Startup World Cup in Prague to host Apple, EA and Avast executives.

19 Mar. 2019

Organisers confirmed stellar lineup for the event. Apple’s first CMO, John Rizzo, CEO of Strava, James Quarles, bestselling author and founder of Electronic Arts Dave Evans, Avast’s CEO Vince Steckler and billionaire Karel Janecek confirmed as speakers.

On April 10th, 2019, Prague’s Congress Centre hosts Startup World Cup & Summit. Apart from the continental finals, there are over 50 confirmed keynote speakers, mentors and panelists thrilled to spread their know-how at SWCSummit. Startup founders and their teams will not only compete for $500,000 investment prize and the European Startup Champion title but will also have unique chance to meet Strava’s CEO, James Quarles, or one of Apple’s original marketeers, John Rizzo and many more mentors and keynote speakers. Regional winners from Italy (Altheia Science), Spain (Amadix), and Poland (Crassula) have already confirmed their participation.

“From a startup point of view, competing at SWCSummit is a huge opportunity. Entrepreneurs will get the chance to win half a million dollars investment prize, get the massive media attention and secure their spot in the global finals, where as much as one million dollar worth of additional investment is at stake. Second, the conference will bring together some of the business world’s most renowned names, such as Strava CEO, James Quarles, or John Rizzo, who was at the very beginnings of Apple’s groundbreaking marketing stunts. Along with them, we expect dozens of angel investors, founders, and innovators from all around Europe. They will all be ready to network, provide guidance to fresh entrepreneurs and look for new business opportunities,” explains Václav Pavlečka, CEO of Air Ventures and the co-founder of SWCSummit.

“Europe used to be an unshakeable cradle of innovation. Nowadays, despite Europe’s huge potential to retain its position, we feel momentum is shifting in favour of Silicon Valley. With this in mind, we see SWCSummit as an opportunity to spark new connections, investments, and ideas that can help Europe reclaim its reputation of the global innovation epicenter. This is also why we connect SWCSummit with the question: What’s next?,” adds Vít Šubert, co-founder and CEO of UP21, a startup incubator, and the event’s second co-founder

Meet Steve Jobs’ colleague, the man who made Instagram a global phenomenon, and more renowned names 
The organisers have confirmed that several world-renowned keynote speakers will rock the stage of SWCSummit - to name a few from more than 50 speakers and mentors, John Rizzo, Apple’s CMO from the era of the first Macintosh who is now a Silicon Valley investor and lecturer at Stanford University, or James Quarles, CEO of the unicorn sports app, Strava, who also served as vice president of Instagram and started its growth to the globally recognized brand that it is today.

Thousands of attendees, hundreds of startups, smart networking
There will be over 350 startups from tens of European countries competing for the continental title; the registration is still open at the event’s website. The event will be divided into special zones dedicated to startups, innovators from the corporate area, investors, and the general public. All attendees will be brought together through Myia, a networking and matchmaking smartphone app.

Learn more about Startup World Cup & Summit
Startup World Cup & Summit (SWCSummit) is a unique marriage between the two most significant startup summits to emerge over the last few years. Startup World Cup is a global startup summit and competition organized by the Silicon Valley venture capital fund Fenox. It was created to support innovations worldwide, interconnect subjects within the startup ecosystem, open doors for talented entrepreneurs and identify 20 of the best startup projects on the market today. Regional winners will compete at the grand finale in Silicon Valley for $1 million and other cool prizes. SWCSummit is organized by the investment fund Air Ventures and startup incubator UP21. Dating back to 2012, the summit has attracted speakers from leading global corporations and startups, including TechCrunch editors, Startupbootcamp chiefs, Silicon Valley investors and representatives from companies like Tesla, SpaceX, Hyperloop Transport Technologies and Kiwi.com. The summit has also headlined corporate captains like Andre Wehner from Škoda Auto and Tomáš Budník from O2. Learn more at www.swcsummit.com.
More about UP21
UP21 is an incubator and investor, providing startups with four crucial elements to help them succeed — financial support, specialized mentoring, personal development, and key industry skills. For each startup, UP21 creates a personalized navigation plan and leads innovators on their path to success in the spirit of its motto: “Investment is not enough. Ask for a great co-pilot.” Learn more at www.UP21.com.
More about Air Ventures
Air Ventures supports rising tech startups. The fund invests in dynamic technology companies with the focus mostly on the Central European region, brings unique know-how to marketing strategy-building, and allows startups to reach audiences and attract customers efficiently. Learn more at www.airvcs.com.