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Fifty Founders Battle


Pitch to Win! Join TechChill Milano Fifty Founders Battle, where startups from all fields compete for international recognition and €10,000 prize. 

This is a chance for early-stage startups from different fields to take part and compete for the recognition of international investors along with the main prizes of 10 000 EUR with no strings attached. Fifty Founders Battle will give a spotlight to the most promising early-stage startups from across the Italy, Southern and Western European regions.

Finalists announced: August 25


All eyes on you

Fifty Founders Battle is TechChill’s annual pitch competition for early-stage startups. 50 semi-finalists will have the chance to present their business ideas in front of 100+ investors, 30+ international journalists, and other attendees.

You should know these dates

Application deadline: August 11

Top 50 announced: August 25
Pitch Bootcamp online: September 6-8
Pitch Bootcamp onsite: September 25
Semi-Finals: September 26
Final showdown: September 27

 How we pick lucky 50

All eligible applications will be evaluated by VCs, accelerators, angel investors, and industry experts. In the first phase, the jury will focus on the business idea, its scalability, the team behind it, and the overall quality of the application. Channel your inner Jason Bourne & stay alert.

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Who can apply

Early-stage startups

Your startup has not received more than € 1M in equity investment. Grants are okay. With rare exceptions, your company can't be older than 3 years.

Marketplaces, deeptech, and anything between

TechChill's Milano Fifty Founders Battle is sector-agnostic, meaning – the application is open to all startups regardless of industry.

No country restrictions, but...

Though we will primarily focus on Italian startups, there are no country restrictions. You’re welcome to apply regardless of where you're based. Typically, we receive applications from 30+ countries. 


We don’t accept applications from Russia and Belarus!


Prize pool

10 000 EUR, no strings attached

This is the big one. Win the whole thing and bring home 10 000 EUR with no strings attached. So many things you can do with it:

🏆 Cover your rent for a few months.

🏆 Buy around 40 000 bananas.

🏆 Buy a huge flat screen. 

🏆 Take your team on a workation.

Up to 100k EUR investment from EDEN Ventures

Backed by IAG, the leading Italian business angel network, EDEN Ventures connects you with a network of 500+ angels, unlocking business connections and fundraising opportunities with club deals and VC partners. We're searching for disruptive founders who crave the network effect to fuel their growth.

30K EUR worth of media coverage from IMMEDIATE Accelerator

IMMEDIATE : A unique accelerator for startups and scaleups in media and entertainment. Launched in 2020 by RS Productions, it provides technical, managerial, and media production support for project development and expansion.

Draper University Hero Program tuition

Three finalists will receive full tuition for Hero Training – an intensive, immersive five-week entrepreneurship program in Silicon Valley, CA. Their alumni from 100+ countries have collectively raised $950M+ in investment, created 7000+ jobs, and, most importantly, have built a life-long bond with their fellow DraperU heroes.

 Up to €250K investment from Look AI Ventures

Laser-focused on AI solutions, Look AI Ventures is on the lookout for a startup ready to disrupt the industry!
👉 Join the competition and get a chance to pitch your business idea directly in front of their investment board committee with the opportunity to secure the funding, skipping the standard evaluation process.

 A one-year membership at PoliHub

PoliHub is the Innovation Park & Startup Accelerator of the Politecnico di Milano. Its objective is to foster the growth of new deep tech start-ups, capable of developing high-tech products and services and generating new opportunities for researchers, entrepreneurs, companies and investors.

 There's more…

✨Exposure on stage in front of 100+ international investors, 30+ media, and 1.3K+ attendees;
✨International media and social media exposure;
✨Various additional prizes, such as cloud subscription services, mentoring, service credits

✨The list goes on…


Finalists 2022

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