is the only event of such a scale that represents the interests of investors, startups, large businesses and corporations and forms a new look at the New East region (includes the countries of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Central Asia) as an emerging technology hub.

Over the years, EMERGE stages — FUTURE, BUILD and GROWTH — featured representatives of such world-famous companies as Microsoft, Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, Bayer, WeTransfer, Revolut, EPAM, WARGAMING, Grammarly, Pandadoc, 500 Startups, etc. As well as successful entrepreneurs, investors and opinion leaders: for example, NASA Singularity University graduate Rebecka Carlson, model, business angel, and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, Nike Innovation Kitchen design laboratory director Lysandre Follet, entrepreneur, analyst, and journalist of VentureBeat Stewart Rogers and others.
Stewart Rogers at EMERGE 2019
Stewart Rogers, VentureBeat
Despite the fact that in their speeches on the EMERGE stage, speakers raise the most pressing questions about the future of mankind, discuss the most pressing issues for startups (how to attract investment, scale, create a product that consumers will love), in its spirit and format, EMERGE is a conference-festival. Inside, there are many micro-formats for informal but effective networking (from Tech running club in the morning to Startup f * ckup night in the evening).

For startups, EMERGE is a great opportunity to find customers, new team members, investors (there will be 100+ this year), give interviews to foreign media reporters, and win € 10,000 and other valuable prizes from venture funds and international accelerators during the pitch contest EMERGE CHALLENGE. Just now started accepting applications. Deadline — May 16th.
EMERGE Challenge Winners 2019
EMERGE Challenger Award winners in 2019
In addition, EMERGE organizers launched Startups Fast Track this year. By submitting an application before February 14th, startups have a chance to win three free tickets for team members, the right to present their booth at Startup Alley for free, participate in the EMERGE CHALLENGE pitch contest, and also be added to the EMERGE Investors Update weekly newsletter for investors (base includes 300+ ecosystem players, among subscribers such funds and accelerators as Flint Capital, Bulba Ventures, Haxus, Speedinvest VC, Rockstart Accelerator, Startup Wise Guys, etc.).

Startups Fast Track invites start-ups of early stages (attracted up to € 500,000) who are developing a global product, have a working prototype and traction. 10 lucky winners will be announced on February 28th.
Startup Alley at EMERGE 2019
Startup Alley at EMERGE 2019
Please note: Registration for buying 2-for-1 tickets is open now on the conference website — two for the price of one. Early booking will help you learn about the start of 2-for-1 ticket sales, receive program updates, and participate in special promotions and conference events.

* The New East region includes countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania.
PR Manager, EMERGE
Julia specializes in writing texts about startups, VC and leaders of IT industry.