The global virtual OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase is a global tech initiative designed to facilitate collaboration and/or funding between tech startups & scale-ups and larger companies (e.g. corporates, brands, SMEs) and funding providers (e.g. investors, grant and loan providers) based on mutual interest. The Showcase is powered by Empact Ventures in partnership with the OVHcloud Startup Program.

The OVHcloud Startup Program is a global initiative that has been running since 2015 and has provided thousands of startups with free cloud credits and technical consultation support. The Startup Program provides tech startups with €10,000 of free cloud credits and up to €100,000 for scale-ups, enabling them to facilitate exponential and international growth.

After the success of our 2023 events, we are running another global virtual Showcase in 2024.  This event will feature Live Pitches and Demos, an Expo, Speed Video Networking, Roundtable Discussions, and the annual OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase Contest final.

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OVHcloud is a leading European cloud hyperscaler and has been a cloud and infrastructure provider for over 20 years, with 1.6 million customers worldwide served by 37 global water-cooled data centres.

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Empact Ventures are super connectors who open the right doors at the right time to help the right people and organisations achieve the right mutual outcomes.

The OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase Contest

We are excited to announce our 2024 global Startup Program Showcase Contest! Pitch to win €5k for best scaleup or €3k for best startup and also have the chance to engage with venture capitalists (VCs) and industry and showcase your scaleup or startup across the world as part of the OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase! Sign up to pitch and enjoy:


  • Roundtable discussions
  • Video networking
  • Startup and scaleup pitches

Showcase Contest Timeline

  • 20 November 2023: Entries Open 
  • 18th February 2024 (11.59pm UK Time): Entries Close 
  • 29th February 2024 2024: Finalist Announcement
  • 21 March 2024: Final Pitch, Q&A, and Awards announcement with international judges at the global virtual Showcase event

Winner Announcement

What’s in it for the winners?

We have two categories this year: best scaleup and best startup

  • The best scaleup winner will receive: €5,000 prize money from OVHcloud and 10 facilitated super connections from Empact Ventures to potential partners, clients or funders 
  • The best startup winner will receive: €3,000 prize money from OVHcloud and 10 facilitated super connections from Empact Ventures to potential partners, clients or funders 
  • Both winners will receive 1-on-1 coaching from the Global Startup Program Leader
  • All finalists will receive:Entry into the OVHcloud Startup Program with up €100k free cloud credits
  • Visibility at the global virtual Showcase event on 21 March 2024 that includes an expo booth 
  • 5 facilitated super connections from Empact Ventures for each finalist 


Competition Details

  • Startups with a cloud-hosted digital product or service
  • Companies applying must have a working website (no landing pages accepted) as the judges will review this in addition to application and pitch
  • PreSeed are welcome to apply but must have at least initial traction (e.g., MVP, traction or seed stage)
  • Startups who use OVHcloud infrastructure or intend to 
  • Any Scaleup this is defined as a startup with Series-A or B funding
  • Startups with headquarters located outside of the USA
  • Fill in the application form in English and provide us with your pitch deck in English
  • The pitch deck should include, at least, the following information: 
    • Describe your team and articulate your mission clearly
    • Highlight the challenge you are seeking to address, include some key milestones, and make your ambitions known
    • Highlight how you use, or intend to use, technology in an exciting and innovative way
    • Let us know how you would invest the prize money
  • If you have any additional questions, please get in touch @ startup@ovhcloud.com

Global Showcase: A Fast Forward Event: 21st March 2024

Global Showcase: A Fast Forward Event will feature Live Pitches and Demos, an Expo, Speed Video Networking, Roundtable Discussions, and the annual OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase Contest final.

What makes our events unique?

When you register your details, including your challenges, needs, and interests, we provide you with the best super connections. You will be super connected with other attendees in our Video Speed Networking and Digital Expo areas. After all our events, we facilitate super connections for you to the right potential partners, clients or funders by email according to your registered challenges, allowing you to receive personal warm introductions based on mutual needs. The introductions are facilitated to support both parties, helping the process to move faster.

Companies Pitching: Across AI / HealthTech / MedTech / DeepTech and All Verticals

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Kosta Mavroulakis

Founder and CEO / Impact Investor

Empact Ventures

Filippo Sanesi

Northern Europe Lead

OVHcloud Startup Program

Jonathan Clarke

Startup Program Manager Southern Europe

OVHcloud Startup Program

Leonard Pommereau

Startup Program Manager France and Benelux

OVHcloud Startup Program

Philip Marais

Global Startup Program Leader

OVHcloud Startup Program

Matthieu Lavergne

Partner at Serena Capital

 Thea Watson

Chief International Marketing and Growth Officer, BrightHR

Slyvain Rouri

CSO of OVHcloud

Helen Souness

Venture Partner at Rampersand VC

Oliver Parsons

Consumer Lead, Innovation & Fintech Partnerships at Lloyds Banking Group

Emma Cassidy

 Investment Executive DSW Ventures

Oli Hammond

Partner and VC, Fuel Ventures

Lee Lindley

Life Sciences and DeepTech Venture Investor at Mercia Ventures

Shân Millie

Corporate Innovation & Fintech Specialist, Bright Blue Hare

Mahdi Yahya

Founder and CEO or Ori Industries

Fanny Bouton

Quantum Lead & Startup Program Leader France Benelux Africa ME

Tania Hoeding

VC Investor at Prosus Ventures

Alexander Grau

Startup Program Manager Dach

Katya Guez

Startup Program Manager – Americas

Cezary Skarzynski

Startup Program Manager – CEE

Christopher Apedo – Amah

Startup Program Manager France Africa ME

Satyam Santosh

Startup Program Lead – APAC

Juliette Otterburn Hall

Managing Partner at Value Squared

Antoine Jeol

Co-founder Holori

Lucile Beaume

Associate at Breega

Pauline Paquet

Director of Operations at XAnge

Nicolas Romele

Partnership & Ecosystem Marketing Director at OVHcloud

Abhilasha Dafria

Chief Executive Officer at Angels Den

Taryn Hobson

Key Account Manager 3M

Jouko Van Aggelen

Chief Portfolio & Innovation Officer Aon