Founders Games



World's Biggest Startup Challenge
awarded $1 million prize pool


$1 Million was the total prize pool which Webit.Foundation raised from private investors and the exclusive platinum partner Microsoft for Startups of World's Biggest Startup Challenge in 2019 - Founders Games as part of the 11th anual edition of Webit.Festival.

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.


The Finalists:


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.



... and the winner is:


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 received  $120,000 award from Microsoft in addition to the investment cheque of $280,000 signed by:


  • The founder and executive chairman of Webit.Foundation Dr. Plamen Russev (www.russev.com),
  • The Managing Partner at IBM, Jesus Mantas,
  • The Director of TMF Group, Diego Pesciatini,
  • The creator of Yahoo! messenger and the Founder & CEO of Youplus, Shaukat Shamim,
  • The Chair of Exponential Medicine of the Singularity University and Stanford Professor, Daniel Kraft and
  • The investors and Partner of Europe's iconic VC - Lakestar, Gilad Novik.



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About Founders Games





Founders Games by Webit is the platform (and place) where the investors and enterprise business leaders know will meet best of the best - 200 hand picked startups!


Founders Games selects the 200 most promising startups from over 4000 applications from Europe (over half coming from the new markets of CEE) and beyond. Founders Games became an investment platform for matchmaking hand-picked early-stage/post seed stage startups and Round A scaleups with investors, corporates and media.

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.




An extract of some of the investors represented at Webit.Festival Europe:





Agenda





Founders Games Agenda

Advertising startups

11:15 - 11:21 MyToz

11:21 - 11:27 JNB Music

11:27 - 11:33 Lumen Research

11:33 - 11:39 Spearad GmbH

11:39 - 11:45 Adquesto sp. z o.o.

11:45 - 11:51 Hookle Inc.

11:51 - 11:57 Break Stuff Market

11:57 - 12:03 MYAPPFREE S.R.L.

Analytics & Big Data startups

12:03 - 12:09 Viberate d.o.o.

12:09 - 12:15 OROCON

12:15 - 12:21 TrinityWiz

12:21 - 12:27 Blue Solace (Stornest)

12:27 - 12:33 Evo-Solutions

12:33 - 12:39 LeakLook

12:33 - 12:39 Mall IQ

Artificial Intelligence startups

12:39 - 12:45 e-bot7

12:45 - 12:51 UXReality

12:51 - 12:57 iDenfy

12:57 - 13:03 Tiliter

13:03 - 13:09 Tazi

13:03 - 13:09 PlayGineering

13:09 - 13:15 ArtuData Ltd

13:15 - 13:21 Cardio.AI

13:21 - 13:27 Tiliter

13:21 - 13:07 NLPBOTS

13:27 - 13:33 Cerebroz EduTree

13:33 - 13:39 ChallengeRocket

13:39 - 13:45 X0PA AI

13:45 - 13:51 SciSports

13:45 - 13:51 Smabbler

13:51 - 13:57 BioAGI (INNOVA)

13:57 - 14:03 221e

Virtual Reality startups

14:03 - 14:09 ZenEarth VR

14:09 - 14:15 Genie in a Headset

14:15 - 14:21 NOYS VR

14:45 - 14:51 VRgineers

Augmented Reality startups

14:21 - 14:27 Inova Diamonds

14:27 - 14:33 Areeka

14:51 - 14:57 Cybershoes

14:57 - 15:03 Mapstar

Digital Entertainment startups

14:33 - 14:39 MusicList

14:39 - 14:45 AppChocolate

14:45 - 14:51 VirtuItaly

Games startups

14:57 - 15:03 Musify

Mobile startup

15:03 - 15:09 AppAdm.in

eLearning startups

15:09 - 15:15 Augmental

15:15 - 15:21 APPASSIO

15:21 - 15:27 EXL Inc.

Blockchain startups

15:27 - 15:33 LogSentinel

15:33 - 15:39 UNIRIS

15:39 - 15:45 Wieblebub

15:45 - 15:51 ReCheck

15:51 - 15:57 Ocyan

Fintech startups

15:51 - 15:57 BankZee

15:57 - 16:03 CloseCross

16:03 - 16:09 Beez

16:09 - 16:15 BlueVisor

16:15 - 16:21 OpSeeker

16:21 - 16:27 HiP

16:21 - 16:27 DigsFact

16:27 - 16:33 Parcela Ja

16:33 - 16:39 Tindeco

16:33 - 16:39 LikeBank

16:39 - 16:45 Colibra

16:45 - 16:51 Buy Yourself

16:45 - 16:51 Spin Spin

16:51 - 16:57 MYCASH ONLINE

18:03 - 18:09 ExpertLead

Money startups

16:51 - 16:57 Xenia Solutions

Cyber Security startups

16:57 - 17:03 Greycortex

17:03 - 17:09 BYSTAMP

Digital Commerce startups

17:09 - 17:15 Microweber

17:15 - 17:21 Stripo

17:57 - 18:03 Addi.fit

E-commerce & Online marketplaces startups

17:21 - 17:27 nok

17:27 - 17:33 Music Traveler

17:33 - 17:39 Uplancer, Inc.

17:39 - 17:45 APPURO

17:45 - 17:51 Agriniser (no pitch, go see them at stand B17)

17:51 - 17:57 Keep Warranty

17:57 - 18:03 Musicasa

Clothing & Fashion startups

18:09 - 18:15 Predictale

Microsoft Startups

Microsoft Startups

10:00 - 10:30 Microsoft Booth: Tech: An overview of Machine Learning offerings on Azure

Todor Todorov
Microsoft

10:30 - 11:00 Microsoft booth: Partner: Banking&Insurance –It's about speed, not just cost

Paula Costea
Fintech OS / Technical Solution Director

11:00 - 11:30 Microsoft booth: Partner panel by UI Path

11:30 - 12:00 Microsoft booth: MS4UP: An Introduction to MS for Startups

Anne-Claire Lo Bianco
Microsoft for Startups / Community & VC Manager

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Break

13:00 - 13:30 Microsoft booth: Tech: Containers on Azure

Alex Yochev
Microsoft / Technical Evangelist

13:30 - 14:00 Microsoft booth: Partner: Continuous authentication with Behavioural Biometrics. Invisible protection for your customers compliant with PSD2 and GDPR.

Adam Forma
Digital Fingerprints / Business Development Executive

14:00 - 14:30 Microsoft booth: Tech: An overview of Azure Cognitive Services (applied AI)

Lukasz Foks
Microsoft / Azure Developer Lead, Central & Eastern Europe (CEE)

14:30 - 15:00 Microsoft booth: Partner: Transformative power of language reasoning technology

Luke Pytel
Smabbler / CEO

15:00 - 15:30 Microsoft booth: MSASUP: Grow your business with Microsoft for Startups

Rachel Peck
Microsoft / Startup Business Development Lead EMEA

15:30 - 16:00 Microsoft booth: Partner: Visual documentation of a car in 120 seconds

Sławek Potasz
InMotion Labs / CEO

16:00 - 16:30 Microsoft booth: Tech: Overview of Server lesson Azure

Alex Yochev
Microsoft / Technical Evangelist



Founders Games Agenda

Health startups

09:30 - 09:36 Zana

09:36 - 09:42 Dandelin

09:42 - 09:48 Skychain Global

09:48 - 09:54 Voice Care

09:54 - 10:00 ECG-Excellence

10:00 - 10:06 Nurturey

10:06 - 10:12 TESTCARD

10:12 - 10:18 Radoff

Med tech & Pharma startups

10:18 - 10:24 I Rise Mechanics 357

10:24 - 10:30 Diasyst

10:30 - 10:36 QUO Health

10:36 - 10:42 e-Fásli

Biotech startups

10:42 - 10:48 zio health

10:48 - 10:54 Biomyc

10:54 - 11:00 Nasekomo

Cleantech startups

11:00 - 11:06 Plant-e

11:06 - 11:12 BIOPOOLTECH

Smart Energy startups

11:12 - 11:18 Absolute Module

11:18 - 11:24 Eco Wave Power

Industrial internet & IoT startups

11:24 - 11:30 ConnectedYou

11:30 - 11:36 Hivemind AG

11:36 - 11:42 Sensolus

11:42 - 11:48 Spanner CI

Consumer Electronics startups

11:48 - 11:54 DoBox

11:54 - 12:00 Rouster

Robotics startups

12:00 - 12:06 Rebartek

12:06 - 12:12 Yanu

12:12 - 12:18 FragaX

12:12 - 12:18 POWER DRONE

12:30 - 13:00 Investors panel: Investors' Point of View: Investing in Early Stage Startups

Jon Soberg
MS&AD Ventures / Managing Partner

Ethan Pierse
CryptoAssets Institute | BorderlessVentures / Director | Founding Partner

David Citron
Global Founders Capital / Partner

Gwendolyn Regina
Entrepreneur First / Entrepreneur

Manufacturing tech & Materials startups

12:18 - 12:24 Escreo

12:24 - 12:30 Modeo Systems

Food & Nutrition startups

13:00 - 13:06 Wefarm

13:06 - 13:12 Goffee

Travel startups

13:12 - 13:18 Stayforlong

13:18 - 13:24 15toGO

13:24 - 13:30 WANDA MAPS

13:30 - 13:36 Wowanders

13:36 - 13:42 Airning

13:42 - 13:48 GLYD

13:48 - 13:54 Flat Manager

Transport & Automotive startups

13:54 - 14:00 Car Scanner

14:00 - 14:06 AMPECO

14:06 - 14:12 Flyt Aerospace

Enterprise Software startups

14:12 - 14:18 Danube Tech

14:18 - 14:24 tomsfive

14:24 - 14:30 Fractal Mind

14:30 - 14:36 DealMatrix

14:36 - 14:42 Cyclr

14:42 - 14:48 FEIA

14:48 - 14:54 Ectabyte (Veontime)

14:54 - 15:00 Kokoro

15:00 - 15:06 AreaWFI

XaaS startups

15:06 - 15:12 DigitalTwin Technology

15:12 - 15:18 Truelinked

15:12 - 15:18 Nosoft

15:18 - 15:24 LeftShift IT

15:24 - 15:30 Stack

StartUp as a service startups

15:30 - 15:36 GLUCE

Tech Accelerator startups

15:36 - 15:42 Aurity

Communications & Media startups

15:42 - 15:48 Tappable (NXT)

15:48 - 15:54 ARV Syndicate

Social Media & Messaging startups

15:54 - 16:00 AGOPOLIS Coin

Social Entrepreneurship startups

16:00 - 16:06 Influbook

16:06 - 16:12 Mind Rockets Inc

16:12 - 16:18 Fazla Gıda/Whole Surplus

On-demand Services startups

16:18 - 16:24 Bruce

16:30 - 16:50 Investors panel: Investor's point of view: Investing in growth stage companies

Jordan French
Grit Daily / Executive Editor

Gwendolyn Regina
Entrepreneur First / Entrepreneur

Dr. Nicolai Schättgen
Match Maker Ventures / Founder

Marisa Todd
Code & Theory / Managing Director

16:50 - 17:05 Closing

Rachel Peck
Microsoft / Startup Business Development Lead EMEA

Andrew Macadam
Microsoft / Western Europe Managing Director for Startups

Microsoft Startups

Microsoft Startups

10:00 - 10:30 Microsoft booth: Tech: Containers on Azure

Alex Yochev
Microsoft / Technical Evangelist

10:30 - 11:00 Microsoft booth: Partner: Visual documentation of a car in 120 seconds

Sławek Potasz
InMotion Labs / CEO

11:00 - 11:30 Microsoft booth: Partner: Transformative power of language reasoning technology

Luke Pytel
Smabbler / CEO

11:30 - 12:00 Microsoft booth: MS4UP: An Introduction to MS for Startups

Johnny Gorman
Tailored Brands / Microsoft for Startups Head of Operations EMEA

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 - 13:30 Microsoft booth: Tech: An overview of Machine Learning offerings on Azure

Todor Todorov
Microsoft

13:30 - 14:00 Microsoft booth: Partner: Continuous authentication with Behavioural Biometrics. Invisible protection for your customers compliant with PSD2 and GDPR.

Adam Forma
Digital Fingerprints / Business Development Executive

14:00 - 14:30 Microsoft booth: Tech: An overview of Azure Cognitive Services (applied AI)

Alex Yochev
Microsoft / Technical Evangelist

14:30 - 15:00 Microsoft booth: Partner panel by UI Path

15:00 - 15:30 Microsoft booth: MSASUP: Grow your business with Microsoft for Startups

Tor Tsuk
Microsoft / Startup Business Development

15:30 - 16:00 Microsoft booth: Partner: Banking&Insurance –It's about speed, not just cost

Paula Costea
Fintech OS / Technical Solution Director

16:00 - 16:30 Microsoft booth: Tech: Overview of Server lesson Azure

Lukasz Foks
Microsoft / Azure Developer Lead, Central & Eastern Europe (CEE)





Webit was among the first in the world (11 years ago) to start connecting the startup and the enterprise worlds. We were the first to provide grants (over €1 million yearly) to selected startups. Today over 4000 starups apply get 200 are selected turning the Founders Games into one of the worlds biggest startups challenges and platforms.


Join today and:

  • Get free Webit.Festival tickets for your team (600 free startup tickets)
  • Get a free expo space (selected 200 startups shall receive a free exhibition @ Webit.Festival)
  • Get an opportunity to pitch in front of hundreds of investors and global business leaders
  • Get the opportunity to win seed investment

400+ 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

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.

Founders Games Expo

put your company (product or service) in front of all 10,000+ 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.



The Seed Investment


The seed investment is provided by Plamen Russev (chairman of Webit.Foundation, investor and serial entrepreneur) and prominent entrepreneurs and investors.

Тhe form in which the seed investment will be paid out is a convertible loan. The loan will convert into shares of preferred stock upon the closing of a next equity financing at market terms for such an instrument.

There will be 2 tranches. The first tranche will be transferred within a month after winning Webit’s Founders Games.

The second tranche will be released upon achieving certain milestones negotiated between the investors and the winner.

The investment offer is non-obligatory for the startup winner of Webit's Founders Games and subject to standard due diligence processes on behalf of the investors.



WHO MAY APPLY


As far as your company is active in the following disciplines:

Advertising Analytics
& Big Data
Artificial
Intelligence
Augmented
Reality
Biotech
Blockchain Cleantech Clothing
& Fashion
Communications
& Media
Consumer
Electronics
Cryptocurrencies Cyber
Security
Digital
Commerce
Digital
Entertainment
E-commerce &
Online marketplaces
eLearning Enterprise
Software
Fintech Food &
Nutrition
Games
Health Industrial
internet & IoT
Infrastructure Manufacturing tech
& Materials
Med tech
& Pharma
Mobile Money Non-Profit On-demand
Services
Robotics
Smart
energy
Social
& dating
Social
Entrepreneurship
Social Media
& Messaging
Space
Technology
Transport
& Automotive
Travel Virtual
Reality
Wearable
Technology
Xaas

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 for CEE.

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.

Startups

4000 startups in 3 stages (Pre-seed, Post-seed and Growth - Rounds A/B) have applied to be selected among the Webit Entrepreneurs and for the opportunity to be featured in the Webit list of the best 200 startups to watch in 2019.

We have selected 200 of them and they shall be exhibiting and pitching at the Webit Pitch Stage of Webit.Festival Europe 2019.



You may see below the selected:







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