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How it Works
Step 1 – Submit Your Application
The first step is to submit your application by 1st Aug 2021 at 11pm (UK Time) deadline to be in with a chance to be one of our 42 winners & runners-up to receive recognition, exposure (e.g. PR), incredible prizes (e.g. guaranteed pilots), and super connections.
Step 2a- Our First Round Judges Assess
In August 2021, following our due diligence process, our first-round judges in each region will assess all applications received to determine which 5-10 applications should be shortlisted to be reviewed by our Regional Judges in the autumn.
Step 2b – Innovation Judging & Top 100 Showcase Event on 30th September 2021
In parallel, our 10 Innovation Partners & Judges will assess all applications submitted into each of our 10 Innovation Streams to decide which applications to shortlist as the Top 10 to be invited to pitch and exhibit live in our Top 100 Innovation Showcase on 30th September 2021.
Step 3 – Regional Judging Sessions
Our Regional Judges will assess all shortlists submitted by our First Round Judges to decide the Regional Winner in each of our 10 Regions who will be invited to pitch at our Virtual Final on 18th November 2021 to be crowned our Overall Champion.
Step 4 – Join our Virtual Final on 18th November 2021
Join our Virtual Final to find out who will be crowned our European Overall Champion and where we will announce our 10 European Innovation Stream Winners and runners-up. Hear from our judges in 5 roundtables and super connect with our 20 Regional Winners & Runners-up over video
Step 5 – Post-Event Super Connections & European Tech for Good Report 2022
All registered and checked-in attendees to our Top 100 Innovation Showcase and Virtual Final events will receive 3 free super connections facilitated by email after the event. Our Top 100 Innovation Showcase applicants will feature in our European Tech for Good Report in early 2022
Note: The deadline for applications displayed in the image below from 16th July 2021 to 1st August 2021 at 11:00 pm UK Time
Rules of Applying
It is important that you review the below before applying:
Tech for Good Criteria
Tech for Good is a responsible approach to technology to address social, environmental and economic challenges. In this context, technology is built in a collaborative, user-led way and implemented with ethical consideration to ensure the rights of the people are respected.
Your company must be able to demonstrate that you have created or aiming to create a social impact and/or are enhancing people’s lives through technology in any area including but not limited to education, healthcare, local communities, public sector services, the environment or others.
Stage of Company for Regional & Innovation Judging
If you’d like to compete to be a Regional Winner or an Innovation Stream Winner you must be able to categorise yourself in one of the following stages of maturity
Tech Startup (Seed Stage) with a working Minimum Viable Product (MVP) or beta version, the initial founding team with initial seed capital between £/€75,000 – £/€500,000 and ideally though not essential some traction or initial revenue
Tech Scale-up (Series A) – with a scalable product, solid team with Series A funding between £/€1m – £/€10m with a growing user base traction and solid revenue
Tech Scale-up (Series B) – with a scalable product, solid team with Series A funding between £/€10m – £/€50m with a growing user base traction and solid revenue
Separate from the above, we have a dedicated Pre-Seed Challenge in partnership with Microsoft for Startups open to any pre-seed startup with a working prototype or minimum viable product.
By selecting this option you will not be entered into any regional or innovation judging and will automatically be entered into the Pre-Seed Challenge where Microsoft for Startups Europe will decide if to shortlist you in the Top 10 invited to pitch in the Top 100 Innovation Showcase on 30th September 2021
As a Pre-Seed Startups we’d expect you to have a working prototype, little to no funding, traction or exposure; initial seed capital between £/€0 -75,000
Your company must be based in one of our 10 regions set out in the above table and on your application form you should select the region of your legally registered office, not where you as the applicant is based
Your company may apply to one or more of the Innovation Streams set out in the above tab otherwise you should select ‘General Tech for Good’ stream as long as you meet the criteria set out above
If you have any more questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech Startups and Scale-ups based in the following 10 Regions are eligible to apply to the competition here for all regions
BeNeLux: Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium
Southern Europe: Albania, Andorra, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain
Central and Eastern Europe: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia
DACH & Nordics: Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Lichenstein, Monaco, Switzerland
Note: Applicants to the DACH & Nordics region should submit their application at this link here
Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Good
This category focuses on technology that is powered by AI and is solving social, environmental and/or economic challenges in society today. For example in areas including ocean protection, media bias, the future of work, food, energy, water and others.
This focuses on technologies that can increase the quality of education or make education more accessible to those that benefit from it (e.g. pupils in schools, students in colleges and universities, employees in organisations etc.)
This category focuses on the use of technology to improve the prevention, monitoring, delivery, payment and consumption of care for patients
This focuses on technologies in the clinical environment (e.g. within hospitals) such as devices, diagnostics, bionics, instrumentation and treatments that are within a regulated path to market.
Smart Cities (Big Data, IoT, 5G, Mobility)
This category focuses on technologies that help cities reduce waste and energy, or increase citizen satisfaction or safety while focusing on the ethical use of the data collected
FinTech for Good
This innovation stream is for FinTech startups or scale-ups that are making the world a better place to either achieving the following:
- Promoting greater transparency and accountability
- Supporting people to better manage their finances
- Increasing sustainability
- Promoting financial inclusion to make financial products more affordable & accessible to all
Note: Application do not need to be limited to the above areas and we encourage them to demonstrate how they are a FinTech for Good company
The CleanTech stream welcomes applications from tech startups or scale-ups that promote clean technology by reducing or eliminating environmental effects to improve environmental sustainability and/or support the environment. This may be in a number of areas including smart recycling, renewable energy, environmentally-friendly practices or technologies and more.
General Tech for Good
If you do not fit into one of the other innovation streams you can apply for the General Tech for Good stream
We have a dedicated Pre-Seed Challenge in partnership with Microsoft for Startups open to any pre-seed startup with a working prototype or minimum viable product. By selecting this option on your application form you will not be entered into any regional or innovation judging and will automatically be entered into the Pre-Seed Challenge where Microsoft for Startups Europe will decide if to shortlist you in the Top 10 invited to pitch in the Top 100 Innovation Showcase on 30th September 2021.
As a Pre-Seed Startups we’d expect you to have a working prototype, little to no funding, traction or exposure; initial seed capital between £/€0 -75,000
Note: If you are not a seed-stage startup, please do not apply as one as extensive due diligence will be conducted once all applications have been received and instead please ensure you select the Pre-Seed Challenge option
We’ve introduced a new challenge set by Siemens Mobility to improve public safety through new innovations that support transport infrastructure which you can review here and if you would like to submit an application to this stream, please select the ‘Industry Challenge’ option on your application form
All applicants must follow the below rules:
All applicants will strictly observe the rules and terms set out across tabs
Pre-seed are only eligible to apply to the Pre-seed Challenge only as long as they have a working prototype
Series C or D scale-ups are not eligible to apply to the competition
Entrants must not enter work that has been banned by any regulatory bodies in any country
All applications must be in English
If you do not complete all questions, we cannot guarantee your applications will be selected for our judging process
Please answer all questions accurately as a true reflection of your business and please note that we conduct a strict due diligence process to ensure this is correct
You must submit applications prior to or by 11 pm UK time on 1st August 2021.
Should your company wish to withdraw its application, this must be done by 1st August 2021
All applicants to the DACH and Nordic region will be valid if and only if you fill in the consent form in the confirmation email sent following your submission
How does the competition work?
Please see the 6 steps and timeline above
How can I submit an application?
You can submit an application by filling in our application form available here indicating the region you are based in and the innovation stream(s) you’d like to be considered for.
Note: If you are based in the D-A-C-H & Nordics region you must fill in this separate form here and note that your application will only be valid if you fill in the consent form in your confirmation email
I have already submitted my application by the original deadline, can I update it?
If you submitted your application before 16th July 2021 and you would like to update your answers or your pitch deck, please email email@example.com who can assist you with this.
Where should my company be based to be eligible to apply for the competition?
The competition is only open to tech startups and scale-ups with a legally registered office in one of the countries listed in the above tabs.
When submitting your application you tick the region where your company is legally registered and not where you as an individual are based in the world.
My Company is based outside the UK, Ireland and Europe, can I still apply?
The competition is only open to tech startups and scale-ups with a registered office in the UK, Ireland or Europe as listed in the above tab.
However, if your company is registered outside the UK, Ireland or Europe you can only apply if you have a legally registered subsidiary in the mentioned areas registered before 1st June 2021.
What is the deadline for submitting an application?
The deadline for submitting applications is 1st August at 11 pm UK time. You can submit applications earlier if this is easier for you.
I have more questions about submitting an application, what should do?
Before submitting your application, we advise that you consider and review our optional Application Guidance below:
1. Example of a Successful Application: We’ve shared NeateBox’s application with their permission to illustrate how a successful application looks from a double award winner (Regional Winner for Scotland & HealthTech Winner 2020) here
2. Pitch Deck Guidance & Template: We’ve put together this document to share our guidance on what slides to include in your deck and the information that could be present on each (Note: This is an optional resource) here
3. Join our Application Support Call: If you’d like to find out more about the competition or ask any questions to the Empact Ventures team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org who will book you into our next call hosted by our CEO, Kosta Mavroulakis on 23rd July 2021 at 3 pm UK Time.
If you have any further questions upon reviewing the above, please email email@example.com
Can I apply for multiple Innovation Streams?
Yes, you may apply to one or more Innovation Streams if your product falls into one of these areas
Can you only apply if you have revenue?
No, you can apply without revenue as long as you are able to show that you fit into one of the Stages of Maturity options set out in the other tab and application form.
What information is required to submit an application
Location and which region they are applying for
Innovation Stream(s) you are applying for (if applicable)
General Company details
Pitch Deck (required)
Demonstrate how your product can benefit society
Revenue (if applicable)
I have an idea, can I still apply?
You can apply for our Pre-Seed Innovation stream if and only if you have a working prototype with little to no funding, traction or exposure; initial seed capital between £/€0 -75,000)
How do Super connections work for the virtual events?
Super Connections are made by email for all winners (x7), applicants (x5) and registered attendees (x3) by one of the Empact Ventures’ team of Super Connectors before, during or after each of the events for those that opt-in on their registration / application form within 8 weeks after the virtual final.
Do I need to be available to join the Top 100 Innovation Showcase and/or Virtual Final
If you are selected as one of our Top 100 Innovation applicants, it is essential that you attend to pitch and exhibit our Top 100 Innovation Showcase on 30th September 2021.
If you are selected as one of our 1o Regional Winners, it is essential that you attend to pitch at our Virtual Final on 18th November 2021 taking place between 9am and 1 pm UK time
Regional & Innovation Categories (2021)
10 Regions Across UK Ireland and Europe and Ireland and 10 Innovation Streams
- D-A-C-H & Nordics
- Southern Europe
- Central and Eastern Europe
UK and Ireland
- Island of Ireland
- Scotland & Wales
- North of England (North West, North East, Yorkshire, Midlands)
- South of England (South West, South West, East of England)
- General Tech for Good
- AI for Good
- FinTech for Good
- Smart Cities (including IoT, Mobility, 5G)
- Industry Specific Challenge
- Pre-Seed Challenge
Top 100 Innovation Showcase
30th September 2021
Register to join our Top 100 Innovation Showcase Event where the Top 10 Applications in each innovation stream (e.g. AI for Good, EdTech, HealthTech, MedTech, Smart Cities, CleanTech and FinTech for Good) will pitch live to 40 of judges as they compete to be crowned as one of our Top 10 Innovation Winners.
18th November 2021
Register to join our Virtual Final where our 10 Regional Winners across the UK, Ireland and Europe will pitch and exhibit to be crowned our Overall Champion with 30+ Judges joining us across 5 Roundtables and a Expo to be super connected with potential partners, clients and funders.