40 Words

Are you looking for more exposure? 40 Words gives startups at Web Summit the opportunity to broadcast their message across the event – all in just 40 words.

Please note that only startups participating in our Web Summit startup programme are eligible for 40 Words. You can now apply to join ALPHA at Web Summit this November.

Abbie Morris, Co-founder & CEO, Compare Ethics, on Centre stage during day two of Web Summit 2022
Abbie Morris
Co-founder & CEO, Compare Ethics

How does it work?

Apply for 40 Words by sending us a video of you sharing your company’s pitch in just 40 words. If selected, your video will be played across our screens on stages and around the venue at Web Summit.

Startup selection

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Startups submit an application with a self-recorded video giving their company elevator pitch. Our team will review all applications and select a shortlist of successful candidates. Video scripts that exceed 40 words will not be considered – hence the name.

Make the seconds count

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You’ve only got 40 words, so choose them carefully. Cut all the filler and focus on the question you’re addressing. Remember, this video isn’t just going out to investors – it’s for everyone at Web Summit. Ensure you use language that all attendees will understand, and you’re on the right track.

At the event

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Selected videos will be played on screens at our stages and all across the venue, increasing your exposure and allowing you to share your pitch with all attendees.

Meet some of the startups that have joined us at our past events

"Web Summit is now the largest gathering of entrepreneurs."

Web Summit Centre Stage viewed from a distance, with a packed crowd.


–  Inc.

"The world’s biggest tech event."

Speaker Sebastien Borget, The Sandbox, on Centre Stage during day two of Web Summit 2022


–  Euronews

"The largest technology conference in the world.”

Kubo Robotics co-founder and CEO Tommy Otzen celebrates with arms in air after winning PITCH at Web Summit 2016.


–  Forbes

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