In 2016, high potential start-ups from across Europe travelled to Belfast, a culturally diverse city full of opportunity and with an appetite for growth and change. The start-ups battled for a £50k prize in front of a panel of globally recognised judges to walk away with a prize worth £50k
This year, upSTART will allow start-ups from across Europe to apply again for an incredible prize worth over £150k and a chance to take their concept, idea or business to the next level
OUR 7 ENTRY CATEGORIES
From machine learning, deep learning, through to forecasting and bots, we are looking for disruptive startups that have the potential to transform industry sectors and marketplaces using AI.
From security, blockchain, data protection, compliance, privacy, through to big data analytics, we welcome applications from startups from various industry disciplines who have the potential to make the world a safer and more secure place.
From alternative finance, blockchain, financial inclusion, Insurance through to lending and the customer experience we are looking for startups that investors could bank on being the next big thing.
From wearable technology, VR, connected hardware, connected cities, through to the use of AI, we are looking for applications from innovative startups that can demonstrate market potential.
From client relationship management, data management and visualisation through to compliance and governance we are looking for innovative data startups across all industry sectors that have the potential to scale.
From business applications, gamification, accounting, collaboration, customer relationship management, messaging software, through to talent acquisition and HR services, we are looking for startups who have clearly identified a clear software enterprise industry gap and route to market.
From healthTech, lawtech, martech through to #techforgood we are interested in hearing from innovative startups who don’t necessarily fall into one or more of the above specific verticals.
The theatre of upSTART will again take place within a boxing arena with boxing ring, lighting, judges, bells and stiff competition.
The two-day competition will play out across a number of rounds, with one eventual winner.