This year, the organizers of the How to Web conference launched Startup Spotlight Online, a two-month startup support program that was previously held at the conference. The program will end with a private pitching event in which a jury of experts and investors will choose the best startup of the program, which will receive an investment prize worth € 225,000.

The award is syndicated by a group of local investors – the Seedblink equity crowdfunding platform, the TechAngels angel investor network, the Gapminder Venture Partners investment fund, the Simple Capital private investment vehicle and the Transylvania Angels Network investor network. The amount is offered as a contribution to a future investment in the startup, in the form of a convertible note.

Who are the investors

Launched in 2011, the Startup Spotlight program was held annually at the How to Web conference. This year’s move to the online environment of the program will increase the value of the experience of the 40 participating startups, which have two months to organize private meetings with over 70 experts and investors in the program.

Among them will be Des Traynor (co-founder of Intercom), Marius Tîrcă (co-founder of UiPath), Mada Seghete (co-founder of, Marvin Liao (consultant and investor, ex-500 Startups San Francisco) , Raluca Panţiru (Product Manager at Fitbit), Bogdan Axinia (Head of eMAG Explore) and Raul Popa (co-founder and CEO of TypingDNA).

The program also connects the participants of some of the most important investors in Europe such as Irina Haivas (Atomico), Carlos Espinal (Seedcamp), Andrei Braşoveanu (Accel), Ondrej Bartos (Credo Ventures), Dan Lupu (Earlybird Venture Capital), Dan Mihăescu (Gapminder Venture Partners), Jon Bradford (Dynamo VC), Mălin Ştefănescu (TechAngels).

The program begins on October 5

Teams will also benefit from up to 30 private meetings and ask-me-anything sessions, pitch coaching, introductions to mentors and investors from the extensive How to Web network, all without overcrowding their program during the two months of Startup Spotlight Online. The startup program is customized according to the business objectives of each of them, without any mandatory activities during it.

More than 350 startups are expected to apply to the program by September 27, 2020, from which the 40 participants in the program will be selected. The program will begin on October 5 and end on December 4, with the private pitching event Pitch Day where we will find out the winner of the Startup Spotlight program and the 225,000 euro investment offered by Seedblink, TechAngels, Gapminder Venture Partners and other private investors.