Spark.me Startup Competition
Spark.me continues its tradition of bringing together successful startups from all over Europe in its annual Startup Competition. Our competition is focused on innovation, the power of ideas, the startup’s potential to grow and team diversity. Participating in the competition enables startup founders to have access to advisers, mentors, workshops, and a network of investors, industry experts and serial entrepreneurs.
The prize is the opportunity to exhibit in the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2017 Startup Alley, on September 18-20, 2017.
In order to participate in the Spark.me Startup competition you need to apply by April 30, 2017, 23:59:59 UTC.
All startups founded after September 1, 2015 and that have received less than $2.5 million in funding, are eligible to apply, regardless of where they are registered. This is necessary in order to be eligible for the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 Startup Alley.
You can apply for the Spark.me Startup Competition through the application form available on this page. After applying, the startups will have to pass the pre-selection round. In order to participate in the Spark.me Startup Competition you need to apply by April 30, 2017, 23:59:59 UTC. Please apply only if you are certain that you will be able to attend the event in person.
The pre-selection process will be held until May 11, 2017, when startups will be notified of jury selection. The 10 best startup teams will be invited to confirm their attendance before May 17, 2017. A list of Top 10 startups will be publicly announced on May 19, 2017, and those startups will get to present at the Spark.me conference on May 29-30, 2017, in Hotel Mediteran, in Budva, Montenegro.
On the first day of the conference (May 29), all teams will present their project in front of a panel of judges. The allotted time for these pitches is 5 minutes. There will be a Q&A with the judges immediately after the presentation. After all applicants have presented, the judges will convene and chose 3 teams that will present again in the final round. The finalists’ names will be released at the cocktail reception at the end of the first day of the conference. On the second day of the conference (May 30), each finalist will have 3 minutes to explain to the judges why they consider their project to be the best, and why they deserve to attend TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2017. The winner of the Spark.me Startup Competition will be announced after that, and will get the unique opportunity to exhibit in the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2017 Startup Alley, on September 18-20, 2017.
- A return economy-class plane ticket to San Francisco (for 2 people),
- Accommodation for three days (for 2 people),
- Tickets for the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2017 conference (for 2 people),
- A Startup Alley booth at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2017.
The prize has an approximate value of $5,000, and a confirmed Startup Alley booth.
Startup Alley is jam-packed with early stage companies showing off their talent and technology to attendees. With different companies exhibiting for two days, Startup Alley hosts hundreds of exciting international companies in categories ranging from finance and security to e-commerce and travel. Many of these companies are launching at Disrupt for the first time. Disrupt is a great way to get in front of VCs and press.
Disrupt attendees vote for an Audience Choice Winner from the Startup Alley. The Audience Choice Winner receives the last spot to compete on stage as part of that day’s Battlefield contestants. If chosen, that company will be eligible to compete in the Battlefield for a chance to win the $50,000 grand prize and the coveted Disrupt Cup.
- April 30, 2017 – Spark.me Startup Competition application deadline
- May 11, 2017 – Startups notified of jury selection
- May 17, 2017 – Attendance confirmation due
- May 19, 2017 – Top 10 startups publicly announced
- May 29, 2017 – First round of the Spark.me Startup Competition in Budva, Montenegro
- May 30, 2017 – Startup Competition finale and prize ceremony in Budva, Montenegro
- September 18-20, 2017 – Winning startups attends TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2017
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why does the company have to be founded after September 1, 2015?
A: According to TC Disrupt rules, companies older than two years as well as those who had over $2.5 million in funding are not eligible to participate.
Q: Who will be in charge of securing US visas?
A: The teams are required to provide all the necessary documents for securing the US Visa. The .ME Registry will assist in communications with the US Embassy or another institution in charge of granting the US Visa.
Q: Will I get a cash prize?
A: No, the prize is the opportunity to participate in one of the most prestigious startup events in the world, TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2017. The prize has an approximate value of $5,000, and a confirmed Startup Alley booth.
Q: Who will cover the travel costs for presenting at the Spark.me conference in Montenegro?
A: The travel and accommodation costs for attending the conference in Montenegro is to be covered by the teams. The teams that qualify for the Spark.me Startup competition will receive free conference tickets for all team members.
Q: Should the startup be registered in Montenegro in order to participate?
A: No. The startup can be registered anywhere.