Early stage tech startup? You’re in the right place! Join Startup Spotlight, close deals & compete for the 20k cash prizes!


  • Are a CEE tech startup with less than 2 years of activity

  • Have at least a working prototype

  • Have not raised more than 500k for the current product


  • USD 20k cash prizes offered by IXIA, the main partner of the program.

  • Access to a curated deal-making pipeline (funding, distribution, business builders).

  • Valuable connections that can help you take your product & business to the next level.

  • Visibility: get noticed by pitching on the main stage of How to Web & gain significant media exposure.

  • Full access tickets to How to Web Conference 2015 for you and your Co-Founders.


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With a 35% success rate, Startup Spotlight brings you closer to receiving funding, closing a strategic
partnership or gaining the exposure you need to stand out of the crowd.

Curious to see the results of our alumni?

Startup Spotlight Progress Report

Meet the alumni

  • Builds classic games with a social flavour;

    Reached Top 100 money makers on Facebook with Solitaire Arena;

    Made the biggest exit in the Romanian gaming industry by selling the rights for two Solitaire Arena games to Rock You;

  • Integrated solution for IoT project development;

    Raised 200k+ in two rounds;

    Have been accelerated in hub:raum & Seedcamp;

  • Game-based assessment tool that identifies talents & predicts their performance;

    Have been accelerated in QC FinTech (US);

    Raised a seed round from Seedcamp;

  • Online marketplace for boat rentals, connecting travellers with boat owners

    Raised USD 1.8 million in a Series A round led by Connect Ventures

    Expanded in 4 other countries, with 2 more in their pipeline

  • Affordable and easy-to-use medical exoskeletons;

    Have closed 2 investment rounds with a total value of 200k+

    Have started clinical trials;

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    We're looking for the best & brightest tech startups in the CEE. Are you one of them?

    Apply by OCT 30

Startup Spotlight Finalists

  • BranchTrack


    Efficient online tool that helps you create better and faster trainings in sales, customer service, telemarketing and other areas using simulated customers to engage and motivate learners.

  • Catwalk15


    Mobile application that offers users instant fashion advice & style inspiration, anytime, anywhere.

  • EDM Designer


    A drag and drop editor that helps users create stylish & responsive HTML e-mail templates in a matter of minutes.

  • Elefin


    The web app that helps business owners regain control of their business cash flow: track and analyze all financial transactions and forecast their evolution.

  • Fentury


    The new generation personal finance manager that helps you analyse, plan and save your finances on your smartphone, anywhere & anytime.

  • FireVibes


    A portable music player, built as a companion for the user’s main device (phone, laptop, pc), that doesn’t require an external amplifier for the powerful, professional headphones.

  • FreeWiFi


    A platform dedicated to all companies who offer wifi connection in public areas and want to get more details about their clients and create targeted mobile marketing campaigns.

  • GameGif


    A mobile app showing 7 second videos of actual gameplay so gamers can quickly get a feel of a game and decide on the spot if they want to download it or move on to the next one.

  • Gaming BattleGrounds


    An eSports platform where gamers join and create online tournaments in games.

  • Gigalize


    Online community platform that helps you create & support campaigns to bring your favorite artists in town.

  • Grajdanite


    Mobile application that monitors and controls the traffic on the road, sends notifications to users and allows them to report violations of the law.

  • InnerTrends


    A user analytics service that allows companies to better understand their consumers’ behaviour by receiving faster personalised answers.

  • Intersect App


    Intersect lets teens go back in time and find each other after crossing paths in real life, at a cafe, the subway, etc

  • Jaboo


    A set of smart wrist bands that accelerate and improve the athletes’ techniques by tracking their speed, force or training patterns.

  • Lighty


    World’s first smart mobile projector with robotic capabilities: powerful pico projector, panoramic movement, voice control & wireless connectivity.

  • Marionette Studio


    A web-based application that enables you to create amazing 2D animations for games directly in your browser. Easily import, rig and animate your characters in a collaborative environment.

  • Melissa Climate


    A mobile app that helps you save energy & money by smart controlling your air conditioner from everywhere.

  • Monday


    B2B platform targeting mainly gyms and nutrition clinics and designed to bring technology to their products & services, improve the interaction with their clients, facilitate the sale of new products and attract new customers.

  • MyTeleTouch


    An universal controler for smart TV, game consoles, PC and set top boxes.

  • Onyx Beacon


    It helps companies to develop context aware mobile applications for retail and events.

  • Retargeting.biz


    A real-time retargeting software that allows companies to interact much faster with the most interested consumers in their online products.

  • SafeDrive


    A mobile app that enhances road traffic safety by rewarding drivers for NOT texting while driving with points that they can later use for products from a wide network of partners.

  • Scooterson


    World’s first intelligent electric kick-scooter. Using a unique combination of cloud and smartphone technology alongside big data analysis, it understands and enhances the rider’s experience, whilst maximizing energy efficiency and safety.

  • Seeds Unified


    Platform for data collection and analysis for heavy data gatherers.

  • Shoptsie


    Intuitive online store creator and marketing tool-set for creative people like handcrafters and fashion designer who feel clueless and lost when it comes to online selling. Shoptsie allows anyone to create an online store that can be embedded into Facebook Pages or any existing website or blog.

  • Sybrillo


    Waterproof device that can help users take advantage of their GoPro’s high definition footages, while also enjoying remote controllability, stabilization and motion control.

  • Symme3D


    Multifunctional Delta platform for 3D printing, PCB milling, laser engraving, pick and place.

  • Tickey


    An urban transport ticketing app that allows users to pay transportation fares via smartphone and uses iBeacons technology to locate the vehicle they are traveling with.

  • TinTag


    The first rechargeable tracking device for your lost items whether they’re keys, bags, or pets.

  • Tourgent


    Business management software for bus charter companies.

  • UXRecord


    Mobile screen record integration for iOS and Android, collaborative work for designers and programmers together with Heatmaps.

  • Wyze


    Web-based application that gives you an automatic categorization of your finances by aggregating data from multiple financial accounts.