The Pioneers Startup Programs


startup pioneers festival

SHOWCASE FOR FREE
DESCRIPTION
Showcase your product at Pioneers Festival. Apply, get selected, secure your Pioneers Showroom Pass (€601) which includes 1 free exhibition booth and Festival access for 2 team members > pack your suitcase and rock the Festival.
CRITERIA
• Tech startups (software & hardware)
• Early to later stage
• Have some hands-on technology to showcase
• All areas: Web & Mobile, AI, Robotics, IoE, Space, MedTech, Fintech, Data, etc
BENEFITS
+ Boothspace for 1 full Festival Day - worth 7,500€ - for free!
+ Convince investors, media and potential customers
+ Generate buzz, leads and receive direct feedback
THE GLOBAL STARTUP COMPETITION
DESCRIPTION
Pioneers Festival’s global startup competition - the flagship of our startup program. A jury of industry experts selects the top 50 startups, we invite you to Vienna to pitch to renowned investors from YC, 500 Startups to Accel and Sequoia.
CRITERIA
• Tech startups (software & hardware)
• Early stage, not older than 3 years
• raised less than € 1 Million in funding
• All areas: Web & Mobile, AI & Robotics, IoE, Aeropace, MedTech, Fintech, Data, Energy, AR, BioTech, Quantified-self, Agtech, Cleantech, Smart City, Life Science, etc.
BENEFITS
+ Grand Prize: Partner Meetings at Y Combinator, Techstars and Lemnos Labs AND $50k seed investment by SpeedInvest > Investment Details
+ Access to Investors Day & Startup Dinner
+ Get one month of free mentorship & pitch training
+ Austrian Startup Award by AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA
STAGE TIME FOR FREE
DESCRIPTION
Elevator pitch – sell your startup within 90 seconds on the Pioneers stage and stand another 90 seconds of Q&A heat from the jury. If you get selected all you need to get is your Pioneers 90" Pitch Pass (€601) which includes 1x 90” pitch slot + Festival access for 2 team members 
CRITERIA
• Tech startups (software & hardware)
• Early to later stage
• Have an awesome pitch to blow the audience away
• All areas: Web & Mobile, AI, Robotics, IoE, Space, MedTech, Fintech, Data, etc
BENEFITS
+ 90" show time - the stage is yours!
+ Pitch to investors, media and potential customers
+ Generate buzz, leads and receive direct feedback
CISCO ENTREPRENEURS IN RESIDENCE
DESCRIPTION
Pioneers and Cisco EIR have teamed up to launch a joint innovation program supporting entrepreneurs working on game-changing ideas in the field IoE, Big Data, and Smart Cities. The Program kicks off with the Cisco Innovation Challenge.
CRITERIA
• Early-stage (Series A, seed/angel-funded, self-funded)
• Strong technical track record/ Small team <10 people
• Working demo or a prototype / Proven market trials
• Areas: IoE/IoT, security, Big Data, Analytics, Smart Cities
• Based in Europe/ EMEAR
• Able to locate key team members in Vienna (6 months)
BENEFITS
+ Access to the Investors Day
+ 6 winners become Cisco EIR to receive:
• Mentoring across various business areas.
• Take part in networking & coaching events
• Cisco EIR program financial support
• Exposure to VCs and other investors
• Co-working space in Vienna
• Cisco WebEx/Telepresence collaboration tool
FACE-TO-FACE TIME WITH TECHSTARS
DESCRIPTION
Techstars is doing 20-minute interview and Q&A sessions on our official Investors Day, October 28. Apply below. When selected, all you need to do is get your basic Startup Pass or you are already part of the Pioneers Challenge / Showroom / 90” program.
CRITERIA
• Tech startups (software & hardware)
• Early to later stage
• Have an awesome pitch to blow the audience away
• All areas: Web & Mobile, AI, Robotics, IoE, Space, MedTech, Fintech, Data, etc
BENEFITS
+ Get selected by Techstars for 20 minute interviews
+ Immediate thoughts and feedback on your startup
+ Unique opportunity to actually meet as opposed via Skype
STARTUPBOOTCAMP PITCH DAY
DESCRIPTION
This is Startupbootcamp’s Pitch day. Get selected for 1 out of 10 pitching slots in front of SBC mentors on our official Investors Day, October 28. If selected just get your basic Startup Pass or you are already part of the Pioneers Challenge / Showroom / 90’’ program. Apply below.
CRITERIA
• Tech startups (software & hardware)
• Early to later stage
• Have an awesome pitch to blow the audience away
• All areas: Web & Mobile, AI, Robotics, IoE, Space, MedTech, Fintech, Data, etc
BENEFITS
+ 5 min pitch time in front of experienced SBC mentors panel
+ Receive 25 minutes of immediate & constructive feedback
+ Unique opportunity to meet face to face and get first hand SBC insider infos
OFFICE HOURS WITH ROCKSTART
DESCRIPTION
Rockstart is doing 20-minute sessions of office hours at our official Investors Day, October 28. If you are amongst the selected startups, just get your basic Startup Pass or you are already part of the Pioneers Challenge / Showroom / 90’’ program.
CRITERIA
• Tech startups (software only)
• Early to later stage
• Have a skilled team and a strong vision for their product
• All areas: Web & Mobile, Smart Energy, Peer2Peer, Marketplaces, SaaS, 3D Printing, Education, etc
BENEFITS
+ Get 20 min valuable input and tips on your business and raising funding
+ Meet Rockstart founders in person and gain exposure for their next program
+ Rockstart will offer the 3 most promising startups a place to work for one week at their office in Amsterdam with 50+ other startups