Your startup journey

Startups at Web Summit benefit from masterclasses, competitions, Mentor Hours, and networking opportunities with top investors and industry experts. Our initiatives are designed with your goals in mind.

Join our ALPHA startup programme at Web Summit this November.

What’s on offer to participating startups?

Attendees from across the globe, the world’s leading journalists, investors from the world’s biggest funds, and tech’s most visionary founders. You’ll find them at Web Summit.

Successful applicants to our ALPHA startup programme receive three tickets to Web Summit with full access to curated content across 15+ tracks, access to Investor to Startup meetings, and eligibility to apply for PITCH, masterclasses and more.

Octopus NFT startup booth during day one of Web Summit 2022

Meet mentors and investors

Attendees at BETA start up during day two of Web Summit 2022 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal.

Your startup success coordinator will help you find roundtables, masterclasses and mentor hours with the insider advice and expert strategies needed to give your company a competitive edge.

The spotlight on your business

Startup Booths at Web Summit 2022

Got a standout product or groundbreaking idea? Present your company and your vision to the world and compete at PITCH to put your startup in the spotlight.

Make valuable connections

Startup Booths at Web Summit 2022

Web Summit also offers unparalleled networking. From startup roundtables to Investor to Startup meetings, our software will help you interact and make connections with some of the most exciting names in tech.

Accepted to our startup programme? Get started on your journey

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Prepare with our startup success team

Our startup success team will help get you Web Summit ready. You’ll be attending through one of three distinct programmes: ALPHA, BETA or GROWTH. Each programme has its own supports, ranging from helping you get your exhibitor stand ready to polishing your pitch deck.

Complete your startup profile

Your startup profile is key to visibility at Web Summit and will be featured on the website. This is the place to showcase your product pitch, complete with links to your website and social media presence. What’s your USP? Share it with our attendees.

Apply for startup activations

There are a number of unique startup activations at Web Summit, including PITCH, Startup Showcase and Mentor Hours. Depending on your needs and goals, you may want to apply for some or all of these. PITCH, for example, gives early-stage startups the chance to compete in a live pitching battle on our largest stages.

Time for Web Summit

Once you’re at Web Summit, there are several ways to make sure potential customers, investors and partners find you. Aside from your stand on the exhibition floor, the Web Summit app is a great tool for networking and arranging meetings.

Startup activations at Web Summit


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PITCH is our startup competition that brings together the world’s leading startups for a live pitching battle. 105 of our strongest startups will be pitted against each other in a battle to be crowned the champion.

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Startup Showcase

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Startup Showcase brings together startups from a range of industries to present their company and their vision to our attendees, investors, and international media.

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40 words

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40 words gives founders a platform to introduce their company, outline their next spend, or tell us why they’re ready to take off – all in just 40 words.

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Mentor Hours

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Mentor Hours are a series of pre-scheduled, 45-minute group meetings between our high-level attendees and startups. It’s designed to foster both individual and collective growth.

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Investor to startup meetings

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High-potential startups meet with leading investors in a series of 15-minute, pre-scheduled meetings specially designed to give their startup an edge. This is where you’ll get insider advice on making your startup irresistible to investors.

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Startup Sessions

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Startup Sessions offer the founders of emerging companies advice and direction for facing the challenging modern business environment.

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Some of our startup alumni


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"The publicity of winning PITCH gave us a great build in momentum."

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

–  Wayve

"Web Summit was a transformational experience for us, bringing investment, inspiration, and collaboration all together."

–  Mapwize

"I could not have imagined a more impactful on stage experience."

–  Griffin Hale, founder, Full Body Sound

Applications for 2024 are now open.