Emerge Challenge

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Emerge Challenge


About the Emerge Challenge

A startup contest which will explore the most disruptive Lift-Off and Scale startups across a diverse range of industries. There will be 6 industry verticals, with 10 startups competing within each vertical.

The competition will take place over the two day event and will be judged by a panel of leading investors, industry experts and corporate leaders.

Who should apply?

  • Only Seed – Series A funded startups disrupting their industries should apply for the Emerge Challenge
  • The company must have a viable product, and consistent monthly revenue.
  • In total, the company should have raised a minimum of $750,000. 




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Benefits of participating in the Emerge Challenge

  • Pitch on the Emerge Stage in front of investors, corporate leaders and government representatives.

  • Connect with corporates, brands, smart investors, industry-leading innovators with potential to collaborate and scale in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • International brand awareness through media coverage across Unbound and foreign media channels.

  • 2 x Complimentary tickets to Innovfest 2020 (worth £450 per ticket) and a 50% discount on any additional tickets.

  • Get the chance to pitch on the Main Stage of Innovfest Unbound, in the finals!

  • The potential of being the Emerge Challenge Champion 2020.

When does it take place?

Day 1

  • 60 pre - selected startups will pitch on the Emerge Stage in front of a targeted audience.

  • 12 – 18 Startups will be selected to go through to the next stage of the competition.

Day 2

  • Selected startups will pitch on a Mid-tier Stage on the morning of Day 2. Judges will then choose a winner for each industry vertical.

  • Innovfest will culminate with the Emerge Final, where the winners of the previous round will pitch on the Main Stage, in front of an audience of over 1,500 people.

  • An overall winner will then be announced.

Selection Criteria


  • Team: The team has a clear ability to deliver (market experience, technical ability, etc.)

  • Market: The market problem is compelling while demonstrating a clear market opportunity.

  • Unique Value Prop: It shows clearly the benefits of the solution and what distinguishes it from the competition. It is innovative and scalable.

  • Business model: The solution indicates a considered and financially sustainable business model.

  • Traction: There is evidence of traction indicators, whether financial or other (e.g. subscribers, letters of interest etc.)

  • Funding type: The company must have raised at least Seed funding.

Do you have what it takes to compete in the Emerge Challenge?

Click Here to Apply 

The Emerge Challenge selection will be announced end on 5th April 2020.

We'll be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so please apply now for your chance to speak at Innovfest Unbound 2020.

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