Startup Avalanche

AN ICE-BREAKING COMPETITION FOR STARTUPS THAT SPEAK BUSINESS

September 22-23, 2021

Event info

Powered by Techsylvania in partnership with Risky Business, Startup Avalanche is a launching platform connecting ambitious early-stage startups with experienced international VCs and investors.

Startup Avalanche is not just another pitching competition. Hundreds of startups from all around the world apply every year, yet less than 16 are accepted in the program. 

Our credo is “show, don’t (just) tell”. Whether it’s AI, SaaS, IoT, Medtech/ e-health, Agritech, Ecotech, security, VR, legal tech, logistics, or an emerging vertical, the rules are simple: it has to prove traction, scalability, value.

Grand Prize

To be announced soon.

1:1 Meetings with Top Investors

Minimum 3 meetings guaranteed for each startup that is accepted into the program.

Pitch training

Our team of experts will help you rebuild, refine and practice your pitch to perfection.

Investment consultancy

Aim high and find the road that gets you there. Let us guide you.

Exclusive access to investors & VCs

Benefit from the networking room to acquire feedback from upcoming business partners.

Reach an audience of 5.000+ attendees

Get in the spotlight of our dedicated stage, accessible to all our conference attendees.

Unexpected opportunities

International media exposure, access to acceleration programs, new business, and partnerships.

Mentoring

Product, Strategy, and Business Model support from experienced tech experts and investors per your needs.

Competiton timeline

September 6th

Deadline for applications

September 10-14

Pitching & investment support

September 15-21

Pitching rehearsal

September 22-23

Startup Avalanche is on!

How to win:

“Be brave, be bold and work hard for the perfect pitch,” says Jennifer Austin. The Risky Business team she leads selects the best of the best and supports them through the toughest training sessions.”

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Day 1

Startup Avalanche Stage

The top 15 startups that apply get the chance to present on the Startup Avalanche Stage in front of dozens of potential investors from around the world, partners, as well as Techsylvania speakers and other VIPs.

Presentation structure

  • Pitch – 4 minutes
  • Live demo – 2 minutes
  • Q&A – 4 minutes

Day 2

Main Techsylvania Stage

The 5 finalists will go on a live battle in front of over 5.000 attendees on the main stage of Techsylvania for the grand prize.

Presentation structure

  • Pitch – 4 minutes
  • Live demo – 2 minutes
  • Q&A – 2 minutes

Their impressions

“Being an early-stage startup normally means that you are the last in line. You have to fight to be able to talk to investors and/or speakers at conferences and in general there is little tangible or personalized support offered. At Techsylvania, our experience has been completely different. When you are selected as one of the 15 startups to participate in the competition, you are treated as a VIP. Weeks before the competition, the Avalanche Team reaches out to you to connect you to leading entrepreneurs to work on your pitch. This is a key argument why you should attend Techsylvania next year if you are an early-stage startup.”

TroopTravel

Avalanche 2018 winners

“I learned so much from pitching at the Startup Avalanche competition at Techsylvania. The competition attracted startups from all over Europe and Asia, and Littledata was honoured to be chosen for the finals. After a few days of rehearsing the pitch and refining the slides, with intensive coaching from the Risky Business team, I have a much better idea of what investors want to hear – and how to communicate it succinctly.”

Little Data

Avalanche Team, from the UK

Winners from
previous editions

Troop Travel

Winner of Startup Avalanche 2018

 

Patch AI

Winner of Startup Avalanche 2019

 

Ag Unity

Winner of Startup Avalanche 2020

 

Rules & FAQ

Do I meet the eligibility criteria to apply?

The teams that are selected to pitch at the event can be from anywhere in the world, from any industry, if they meet all the criteria below:

  • Launched and validated products, with real customers or users by the time of competition
  • Scalable
  • Company valuation target: $500K – $5M
  • Currently fundraising
  • Great pitch
  • Functional live demo
  • One team can only apply with one startup

How does the investment work?

We try to keep things simple. The investment is a convertible note. What this means is that the valuation of your startup is decided by either the other investors in the round or your next round. Convertible notes are a standard type of investment structure for early-stage startups. You can read more about convertible notes here.

 The €75,000 investment is unconditional and upfront.  The Techsylvania and Risky Business team will be on hand to make sure the trigger is fair and supports your growth as a startup.

But the winning team has more than cash to look forward to. Besides some well-connected, sharp angels you’ll also get ongoing support when you need it from Techsylvania and Risky Business. Whether you need help connecting to a fund in the USA, Europe, or Asia, or you need some help on your product and strategy, we’ll be with you.

How does the application process look like?

The teams that are selected to pitch at the event can be from anywhere in the world, from any industry, if they meet all the criteria below:

  • Launched and validated products, with real customers or users by the time of competition
  • Scalable
  • Company valuation target: $500K – $5M
  • Currently fundraising
  • Great pitch
  • Functional live demo
  • One team can only apply with one startup

What are the participation costs?

There is no fee for applying

Every team accepted for the competition is granted VIP tickets for the 2-day event

How about the Privacy Policy?

Publicity

Participation in the competition means that you agree to have your startup presentation evaluated publicly.

You agree that Startup Avalanche and its partners can use your name, likeness, and the information provided in the competition to promote your product and this competition, in print and electronic communication means.

You agree that the videos and photos taken during the event and associated activities (preparation, networking events, etc) can be used by Techsylvania and Risky Business for promotional activity.

Disclosure

The written application to participate in Startup Avalanche will be read by a team of evaluators who have been asked to keep the contents of the application confidential, however, no formal guarantee of confidentiality will be provided or implied.

Confidentiality

By the submission of your application, you understand and agree that a short description of your startup will be considered a “public summary” and may be used in public documentation related to the competition.

Startup Avalanche will provide a copy of your business description to competition staff and judges and will inform them that no additional copies are to be made.

Startup Avalanche will have no responsibility to protect the intellectual property rights of each contestant. Protection of such rights is the responsibility of each applicant.

All participants must provide information on their development during and after the competition when requested by Startup Avalanche – e.g. submit surveys, testimonials, interviews, etc.

Do you have what it takes to win Startup Avalanche 2021?