Fifty Founders Battle

So you think you can pitch? We dare you… We double dare you! This is a chance for all seed and early-stage startups from different fields to take part and compete for the recognition of international investors along with the main prizes of 10 000 EUR with no strings attached. Lace up your gloves and loosen up those hamstrings and vocal cords. Read more about the competition, eligibility criteria, and prizes below and once you’re ready hit the apply button. Applications  will be open soon!

Your chance for a spotlight

Fifty Founders Battle is TechChill’s annual pitch competition for early-stage startups. Fifty of the most promising startups from across the Baltics, Nordics, Central and Western European regions as well as the rest of the world will be selected among all participants. Each semi-finalist will then have the opportunity to present their business idea on TechChill’s stage in front of over 200 investors and other attendees.

How we pick the lucky 50

All eligible applications will be evaluated by VCs, accelerators, angel investors, and industry experts. In the first phase, the evaluators will focus on the business idea, its scalability, the team behind it, and the overall quality of the application.


The fifty companies with the highest average scores will receive a confirmation. So.. channel your inner Jason Bourne and stay alert.

You should know these dates

🥊 Application launch:  January 2023


🥊 Top 50 announced: April 2023


🥊 Fifty Founders Bootcamp: 26 April 2023


🥊 Semi-Finals: 27 April 2023


🥊 Final showdown: 28 April 2023

Got Qs?

Still unclear about something? Feel free to reach out to either Laila (

Stage & Previous funding

🥊 Your startup has not received more than 250k EUR in exchange for equity. Grants are fine.


🥊 Most likely, the company is not older than 3 years, but there could be exceptions.


Marketplaces, deeptech, and anything between

The 2023 competition is sector-agnostic. What it means in practice is that the applications are open to everyone regardless of their represented industry. The fifty best startups will then be split into five groups which make the most sense.

No country restrictions

You’re welcome to apply regardless of where you are based. We usually get applications from more than 30 countries.


HOWEVER, we highly prefer the ability to join the event in-person so you can pitch live. Not a dealbreaker, but just something to consider.

10 000 EUR, no strings attached

This is the big one. Win the whole thing and bring home 10 000 EUR with no strings attached. So many things you can do with it:

– Cover your rent for a few months.

– Buy around 40 000 bananas.

– Buy a jpeg of a monke.

– Take your team on a workation.

Draper University Hero Program tuition.

Two finalists will receive a full tuition for Hero Training, an intensive, immersive five-week entrepreneurship program in Silicon Valley, CA. Their amazing alumni from 100+ countries have raised $450M+ in investment, have created 5000+ jobs and most importantly, have built a life-long bond with their fellow DraperU heroes.

1 ETH from Gravity Team

Our friends from Gravity Team will give 1 ETH (worth around 2.5k EUR) to one of the startups that catches their eye the most.

Up to 10k worth of AWS credits

Make it to the finals and you can treat your business with up to 10k worth of AWS credits. Qualify for the competition and dip your toe in the AWS credits for a smaller amount.*


*The amount of credits you can receive depends on AWS general rules and the number of credits received in the past.

Miro credits

Make it to the semi-finals and you can get Miro credits worth 1500USD. Make it into the finals and open doors to even more credits.

and more...

This is it for now but by the time the competition arrives, expect the list to be much longer. Some things you can expect:

– Angel syndicate investment

– Advertising/marketing credits with social/traditional media

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