Webit.Founders Games 2020

JOIN WORLD'S BIGGEST STARTUP/SCALEUP CHALLENGE

Valencia 17 - 20 June Apply now

What is 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 - 1 500 hand picked startups!

Watch Founders Games 2019 Awards Ceremony!

Founders Games selectes the 1 500 most promising startups from over 4000 applications from Europe 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 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

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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 and Investors 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.

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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.

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 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 & Marketing Food & Nutrition Analytics & Big Data Health, Med tech & Pharma Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Industrial Internet & IoT Biotech Manufacturing Tech & Materials Blockchain Mobile Cleantech & Smart Energy Non-Profit Clothing & Fashion On-demand Services Consumer Electronics Robotics Cryptocurrencies Social Entrepreneurship Cyber Security Social Media & Communications Digital Entertainment & Games Space Technology eCommerce & Retail Transport & Automotive eLearning & Education Travel Enterprise Software & XaaS VR & AR Fintech Wearable Technology

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Founders Games is the startup competition of Webit.Festival Europe. During the event we not only provide free grant for startups to get a free expo table, free Festival tickets and opportunity to meet unparalleled selection top enterprise leaders from all around the world + investors, but also an opportunity to WIN €200 000 seed investment!
Here in the section “Who may apply” you can see all the types of companies that fit the Founders Games.
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.
First step is to apply with a valid e-mail on the Founders Games page and then fill in the application form that shows up. All participating startups are hand-picked so after receiving your form, our team will check through it and will get back at you with further steps regarding the competition in case of approval.
All approved startups shall receive 3 Pro tickets, pitch on stage and expo stand for the 2 days of the Festival’s conference agenda. Startup members can also participate in the 1:1 meetings with investors and VC representatives as well as in the Founders Games competition for the win of the up to the €200K award.
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 done. Usually few weeks before the Festival - so you will have time to prepare your presentation.
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 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
  • The investors and Partner of Europe's iconic VC - Lakestar, Gilad Novik.

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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In case you are selected - all you have to do is to book your travel and accommodation
and pay your expo table branding package at as low as 80 EUR.


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