Webit Congress announces its 2012 StartUp Challenge

The only international event for the emerging EMEA digital markets will highlight the work and ideas of 21 shortlisted startups, giving them the opportunity to exhibit for free and pitch in front of the world's biggest investors, local VCs and strategic partners.

"Each year a judging panel of industry experts selects a list of startups that get to showcase their business, enjoy exciting networking opportunities and the chance to meet the business angels, VCs and investment funds representatives in one place. However, the inclusion of all emerging EMEA markets presented us with a challenge. Moreover, with our host city Istanbul being one of the major hubs for digital business in the region, we felt we have to do something special", announced Webit Congress' Founder and CEO Plamen Russev.

This year the pool of shortlisted startups is increased from just five to twenty one. All finalists will get a free expo booth in the heart of the event and the chance to pitch on stage in front of the audience, judges and investors. The winner will receive international media coverage from Webit's global and local media partners and catch the attention, tweets and posts of more than 6000 visitors from 60+ countries.

So, if your company is less than 4 years old and is based in Europe, Middle East or Africa, all you have to do is fill in the online form by 20 July and enter Webit 2012 StartUp Challenge.

Webit Congress 2012 will take place on 10-11 October 2012 in Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre ( ICEC ), Turkey. For more information please visit www.webitexpo.com.

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