CHALLENGE is the startup competition at EMERGE that brings together the most promising early-stage startups from emerging tech hubs.
CHALLENGE is open to any startup that has received under €1 million in funding to date, develops an emerging & enabling technology, originates from an emerging market or solves a problem of that region. General criteria are a working prototype and an early proof of demand.
The selected startups of each startup track will beinvited to compete in CHALLENGE Finals on Main Stage. The winner receives media publicity, great attention from investors and potential partners, as well as the money prize, which will be announced later on.
EMERGING & ENABLING
Cutting-edge technologies, with a special focus on the following areas: 5G, Food & Agro, Cleantech, Healthtech & Wellbeing, Financial, Legal & Insurance tech, Industry 4.0 & IoT, Robotics and autonomous systems, Space, Quantum computing, Nanosensors and the Internet of Nanothings, Computer vision, Smart Materials, Wearables.
powered by RYBAKOV FOUNDATION
Technologies in Philanthropy for social enterprises, organisations with social responsibility focus, volunteers, NGOs, associations, making their operations more efficient.
powered by CREATE IT!
Includes technology solutions in the following industries: Advertising, Marketing, Design, Fashion, Games,Architecture, Retail, Music, AR&VR, Media.
DATA & AI
powered by Bulba Ventures
Industry agnostic startups that use AI & Machine learning technology, as well as work with data.
BLOCKHAIN & CRYPTO
for blockchain & ICO startups
BLOCKHAIN & CRYPTO is open to any pre-ICO companies that use blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and plan to fundraise using ICO.