Startup Exhibition

What is it?

Twice a year (Europe & Global Conferences), we select the best startups from over approximately 6,000 applications to exhibit at our Conferences. Our Startup Exhibition provides startups from around the world with the opportunity for investment from partners, exposure, and education to help them take their businesses to the next level.

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What is the end-to-end process?

The current process (which will change over time) is as follows:

  1. Startups visit our website and ‘apply’ to exhibit if they sit within criteria (more detail in ‘packages’ section below)
  2. Startup team receives application and if they do indeed meet criteria, then we plan a due diligence call
  3. On due diligence call, Startup team evaluates startup across product/service, market and team
  4. If startups qualify against evaluation criteria (to be formalised), they get accepted and must pay within 72 hours, otherwise their place will be offered to another startup
    • If they are not accepted then they are not fully denied until October 31st. From then onwards, if rejected then they are denied and they get offered our ‘Lean Package’ (more info in ‘Packages’ section)
  5. If and when startups pay, they immediately get sent a welcome email that links them to the Welcome Packet (which is a dynamic Google Doc containing all information related to the Exhibition)
    • In Welcome Packet it gives them the opportunity to apply to become part of the Top 50 (Global) or Top 20 (Europe)
    • If startups complete Top 50/20 application, the Startup team completes additional due diligence (with partner investors) and makes final selection pre-conference, notifying both successful and unsuccessful applicants
    • Top 50/20 then get their own specific Welcome Packet, explaining the additional benefits they are afforded both at Conference (more information in ‘Packages’ section) and post-Conference (more info in ‘Accelerate’ section)
  6. Leading up to the Conference, the Startup team then communicates with the two startup groups (general ‘Startup Exhibition’ and ‘Top 50/20’ groups) through their separate dynamic Welcome Packets

What are the different Exhibition ‘packages’ for startups on the website?

Until now, there has only been one package). For Global Conference 2019 we have added two more packages. See below for more details of each one:

  • LEAN STARTUP PACKAGE - c.$200pp with a minimum of 3 bought at a time (Europe Conference prices tbc)
    • Who is it for?
      • Startups who are not yet ready to demo their product
      • Startups who can’t afford to pay for the Grind package
      • Startups who have been rejected from the Grind package
    • What does it give them?
      • No need to apply, as they can just pay
      • Minimum 3x standard Conference tickets
  • GRIND STARTUP PACKAGE - $1995 Early-Bird, $2399 Full Price (Europe Conference prices tbc)
    • Who is it for?
      • Startups looking to engage with target customers, partners, investors and media
      • Only startups who have received under $3M in funding
    • What does it give them?
      • All accepted Grind Package startups benefit from:
        • 4 full access tickets + 'startup' badge
        • Demo table - one day
        • On-site branding + logo on our website
        • Visibility to our 8,000+ attendees
        • 4 VIP tickets to Opening Night
        • Startup Grind badge for your website
        • Social media coverage to our 1M+ followers
      • Opportunity to apply to be part of our Investor-selected ‘Grind Top 50 (Global) or Top 20 (Europe)’, which gives them:
        • Exhibition Benefits, PLUS:
          • >3 investor meetings curated by Startup Grind
          • Mainstage pitch opportunity
          • Access to "Startup Day" - a pre-conference event for Accelerate teams
          • Nomination for "Startup of the Year" Award
          • Additional partner introductions and opportunities
        • Additional Benefits All-Year Round:
          • Partner meetings/matchmaking
          • Exclusive partner offers
          • Community portal/alumni program - opportunity to access fellow startups + Startup Grind Global Chapter Directors (post news, company updates, support requests, etc.)
          • Featured in a blog post on Startup Grind Medium
          • Free attendance to Startup Grind events in your city
          • Fast-track access into "Growth" Exhibition at next event
  • GROWTH STARTUP PACKAGE - $3399 Early-Bird, $4499 Full-Price (Europe Conference prices tbc)
    • Who is it for?
      • Startups looking to get more exposure, customers, partnerships and/or investment
      • Only startups with more than $3M in funding
    • What does it give them?
      • All accepted Growth Package startups benefit from:            
        • 4 full access tickets + 'startup' badge
        • Demo table - one day
        • On-site branding + logo on our website
        • Visibility to our 8,000+ attendees
        • 4 VIP tickets to Opening Night
        • Coverage in a blog post on Startup Grind Medium
        • Social media coverage to our 1M+ followers
        • Access to investor, partner, and mentor network
      • Opportunity to apply to be part of our Investor-selected Growth Top 10 (Global) or TBC for Europe’, which gives them:
        • Partner meetings/matchmaking
        • Exclusive partner offers
        • Community portal/alumni program - opportunity to access fellow startups + Startup Grind Global Chapter Directors (post news, company updates, support requests, etc.)
        • Featured in a blog post on Startup Grind Medium
        • Free attendance to Startup Grind events in your city
        • Fast-track access into "Growth" Exhibition at next event

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