Startup Avalanche

An ice-breaking competition for startups that speak business

Event Info

Startup Avalanche, in partnership with Risky Business, is an extremely challenging and highly rewarding competition, bringing together the world’s best early-stage startups, international VCs and dozens of investors.

At Techsylvania’s, Startup Avalanche a golden rule applies: “Show, don’t tell”. The competition focuses exclusively on launched and validated products, with real customers or users

Since 2016 we encourage founders from all over the globe to bring their startups to the leading technology event in Eastern Europe and convince an international jury of their value and power to change the markets. Hundreds of projects from all industries apply every year, but only the best make the cut and win the the Grand Prize – A trip to Silicon Valley.

Access to a pitch
training program

 

Exclusive access
to investors

 

Opportunity to demo in front of 2.000+ attendees

 

Win a trip to Silicon Valley with all expenses paid

 

Competition

11th of May

Deadline for applications

14th of May – 1st of Jun

Ongoing support for pitching and investment strategy

4th- 10th of June

Pitching simulation

11th-12th of June

Startup Avalanche

How to win

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

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 2.000 attendees on the Main Stage of Techsylvania for the Grand Prize of Startup Avalanche.

Presentation structure

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

+ representatives from leading VC funds attended:

DFJ

Atomico

Lakestar

Social Capital

SamsungNEXT

Sunstone Capital

Passion Capital

SamsungNEXT

Allianz Ventures

Previous winners

Planable

Winner of Startup Avalanche 2016

 

BrainyAnt

Winner of Startup Avalanche 2017

 

Troop Travel

Winner of Startup Avalanche 2018

 

The Grand Prize – A trip to Silicon Valley

A startup competition comes with benefits as networking and resource opportunities for each participant. But winning sure does come with its perks, too

The Grand Prize will be awarded the most promising startup. This consists of a tailored trip to the Silicon Valley for the winning team, for 9 days with all expenses paid by the organizers (including flight, hotel and per diem).

Your tour will include visits to Silicon Valley hotspots, including meetings with investors, accelerators, angels, VCs, executives, founders, tech wizards, and more.

Judges and Investors 2018

Jaco Fok

Jaco Fok

Chief Innovation at OMV Petrom

Cory Reid

Cory Reid

Managing Director at Tyton Partners

Constantin von Bergmann-Korn

Constantin von Bergmann-Korn

Investment Manager at Axel Springer Plug & Play

Elies Campo

Elies Campo

Partnerships and BD Director at Telegram

Gyorgy Simo

Gyorgy Simo

Managing Partner at Day One Capital Fund Management

Henric Hungerhoff

Henric Hungerhoff

Managing Director at APX Axel Springer Porsche GmbH & Co. KG

Marius Flore

Marius Flore

Director Digital Omni-Channel Services at Banca Transilvania

Remus Lechintan

Remus Lechintan

President of VoiceMailTel & Round Assist

Tanja Kufner

Tanja Kufner

Co-founder of Dynamics.vc

Rohan Chandran

Rohan Chandran

SVP Product Management, Data & Operations at Shopkick

 Ruta Jureviciute

Ruta Jureviciute

Managing Partner at GrayBella Capital

Ted Persson

Ted Persson

Design Partner at EQT Ventures

Calin Fusu

Calin Fusu

CEO at Bestjobs.eu

Victor Ghitescu

Victor Ghitescu

Investor

Ondrej Bartos

Ondrej Bartos

Partner & Chairman of the Board at Credo Ventures

Di-Ann Eisnor

Di-Ann Eisnor

Director of Growth at Waze

Ashley Carroll

Ashley Carroll

Partner at Social Capital

Voicu Oprean

Voicu Oprean

Founder and CEO of AROBS

Hervé Cuviliez

Hervé Cuviliez

Partner at Leap Ventures

Yossi Vardi

Yossi Vardi

Angel Investor

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 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.