EMERGE STARTUPS
Our goal at EMERGE is to help startups scale globally and connect with the right people. Applications to pitch at EMERGE CHALLENGE closed, but you can still apply to participate at EMERGE with a STARTUP PASS.
STARTUP PASS (€90) provides you with 3 TICKETS for your team, exhibition stand at virtual STARTUP ALLEY and opportunity to meet with investors, business angels, top domain professionals and mentors from 40+ countries. APPLY NOW
Chance to win cash prize in EMERGE CHALLENGE pitching competition. Applications closed.
EMERGE CHALLENGE
Online 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 CLOSED.
€10,000
Meet 1-on-1 with investors, accelerators and media using our matchmaking tool.
100+ INVESTORS
Showcase your product to international audience at virtual Startup Alley.
Apply UNTIL 31 MAY.
3500+ AUDIENCE
STARTUP ALLEY
Virtual exhibition. Opportunity to meet potential clients, partners, media, and of course investors, as well as recruit new team members. Applications open UNTIL 28 MAY.
MATCHMAKING
Book 1-on-1 online meetings with investors/media/speakers using matchmaking app. To get experts feedback, schedule individual mentorship sessions and join roundtable discussions.
VENTURE NIGHT (invite-only)
Startups at later stage (scaleups) and those, who show exceptional technology/growth, will be invited to present at Venture Night - special stream for investors.
TIMELINE
Your startup experience will change, depending on the time when you apply.
16 MAY
16 MAY
Deadline for EMERGE CHALLENGE
If you want to pitch and win €10,000 — APPLY BEFORE 16 MAY (23.59 GMT+3). Startup Pass will not include this opportunites after the deadline.
21-22 MAY
21-22 MAY
EMERGE CHALLENGE Quarter-final
All successful applicants who are accepted for Startup Pass and purchased startup ticket are invited to pitch in front of the jury panel.
28 MAY
28 MAY
Last day to get your Startup Pass
Startup Pass is available for purchase UNTIL 28 MAY (23:59 GMT+3). It includes virtual booth at Startup Alley, access to Matchmaking App with an opportunity to schedule 1-on-1 meeting with global investors, as well as access EMERGE conference full program.
1 - 2 JUN
1 - 2 JUN
EMERGE CHALLENGE Semi-final
All teams who got into Semi-final will pitch at the X Stream at EMERGE in front of the jury panel and conference attendees. Finalists will be announced at the end of the day on 2 June.
3 JUN
3 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 startups that:
+ received up to €3 mln in funding to date;
+ have a working prototype;
+ develop a global innovative tech product;
+ have some first traction (e.g. paying customers, downloads, signups, etc).
FAQs
What is included in Startup Pass?
When applying before 28 May, your Startup Pass (Super Late €90) includes:

  • 3 tickets with PRO benefits
  • Virtual booth at Startup alley
  • Access to networking app to schedule 1-on-1 meetings with investors
  • Featuring in EMERGE newsletter for investors
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. 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. Note, full startup experience (opportunity to pitch in EMERGE CHALLENGE, get a stand at Startup Alley, access to matchmaking) is available for those, who apply before 16 May.
What are criteria for Startup Pass?
Startup Pass is open for any early stage startup that has received under €500k in funding to date, develops a global tech product, and has a working prototype and early traction.
How much does Startup Pass cost?
Early Bird price is €75. Price will increase up to €150 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 €500k in funding to date, develops a global innovative tech product, and has a working prototype and early traction. Participation is included in the Startup Pass purchased before 16 May.
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 EMERGE CHALLENGE is open until 16 May. You need to fill in the application form first. All applicants need to hold Startup Pass in order to enter the competition. Shortlisted startups for Semi-Finals will be announced after 16 May, when all applications are recieved.
When applying before 16 May, you get all startup benefits, including opportunity to be selected for EMERGE CHALLENGE, a stand in a Startup Alley and access to Matchmaking.
What is the selection process for EMERGE CHALLENGE?
Applications for EMERGE CHALLENGE close on 16 May. After that, submitted applications will be reviewed by our jury panel, followed by video interviews. All shortlisted startups will be invited to the Semi-Finals at the Founders Day (1 June). Selected finalists will pitch on the Main Stage on 2 June. 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. 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 May 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, €75 for the Early Bird rate that increases up to €150 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 €75 for the Early Bird rate that increases up to €150 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. 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 in late May. These startups will then pitch at Semi-Finals during the Founders Day on 1 June.