Startup challenge
17-18 MAY, Minsk

Across 2 days startups competed in a pitching battle to become the winner of Emerge CHALLENGE 2018.

While applications to CHALLENGE are now closed, startups who want to participate in the conference and have access to matchmaking with investors and a chance to attend VIP Reception by Flint Capital, can still apply to showcase at Startup Alley before May 6.

All shortlisted startups will get FREE General Attendee ticket.

CHALLENGE is the startup competition at EMERGE that brings together the most promising early-stage startups from emerging tech hubs.

CHALLENGE is open to any startup that has received under €1 million in funding to date, develops an emerging & enabling technology, originates from an emerging market or solves a problem of that region. General criteria are a working prototype and an early proof of demand.
The selected startups of each startup track will beinvited to compete in CHALLENGE Finals on Main Stage. The winner receives media publicity, great attention from investors and potential partners, as well as the money prize, which will be announced later on.
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.
Technologies in Philanthropy for social enterprises, organisations with social responsibility focus, volunteers, NGOs, associations, making their operations more efficient.
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Includes technology solutions in the following industries: Advertising, Marketing, Design, Fashion, Games,Architecture, Retail, Music, AR&VR, Media.
powered by Bulba Ventures
Industry agnostic startups that use AI & Machine learning technology, as well as work with data.
for blockchain & ICO startups
BLOCKHAIN & CRYPTO is open to any pre-ICO companies that use blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and plan to fundraise using ICO.
Get €5,000 cash prize sponsored by Flint Capital
Selected startups get a FREE ticket to EMERGE
Semi-finalist startups exhibit at Startup Alley for FREE
Get featured in CoFounder startup magazine and other media
The winners of startup tracks get special prizes from Bulba Ventures, Warner Music, Rybakov Foundation, Digrate and
Starta Capital offers free place and legal address in their coworking space & accelerator in New York
Top 5 winners will participate in Rutech bootcamp in London for FREE (individual meetings with investors/accelerators/potential partners and clients), to be used before May 2019
Innov8 Global Labs offer "Silicon Valley insiders intensive" acceleration programme at YellowDoor in Moscow for FREE, to be used before May 2019

The finalist startups get FREE tickets to TechChill 2019 tech conference in Riga, Latvia
Blockchain startups will get a chance to pass free acceleration programme at
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.
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,
Andrei Avsievich
Minsk, Belarus
Partner and Founder at
Bulba Ventures
Oscar Kneppers
Amsterdam, Netherlands
at Rockstart Accelerator
Zane Bojare
Riga, Latvia
Marketing Director
at Startup Wise Guys
Melinda Woolf
Los Angeles, USA
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
Rebecka Carlsson
Stockholm, Sweden
Climate activist,
entrepreneur and
NASA Singularity U alumni
Arseniy Poyarkov
Moscow, Russia
Co-Founder at