Startup Competition

Join the Worldwide Event Croatia Startup Competition
CROATIA 2021 / COMING SOON

Some partners of the Worldwide Event Croatia

The Purpose

We at Search On Media Group - designers of the WMF, the biggest Festival in Europe about Social & Digital Innovation - have always been committed to fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and startups growth. To pursue this goal the company plans, sponsors and networks many events and initiatives to promote and support the creation of an innovative ecosystem.

During the past years we have hosted more than 2,800 Startups at WMF, while organising Startups Competitions and other types of activities to work towards a unique and ambitious direction; the creation of a vast startup network. 

Impressively, during WMF's editions more than 150 between partners and investors have delivered and received awards with a total value of over one million Euros.

Today we want to take our innovative ecosystem abroad, involving startups, digital professionals, institutions and partners from every Country. From this idea came the plan to set up an International Roadshow called The Worldwide Events!

The Event

The Worldwide Event Croatia takes part of a long series of international events dedicated to innovation, designed by Search On Media Group, headquartered in Italy. The realisation of each international event is due to a strong collaboration with foreign partners. 

The Worldwide Event Croatia hosts a Startup Competition where innovative startups will have the opportunity to pitch in front of many investors and several leading players of the innovative sector.

The event will take place both in Vodnjan, Croatia and Online.

Partner

The Startup Competition held within the Worldwide Event Croatia is organised in collaboration with the Italian-Croatina Chamber of Commerce (CCIC THGK); a private-law organisation whose aim is to promote economic exchanges between Croatia and Italy. 

The CCIC THGK has a central role in developing business between Italy and Croatia, offering different types of services for both Italian and Croatian entrepreneurs.

How it works

The Worldwide Event Croatia Startup Competition is open to any type of startup or business, both for individuals or teams, who wants to share their innovative projects or ideas.
The application is open to any kind of startups, with no specific requirement for development stage or type of industry.

Participants can attend the event as part of the public, as investors or as candidates for the competition. All startups applying as candidates in the Worldwide Event Croatia are  evaluated by a dedicated jury. During the event Fifteen startups aree selected to pitch in front of major investors; they will then have just few minutes to present their project through an elevator pitch in front of the jury, composed by investors and professionals. At the end of the event the jury will select three winners.

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The Elevator Pitch

The ‘elevator pitch’ is a brief presentation that describes your business venture in a nutshell. A solid elevator pitch needs to convey the business idea in a concise manner, so as to quickly attract your audience's attention.

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Awards

Every startup attending the event is guaranteed 1 free ticket - valid for only one member of the team - for WMF June 2021 in Italy, both online and onsite in Rimini.

Winners of the Startup Competition:

3rd and 2nd classified:

- Free access to WMF June 2021 Italia for the whole team (both online and onsite in Rimini).

- Direct access to the "Startup Room", a conference room entirely dedicated to startups within the WMF. Here Startups will have the opportunity to give an elevator pitch to illustrare their projects in front of several National and International Investors and Startup Incubators, and the opportunity to access to several prizes offered by WMF partners and investors that populate the Startup Room.

- Chance to compete against startups from all over the world to be selected among the 6 finalists of the Italian Startup Competition.


1st classified:

- Free access to WMF2021 Italia for the whole team (both online and onsite in Rimini).

- A Desk in the "Startup District" of WMF June 2021 both onsite in Rimini and online, which is the innovation expo area of the WMF where startups can show their expertise and collect profiled leads.

- Direct access to the "Startup Room", a conference room entirely dedicated to startups within the WMF. Here Startups will have the opportunity to give an elevator pitch to illustrare their projects in front of National and International Investors and Startup Incubators, and the opportunity to access to several prizes offered by WMF partner and investors that populate the Startup Room.

- Chance to compete against startups from all over the world to be selected among the 6 finalists of the Italian Startup Competition.

Italian Startup Competition:

In the Italian Startup Competition National and International Startups compete to win the final prize. Only 6 startups will be selected as finalists for the Italian Startup Competition. The final 6 will have the possibility to pitch on the WMF Mainstage (with 7 thousand attendees based on 2019 data). The winner of the Italian Startup Competition will have access to the final prize of around 1 million euros (based on 2019 data).

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Skills of the team, knowledge of the sector, feasibility of the project;
  • Development stage of the product/service;
  • Degree of innovation and its defensibility;
  • Positioning in relation to competitors;
  • Consistency with market and customers’ needs and potential outreach;
  • Business potential of the idea.

Timeline

The Call for Startup Competition opens on March 15, 2021 and closes on the 18th of June. Applicants that send their applications before 28/05 will have more chances to be selected for the challenge. 
Finalists will be announced on July 2, 2021.

Timeline


15 /03
Call Opening
28 /05
First deadline
18 /06
Second deadline
02 /07
Finalists Announcement

Some members of the jury


Cosmano Lombardo

Cosmano Lombardo

Founder and CEO Search On - Ideator WMF

Vito Esposito

Vito Esposito

Head of WMF Global Partnerships

Alberto Gusella

Alberto Gusella

CSO Zagrebačka banka

Alessio Cioni

Alessio Cioni

Vice CEO PBZ - Intesa Sanpaolo group & Vice president of Italian Croatian chamber of commerce

Mario Vražić

Mario Vražić

Ph.D.- Vice Dean - University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing

Frane Šesnić

Frane Šesnić

Director of ZICER - Zagreb Innovation Center

Damir Brčić

Damir Brčić

Head of IT and Common affairs department at Split-Dalmatia County and Head of ICT County project

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