Startup Spotlight 2014 has come to an end. Big thanks to all the participating teams and to everyone who got involved!

Here are the happy winners of the competition and orientation program:

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Best Startup ($10.000)

Axo Suits

Runner-up ($3.000)


IXIA Innovation Award ($5.000)

Project Wipe

Best pitch in show ($2.000)

Latio Inc

Startup Spotlight

Startup Spotlight is dedicated to supporting early-stage CEE startups on their way to securing investments, joining top acceleration programs and finding strategic partners to support their growth.

Last year’s results speak of the quality of the program: 35% of the 2013 finalists have either received funding, secured an essential partnership or found strategic advisers to support their future growth.

Startup Spotlight is part of the How to Web Conference, one of the leading CEE tech & entrepreneurship events.

This mentor intensive program will give your startup the chance to:

  • Pitch in front of an exclusive, tech savvy audience
  • Capture the attention of experienced investors & top accelerators from around the world (Europe, Canada, US)
  • Grow your startup through free access to know-how & connections
  • Catch the eye of regional and international media outlets
  • Compete for prizes up to $20.000 offered by IXIA!

Top Mentors

Alex Negrea

Alex Negrea

Co-founder & CTO
docTrackr (Romania)
cristi badea

Cristi Badea

Co-founder & CPO
MavenHut (Romania / Ireland)
Alexandru Costin

Alexandru Costin

Senior Director
Adobe Romania & Business Catalyst (Romania)

Jared Dublin

Business Development, Community Development
SoftLayer, an IBM Company (US)

Top Investors

Jens Lapinski Jens Lapinski

Jens Lapinski

Managing Director
Techstars (UK)
Carlos Espinal Carlos Espinal

Carlos Espinal

Seedcamp (ES)
Mavin Liao Mavin Liao

Mavin Liao

Venture Partner
500 Startups (US)
headshot Sitar Teli

Sitar Teli

Managing Partner
Connect Ventures (UK)
jdr Jason Dela Rocca

Jason Dela Rocca

Co-Founder / Indie Evangelist
Execution Labs (CA)
Dan Lupu Dan Lupu

Dan Lupu

Earlybird Venture Capital (RO)
Cosmin Ochisor Cosmin Ochisor

Cosmin Ochisor

Business Development Manager
Hub:raum (PL)
Jonathan Bixby Jonathan Bixby

Jonathan Bixby

Executive Director
Growlab Ventures (US)

Startup Spotlight participants talk about their experience in the program & competition:

A startup spa with the “heart ’n smart” treatment. Real people, real advice, real good times.

Data Maid

Best Pitch in Show at Startup Spotlight 2013

The biggest value was the mentors session each evening. Most mentors were great and really interesting although 80% said our idea is not working :) Let’s prove them wrong. :)

Gloria Food

Startup Spotlight 2013 participant

It was amazingly useful for us because it sped up our Customer Development process for ContentLook and also got us a partnership for Squirrly.


Startup Spotlight 2013 participant

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