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Regional pitching competition for Slush - apply before September 30!

Do you want to win a place in the spotlight of a leading startup event in Europe?

There is a great opportunity for startups in the Tampere Region. A region-wide pitching competition offers the winner startup a chance to step on the stage at Slush, the leading startup event in Europe Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2016 in Helsinki. Usually the winner gets additional visibility and will attract a great deal of interest among local investors too. Registration for the competition ends on September 30, 2016.

The competition is organized by Accelerando in co-operation with New Factory, the Tampere Region Economic Development Agency Tredea and business angels in the region. All the entries made before September 30 will be evaluated and take part in the competition. By October 10 the top ten contenders will be chosen. The winner will be voted at the pitching event on the 24th of October when the ten selected regional finalists pitch to investors and experts who vote for the three best pitches.

The winning startup gets two tickets and a pitching place in Slush, also professional coaching for their investor pitch to help them to prepare for the pitch in Slush. The startup will be provided by an experienced mentor for the event and will meet international investors and potential partners, says Jussi Heinilä, the man behind the competition.

In 2013 the winner was Tamturbo, the company which closed more that a 1M euros funding after the competition. Braincare and Eximap were the winners in 2014 and in 2015 – both companies in the growth track.

Selection will be based on several factors such as:
1. Team - Is the team heterogenic with different knowledge and entrepreneurial experience?
2. Markets - Are the markets large enough and attractive?
3. Product-Service concept - Does this service / product have a market need and can they fulfill that need?
5. Scalability - Company's growth expectations

Registrations by e-mail from August 10 to September 30, 2016. Apply by emailing your investor pitch slides to jussi.heinila[at] You can find the slide set template here: Slush100_Pitch_guide.pdf or make a request for the template from Jussi Heinilä (tel. +358 40 535 3873). Read more about the registration here: Tampere_Slush-kisa_2016procedure.pdf.

Further information:
Jussi Heinilä, Accelerando, tel. +358 40 535 3873
Jouni Myllymäki, Tredea, tel. +358 50 434 5820
Marianne Vikkula, Slush, tel. +358 45 633 8612 – information about startup and investor event