With only a week left to apply for Pitch Battle at TechChill, Europe’s leading B2B accelerator Startup Wise Guys will join forces with the famous Helsinki-based accelerator Startup Sauna for Pitch Academy on February 9th. Both accelerators will bring in their own experience and top notch mentors for the one-day intensive bootcamp and mentoring sessions for 10 selected startups before 5 of them conquer the big stage of TechChill and compete for a paid trip to Silicon Valley to meet investors.
Applications are open until January 15: ej.uz/tcpitchbattle
The 10 selected teams will be announced on January 19th.
Pitch Academy is an intensive one-day event with mentoring sessions, feedback on business model and pitch training for 10 best applicants to TechChill Pitch Battle. Startup Wise Guys and Startup Sauna are bringing top mentors from their accelerator program that have already been tested in programs and proven to bring great value to startups: Max Gurvits, hustler and investor, currently director for CEE, CIS, and MENA at Cross Border Angels, Felipe Millan, Developer Evangelist and Technical Advisor at SendGrid, Merlin Salvik, practicing lawyer for more than 10 years and partner at Hedman Partners Law Office, Chris Kobylecki, CMO at Innovation Nest, fund that invest in early to Series A stage B2B technology companies with global focus, Juha Ruohonen from Superhero Capital, Torsti Tenhunen from Pivot5, as well as Mike Bradshaw, a legendary pitch coach as well as the new Head Coach of Startup Sauna.
“If you compare corporate and startup worlds, one of the major differences is attitude towards competitors and collaboration. At our accelerator we always teach startups the value of partnership and creating network that works together. We practice what we preach, thus joining forces with our Nordic neighbour Startup Sauna makes perfect sense and gives double the force to provide awesome bootcamp for 10 startups from the region. Really looking forward to February 9th,” says Cristobal Alonso, global CEO of Startup Wise Guys.
At the end of Pitch Academy, startups will participate in semi-finals, and a professional jury will decide on the five best teams to get on the main stage next day during TechChill Pitch Battle. All semi-finalists will get access to benefits from Accelerate Program from SendGrid.
TechChill Pitch Battle participants on February 10 will compete for the following prizes:
- a fully paid trip to Silicon Valley, with a full agenda and meetings with selected investors and free stay at Startup Embassy, the oldest entrepreneurial residence located in Palo Alto;
- 3 tickets for this year’s edition of SLUSH;
- a “fast track” to semi-finals of next Startup Wise Guys program (Tallinn, spring 2017);
- a “fast track” to semi-finals of next Startup Sauna program (Helsinki, spring 2017);
- a “fast track” to semi-finals of next Axel Springer Plug and Play accelerator program (Berlin, spring 2017)
Both accelerators are urging startups not to miss the chance to shine in front of an audience that will include mentors, industry experts, and also more than 30 confirmed business angels from the Baltics looking for their next investment.