JUNE 20, 2023 I 10:00-15:00 (BST)
4th VC Forum & Pitch Competition
5 VC panels with over 20 partner-level speakers & 5 pitch tracks with 25 pre-selected SaaS early-stage companies from Europe and Israel.
Back in 2022, SummerSaas successfully brought together Vibranium, a Silicon Valley VC, and PicUp, an Israeli startup, showcasing the power of the event in creating future relationships and investments.
“Recommending to any startup who wants to pitch investors!” – Liad Iluz, VP Sales at PicUp.
“Thank you for the amazing opportunity! We are happy to have PicUp as our portfolio startup! See you soon at the SummerSaas 2023 event this year! SaaS startups, highly recommend joining the event!”- Valentina Pidgaina, Head of Pipeline & Partnerships at Vibranium VC.
In 2020, Cyscale, Romania graph-based cloud security analysis company, raised funding from Notion Capital. Similarly, a startup from Finland called Sellforte received funding from Sonae IM, Bonnier Ventures and Icebreaker VC.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
SummerSaaS grew from a pure pitching competition back in 2020 to the VC conference — simultaneously with the pitch sessions, we will have a series of panel discussions on key market topics
25 pre-selected startups will pitch in front of Partners from the leading pan-European and regional Venture Capital firms
Pitch decks of all the startups that applied for the pitch- competition can be found in the Expo Booth section
You’ll have access to all recordings after the event is over, so you can go back and rewatch the sessions you didn’t catch live
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Flashpoint team identifies 5 SaaS companies per technology track within early-stage maturity parameters*
*MRR between $10k and $100k and/or raised between $0.3m and $3m
PRE-FINAL VC PANEL
A selected group of 25 startups will present before a VC panel with 1 winner from each track progressing to final
GRAND FINALE VC PANEL
A selected group of 5 finalists will present before a Grand Finale VC Panel to select the best SaaS pitch
The winner is awarded sponsor prizes from Flashpoint portfolio companies and leading technology enterprises
OUR JURY, SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS
11:00 – 14:00
Join us to network with other startups and get advice from the VCs
10:00 – 10:25
SaaS & Startups – European and Israeli tech in numbers 2023. Overview by Dealroom
Post-VC: How does slower capital deployment impact early-stage startups?
Post-VC panel discussion will be focused on the effects of investing in early-stage tech businesses from the perspective of different market participants: VCs, PEs, and institutional LPs following the shift to a non-zero interest environment. Investors will share their view on the impacts of slower capital deployment across European and Israeli ecosystems across the stages, expected consolidation in the industry both in terms of companies, as well as fund managers, guide tech founders on what to expect in terms of funding availability over the next 12 months, as well as share insights on how fund managers dealt on alignment both with portfolio companies as well as their LPы during current turbulent times.
Is Corporate Venture Capital Right for Your Startup?
It is standard for startups to seek various sources of funding. Corporate venture capital funds, or CVCs, have become increasingly popular in recent years. Corporate investors offer financing and access to resources such as subsidiaries that can serve as market and customer validators, marketing and development support, and a credible existing brand. In addition to this added value, however, CVCs can also involve some risk.
During our conversation, we will discuss all the pros and cons of financing startups through CVCs.
How to boost your performance as a scout?
What creative ways do scouts implement to source strong tech founders and expand their network? Does the current fundraising environment affect your tech network in terms of willingness to raise new money and engage with VCs?
Why Venture Debt is gaining momentum this year?
It’s a difficult time for many startups coming down from the highs of 2021 and 2022. The yellow brick road that was laid before you is gone and the future a bit more uncertain. What can you do as a founder to ensure a healthy cash runway to complement your equity with minimal dilution for yourself? How the current environment will facilitate further the collaboration with your Venture Capital and Venture Debt partners to help you in achieving your company’s milestones?
Secondary transactions in the current tech market environment. Should companies support recycling of their cap tables?
Unprecedented wealth is captured within the VC market, as between 2003 and 2021, the private market fundraising worldwide increased more than twelve-fold from around USD 96 billion to approximately USD 1.2 trillion. At the same time, there is a global trend for companies to remain private longer – while in 1989, companies were going public after an average of six years, by 2021 the figure had doubled. Is the secondary an answer for the mounting liquidity needs for shareholders and should the companies actively support capable recycling? Is the current macro-environment supporting the secondary market?
Let’s try to answer those questions!
Pitching session for early-stage startups in Vertical Saas track
Construction, real-estate, logistics, etc.
Pitching session for early-stage startups in Health Tech track
Technologies to improve and extend the health and wellness of individuals and groups
Pitching session for early-stage startups in Fintech track
Pitching session for early-stage startups in Horizontal Saas track
Productivity, sales, HR, support
Pitching session for early-stage startups in Developer Tools track
R&D productivity, product analytics, DevOps
Grand Finale for pitch competition