Special thanks to our Jury Expert Board:
Alexander Soroka, CEO & Founder at Startup.Network
Roman Nikitov, Head of ICU Ventures
Agate S. Freimane, General Partner at Norrsken VC
Jarmo Haapalainen, President at DSMS Inc, Venture Partner Scandinavia at Smartup Capital
Liselotte Lyngso, Founding Partner at Future Navigator
Marc Mogalle, Managing Director at Business Buddies
Anette Nordvall, Chapter President, CEO at Keiretsu Forum Nordics AB
Lukas Gnilka, Venture Capital Analyst at EquityPitcher
Jupe Arala General Partner at Vendep Capital
Guenter Kraft, Managing Partner and Founder at Xariva Ventures
Irfan Goandal, Partner at Promentum Equity Partners
Anna Dubrovsky-Gaupp, Investment Associate at IBI Tech Fund
Erik Micheelsen, Founding Partner at Innovation Embassy and founder of Genius Circles
Cedric Mutz, Emerald Technology Ventures | Investment Director
Abhijeet Kumar, Co-Founder, ah! Ventures
Yunlong Wang, Founder and CEO of Vikcess Business Group,
Magnus Eriksson, General Partner at STOAF
Hampus Monthan Nordenskjöld, Founding Partner ar TrueSight Ventures
Urs Aebischer, Serial entrepreneur and investor in disruptive digital media.
Björg Birkholm Magnúsdóttir, Founder of Innovation & Business Development Agent for Inspiralia Group Europe/USA & M27
Anna Margrét Guðjónsdóttir, Director General / Founder of EVRIS - Inspiralia's Business Partner in Nordics
Vadim Shpak, Operating Managing Director at Vickers Venture Partners
Guillaume Kloof, Managing Partner at Valley Date Venture Partners
The event was started with a Startup.Network introduction and presentation of the global initiative:
The Unicorn CUP
Global Pitch Competition Finals Online
Welcome to the Unicorn Cup Finals: 3-days pitch & networking event.
Only 50 startups - winners of preliminary Unicorn Battles that took place in 25 countries of the world will pitch live mainstage at the UNICORN CUP Finals on July 28-30th, 2020.
You will see best international startups from different industries – three day - LIVE!
Guests of the event will also vote online for the Best Startup in the Audience Awards nomination.
Link to the Recording https://lnkd.in/eDriCX8
The second part of the Battle was devoted to the Pitch Session.
TOP countries who joined the live stream: the USA, UAE, Denmark, Greenland, Finland, Iceland, Sweden,
Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, England etc.
VC industry all over the world comes together for a great cause!
We had а winner of the Unicorn Battle in Scandinavia!
The first place winner is:
ArchitectureQuote is a multi-channel project aggregation platform that helps architects discover and win more projects using automation.
The Winner of the Unicorn Battle will participate at the Unicorn CUP Finals.
The second place went to:
LuggageHero is a proven luggage storage service that operates as a sharing economy concept. Our extensive network of storage sites are located inside local retail shops, cafés and hotels that have extra space available. We call them “luggage heroes.”
The third place went to:
Hololink is the easiest way for brands, agencies and publishers to create, manage and distribute interactive augmented reality experiences, without coding and without apps.
Imagine a bank that keeps your money 100% secure. Imagine a bank that tells you where your money is at all time. Imagine a bank that gives you fair rates and charges you no hidden fees - in fact, imagine a bank with only one single fee. That bank is indó.
All participating startups are listed here:
To find a startup's pitch deck please click on the startup logo on the event page.
Many thanks to our Global Sponsors:
ICU Ventures is a Kyiv-based venture capital fund that invests in technology companies with strong ties to Ukraine and Eastern Europe making late seed and series A investments across the tech spectrum.
ICU Ventures is part of the ICU Group, an independent asset management firm founded in 2006 by senior investment professionals from ING. It is one of the largest and most diversified asset managers in the CEE region.
I am so happy that I have participated in Dubai Unicorn Battle. Winning the 1st place of this prestigious award is one of many excitements. As an entrepreneur I am actively raising funds and super busy scaling my startup, therefore I was looking for battles with cash prizes! but after I attended the Unicorn Battle, the benefits were more rewarding than immediate cash. All the 18 judges were active investors or consultants who help raising investment, their feedbacks and advices were impressive and helpful to scale to the next level. The organization by Lena and Kateryna was great, the networking and coffee breaks allowed me to make new connections, and we got approached by two interested investors right after the award ceremony.
Will definitely participate again in the future.
Ok, yes I'm excited that we won the Startup Battle this week. But mostly I want to let my other entrepreneur friends out there know that this event is really great. The Judges were all very impressive active investors - and all super engaged with Q&A and feedback - the programming beforehand was excellent, and all the companies that pitched were outstanding. If you have an opportunity to participate in one of these events, do it!
The main thing I would like to share is the event went beyond our expectations.
The venue was really full of interested people and even overcrowded, and that created the right emotional state for the pitching startups and for the audience. We met a few potential investors and made very valuable connections during networking.
After 1 month we are still in connection with the attendees of that Startup Battle. We are working on the Third Opinion Care development together.
We will definitely consider participating in the next events organized by the same team.
Thank you Startup Network for giving Fanalyze the opportunity to pitch at your event! I met some awesome founders and was able to network with several investors. I enjoyed pitching and learning about the other startups in different industries.
After participating in the Startup Battle, which was held by Startup.Network in the Silicon Valley, we gained tremendous amount of experience on how to build the startup and attract investments. Especially it was very cool to talk with MS. He gave us a lot of advice. If it were no it for this event, we would not be able to get such advice. Then we actively worked on searching for investors which we did. We began due diligence but we realised that we did not want to take any investments on the early stage. Again, useful advice from Mike Sandler, his criticism to be precise, helped us to find the way. At this point, we have several investors from among the surgeons, but for now, we are managing on our own.
Now we have an MVP that is not just a set of tools but a surgical robot. The manufacturing of the primary product is taking place in Taiwan. At this point, it is on the stage of being certified.
If somebody asks me whether I need any investments in the early stages, I will say no. It is significantly more important to develop the right network and to get proper advice.
Everything that happened is the credit to Startup.Network!
I want to thank Statup.Network for precious experience and help we've got during startup battles in USA and Berlin.
Mentors your team chooses for jury on battles are always very professional and ready to help.
We got valuable feedback and a good quantity of insights.
Raccoon.World team continues communication and builds relationships with several investors we met on the battles.
We took part in several Startup Battles, organised by Startup.Network, in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Minsk, Almaty, Kharkov and attended Startup Battle in San Francisco.
I believe that it helped us to be selected from more than 1000 competitors for acceleration program in the Netherlands, where we were the only startup from Eastern Europe.
Attending the Startup Battles is very beneficial for expending networking and gaining useful feedback. In particular, the feedback, what we got on Startup Battle, from the investor form the Silicon Valley helped us to find new and more perspective niche and make the pivot. We would be glad to collaborate with the Startup.Network team again.
We took part in two Startup.Network events: Startup Battle in Moscow and Startup BAttle in Silicon Valley.
We won the 1st place in Moscow and got a lot of attention from the media and investors. After that event, we received lots of useful pieces of advice and attended meetings with investors.
And we won the 3d place in Silicon Valley, and right after the pitch Marvin Liao
(Partner 500 Startups) offered us to join 500 Startups accelerator. Being acquainted with Marwin helped us one more time in Moscow in some time.
We would be glad to pitch at Startup Battles again!