Start-up Challenge – the competition for the best start-ups returns to the European Start-up Days and the European Economic Congress

An opportunity to appear on stage before the guests of the largest business event in Central Europe, the support of global experts and access to valuable mentoring – these are just some of the benefits in store for contestants in the European Start-up Challenge. The event accompanies the 11th edition of the European Economic Congress (EEC), scheduled for 13-15 May 2019. To take part, submit your projects prior to 31 March. Participation in the contest is free of charge.

The Start-up Challenge provides start-uppers with an opportunity to pitch their ideas to the guests of the European Economic Congress and acquire business partners from among thousands of entrepreneurs willing to invest in innovative ideas. This is the main premise of the contest, the finals of which will be held during the European Start-up Days on 14-15 May 2019.

“Success begins with an idea. With that in mind, we aim to support projects that have applications in daily life or business practice and can improve our lives, access to education, diagnostics, treatment, as well as business processes and leisure time. Previous editions of the European Start-up Days have shown an array of exciting projects generated by young companies, still unknown to industry in general. Anyone who believes in their idea and wishes to attract well-established companies or investment funds is invited to take part”, says Wojciech Kuśpik, organizer of the European Economic Congress, CEO of the PTWP Group.

The European Start-up Challenge is open to start-ups that have been active on the market for no more than five years and offer an innovative product, technology or business model, or optimise an existing process in one of the following six categories: new industry (industry 4.0, robotics, automation, production systems, new materials, space industry), environment (environmental protection: technologies for climate, ecological farms, smart energy, resource use, waste management), tradition & modernity (traditional industry, energy, telecommunications, transport, construction), health & biotechnology (medicine, health, medical technologies, pharmacy, biotechnology), business processes (management, analytics, ICT, cybersecurity, logistics, HR), client & lifestyle (commerce, customer experience, e-commerce, fintech, edutech, gaming, sport, leisure industry).

Authors of the top 100 most interesting projects submitted to the Start-up Challenge will present their business ideas at special booths set up in Scale-up Alley at the European Start-up Days. Masterminds of the top 18 will be invited to the stage of the European Economic Congress at the International Congress Centre in Katowice and will pitch their ideas to the participants of the European Start-up Days at the Spodek Sports and Entertainment Arena. Interested start-uppers can nominate their businesses through the online form available at:
Selected and awarded by the jury, the finalists of the previous edition included, among others: a new polymer synthesis technology; a roof structure laser monitoring system; a portable lab-on-chip device; a solution for the commercial conversion of plastic waste under atmospheric pressure into refined fuel oil and petrol fractions; interactive mirrors and virtual trying rooms; and specialised software for real-time in-store shelf monitoring.

Scheduled for 14-15 May in Katowice, the European Start-up Days are designed to bring together start-ups and corporations, as well as business support organisations. The objective is to integrate young entrepreneurs with experts, CEOs of large companies, investors and successful business people attending the European Economic Congress in Katowice.

The European Start-up Days also mean inspiring presentations, debates, and workshops. Some of the themes include: blockchain in the economy; artificial intelligence; automatons; robots; cobots; the future of the market – new consumers; digital marketing; e-sport in the economy; the fintech industry – pros and cons; the Polish start-up scene; and the facets of new medical technologies – opportunities and challenges.

Since 2009, the European Economic Congress in Katowice has brought together business representatives, CEOs of leading companies, scientists, practitioners, decision-makers with a real impact on social and economic life, as well as politicians and experts from Poland, Europe and around the world. The 11th edition of the event will be held on 13-15 May 2019 at the International Congress Centre and the Spodek Sports and Entertainment Arena in Katowice.

Detailed information on the European Start-up Days:
The application deadline for the Start-up Challenge is 31 March 2019:
The European Start-up Days are organized by the PTWP Group.


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