APR 18
Startups from emerging tech hubs of the New East are invited to participate in Emerging & Enabling startup track, which is a part of EMERGE CHALLENGE — startup competition at EMERGE that brings together the most promising early-stage startups from emerging tech hubs.
Startups from New East have distinct competitive advantage – tech skills. However, they don't necessarily have access to funds and infrastructure for growth. The whole region has been underrepresented for a long time. Situation started changing with the development of Hi-Tech Park in Minsk, success-stories of MSQRD and AIMATTER, both being acquired by Facebook and Google respectively, Viber, legalization of ICO and cryptocurrency. EMERGE is here to provide visibility for New East region and to give access to international investors, experts and media.

Emerging & Enabling is the biggest startup track at EMERGE challenge. It includes cutting-edge technologies,changing our current world for better.

Alina Bezuglova
Founder of Rutech Ventures, organizer of EMERGE

Cutting-edge technologies, with a special focus on the following areas: 5G, Food & Agro, Cleantech, Healthtech & Wellbeing, Financial, Legal & Insurance tech, Industry 4.0 & IoT, Robotics and autonomous systems, Space, Quantum computing, Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings, Computer vision, Smart Materials, Wearables.

The general criteria is the following:
✓ Startups who have a working prototype and an early proof of demand;
✓ Startups that have received under €1 million in funding to date;
✓ Develop an emerging & enabling technology, which originates from an emerging market or solves a problem of that region.

EMERGE has set up an international and interdisciplinary committee of industrial specialists, successful tech entrepreneurs and renowned VCs to select the best startups in each industry track.
Rebecka Carlsson
Stockholm, Sweden
Climate activist, entrepreneur and NASA Singularity University alumni
Nkiru Uwaje
London, UK
Digital & Innovation Lead at Dell EMC
Ivan Savelyev
Moscow, Russia
Managing Partner at Emery Capital
Alexander Chekan
Minsk, Belarus
Partner at Haxus