Webit.Foundation

Webit Foundation is a not-for-profit European organization with a registry number 176453146
and address 44 Cherni Vrah Blvd., 1st floor, Sofia 1407, BG, EU.

Our Mission generate societal and environmental change through fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and exponential technologies.

Plamen Russev, Ph.D
Executive Chairman, Webit.Foundation

History

Webit Foundation was established 3 years after the start of the Webit events aiming to support with grants innovative and fast growing scale-up companies. During the past 12 years over 1'500 companies from 140 countries have received grants providing them access to Webit Festival, exhibition spaces ad booths, event tickets, sponsorships, services, incl matchmaking with investors, corporate partners; PR and media services;

Webit events

Webit is one of the largest business / technology, policy, investors and scale up companies communities that gathers at Webit events with 250'000+ in-person attendees and 1'500'000+ virtual attendees so far with 80% founders and executive level represented from 190+ countries.

Back in 2008 Webit became a brainchild of Dr. Plamen Russev who wanted to create a brand new global platform which to represent the term 'convergence' in the events industry. While the technology was fast developing, there was no such event in the world which to gather all industries impacted by the tech at one place.

Webit became the first in the world event of this kind which became host of 10 (at later stage 15) parallel stages hosting summits on topics from Health Innovation and Biotech, through Branding and Marketing, Smart Cities and Mobility, FinTech, Cyber Security to Defence and Space.

It might be something usual today, but back in 2008 this was perceived crazy as the events were to be very focused and specialised back in that time. So basically Webit created a new breed of events which today are spread around the globe.

During the years the Webit events became a meeting ground not only for large corporates and policy makers, but also innovators and investors. Webit became the first event in the world to establish a global competition and to provide expo space and tickets alongside other services for the top 150 companies for free in harmony with Webit's mission.

Founders Games

Founders Games became the flagship premier, global scale-up competition and platform to select the best founders who not only create highly scalable and high growth businesses, but in our days also generating social and environmental positive change. Currently Founders Games hosts 2 seasons per year (summer and winter) and gives the world's biggest funding award of $6M (six million USD).

The history of success of the finalists of the Founders Games is world known. The fact is that each finalist of the Games closes a financing round up to 3-4 months (latest) after being announced.

The FG6 Index - tracing the attracted capital by the FG finalists for the past 6 years is 6.9, meaning that all finalists for the past 6 years, cumulatively have increased their attracted capital by 6.9 times.

Webit Investment Network Plc

The power of our global network and the trust accumulated during the past 15 years resulted in Webit Investment Network (BSE: WIN).
WIN became the first publicly listed investment company creating high financial returns while generating social and environmental change alongside. WIN invests in high growth, late stage scale-ups which not only represent highly scalable and innovative businesses but also impact at least 1 of the UN SDGs. Thus proving that saving the humankind can and should be a sustainable and profitable business itself.

The WIN IPO was on June 6, 2022 and it was 2,43 times oversubscribed by over 750 investors. This result reaffirmed the power of the Webit brand and the trust of our network! During the same time Nasdaq was -40% and S&P500 index was down by 30%..

WIN is open to everyone who cares to generate social and environmental impact alongside profiting from investing in high growth, global scale-ups.

Impact

For the past 15 years Webit has boosted thousands of projects and companies,
has helped build ecosystems, change cities and countries.

Five Impact Areas

Society

Thought Leaders | Policy | Education | Jobs & Future of work | Exponential technologies: Blockchain, AI

Economy

Cybertech | Brand Stories | Fintech and Crypto | Telecommunication | Transportation | Retail | Exponential technologies: Blockchain, AI

Planet

Climate | Energy | Green Growth | SDGs | Industry 4.0 | Water | Exponential technologies: Blockchain, AI

Health

Biotech | Healthtech | Wellbeing | Longevity | Mental Health | Exponential technologies: Blockchain, AI

Media

Digital Entertainment | Future of Media | Freedom of Speech | Content Delivery | Misinformation and Reliable Sources | Exponential technologies: Blockchain, AI

Attendees

The soul of Webit Foundation is the global Webit community reaching out to over 1,800,000 digerati from all around the world. The heart of Webit are the annual festivals gathering together thousands of global leaders and experts, academia and policy makers across some of the major industries:

GOVERNMENTS & POLICY MAKERS FINANCE TECH ENERGY HEALTH RETAIL MANUFACTURING TELECOMMUNICATIONS FOOD MARKETING MOBILITY Education Cybertech Digital Entertainment Media

The Webit community pledge to 2030 sdg goals

SDG 2030

With the support and participation of:

Partners

Webit in numbers:

Visitors:

192 Countries
73% C-level / Top Management Attendance
500+ Speakers
400+ Investors
1000+ Accredited Media
300+ Exhibitors

In 2019 alone, Webit.Festival in person edition grew by 50% in number of attendees compared to the 2018 edition reaching to over 15,000 attendees from 192 countries. Now after more than 100 virtual Webit editions reaching out to 1,5 million attendees we had 102'687 attendees from 192 countries during hybrid edition of Webit Global Impact Week in December 2021!

Visitors by Region

Visitors' Interests in Tracks

Visitors by Company Size

Visitors by Job Title

Visitors by Industries

Webit catalyzed the rise of the host city as a location for technology talent and investment.

Forbes

One of these events you should not miss!

TechCrunch

One of the most influential global digital industry

The Wall Street Journal


The meteoric rise of Webit.

VentureBeat

The future is happening now, at Webit!

Bloomberg TV

One of the most important events dedicated to digital industries and entrepreneurship.

Xinhua

The international event for the digital, technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem with special focus on EMEA.

Mashable

The tech world gathers at Webit

Al  Jazeera

The premier gathering of global Founders.

CNBC-e

Webit defines the innovation landscape in Europe.

The Economist

Meet the future

CNN Turk

Gathering the region’s leading tech entrepreneurs together to discuss the future of digital markets

Arabian Business

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