Scaleup Access

Life-changing opportunities for you!

It is a business to business festival where 73% of the attendees are C-level/top management executives, 400 of which are investors.

Webit can skyrocket your company in 4 ways by connecting you with:

1. Investors2. Partners and clients3. Advisors and mentors4. Media

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

  • One day exhibition booth at Startup / Scalup Village
  • Participation in the Founders Games Pitches on stage in front of attendees and investors' jury
  • Access to Webit conference agenda
  • Access to exhibition floor
  • Ability to contact attendees
  • Ability to request investor meetings
  • Access to Webit Social Agenda
  • Support via email

* Upon confirmation as selected startup - the company needs to pay only €160 for a branding package which afterwards becomes property of the company.

Pitch your company in front of renown jury

Some of previous Founders Game Jury members include:

Tim Draper
Tim Draper

Global Venture Capitalist, Draper Network

Hendrik Brandis
Hendrik Brandis

Co-Founder & Partner, Earlybird

Steve Schlenker
Steve Schlenker

Co-founder & Managing Partner, DN Capital

Bogomil Balkansky
Bogomil Balkansky

Partner, Sequoia Capital

Rinat Yogev
Rinat Yogev

Partner, GM Ventures

Christoph Schuh
Christoph Schuh

Investment partner, Lakestar

Marie-Helene Ametsreiter
Marie-Helene Ametsreiter

Lead partner, Speedinvest

Bakhrom Ibragimov
Bakhrom Ibragimov

Investment Partner, Molten Ventures

Alexander Galitsky
Alexander Galitsky

Co-founder & Managing Partner, Almaz Capital

Cem Sertoğlu
Cem Sertoğlu

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Earlybird Digital East Fund

Ali Karabey
Ali Karabey

Managing Director, 212 VC

Kurt Kaltenegger
Kurt Kaltenegger

Group VP, ABB Technology Ventures

Ajay Ramaachandran
Ajay Ramaachandran

General Partner, Webit Capital Partners

Arne Morteani
Arne Morteani

Founding Partner, Kiko VC

Alessandro Luciano
Alessandro Luciano

VP, Insight Partners

Jury Member Statement: Rich Nuzum, Executive Director, Investments and Global Chief Investment Strategist at Mercer View all »

Mission statement

We identify, endorse and award globally the high growth companies and their founders who lead the way to achieving the SDGs by creating scalable, sustainable and resilient businesses.

Collective Intelligence

Founders Games is the only global platform powered by the collective intelligence of 400+ late stage VC investors who commit their time to score 4500+ applications from 150+ countries each year. The finalists are selected among the highest ranked companies (scaleups) after 5 rounds in the competition.

What to expect?

Special 1:1 meetings

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 / ScaleUp Village

Startup / ScaleUp 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 400+ investors and thousands of corporate partners.

Startup Tours

Startup Tours

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

Startup Uni

Startup Uni

Startup Uni is fostering a unique environment where startups can thrive and investors act as guides on the journey to success. Startup Uni is designed to empower entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to engage effectively with investors and propel their startups forward.

Growth Track

Growth Track

At the Growth Stage, investors and founders unite on stage to explore the complexities of building a company and mapping out the journey towards sustainable growth. Investors and founders share their experiences, lessons learned, and best practices for navigating the challenges and opportunities of the growth stage.

RAISING $5M - $100M CURRENT / NEXT ROUND?

The Global Program is Open for Applications!

Take a look at our F.A.Q. section or drop line at

Founders Games Journey Timeline

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1. Application
on our website

Fill in your company details
in the application form.

2. EVALUATION
CRITERIA

The criteria against which companies are evaluated in 5 rounds include:

3. Invitation
to pitch & present

Keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation email from us

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4. Get ready
to pitch-perfect & win

Prepare your perfect pitch and get ready to roll

The Award Investment


The award investment is provided by Dr. Plamen Russev (chairman of Webit.Foundation, investor and serial entrepreneur) and prominent business angels.

Тhe form in which the investment will be paid is negotiable. It could be a convertible loan, which will convert into shares of preferred stock upon the closing of a next equity financing (Series A/B round of financing) at market terms for such an instrument. It could be in a bridge round or other solution in favour of the founders. The award may also also fund a pre-IPO investment round.

Participating in Founders Games grants the organizers the right to invest up to $5M in a single one or more startup finalists.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

The criteria against which companies are evaluated in 5 rounds include:

1. IMPACT FACTOR
(SDG Compliance)

What impact the success of the company would have on achieving one or more of the 17 SDGs

2. UNIQUENESS
OF THE IDEA

To what extent the idea is unique and constitutes intellectual property (IP)

3. TEAM
CAPACITY

Team experience, successful previous projects, ability to complete the project, human capital.

4. BUSINESS MODEL, SCALABILITY
AND MARKET ADOPTION

Market adoption, growth potential, how long does it take for the market to understand and adopt the product/service (timing), marketing approach and success stories, business model and business development, revenue growth.

5. FUNDING
& FINANCES

Availability of financing and capacity to achieve the development of the product/service roadmap, team, marketing, growth and adaptation

6. LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL
QUALITIES OF THE TEAM

Leading by example and potential for being a role model for other founder to work for achieving the SDGs.

Founders Games Verticals

Future of
Impact

  • Energy
  • Planet & Climate Tech
  • Smart Cities
  • Mobility
  • New Materials
  • Food & AgTech

Future of
business

  • Web3
  • Marketing
  • SaaS
  • FinTech, Defi
  • Big/Small Data
  • Defence
  • Space
  • Logistics
  • Ecommerce

Future of
Health

  • Synthetic Biology
  • BioTech
  • LifeScience
  • Therapeutics
  • Digital Health
  • Wellness
  • Longevity

Future of
Entertainment

  • Digital Media
  • Neo Content
  • AI Companions
  • MarTech / AdTech
  • Fashion

Future of
Work

  • Robotics
  • AI, ML
  • EdTech
  • Metaverse
  • Collaboration
  • Brain Machine Interfaces
  • Enterprise
  • Voice, Haptics
  • Ambient AI Computing
LOOKING FOR INVESTORS?

LOOKING FOR INVESTORS?

Webit hosts Tim Draper, SoftBank, Microsoft Ventures, Intel Ignite and 400 more investors: VCs, Corporate Ventures, Acceleration Programs, Business Angels.

Webit Facts

Webit Facts

The winning startups of Webit 2019 “WeFarm” oversubscribed and closed a round of $13 MILLION just 2 months after the Festival.

The Webit Startup Package can skyrocket your company by connecting you with many of the the CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, CMOs, CDOs and other CXOs of the Fortune 500 companies. Check some of the names here

LOOKING FOR LARGE CUSTOMERS?

LOOKING FOR LARGE CUSTOMERS?

43% of all attendees of Webit.Festival are from large and XXX large companies.

73% of them are C-level / top management executives.

Webit Facts

Webit Facts

Webit 2019 hosted in total 6,560 1:1 meetings and mentor sessions.

1000+ articles &
Interviews
30 000+ social media mentions,
3.5 millions impression for #webit
LOOKING FOR MEDIA EXPOSURE?

LOOKING FOR MEDIA EXPOSURE?

Webit hosts 500 accredited journalists from global media looking for the next big news.

RAISING $5M - $100M CURRENT / NEXT ROUND?

The Global Program is Open for Applications!

Take a look at our F.A.Q. section or drop line at

Frequently Asked Questions

Founders Games is the only global platform powered by the collective intelligence of 400+ late-stage VC investors who commit their time to score 4500+ applications from 150+ countries each year. The finalists are selected among the highest-ranked companies (scaleups) after five rounds of the competition.
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, and the opportunity to get selected for the Founders Games pitches in front of investors and a selected jury.
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.
Our team will contact you once the selection process is over. A few weeks before the festival, we close the application process so that startups will have time to prepare and for the schedule to be set.
A schedule with a detailed agenda for all the festival’s parallel summits, startup pitches, workshops, and partner events is published on Webit’s website.

We recommend arriving one day before the start of the event. Leaving is, at best, and if convenient, planned after the closing ceremony on the last day of the conference. You can freely explore the festival and 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 of what’s happening and where the agenda, venue, and different things are happening simultaneously in order to take the best out of 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, as well as the city of Webit.
  • Go out and about, meet, and talk to people. Personal outreach is encouraged more than virtual ones.
  • 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.
  • Laptops, tablets, and screens.
  • A demo of your product, if applicable.
  • Print and ad materials —posters, stickers, lights, wine, and anything else you can think of to provide attendees with and properly catch their attention.
  • Business cards.
  • A big smile and a 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 gain these two forces’ mutual benefit and collaboration.