Over $30k for the winners of How to Web Startup Spotlight

How to Web Startup Spotlight offers cash prizes with a total value of over $30k

How to Web Startup Spotlight offers cash prizes with a total value of over $30k to the 4 winners of the deal-making program.

4 out of the 50 startups that will be pitching on the main stage of the conference will be awarded for the best startup offered by IXIA Romania, the best cyber security startup by Bitdefender, the best startup story by Cyberghost and IXIA innovation award.

Besides the financial prizes, Startup Spotlight brings unique development opportunities to the attending startups: 1 on 1 meetings with potential business partners, media exposure, pitch practice sessions, as well as hands-on advice on raising investment. Applications for How to Web Startup Spotlight are open on the conference website by September 25th.

How to Web Startup Spotlight is a deal-making program for emerging European tech startups, that will start on October 31st at TechHub Bucharest and will continue on November 1st & 2nd during How to Web Conference, at the National Theatre in Bucharest.

The startups that will be selected into the program will compete for $30k cash prizes offered by the main partners: $5.6k for the best cyber security startup, $5.6k for the best startup story, $5k – IXIA Innovation Award and the big prize of $15k for the best startup.

“At IXIA, we’ve always promoted entrepreneurship and innovation within the company, and in the business and academic projects in which we are involved. We have been supporting How to Web Startup Spotlight for five editions now because we believe in the startups’ potential to disrupt and develop viable products that can make a real change in the users’ life.”, said Teodor Ceausu, Country Manager IXIA Romania.

14 Venture Capital funds join How to Web Startup Spotlight to scout for the best investment deals

Startups that make it into the program will have the opportunity to pitch their products to 14 VC funds from all around the world. Some of the investors that are joining this year’s edition of the program are Vitaly Golomb (HP Tech Ventures), Hussein Kanji (Hoxton Ventures), Ondrej Bartos (Credo Ventures), Alan Clayton (SOS Ventures), Sabine vanderLinden (Startup Bootcamp), Rune Theill (Rockstart), Rumen Iliev (Launch Hub), Lloyd Waldo (StartupYard), Martyn Davies (Ignite100), Radu Georgescu (GECAD), Marius Ghenea (3TS Capital), Jon Bradford (Startup Next) or Cosmin Ochi or (Hub:raum). The complete list of investors involved in the program is available online.


80 mentors from all around Europe share their expertise with the startups in the program

How to Web Startup Spotlight is a focused deal-making program, offering tailored mentorship, business connections, and hands-on feedback? The startups that will be accepted into the program will connect with over 80 mentors from all over Europe.

Jon Bradford (technology, Next), Tak Lo (technology,, Andy Shannon (SBC Global), Michael Mellinghoff (fintech, Techfluence), Mike Reiner (technology, Amazon Web Services), Mihai Guran (cybersecurity, Bitdefender), Andra Sonea (fintech, Lloyds Banking Group), Ori Hanani (fintech, Admiral Group), Mihai Sfrijan (gaming, Notic Games), Vassil Terziev (technology, ex-Telerik), Anish Mohammed (Lloyds Banking Group & Ripple, Cybersecurity & Fintech) are some of the tech professionals that will boost startups growth to new heights during the 3-day deal-making program.

The complete list of mentors and stakeholders startups will get to connect with is available on the program’s website.


Media exposure and a broad network of potential business partners

Innovators that build products in the eHealth sector, hardware industry, Big Data and Analytics, B2B platforms, Fintech (financial services, payments, insurance, financing, infrastructure, advisory), CyberSecurity (application security, internet security, enterprise security, defense, disaster recovery), Gaming & Entertainment (social, games, content discovery, augmented reality, virtual reality), Agrotech, Education and others are invited to apply to the program by September 25th.

They will have the opportunity to close business partnerships with the tech professionals that will attend the event and get exposure for their products in prominent global media outlets such as TechCrunch, and that will join the event.

How to Web Startup Spotlight 2016 is a three-day deal-making program, developed in partnership with IXIA Romania, Bitdefender and Telekom Romania.

Promising tech startups from all around Europe with less than 2 years of activity, that have at least a working prototype for their product and have not raised more than 500.000 EUR to date for their current product are invited to apply by September 25th. Attendance is free of charge, and no equity deal is involved for the startups selected to attend the competition.

Very early bird tickets for How to Web Conference 2016 are available on the conference’s website by September 23. 1000+ tech professionals from 100+ global companies are expected to join the event.

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