Every year, at our annual EU-Startups Summit, we host an exciting Pitch Competition for early-stage startups. The EU-Startups Summit connects founders, investors and startup fans for days of networking, inspiration and learning.
Over the years, the event has grown bigger and bigger. This year, we are gathering over 2000 attendees in our home city of Barcelona – and we can’t wait! While the Summit has evolved over the years, one thing has always remained front and centre and continues to grasp the attention of our guests: our Pitch Competition!
By the way: Applications for the 2023 edition are currently open here!
Our Pitch Competition gives promising early-stage startups with impactful and disruptive innovations and tech the chance to pitch in front of an expert jury panel and our diverse audience. Each startup gets the chance to put itself on the radar of impactful players in the European startup ecosystem, get valuable feedback from investors, and battle it out to win a generous prize package. This year, the prize package is worth €160k!
Applications to take part this year are still open! But the clock is ticking – apply now! And if pitching isn’t for you, but you want to watch it all happen, make sure you secure your ticket to this year’s event today.
We’ve been doing this for some years now, so we wanted to see where our past participants are now, looking at what they’ve achieved since their big EU-Startups pitch. Here, we highlight 10 of our past participants that we’re pretty proud of:
Holidu: Since 2014, Holidu has been shaking up the travel tech industry and is now one of Europe’s soonicorn’s to keep an eye on. Holidu’s mission is to make the booking and hosting of holiday homes free of doubt and full of joy. Under the Holidu brand, the company offers a catalog of curated and vetted vacation homes to make booking for guests easy. With the Bookiply brand, the software and service platform enables hosts to attract more bookings while minimizing effort. The rapidly growing company has local offices in the most attractive travel destinations in Europe. The Munich-based company raised €100 million in 2022 and it’s regarded as one of the fastest-growing traveltech companies worldwide.
GreenBytes: Champion of the 2022 Pitch Competition, GreenByes has since had an exciting year, securing €1 million and growing its team. Founded in 2020, the startup is taking on the food industry, helping retailers simultaneously save money and boost sustainability through a cloud-based solution that is reducing food waste. Its app breaks down data based on menus, inventory and past experiences, to predict future food consumption.
Autoscriber: One of the finalists in 2022, Autoscriber has also gone on to have an exciting year. Born in Eindhoven, the startup began 2023 with a €1.2 million raise to fuel its mission of positively influencing the future of healthcare. Autoscriber uses AI-powered speech recognition tech to extract structured clinical data from conversations between patients and physicians – acting as a digital scribe.
HigoSense: A finalist in 2021, HigoSense was founded in 2017 and has since raised €8 million (including a €5 million raise in 2021). The Warsaw-based healthtech team has developed a mobile medical examination device that is supported by a mobile app and an online AI-powered health diagnostic platform. It enables physicians to perform high-quality remote patient examinations and patients to perform self-examination, as well as collect diagnostic data.
Contentoo: Based in Amsterdam, Contentoo was a finalist in 2016’s Pitch Competition. We all know how important content is today, and Contentoo has been one of the early innovators in this space. It’s B2B platform connects companies with content marketing talent, to help them create committed distributed teams. It has raised about €5 million and the team has been growing positively, now counting over 120 members.
Landbot: Having taken part in our Pitch Competition in 2018, Landbot has since gone on to raise €6.5 million in 2021 (with a total of €8 million raised) and land clients like Nestlé, MediaMarkt and CocaCola. Based in Barcelona, Landbot’s platform enables marketing, sales, and customer service teams of companies of all sizes to easily design and build automated conversations via its no-code solution.
Blockpit: This Austrian startup took part in the 2018 edition of the EU-Startups Summit. Founded in 2017, Blockpit’s Cryptotax software offers automated calculation of taxable profits from trading crypto assets (such as Bitcoin and Ethereum), as well as from other activities of crypto traders and investors (such as income from staking, DeFi, lending, mining, and margin trading). The team secured €8.4 million in 2021 and has continued to grow steadily.
Digitail: Born in Barcelona, Digital has been making an impact in the PetTech sector since 2016. The startup digitizes the healthcare of pets and uses AI-based tech to offer predictive and proactive health solutions. It enables veterinarians to modernise their practices and offer online booking systems, pet portals, automated communication and better record keeping. The company has expanded to the US and raised about €11 million.
Lovys: Based in Paris, Lovys offers a 100% digital all-in-one flexible insurance service. Through one single interface, users can access insurance that is digitally-enabled, flexible and completely personable. Users have complete control over their insurance via the app and ay a simple, tailored monthly subscription. Founded in 2017, the team has now raised over €20 million.
Quantilope: Founded in 2014, Quantilope offers an agile insights platform automating advanced consumer research methodologies for holistic project management. Based in Hamburg, the platform delivers results at a reported 3x faster rate than traditional research agencies with an average turnaround time of 1-5 business days. Since Pitching at the eU-Startups Summit, Quntilope has gone on to raise over €35 million and expanded through the US.