Challenges & competitions


StartupFest Europe offers a great number of challenges and competitions where startups can show what they’re worth…

The BMW Startup Garage

Does your startup have an innovative technology, product or service that can make a significant contribution to mobility-related products, services or business models? Then the BMW Startup Garage is a great opportunity to make your innovation known to BMW Group executives, top venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

When: CapitalFest, September 27

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New Energy Challenge

The second edition of the European-wide New Energy Challenge is a tough competition that raises the bar and calls for the best, possibly game-changing solutions of early stage start-ups active in energy transition. Applications for the New Energy Challenge 2017 are closed at this point.

When: Energy Fest, September 28

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The Xplore US 2017 contest

The Xplore US 2017 contest is your ticket to Boston to explore the US market. Provided you are an SME or Scale-up with an innovative product or service and have what it takes to become successful in the US. Ten winning companies will take part in a ten-day accelerator programme in the US, by MIT spin-off kTeams.

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Capital Fest Pitch competition

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When: CapitalFest, September 27

Challenges by Akzo Nobel

How can you be our co-developer of more sustainable and high performance modified cellulose that replaces oil-based equivalents? Together we can make sustainable products and affordable for everyone. How can you help us make our surfactants and thickeners become 100% part of the biological lifecycle?

When: New Materials, September 25

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Challenges by Friesland Campina

Friesland Campina wants to retain nutritional quality (minimal processing), while optimizing the preservation strategy and shelf life of the milk streams and guaranteeing food safety real time. Strategies include both novel preservation strategies as well as Smart Factory approaches.

When: New Materials, September 25

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Challenges by Corbion

Corbion is strong in developing solutions for a circular economy. By means of fermentation of sugars they produce food ingredients, chemical building blocks and biobased plastics. Because the sugars are renewable, all the products of Corbion follow the biological cycle within the circular economy. Decoupled from fossil, and with a carbon-sink in the sugar feedstock used.

When: New Materials, September 25

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Challenges by DSM

DSM is committed to sustainable food & feed production and to reducing the amount of food that is spoiled before it reaches our plates. How can we work together to tackle this problem?

When: New Materials, September 25

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Amazon Webservices Hackathon

Amazon Web Services challenges the participants of the hackathon to build an image recognition system within a day! The deliverable of the challenge is a working system that using a web application should capture video or images from the web camera of a personal computer to identify the person (or persons) in front of it. Click here for more information about the challenge and how to prepare yourself for the hackathon.

When: The Future of HighTech, September 26

Pitching for capital

Are you an entrepreneur in the field of (Cyber) Security or Fintech? Are you looking for funding to boost your venture? Is your company ready for acceleration? We invite you to join the Access to Capital Pitch Sessions, at the Fintech Vortex event, as part of the StartupEurope Fest and CyberSecurity Week on September 26th 2017. An unique opportunity to meet international investors that are looking for the most promising Fintech and Security ventures.

When: Fintech Vortex, September 26

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Pitch & Match: Artificial Intelligence

Pitch your solution before the corporates and a jury.

When: The Future of HighTech, September 26

Pitch & Match: Smart Production

Pitch your solution before the corporates and a jury.

When: The Future of HighTech, September 26

Pitch & Match: Unmanned Systems

Pitch your solution before the corporates and a jury.

When: The Future of HighTech, September 26