EMERGE STARTUPS
Our goal at EMERGE is to help startups scale globally and connect with the right people to accelerate your business.
STARTUP TICKET (€80) provides you with 3 TICKETS for your team, expo booth at the virtual Startup Alley and pitch opportunities.

Are you an early stage startup? We invite you to take part in EMERGE CHALLENGE competition to win €10,000.

Already a Scaleup and have a growth? We prepared VENTURE LOUNGE for you with themed pitch sessions in front of international Seed/Series A investors.
Chance to win cash prize in EMERGE CHALLENGE pitching competition. Applications are now open.
EMERGE CHALLENGE
Online pitching competition for early stage startups that raised up to €250K in funding and have a global product. The winner will receive €10,000 cash prize. Applications open UNTIL 20 APRIL.
€10,000
Guaranteed 1-on-1 mentorship sessions with investors, accelerators, corporates and media using our matchmaking tool.
300+ INVESTORS
Showcase your product to international audience at the virtual Startup Alley. Apply before 20 APRIL.
5000+ AUDIENCE
STARTUP ALLEY
Virtual expo. Showcase with an opportunity to meet potential clients, partners, media, and of course investors, as well as recruit new team members.
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 LOUNGE for scaleups
Startups at later stages and those, who develop deep tech and/or show high growth will be invited for participation in an online invite-only themed pitching event in front of international Seed/Series A investors.
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TIMELINE
Your startup experience will change, depending on the time when you apply.
20 APRIL
20 APRIL
Deadline for pitching application:
EMERGE CHALLENGE & VENTURE LOUNGE
If you are an early stage startup and want to pitch to win €10,000, or scaleup and want to pitch in front of Seed/Series A investors — APPLY BEFORE 20 APRIL (23.59 GMT+3). These options will not be included in the Startup Pass after the deadline.
26-28 APRIL
26-28 APRIL
EMERGE CHALLENGE 1/4 Finals
All successful applicants who are accepted for Startup Ticket, purchased startup ticket and qualify for EMERGE CHALLENGE, are invited to pitch in front of the jury panel.
11 MAY
11 MAY
Last day to get your Startup Ticket
Startup Ticket is available for purchase UNTIL 11 MAY (23:59 GMT+3). It includes an expo at the virtual Startup Alley, access to Matchmaking App with an opportunity to schedule 1-on-1 meetings with global investors, as well as access EMERGE conference full programme.
12 - 13 MAY
12 - 13 MAY
EMERGE CHALLENGE 1/2 Finals
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 second conference day on 13 May.
12 - 14 MAY
12 - 14 MAY
VENTURE LOUNGE pitches
Throughout the conference days, invite-only startups and scaleups will participate in closed pitching sessions with Q&A from international VCs.
14 MAY
14 MAY
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.
CRITERIA TO PITCH
FOR EMERGE CHALLENGE (for early stage startups):
For VENTURE LOUNGE (for deep tech & scaleups):
- a global innovative tech product;
- deep technology (possibly without traction);
- growth stage with recurring revenue/user growth;
- looking at Seed/Series A fundraising round.
- a global innovative tech product;
- received up to €250k in funding to date;
- has a working prototype and first traction.
GEORGE ROBSON (UK)
Partner
Sequoia Capital
ALEXANDER VIDIBORSKIY (UK)
Principal
Atomico
DMITRY FIRSKIN (USA/IL/RU)
Chief Investment Officer
AltaIR Capital
PAVEL BOGDANOV (DE)
General Partner
Almaz Capital
EE LING LIM (SG)
Head of APAC Business Development
500 Startups
ONUR CAN (DE)
Senior Investment Manager
APX
NIKOLAI ORESHKIN (USA)
Managing Partner
Elysium Venture Capital
TOMAS MARTUNAS (LT)
Founding Partner
Iron Wolf Capital

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FAQs
What is included in a Startup Ticket?
When applying before 20 April, your Startup Ticket includes:

  • 3 tickets with PRO benefits
  • Opportunity to pitch
  • Exhibit in the virtual Startup Alley
  • Access to the Matchmaking App to schedule 1-on-1 meetings with investors
  • Feature in EMERGE newsletter for investors
How do I get a Startup Ticket?
You need to apply for the Startup Ticket 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 claim other benefits described on EMERGE Startup page. Note, full startup experience (opportunity to pitch in EMERGE CHALLENGE and Venture Lounge, exhibit at the Startup Alley, access to matchmaking) is available for those, who apply before 20 April.
What are the criteria for the Startup Ticket?
Startup Ticket is open for any innovative tech startup from the New East region that has received under €3 mln in funding to date, develops a global tech product, and has a working prototype and early traction.
How much does the Startup Ticket cost?
Standard price is €80. Price will increase up to €100 closer to the date of the conference. For the detailed description of the Startup Pass, check the FAQ question "What is included in a Startup Ticket" 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 €250k in funding to date, develops a global innovative tech product, and has a working prototype and early traction. The winner of the competition gets €10,000 cash prize. Participation is included in the Startup Ticket if purchased before 20 April.
What is VENTURE LOUNGE?
VENTURE LOUNGE is invite-only themed pitch session for global tech startups at the growth stage with recurring revenue or users and/or developing deep tech. Pitch will take place in front of international Seed/Series A investors. Participation is included in the Startup Ticket if purchased before 20 April.
Can I pitch both in EMERGE CHALLENGE and VENTURE LOUNGE?
When you apply for Startup Ticket before 20 April, you get a chance to pitch. Depending on your startup stage and technology focus, you will be invited to either of the pitching sessions.
What is Startup Alley?
Startup Alley is where you exhibit your startup for 3 days. It is a virtual catalogue with all the inrofamtion you provided when applying. It is the place to attract the attention of investors, media and get to know potential clients and partners.
How do I apply for EMERGE CHALLENGE?
Application for EMERGE CHALLENGE is open until 20 April. 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 at the beginning of May latest when all applications are recieved.
When applying before 20 of April, 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 20 April. 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 12 and 13 May during the EMERGE. Selected finalists will pitch on the Main Stage on 14 May. 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 3 days of the conference. EMERGE CHALLENGE participation is included in the Startup Ticket purchased before 20 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 Ticket. Whether you decide to take part in both EMERGE CHALLENGE and Startup Alley, or in one or another — the price remains the same. For the detailed description of the Startup Ticket, check the FAQ question "What is included in Startup Ticket" 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 Ticket. It will be a virtual booth with all information about your startup you filled when applying. You can opt-out from exhibiting, just shoot as an email on startups@emergeconf.io.
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 at the beginning of May. These startups will then pitch at Semi-Finals.