Startup Competition

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GREECE | NEXT EDITION 2022

  • DIGITAL TRAINING
    sessions
  • STARTUP competition
  • INNOVATION key driver
  • INSPIRATIONAL talks

THE CONTEXT

The WMF, certified International Trade Fair, has been a reference for entrepreneurial culture, igniting opportunities and connections within the international innovation ecosystem, for over 10 years.

Each year, in Rimini, the annual appointment with the World Startup Fest takes place - a major event for global startups, scaleups, and investors, which in the past edition registered more than 36,000 attendees and more than 1,300 startups and investors from 49 countries. Among the many events, the largest International Startup Competition in Southern Europe, now in its 11th edition, witnesses every year the engagement of leading international players from the entrepreneurship and innovation fields.

Every year, more than 3.000 startups apply to pitch and compete in Rimini. Some of the pitching startups are choosen, in fact, from the WMF call for startups, while some others are selected from the local events organized in the framework of the WMF International Roadshow.

In its international show in Greece, for the second year in a raw, in fact, the WMF is holding a Startup Competition that will allow the best Greek project to compete in Rimini, 15-17 june 2023.

Fill out the form below and submit your startup to the competition! The call closes on November 30, 2022.

OPPORTUNITIES

Startups applying to the greek event will have the opportunity of great visibility and raise awareness on their project in front of local investors and relevant stakeholders, an audience who may actually decide to support the growth of a great business idea.

During the local event, in fact, 15 startups of the many applying, will be choosen to pitch on the 17th of December in the Digital Transformation and Digital Skills Center (DT&S) - Cisco.

The 15 startups will be judjed by a jury both composed by local investors and WMF members, who will also award the startups with the following prizes:

  • THIRD CLASSIFIED: access the networking activities with investors from all around the world at WMF23 in Rimini, 15-17 June 2023

  • SECOND CLASSIFIED: all the previous benefits + a desk in the innovation expo district at WMF23 in Rimini

  • FIRST CLASSIFIED: all the previous benefits + pitching on the startup stage at WMF23 in Rimini, in front of a large audience and relevant investors from all over the world. Moreover, the winning startup from the local event, can also be selected to pitch in the WMF23 Mainstage, in front of 36.000 attendees and accessing prices for a total of 1 million euros.

In addition, all the startups selected from the local call, during the Greek event will have the opportunity to access the following:

  • to the B2B meetings with local investors in Thessaloniki, during the event

  • to the local exhibition area dedicated to startups inside the Digital Transformation and Digital Skills Center (DT&S) - Cisco;

  • to the WMF's global network, with the possibility of being involved in related initiatives all year round.

THE CALL: HOW IT WORKS

Once the call is closed, and the candidates evaluated, the Festival's Innovation Team will announce the 15 startup that will have the opportunity to present their pitch to the jury and the attendees on the local event (Tessaloniki, Digital Transformation and Digital Skills Center (DT&S) - Cisco, 17th of december). Each team will have 3 minutes to present the key elements of their business idea. The jury of investors, will then have another 2 minutes to ask further questions. A round of votes at the end will then announce the winners.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The call is dedicated to startups and businesses - made up of individuals or teams - with innovative projects or ideas regarding the digital/technological sector. Innovative projects aimed at generating a positive impact on territories and society will be considered with particular interest.Applicants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Skills of the team, knowledge of the sector, the feasibility of the project;

  • The development stage of the product/service;

  • Degree of innovation and its defensibility;

  • Positioning in relation to competitors;

  • Consistency with market and customers’ needs and potential outreach;

  • The business potential of the idea;

  • Completeness of the documentation presented.

THE ELEVATOR PITCH

THE 12 CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE
The WMF encourages and supports the development of innovative entrepreneurial projects also capable of producing a positive influence on the environment and society. For this reason, the WMF Startup Competition gives the opportunities to the applying startups to indicate specific challenges of the future that they are preparing to tackle innovatively:
  • Future of Cities & Communities

  • Future of Health

  • Future of Work

  • Future of Culture & Travel

  • Future of Food & Agriculture

  • Future of Learning & Education

  • Future of Retail & Customer Experience

  • Future of Marketing

  • Future of Media & Entertainment

  • Future of Sports & Events

  • Future of Finance & Insurance

  • Future of Life On Planet Earth

During the application, startups can also indicate if and in what measure they adhere to the ESG policies (Environmental, Social, Governance) as well as the impact generated by their innovative project on 1 or many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals indicated by the UN 2030 Agenda.

It will be possible to clarify the compliance to ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) criteria as well as the impact generated by the innovative project on one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals outlined in the UN 2030 Agenda.

Timeline

Oct. 31

2022
Opening

Nov. 30

2022
Closing day

Dec. 7

2022
Finalists Announcement

Dec. 17

2022
Final

Some partners of WMF Worldwide Event Greece

aws
Barilla
HubSpot
ENEL
Oracle
Unicredit Start Lab
Ferrovie dello Stato
Milano Investment Partners
Infinity
NTT Data
Arduino
Innogest
Pam Innovation Lab
Vueling
Prana Ventures
Zanichelli
RDS
DPixel
Digital Magics
Cariplo Factory
LVenture Group
Luiss Enlabs
Tim WCAP
Nana Bianca
Pelliconi
Siamo Soci
Boost Heroes
Panorama
ARXivar
H-FARM
GDA - Fondazione Social Venture
Code Motion
Bip
Meta
IBAN
OVHcloud

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TEAM PROPOSER

COMPANY

PROJECT

DOCUMENTATION

Attention: other formats will not be received correctly
(executive summary, business plan, one pager. Pdf, ppt, pptx, doc, docx only - max 10mb)

Some members of the jury


Dimitris Goulias

Dimitris Goulias

Leonidas Bakouras

Leonidas Bakouras

Antonios Ilias

Antonios Ilias

Lambros Kaoudis

Lambros Kaoudis

Kyriakos Loufakis

Kyriakos Loufakis

Vito Esposito

Vito Esposito

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