13. November 2017
We made it! SWCSummit had over a thousand participants
The SWCSummit is behind us and we are starting to feel nostalgic. It has been a ride! We invited world class speakers, received 335 applications and organized an event that connected the Central European startup scene. Until the last moment we did not know how many people would come and we were only alive thanks to Redbull. But it was totally worth it!
We worked for a few months with Air Ventures to make the best regional competition and event for startups from Central and Eastern Europe. Eventually 335 startups from 29 countries applied. We sent nine of them to finals and Hungarian BOOKR Kids was selected from fifty startups to Top10. The winning Polish startup StethoMe will go to Silicon Valley to fight for an investment of 1 million dollars. Besides the main prize we also awarded nine other ones: three times Fundlift Award, Student Startup Battle, Mayfair Assets Award, Czech Convention Bureau Award, Impact Hub Award, iKid Competition Award and Biotech Award by Delta Ventures.
For a brief moment the Lucerna theater became a hatchery of authentic ideas and thoughts. The stage saw one visionary after another. We welcomed Andres De León from Hyperloop TT, Frank Salzgeber from the European Space Agency, Otto Fabri from Tesla Motors, mathematician Karel Janeček, viral photographer Benjamin Von Wong and Peter Vesterbacka from Angry Birds. Startup fans switched zones (Inspiration, Interactive and Discussion) to find interesting workshops. People were networking, sharing know-how and discussing about how to find an idea, get investment and expand globally. We managed to show how startups are born, run and exited.
Newbies were training elevator pitches in front of public, startups were learning from top mentors at Google Launchpad and STRV High-value Sessions, investors were getting ready for business angel career in the Angel Academy and projects were being presented at startup stands. Apart from a rich program, we also had an afterparty. The Central European scene is full of enthusiastic and talented people and Prague is becoming a magnet for innovators and visionaries. Let’s discover, support and connect them. Here and now. Or maybe in the next SWCSummit. Will we see you there?