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#1 Pioneers Challenge#2 Roasted#3 Y Combinator Office Hours
#4 Corporate Pitches#5 Media Pitches

#1 Pioneers Challenge

Battle of the Ecosystems

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Out of the Pioneers500 a jury will nominate the most outstanding 10 teams per ecosystem. These 70 selected startups will showcase their business to 300 international investors on May 23 at the Challenge Day in Vienna where one Champion per Ecosystem will be nominated. Each Ecosystem Champion will make it to the finals on May 25. Finally, the best one out of the 7 finalists will be awarded as “Pioneer of the Year” at the big Award Ceremony on May 25.

Final Pitches: Wednesday, May 25 • 04:30 PM – 06:30 PM • Arena Stage

#2 Roasted

Can you pitch? Prove it!

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Yes – it’s back!! This time we will even host 2 Roasted! Sessions 8 startups will be selected to pitch and get roasted to the bones live on the Academy stage. You will never feel so alive while being racked across the coals of Marvin (500 Startups), Nicole (Techstars), Erik (Speedinvest), Reshma (Seedcamp), Alex (Salesforce), and Jason (Qualcomm)!

Roasted #1: Tuesday, May 24 • 03:30 PM – 04:15 PM • Academy Stage
Roasted #2: Wednesday, May 25 • 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM • Academy Stage

#3 Y Combinator Office Hours

Get live feedback from Emmett Shear

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3 startups will be chosen to attend live office hours on the Pioneers Festival Academy stage. They will receive priceless feedback from Y Combinator part-time partner and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear.

Tuesday, May 24 • 12:15 PM – 01:00 PM • Academy Stage

#4 Corporate Pitches

Ever tried to pitch a corporate? Here you got three of them!

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You think it’s hard to pitch a VC? Well, how about three corporates? In this session sales master mind Steli Efti will help you to pitch three big brands and convince them to collaborate with you. Let the games begin!

Tuesday, May 24 • 02:15 PM – 03:00 PM • Academy Stage

#5 Media Pitches

Want to get global media coverage? Go and get it!

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A new format at Pioneers Festival – pitch 3 journalists and convince them to cover your startup to get global media coverage. Your jury: Lorna (BBC), Robin (tech.eu), and Monty who regularly writes for publications such as The Economist, MIT Tech Review, Wired UK, TechCrunch, Mashable​,​ and Fast Company​ among others​. But you’re not alone on stage – Ayelet (Blonde 2.0) and Conrad (Publicize) will support you to deliver a perfect pitch.

Tuesday, May 24 • 05:15 PM – 06:00 PM • Academy Stage

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