International investment advisory firm U-Start yestarday announced the selected startups that will compete at U-Start Conference Europe, the final leg of its global pitch event , that will be held in Lugano, Switzerland, next Monday ( 28th of April)
The live pitch event will see 20 of Europe’s tier one startups present to a jury panel of global investors, VC funds, business angels and global leaders in the tech and digital sectors and compete for the chance to represent Europe at U-Start’s flagship event – U-Start Conference Milan (13th -14th May 2014).
The U-Start conference Europe follows the immensely successful global conferences held earlier this year in Sao Paulo, Cape Town and Moscow, a live stream of all global pitches can be viewed here.
Stefano Guidotti, U-Start CEO, said:
We are thrilled to be hosting the final event of the satellite series in Lugano and are excited about witnessing the calibre of businesses Europe has to offer. Despite the entrepreneurial hotbed of talent that exists here, we believe the opportunities for investment are still limited and insular to the individual country in which they operate – an issue we aim to highlight and solve through the series of global conferences hosted this year.
The selected ventures to pitch in Lugano are:
Love the Sign
The winning startups selected in Lugano will join the four winning ventures selected from the Moscow event, the five South African start-ups selected in Cape Town: MellowCabs, WiGroup, SteadiDrone, Caperay Medical and Over, in addition to the four winners from Sao Paulo: Love Mondays, ZeroPaper, Intoo and Nearbytes.
Startups chosen to participate in the Europe conference need to fulfill a series of prerequisites including the first round of investment capital. The level of investment that each startup requires for a second round of funding should range between EUR300K and 1.5Million (up to 10 million for tech companies). The tech’ startups participating must demonstrate a substantial mobile/social customer base or an existing business partnership for those targeting B2B markets.
To find out more about U-Start Conference Europe, please click here
The European stage of U-Start’s global conference series 2014, initiated by the launch conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil – 8 U-Start’s first flagship event in Milan, the launch attracted 600 delegates, including international start- ups, family offices and investors.
The Live-Stream of the European conference will be hosted on the U-Start Conference website: