STARTUPs AT EMERGE
We encourage tech startups from the New East to dream big. Our goal at EMERGE is to help startups scale globally and connect with the right people.
Get full startup experience by applying for Startup Pass.
DREAM BIG, GO GLOBAL, STAY LOCAL
Startup pass is your chance to get attention of 2500+ audience, meet potential customers, partners, investors, media and new team members. Appy NOW
and enjoy full startup experience at EMERGE.
€10,000
Chance to win cash prize in EMERGE CHALLENGE pitching competition
100+ investors
Meet 1-on-1 with investors, media and speakers using our mathcmaking tool
2500+ audience
Showcase your product to international audience for 2 days at Startup Alley
EMERGE CHALLENGE
Pitching competition for startups that raised from 0 till €1m in funding and have a global product. The winner will receive €10,000 cash prize. Applications open until 31 March.
EMERGE CHALLENGE
Pitching competition for startups that raised from 0 till €1m in funding and have a global product. The winner will receive €10,000 cash prize. Applications open until 31 March.
STARTUP ALLEY
Exhibition stand for 2 days. Opportunity to meet potential clients, partners, media, and of course investors, as well as recruit new team members. Applications open until 25 April.
STARTUP ALLEY
Exhibition stand for 2 days. Opportunity to meet potential clients, partners, media, and of course investors, as well as recruit new team members. Applications open until 25 April.
MATCHMAKING
In order to book 1-on-1 meetings with investors/media/speakers using matchmaking tool, apply before 25 April. Access all attendees via networking app.
MATCHMAKING
In order to book 1-on-1 meetings with investors/media/speakers using matchmaking tool, apply before 25 April. Access all attendees via networking app.
FOUNDERS DAY
Startup-only event (30 May) consists of roundtable discussions, individual mentorship sessions and workshops. To book 1-on-1 mentorship sessions and roundtables, apply before 25 April.
FOUNDERS DAY
Startup-only event (30 May) consists of roundtable discussions, individual mentorship sessions and workshops. To book 1-on-1 mentorship sessions and roundtables, apply before 25 April.
TIMELINE
Your startup experience will change, depending on the time when you apply.
30 November
30 November
Applications for Startup Pass open
Apply before 16 December (23.59 GMT+3) and participate in Startup Santa contest to win FREE Startup Pass.

Startup Pass applications will be open until 23 May.
16 December
16 December
Deadline for Startup Santa contest
Apply before 16 December (23:59, GMT+3) and win free Startup Pass to EMERGE 2019. The winners will be announced on 21 December.
31 March
31 March
Deadline for EMERGE CHALLENGE
If you want to participate in startup pitching competition and win €10,000 - apply BEFORE 31 March (23.59 GMT+3).
25 April
25 April
Deadline for Startup Alley & Matchmaking
If you want to exhibit for 2 days at Startup Alley, schedule 1-on-1 meetings with investors/speakers/media, and book mentorship sessions at Founders Day - apply BEFORE 25 April (23.59 GMT+3)
23 May
23 May
Deadline for Startup Pass applications
Apply BEFORE 23 May and attend Founders Day and EMERGE full programme, as well as all side events.
30 May
30 May
Founders Day
All successful applicants who are accepted for Startup Pass and purchased startup ticket are invited to attend this exclusive event for founders. Also, shortlisted startups for EMERGE CHALLENGE will be pre-qualified during Founders Day before they are invited to Semi-Finals on 31 May.
31 May
31 May
EMERGE CHALLENGE Semi-finals
Pre-qualified startups will pitch on the Growth Stage at EMERGE in front on the jury panel. Finalists will be announced at the end of the day.
1 June
1 June
EMERGE CHALLENGE Finals
Selected finalists will pitch on the main stage. The jury panel will select the winner who will receive €10,000 cash prize.
APPLY FOR STARTUP PASS
By submitting this form you agree to receive email communications from EMERGE, including speakers announcements, upcoming promotions and discounted tickets, news about our conference, and access to exclusive invite-only events.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Startup Pass is open to any startup that has received from 0 to €1 million in funding to date, develops a global product, has a working prototype and early traction.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU APPLY?
1
FILL IN THE FORM
You fill in only one application form for Startup Pass, which includes EMERGE CHALLENGE, Startup Alley, Founders Day and full conference experience.
2
GIVE US SOME TIME
Wait till you get feedback from us.
It takes approximately 1-2 weeks to review the application.
3
SECURE FUNDS
Once you qualify for Startup Pass, secure your participation at EMERGE and purchase a startup ticket (Early bird €120).
4
ENJOY EMERGE!
Attend invite-only Founders Day with mentorship sessions on 30 May, and then hustle at EMERGE on 31 May -
1 June, 2019.
*To get full startup experience at EMERGE (chance to participate in EMERGE CHALLENGE, exhibit at Startup Alley, attend Founders Day and much more), apply before 31 March.
Check all deadlines in Timeline section above.
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FAQs
1. What is included in Startup Pass?
Here is what comes with your Startup Pass (€120 Early Bird price):

  • Entry to 2 days of EMERGE full programme
  • Access to all talks on the program
  • Access to all attendee database via networking app
  • Access to matchmaking tool: book 1-on-1 meetings with investors/media/speakers
  • Attend Founders Day
  • Chance to apply for CHALLENGE pitching competition and win €10,000
  • Exhibit at Startup Alley for 2 days
  • Access to side events (pre-registration may be needed)
  • Entry to preparty & afterparty
  • Email support

2. How do I get Startup Pass?
You need to apply for Startup Pass first and be accepted. It takes approx. 1-2 weeks to review the application. Once you were accepted, you will be sent a link to purchase the startup ticket. When you purchased ticket, your startup can enter EMERGE CHALLENGE and claim other benefits described on EMERGE Startup page.
3. What are criteria for Startup Pass?
Startup Pass is open for any startup that has received under €1 million in funding to date, develops a global product, and has a working prototype and early traction.
4. How much does Startup Pass cost?
It costs €120 (Early Bird price). Price will increase closer to the date of the conference. For the detailed description of the Startup Pass, check the FAQ question "What is included in Startup Pass" or on EMERGE Startup page.
5. What is EMERGE CHALLENGE?
EMERGE CHALLENGE is a startup pitching competition at EMERGE. It's open for any startup that has received under €1 million in funding to date, develops a global product, and has a working prototype and early traction.
6. What is Startup Alley?
Startup Alley is where you exhibit your startup for 2 days. It includes a startup stand, tabletop space, plugs and logo presence. It's a meeting point for you to invite anyone from the networking app to discover your product. It is the place to attract the attention of media and get to know potential clients and partners.
7. How do I apply for EMERGE CHALLENGE?
You need to apply for Startup Pass first and be accepted. After you will be sent a link to purchase the startup ticket that includes an opportunity to compete in EMERGE CHALLENGE. You don't need to fill in any other forms, apart from the very first one when you apply for the Startup Pass.
8. What is the selection process for EMERGE CHALLENGE?
Applications for EMERGE CHALLENGE close on 31 March. After your startup will be reviewed by our jury panel and invited for interviews. All shortlisted startups will be announced on 30 April the latest and invited to pre-qualification of semi-finalists at Founders Day. Semi-Finalists will then pitch at EMERGE on 31 May. The jury will select the finalists on same day and the finalist startups will pitch on the Main Stage on 1 June. The winner receives €10,000 cash prize.
9. Can I apply for both EMERGE CHALLENGE and Startup Alley?
Yes, you can. It means you will compete for the prize in the startup competition and also showcase your startup at the Startup Alley during the 2 days of the conference.
10. What is the application fee for EMERGE CHALLENGE and Startup Alley? Can I pay separately?
EMERGE CHALLENGE and Startup Alley are already included in your Startup Pass. Whether you decide to take part in both EMERGE CHALLENGE and Startup Alley, or in one or another — the price remains the same, €120 (Early Bird price) per Startup Pass. For the detailed description of the Startup Pass, check the FAQ question "What is included in Startup Pass" or on EMERGE Startup page.
11. I don't want to exhibit at Startup Alley, can I opt out?
Startup Alley is already included in your Startup Pass. It will cost your startup €120 (Early Bird price). For the detailed description of the Startup Pass, check the FAQ question "What is included in Startup Pass" or on EMERGE Startup page. You can opt out from exhibiting. However, the ticket price won't change.
12. My startup is not selected for EMERGE CHALLENGE, can I still exhibit at Startup Alley?
Absolutely YES! Although, we can not select all the applicants for EMERGE CHALLENGE Finals, we would love to have you with us at Startup Alley. It is a chance to showcase your idea to investors and potential customers, receive feedback and get to know other founders from 20+ countries!
13. When will EMERGE CHALLENGE shortlisted startups be announced?
Shortlisted startups will be announced on 30 April the latest. These startups will then pitch at pre-qualification during Founders Day on 30 May.
14. Who can attend Founders Day?
Anyone who holds Startup Pass. You need to apply for Startup Pass and be accepted before you can purchase the ticket.
15. What is Startup Santa contest and who can apply?
Startup Santa is a contest to win free Startup Pass. Applications open until 16 December.

Any startup can apply that is from the New East*, has received under €1 million in funding to date, develops a global product, and has a working prototype and early traction.

*New East countries include: Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania.
SOME OF EMERGE JUDGES IN 2018
EMERGE formed an international committee of industrial specialists, successful tech entrepreneurs and renowned VCs to select the best startups.
Andrew Gershfeld
Moscow, Russia
Partner at
Flint Capital
Bay McLaughlin
Hong Kong
IoT & Hardware investor, co-founder at Brinc IoT Accelerator
Yury Melnichek
Minsk, Belarus
Founder at Bulba Ventures, AIMATTER, Maps.me
Oscar Kneppers
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Founder
at Rockstart Accelerator
Zane Bojare
Riga, Latvia
Marketing Director
at Startup Wise Guys
Alexander Chekan
Minsk, Belarus
Partner at Haxus
Elena Krauzova
Moscow, Russia
Associate at Speedinvest VC Fund
Almas Abulchairov
Moscow, Russia
Head of Analytics at Funcubator