EU-Startups Conference 2016

EU-Startups-Conference-logo2On June 24, we’re going to host the 3rd edition of the EU-Startups Conference! It’s our annual flagship event where we showcase a selection of Europe’s hottest startups and where we come together to learn from some of the most successful European entrepreneurs of our time.

Thanks to our location sponsor Microsoft Ventures, the EU-Startups Conference 2016 will take place in the awesome event space “Atrium” of Microsoft Berlin.

At this year’s EU-Startups Conference, which will be held between 11.30 am and 6 pm, we’re expecting about 200 entrepreneurs, startup enthusiasts, corporates, angel investors, VCs as well as media people. A great opportunity for networking!

The EU-Startups Conference is the perfect event for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors who are aiming to build international companies from within Europe. We will have fireside chats with three internationally successful founders out of the Internet space and an exciting pitch competition with 15 startup teams!

The Speakers

Steli Efti is the CEO and Co-Founder of, an inside sales CRM which lets you make calls with one click, send emails automatically,Steli-Efti-Close-io-2016 and which conveniently tracks all sales activity. Steli was born in Greece and raised in Germany. When he entered the startup world, he sold everything he owned and bought a one-way ticket to San Francisco. He is an alumni of Y Combinator and his company has received funding from Spark Capital, SV Angel, Start Fund, and Omidyar Networks as well as several notable angel investors. Steli is a very charismatic speaker and known for his great speeches about the startup hustle and sales tactics that really work.

At the EU-Startups Conference we’ll talk with Steli about topics like the importance of sales for startups, the best sales tactics, and the pros and cons of starting a company in the Valley.

Johannes Reck is the Co-Founder and CEO of GetYourGuide.Johannes-Reck-Getyourguide-2016 Founded in 2009 in Zurich, GetYourGuide today is one of the world’s most successful online travel startups. Be it guided tours, cooking classes, sightseeing buses or canal cruises – GetYourGuide collects and categorizes all the world’s things to do while travelling, currently about 28,000 activities, so you research less and do more.

Today, GetYourGuide has over 200 employees and offices in Zurich, Berlin and Las Vegas. According to public sources, GetYourGuide was able to secure almost $100 million in venture capital. The list of investors includes leading VC firms like Spark Capital, Highland Capital Partners and PROfounders Capital.

At the EU-Startups Conference, we’ll sit down with Johannes for a fireside chat to learn how he and his team made GetYourGuide one of Europe’s biggest startup success stories in recent history.

Fabian Siegel co-founded ClickandBuy, which once was Europe’s largest online payments brand and was eventually sold to Deutsche Telekom. At ClickandBuy he served for 7 years as CTO. Afterwards he founded the personal finance startup Strateer, and ran operations at browser technology company From 2010 to 2013, Fabian was Co-CEO at Delivery Hero – a global leader in online food ordering and one of the few unicorns Europe has. In 2013, Fabian joined forces with Marc and Oliver Samwer and started a €150 million VC fund called Global Founders Capital, where he is still involved till this day.

In 2014 Fabian founded Marley Spoon, a subscription service which makes it really easy for you to cook a delicious meal at home by sending you tasty recipes and fresh ingredients directly to your door. Marley Spoon already counts over 100 employees and is operating in Germany, UK, the Netherlands, Austria, Australia and in the USA. In total, Marley Spoon raised about $27.5 million from some of Europe’s most renowned VCs.

If we already got your attention and you’re able to be in Berlin at that time, we highly recommend you to purchase your ticket now!

Pitch Competition

During the EU-Startups Conference, we’ll also have a huge pitch competition with 15 of Europe’s most exciting startups. Participating startups are going to pitch their business idea within a 3-minute-presentation in front of the audience and an expert jury of well known investors. The winner will receive an awesome price worth €5,000. Applications are open till the 24th of May. Please apply by sending an email to [email protected]. Tell us about your business model and the current stage of your startup (4-5 sentences) or send us a short pitch deck!

Crowdfunding Panel

Together with Seedrs, Companisto, MyMicroInvest and HelpTheCrowd we will have an exciting panel discussion on equity-based crowdfunding. We’ll be talking about the pros and cons of crowdfunding, how to choose the right crowdfunding site as a startup / investor and about many more crowdfunding related topics.


We kept it affordable: The two ticket categories we’re offering (€39 / €79) already include food and drinks during the event. Tickets can be purchased here!

Our Event Sponsors

dotCloudThe .cloud domain extension offers new opportunities for businesses, individuals, innovators to leverage the power of this universal term to express themselves and tell their story to the world. Over 50000 .CLOUD domains have already been registered by companies of all sizes and individuals from over 130 countries. Whether you are a startup building the next big thing, a hoster or a consultant looking for a better way to advertise your cloud offering, or looking for a catchy name for your webshop or your personal blog (or you are just having a laugh), there is a great .cloud domain waiting for you!

PwC_fl_30mmh_cWith PwC your start-up takes center stage! Implementing your own ideas and successfully building your own company is a unique challenge. Make your vision a reality with the right partner by your side. PwC has the right experts in the fields of assurance, advisory and tax & legal both nationally and internationally (776 locations with 185,000 employees across 157 countries). PwC Berlin has a start-up team that is particularly familiar with your company’s needs and challenges.

EIT-Digital-ChallengeEIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation. Through its Accelerator, EIT Digital supports European startups to scale up internationally by providing them with access to new markets and new customers, as well as access to finance – a process enabled by EIT Digital’s pan-European network of top corporations, SMEs, universities, research institutes and investors. Until July 15, 2016, startups can apply for the EIT Digital Challenge and win access to this unique network, as well as €50,000 in cash.

99designs-logo99designs is the world’s largest on-demand design marketplace, connecting a global community of freelance designers with businesses of all sizes to complete their design needs. Created by designers for designers, 99designs began with a group of designers who were competing together to create the best designs. In 2008, that friendly competition grew into a unique design marketplace that has now become the world leader in online graphic design. 99designs connects more than one million talented freelance designers with creative people, genius entrepreneurs and savvy businesses.

hiscox-logoHiscox is a leading specialist insurer and offers tailored insurance cover for sole traders, freelancers or contractors, as well as small business owners. Hiscox provides market-leading products, such as professional indemnity for the specific business needs in IT, marketing and advertising, recruitment and management consultancy, which all can be easily bought online. Often, self-employed freelancer and startups are not sure what kind of risks they might face, and what cover they need. Hiscox does its best to explain what the different insurance policies can cover and provides excellent service to its clients.