Webit.Founders Games 2020











JOIN THE WORLD'S BIGGEST STARTUP/SCALEUP CHALLENGE

Watch Founders Games 2019 Awards Ceremony!

Founders Games is the growth program of Webit.Festival available for companies with funding of $500K - $20M.

It is a special, invitation-only program, with focus on high growth and high potential companies.

Corporate VCs, VCs, family offices and angel investors receive direct access to one of the best deal flows in the world, to share opportunities, syndication and partnerships.


If you are among the selected startups, you will receive free of charge the following benefits:

  • One day exhibition booth
  • Participation in the Founders Games Pitches on stage in front of attendees and investors' jury
  • Access to Webit Networking app
  • Access to Webit conference agenda
  • Access to exhibition floor
  • Access to workshops
  • Ability to contact attendees
  • Ability to request investor meetings
  • Access to mentor meetings
  • Access to Webit Fiesta
  • Support via email

* Upon confirmation as selected startup - the company needs to pay only €80 for a branding package which afterwards becomes property of the company.

Founders Games

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450+ top speakers

Including presidents, CEOs of some of the world's largest innovation companies, thought leaders and beautiful minds, investors and inventors. Find the list of last year's speakers here.

Special 1:1 meetings

Webit’s Business Speed Dating: 1 hour, investors & startups get together, one on one, to receive the best out of both worlds.

Startup Academy and Venture Summit

Webit.Foundation is more than speaking, more than judging - we wish to provide startups with the best tools to help them sell their idea with the encouragement and guidelines provided by our speakers.

Startup Village

Put your company (product or service) in front of all 15,000+ attendees of the Festival. Exhibit and present your product/service in front of 500+ investors and thousands of corporate partners.

Startup Tours

Take a stroll through the alleys of the Startup Village and immerse in what’s new and who’s who in Europe’s tech scene.

Mentors Area

The Mentors Area is where startup founders connect with investors, CEOs, CxOs, mentors from large corporations, media and industry experts in specific verticals.

Join more than 500 investors

Family offices, corporate ventures (BMW ventures, IBM Ventures, Intel Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Novartis Ventures Fund, Pro Sieben Ventures, Time Warner Investments, GE Ventures, M12 - Microsoft's Venture Fund to name a few), VCs including 500 Startups, Happinnes Ventures, Speedinvest, LUMA Ventures, CREDO Ventures, Early Bird Capital, Open Ocean and best accelerators from all around the world @ Webit.Festival Europe and the Founders Games.

The opportunity

WEBIT.FESTIVAL will provide startups with a free expo table and 600 free expo tickets.

The startups that qualify shall have access to all attendees of WEBIT.FESTIVAL - the major and most influential tech and digital global event.

Selection

The selection is made on 5 major milestones:

- Team capacity - 10 points
- Project Scalability - 10 points
- Business approach - 10 points
- Marketing approach - 10 points
- Uniqueness of the idea - 10 points


Your value

WEBIT.FESTIVAL is the only place where startups meet investors, reporters, the CEOs, CMOs and CTOs of the world's largest and most innovative companies along with the biggest global and regional advertisers. Only at WEBIT.FESTIVAL your startup will have access not only to hundreds of investors but also to major potential partners and clients making WEBIT.FESTIVAL the most StartUp friendly digital and tech industry event.

Hundreds of accredited journalists from all over the world will be present during WEBIT.FESTIVAL, searching for the next great startup. At the event you may meet and connect with editors in chief, editors and correspondents from Wall Street Journal, Mashable, The Next Web, Wired, Bloomberg, Guardian, TechCrunch, e27, Wamda, ITP, Forbes, CNN, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Economist and many more.

Previous Founders.Games Jury includes:

Jesus Mantas

IBM / Managing Partner

Diego Pesciatini

Office Sheikh Al Hassan Bin Ali Al Nuaimi / CEO Private

Gilad Novik

Lakestar / Partner

Dr. Daniel Kraft

Singularity University / Chair for Medicine

Shaukat Shamim

Youplus / Founder & CEO

Cameron Art

IBM / Managing Partner

Guillermo Miranda

IBM / Digital Transformation Executive

David Citron

Global Founders Capital / Partner

Tatyana Kanzaveli

Open Health Network / CEO

Ethan Pierse

CryptoAssets Institute, Director / BorderlessVentures, Founding Partner

Helmut Sussbauer

Deutsche Telekom AG / Innovation Catalyst

Nicolai Schättgen

MatchMaker Ventures / CEO

Diana Lace

Overkill Ventures / Investment Director

Veronica Augustsson

7RIDGE / Partner

Hristo Stoyanov

European Investment Fund / Mandate manager

Ozgur Altan

PEVCRE / Founder

Tsahi Liberman

Simpool / Head of Marketing & Business Development

Kamila Chmielewska

Huge Thing / Program Coordinator

Michal Sefara

Flemio / Managing Partner

Philippe Valentine

Montreal International Investment / Project director

Monika Rostarova

Flemio / Managing Partner

Jeremija Hranjec

ESA BIC Austria / Senior Project Manager

Simeon Rusanov

SORTIS Invest / Investment Banking Analyst

Stefan Atanasov

SORTIS Invest / Financial Analyst

Frequently Asked Questions

Founders Games is the growth program of Webit.Festival available for companies with funding of $500K - $20M. It is a special, invitation-only program, with focus on high growth and high potential companies. During the years, Founders Games has become one of the world’s biggest startup competitions connecting startups with investors, partners and media. $1 Million is the prize pool which Webit.Foundation has raised from private investors and our exclusive partner Microsoft for Startups as prizes for the startup finalists and the winner of the Founders Games in our 2019 edition.!
All of the selected startups shall receive 3 Pro tickets with access to all the festival's parallel summits, events and workshops, an expo stand for a day at the Festival + the opportunity to get selected for the Founders Games pitches in front of investors and a selected jury. Startup members can also participate in the 1:1 meetings with investors and VC representatives and receive guidance and advice from our speakers, investors, VCs and businessers speaking on the stages of Webit's Startup Academy and Growth Summit.
Pre-seed, Post Seed and Growth Stage startups founded less than 8 years ago are all welcome to apply. You can check on the different startup verticals and see if they fit your company’s product or service.
Each startup has 6 minutes on stage: 3 minutes pitch presentation and 3 minutes Q&A session in front of the investors’ jury and attendees. The startups with maximum points from the jury and the investors providing the award will go to the finals and have a second pitch on stage with the closing ceremony. The winner shall be announced after the investors providing the award advise and select the winner/s.
Our team will contact you once the selection part is over. A few weeks before the Festival we close the application process so that startups will have the time to prepare and for the schedule to be set.
A schedule with detailed agenda about all the Festival’s parallel summits, startup pitches, workshops and partner events is published on Webit’s website.

We recommend arriving on the first day of the Festival when registration opens in order to get acknowledged with the event venue and avoid waiting in lines.

Though there’s no expo and conference agenda on that day, there are a number of things planned such as the night Urban Summit opening and the Startup Academy. Leaving is at best and if convenient planned after the Founders Games finals and closing ceremony on the last day of the conference.

You can freely explore the Festival, have meetings, food and drinks and fun but it’s advisable to have a representative from your team at your stand at (almost) all times.

  • Get acknowledged with the big picture on what’s happening and where - agenda, venue and different things happening simultaneously in order to take the best out for you in terms of your interests and needs.
  • Practice your pitch, in front of people, mirrors, yourself or even your cat. You'll have 3 minutes to persuade the attendees and investors’ jury (present and online), why your idea should be in their hearts and minds and why it deserves to be a winner. Make it clear and convincing.
  • Do some research. You can check the speakers, investors and all attendees of Webit and prepare with background information and cool conversation starters.
  • Explore the Festival properly well as well as the city of Webit.
  • Go out and about, meet and talk to people. Personal outreach is encouraged more than the virtual one :)
  • Get some rest. The Webit party needs you fit, in high power and energy levels.
  • Bring a friend or three. Events are better when shared with a company.
  • Laptop, tablets, screens.
  • Demo of your product if applicable.
  • Print and ad materials, posters, stickers, lights, wine and anything you can think of to provide attendees with and properly catch their attention.
  • Business cards
  • A big smile and camera to take pictures when on stage, off stage and everywhere you feel like it.
  • Lots of positive energy!
As a non-profit, Webit Foundation is unable to cover travel and accommodation costs for startups other than the discount grant for participation. We're striving to build a bridge between the enterprise and startup worlds and to get these two forces’ mutual benefit and collaboration.

The Winner
of Founders Games Europe 2019

WeFarm - creators of the world’s largest farmer to farmer digital network. The social enterprise that empowers small-scale farmers connect with each other to solve problems, share ideas, and spread innovation. Utilising the latest machine learning technology, WeFarm’s service works both online and over SMS.

WeFarm raised $13 million
for just 3 months after Webit
and the round was oversubscribed!

The Finalists:

The amount of this year's prize pool is unprecedented worldwide as well as the number of 4078 applications. Webit received by startups from all around the world (120 countries)! All finalists received a cheque of $120.000 each from Microsoft for Startups.

TestCard is a medtech enterprise that has created a “Postcard” with an embedded, pull-out urine test. Meanwhile, an accompanying mobile app provides an immediate result to give the patient a real time awareness about its health status.

Plant-e produces electricity with living plants. While plants are growing, electricity can directly be generated without harvesting the plant. The technology has been developed into early products for decentralized lighting purposes and sensoring.

Diasyst is delivering solutions to simplify diabetes management based on decades of clinical research and proven approaches at Emory University/Healthcare and the Atlanta VA Medical Center. By streamlining complex workflows for the healthcare team, Diasyst is loved by both patients and care teams, and it produces real outcomes without the need for outsourcing management to expensive third-party solutions.

Bruce makes staffing and recruitment easy. For companies we provide a cost-effective option, delivering intelligent candidate matching, reactivity and screening simplicity. For job seekers we are a platform that fits their needs, mobile and easy to use, helping them to boost their careers.

Tiliter teaches checkouts to recognize products without barcodes. Using artificial intelligence our patented system can detect any fruit or vegetable placed in front of the device. Automating the checkout process, saving customers time, reducing checkout lines, reducing plastic waste and optimizing supermarket efficiency.

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