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Take over the main stage

The Podim Pitching Competition puts the spotlight on the most ambitious startups from the CEE region. Apply to take over the main stage in front of hundreds of visitors, including potential partners, talent and highly motivated investors, who will also be the jury for picking the best startups.

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Receive feedback

You’ll also receive invaluable feedback and invitations to exclusive events with the most relevant people who can help your business grow. The winner will receive a three-day Podim London Springboard program and extensive attention from investors, potential business partners and talent, as well as valuable media coverage.

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Compete in front of all participants

The competition will start with pre-qualification rounds of applied startups at the online Demo Day on the 4th and 5th of May. The startups with the best pitches and greatest potential move on to the semi-finals of the Pitching Competition on the pre-conference day on the 16th of May. Five finalists will then compete on the main stage in front of all visitors on the 17th of May. Pitching event with the award ceremony and announcement of the winner will be the culmination of Podim and will conclude the main event. You can apply for the Pitching Competition in the startup & scaleup registration form. Terms and conditions for cooperation find here.

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Three-day Podim London Springboard

The winner of the Podim Pitching Competition will fly to London in September to take part in the all-inclusive three-day Podim London Springboard program, which offers a deep dive into the ecosystem of Europe’s most attractive startup capital. The three-day program will be full of fruitful meetings with influential and well-connected people who can accelerate your growth by opening doors, introducing you to the right people, taking you to great events or just having a coffee and becoming your friends. The Springboard program is organized in partnership with Fundraising Bootcamp and other Podim Friends. Want to know what happened in London in 2021? Check out the Podim London 2021 report here.

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Fundraising Bootcamp for the Winner

The winner of the Pitching Competition will also receive a spot in the Fundraising Bootcamp – a structured program that gives you access to insider knowledge and practical stuff that will help you fundraise. It is not another pitch deck class. The program is designed and led by Francois Mazoudier, angel investor, tech veteran and entrepreneur who has founded 8 companies, raised over $200M, had 1 IPO and 1 bankruptcy.

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Hands on Approach from Pros​

Together with his team, he will help you re/build your core USP, investor proposition, storyline, financial storyline, and help you deliver it all in one concise, relaxed and high-impact pitch. You will learn how to hook investors in, drive the process timeline, choose the funds and investors you really like and get them to FOMO stage. By the end of the Fundraising Bootcamp, you’ll get access to the tools professional fundraisers use, templates, models, trackers and their 3,500+ UK/ EU/ US investor list to build your dream target list. Learn more about the program here.