I know there are thousands of start-up events and competitions going on all over the world. I, even myself, can’t catch up with the things taking place here in Turkey. Last week I told you a little bit about our event for MIT Technology Review. And this time I am here to tell a bit about a brand new start-up competition: iiAwards
Well, this is an international multi-sector startup competition organized by Paris Region Lab and coordinated by my beloved Opinno (with whom we worked with for the Innovators Under 35 Project in Turkey) . The aim is to reward the best companies from all over the world. The prize is 20k EUR and the deadline for application is 17th October. I know it s a pretty short notice, but you are not asked to provide businees plan or anything.
About the process of the competition; among all applicants, 20 finalists will be invited to Paris to make their pitch to a jury of 30 investors, recognized entrepreneurs and journalists. In addition, the 20 finalists will have the possibility to meet members of the Open Innovation Club, composed of 60 bigs companies in France, and to present their work to the audience of the Grands Prix de l’Innovation awards in a stand at the Forum organized by the Cité de la Mode et du Design on 1st and 2 nd December.
Out of the 20 finalists, the jury will select 6 start-ups who will have the possibility to join one of the start-up incubators managed by Paris Région Lab and to participate in a 3-month programme in Paris. The 6 finalists will make their final pitch at the iiAwards ceremony in Paris in front of an audience of 1,500 people. As I said above, the winner will receive 20k EUR (not bad I guess).
If you are not in the mood for application or you think you are not ready, you can also nominate a start-up with an outstanding performance (IYHO).
If you have any other questions or need further information, you can drop an email to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org