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 from Community and of course syndicated investment from the 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.

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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

:boxing_glove: Top 50 announced: March 29:boxing_glove: Pitch Bootcamp online: April 11-14
:boxing_glove: Pitch Bootcamp onsite: April 26:boxing_glove: Semi-Finals: April 27
:boxing_glove: Final showdown: 28 April

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, but...

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


HOWEVER, you must be able to join the event in-person so you can pitch live.


We don’t accept applications from Russia and Belarus.


10 000 EUR, no strings attached


…or maybe more? Win a community prize pot of a minimum of 10,000 EUR, no strings attached. Kudos to Longenesis, eazyBI, Gravity team, Lokalise, Sellfy and Helve #communitypower! So many things you can do with it:

🍾 team workation

🚀 buy a snowmobile or a 4 wheeler

📚 buy around 1000 of books

Syndicated investment up to 150,000 EUR from


Here’s more – a chance for a syndicated investment of up to 150,000 EUR from BADideas fund.

All Fifty Founders Battle companies looking for investment will be evaluated by team who are on the lookout for the next supposedly “bad idea” that will rock the industry and grow to be a major disruptor! 🚀


...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:

💰 Cool credits from friends & partners

💰Exposure on stage in front of 200+ international investors, media and 2K+ attendees

💰 Media and social media exposure

Stay tuned! Prize pool will get bigggggger!

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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