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 is your chance to get attention of 3500+ 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 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.
Chance to win cash prize in EMERGE CHALLENGE pitching competition. Applications open UNTIL 16 APRIL.
EMERGE CHALLENGE
Pitching competition for startups that raised from 0 till €500k in funding and have a global product. The winner will receive €10,000 cash prize. Applications open UNTIL 16 MAY.
€10,000
Meet 1-on-1 with investors, accelerators and media using our matchmaking tool.
100+ INVESTORS
Showcase your product to international audience for 2 days at Startup Alley. Applications open UNTIL 16 MAY.
3500+ AUDIENCE
STARTUP ALLEY
Exhibition stand for 2 JUNE. 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 31 MAY. Access all attendees via networking app.
FOUNDERS DAY
Startup-only event, 1 JUNE, consists of individual mentorship sessions and workshops. To book 1-on-1 mentorship sessions and roundtables, APPLY BEFORE 31 MAY.
TIMELINE
Your startup experience will change, depending on the time when you apply.
27 JAN
27 JAN
Startups Fast Track
Apply for EMERGE Startups Fast Track till the 14 FEBRUARY and get the opportunity to win FREE Startup pass to EMERGE and be featured in our Investors Updates.
9 FEB
9 FEB
Application period
Apply now to get the most of Startup Pass experience at EMERGE.
16 MAY
16 MAY
Deadline for EMERGE CHALLENGE and Startup Alley applications
If you want to pitch and win €10,000, as well as get exhibit at Startup Alley — apply BEFORE 16 MAY (23.59 GMT+3). Startup Pass will not include this opportunites after the deadline.
31 MAY
31 MAY
Last day to get your Startup Pass
Startup Pass is available for purchase TILL 31 MAY (23:59 GMT+3). It includes access to Matchmaking App with an opportunity to schedule 1-on-1 meeting with international investors and media, as well as access to Founders Day and EMERGE conference full program.
1 JUN
1 JUN
Founders Day & Semi-finals
All successful applicants who are accepted for Startup Pass and purchased startup ticket are invited to attend this exclusive event for founders. 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.
2 JUN
2 JUN
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.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Startup Pass is open to any startup that:
+ has received from 0 to €500K in funding to date;
+ has a working prototype;
+ develops a global product;
+ has some first traction (e.g. paying customers, downloads, signups, etc).
APPLY FOR STARTUP PASS
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FAQs
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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.