8 AM PDT,
7 PM GET

30July 

2020

Black Sea and Beyond

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

Startup Connect 

Georgia’s Innovation & Technology Agency

TBC Bank - Startuperi

Application Deadline, July 24, 17:00 PM Georgian Time (14:00 UTC)

Timeline

July 24th, 17:00 GET (Georgian Time) Application Process Closes

July 25th Top 20 Finalists Announced

July 28th 19:00 GET, Final 20 Pitches to Pegasus Ventures Team

July 29th, Top 10 Finalists Announced

July 30th, 19:00 Black Sea Startup Fest 

Speakers

Top 10 Pitches

Networking

Startup Expo

Announcement of Winners, and delegate to finals in Silicon Valley

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 Benefits for Founders

  1. One winner gets to participate in the Global Finals in Silicon Valley to compete for $1 Million investment. For Black Sea regional winner we will cover flight and lodging expense*

  2. Top 3 Teams will receive:

  • ​Quick-boost mentoring package from VC Bill Reichert  

  • Virtual Exhibit Space at the Startup Grind Europe-Asia Connect Virtual Convention.

  3. 3 teams (selected based on readiness for growth) will also receive a Growth Hacking Clinic from          the organizer of Europe’s largest growth hacking conference, Andrea Roberto Bifulco

  4. 10 teams will: 

      Pitch in the international online Regional Final in front of an audience from 10+ countries,       

      investors from 3 continents,  judges from Founders Fund, Mission Gate, and other international            VCs.    

  5. Top 20 teams will:

  • Pitch in front of associates from Pegasus Tech Ventures, a $1.5 Billion VC fund

  • Gain entry to exclusive VIP networking during the 30th event

  • Receive Virtual Exhibit space in the online convention center platform for SWC finals event

  • Receive free VIP tickets for Startup Grind Europe-Asia Connect Online

  • Mingle with investors and VIPs at the invitation-only Virtual Gallery Reception. (Limit 1 per company) 

 

 *- 1 Week stay up to $2500 USD

Hosted By:

 

Sponsored By:  

SPEAKERS AND JUDGES 

Bill Reichert

Partner

Pegasus Tech Ventures

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Natia Turnava

Minister of Economy of Georgia

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Ryan Kavanaugh

Founder

Proxima Media

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Zaza Pachulia

2 time NBA Champion; Partner & Brand Ambassador at Crosty; Angel Investor

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Trae Stephens

Partner

Founders Fund

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Deborah Magid

Director of Software Strategy

IBM Venture Capital Group

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Mclain Southworth

Venture Partner

 Crosslink Capital

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Giorgi Bachishvili

Founding Partner

Mission Gate Capital

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Omar Hassan

Founder of UK-MENA Hub, Former Head of Middle Eastern Inward Investment for London

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Avtandil Kasradze

Chairman

Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency

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Colin Donohue

Director

Startup Connect and Startup Grind Tbilisi

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2020 Startup World Cup Black Sea & Beyond"

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Sponsors & Partners

The competition will be co-hosted by Startup Connect, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency, and TBC Bank - Startuperi.

Sponsors: Adjarabet & Silknet

About Event:

“Black Sea and Beyond Regional Competition” is one of 50 regional competitions held from US to Indonesia to select the best startups in Georgia and in region for Grand Finale of Startup World Cup – world’s largest startup competition pitch organized by Pegasus Tech Ventures, a billion-dollar corporate VC fund based in Silicon Valley. The competition will be co-hosted by Startup Connect and Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency, and TBC Bank - Startuperi.

 

It is the first and the biggest virtual competition hosted by Georgia, which involves 10 countries from around the Black and Caspian seas. The winners of the regional competitions will compete to enter the global finals, held in Silicon Valley with a prize of $1 Million investment.

 

The event aims to launch and advise the worlds next wave of leading entrepreneurs and creates the unique precedent for attracting the world’s brightest minds across the globe to compete in solving the planet's biggest challenges through ground-breaking solutions that move ecosystems forward. While the main objective of the regional competition is to accelerate the development and empowerment of Startup space in Georgia and in region countries.

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Contact Us:

 

For detailed information please contact us at colin@startupgrind.com

For additional information and to hear about future events follow us at:

https://www.facebook.com/startupgrindtbilisi/

https://www.facebook.com/startupconnectgeorgia

Rules

 

Startup is eligible to represent a country, if

a) The majority of the management team lives there (HQ is there)

b) The majority of founders were born in the country

c) The majority of founders are citizens of the country

d) The majority of founders are permanent resident of the country

e) The startup is legally registered in the country

No more than 3 startups can represent a country in regional finale

The general contest and benefits are open to anyone, but the overall winner sent to Silicon Valley Grand Finale should be from one of these countries:

Georgia

Armenia

Azerbaijan

Ukraine

Romania

Bulgaria

Moldova

Turkey

Russia

Hungary 

Slovakia

Kazakhstan

IMPORTANT DATES

NOW

7/24

7/29

07/30

APPLICATION OPEN

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

TOP 10 ANNOUNCEMENT

REGIONAL

FINALE

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