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# believing-challenge: The biggest startup competition of the year!

Austria’s biggest startup competition enters the next round: Erste Bank and Sparkasse, Trending Topics and 4GamechangersTV are looking for the “Startup of the Year”. More than 300 startups applied for the coveted title last year at the #chick challenge. We covered more than 5,000 kilometers with our tour bus and the juries analyzed 90 pitches. 2019 will be even bigger.

We are looking for startups in the most important fields of innovation in Austria: FinTech, Tourism, Energy, Mobility, Industry and MedTech. For every vertical, there is an own event at the coolest locations in Austria, in old factory halls, cinemas or rooftop bars. There are the best in each industry and you can be there: Apply now with your startup at

Problem Solver: Our dream candidates

What we pay particular attention to in applicants? We are looking for cool ideas, real problem solvers and particularly innovative solutions for socially relevant topics. It is also important to us which team is behind the project. Ideally, your startup will not be longer than five years – your idea is mature and you already have a first prototype.

“Startup of the Year 2019”

On the 14th of February in Vienna, the Skylounge starts with the best FinTech startups. Then it goes to Wattens (Tourism), St. Pölten (Energy), Klagenfurt (Mobility), Graz (MedTech) and Linz (Industry). The grand finale will take place on April 9 as part of the 4Gamechanger Festival in the Vienna Marxhalle. There, the best are pitching on the big startup stage. The winner of the # believing challenge will be “Startup of the Year 2019” and will win a prize worth more than 100,000 euros.

Prizes for the winner

The winning package includes € 10,000 in cash from Erste Bank and Sparkasse, € 10,000 in media volume at Trending Topics, a go-to-market package from Simon Kucher Partner worth € 80,000, a starting place in the casting for “2 minutes 2 million ” and an annual requirement for drinks from Coca Cola.

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