Event info

Through Synaptech we are investing our efforts into bringing relevant content and opportunities to the regional tech & startup ecosystem. This is why, since the first edition we have added another layer to our AI-focused community event: an event dedicated to startups.
Therefore, Synaptech and Axel Springer Plug and Play have created a competition for AI-focused startups who redefine innovation.
Synaptech Startup Competition is a 2-days event which will take place on September 21-22 during the event. Here we challenge every MVP startup that is eager to showcase their business for international awareness and rewards.
Since you are reading this, you probably know what terms such as traction, scalability and valuation stand for. So how about joining the fun? You will have 6 minutes to show and tell your product’s potential. Join startups from around the world and have the opportunity to pitch in front of business leaders.
Check your eligibility here and be brave to sign up!


16 Aug.

Deadline for applications

17 - 30 Aug.

Teams selections and interviews

31 Aug. - 20 Sep.

Ongoing support for pitching and investment strategy

21 - 22 Sep.

Synaptech Startup Competition

Presentation structure

Day 1

On day one all participants will pitch on a separate stage, in front of potential investors and partners, as well as Synapech speakers and other VIPs. The pitch must include:

Presentation structure

  • Pitch – 4 minutes
  • Live demo – 2 minutes
  • Q&A – 4 minutes

Day 2

The 5 finalists will pitch on the main Synaptech stage for fame, glory, and of course prizes!

Presentation structure

  • Pitch – 4 minutes
  • Live demo – 2 minutes
  • Q&A – 2 minutes

The Grand Prize – Present at Codiax & discover “the Silicon Valley of Transylvania”

The Grand Prize consists in a unique opportunity of presenting the technological progress of your AI-focused startup at Codiax. An event dedicated to Deep Tech and organized in Cluj-Napoca, “the Silicon Valley of Transylvania” – according to Bryan Martin from TechCrunch.

One member of the winning team will not only have the chance of presenting the technical achievements of the startup but also meet the IT community in Cluj-Napoca and Sibiu.

Cluj-Napoca, the heart of Transylvania, Lonely Planet’s top region to visit in the world in 2016, gained a reputation as an IT hub in Europe over the last 10 years. In June 2017, it was chosen by the European Commission as Europe’s top city in innovation vision and landscape.

The trip is all expenses paid (flight and hotel) and will take place on November 16-18.