Overview

The OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase is a global startup pitching competition to support cloud-hosted digital product or service startups powered by the Super Connect Series

The Super Connect Series is a European tech initiative powered by Empact Ventures to facilitate collaboration and/or funding between tech startups & scale-ups with larger companies (e.g. corporates, brands, SMEs) and funding providers (e.g. investors, grant and loan providers) based on mutual interest by making warm email introductions.

The OVHcloud Startup Program is a global programme that has been running since 2015 and has received 7000 applications of which more than 2500 have been assisted with cloud credits and solution architecture support. The Startup Program provides tech startups with €10,000 of cloud hosting credits and up to €100,000 for scale-ups, enabling them to facilitate exponential and international growth.

On Wednesday 22nd June 2022 at 12:30 pm GMT, the OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase 2022 will feature roundtable discussions, 10+ pitches to angels and VCs, Expo, Speed Video Networking, Polls, Live Chat and the OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase Final with the 5 global finalists pitching live to a panel of judges for a €10,000 cheque provided by OVHcloud.

Feel free to live tweet on #Superconnectseries and if you would like to join our community, follow us on Twitter at @SuperConnectUK or Linkedin

Deadline for Applications: 9th June 2022

Virtual Event Date: 22nd June 2022

OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase

Showcase Timeline

  • 3rd May 2022: Entries Open

  • 9th June 2022 (11:59 pm GMT): Entries Close

  • 15th June 2022: Finalist Announcement

  • 22nd June 2022: Final Pitch, Q&A and Awards announcement with international judges

Our virtual event will also feature the 5 finalists from the OVHcloud Global Startup Program Showcase who will pitch to a live panel of judges and investors. The winner will receive a €10,000 cheque from OVHcloud along with 10 super connections from Empact Ventures.

 

Summary of Prizes

    • €10,000 prize money

    • 1-to-1 Coaching with Philip Marais, Global Startup Program Leader at OVHcloud

    • Entry into the OVHcloud Startup Program with free cloud credits

    • Visibility at the final global virtual event on 22 June 2022 that includes an expo booth

    • 10 facilitated super connections from Empact Ventures to potential partners, clients or funders

    • The 5 finalists will also receive 5 facilitated super connections

Competition Details

  • OVHcloud Startup Program members and Non-members
  • Startups with a cloud-hosted digital product or service
  • Startups who launched less than 5 years ago, preferably with at least initial traction (e.g., MVP, traction or seed stage)
  • Startups with fewer than 100 employees
  • Startups who take advantage of OVHcloud infrastructure or intend to
  • Tech startups around the globe

All content in English

Provide us with a company pitch deck in English;

  • 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 10K€ prize money!?

If you are chosen as a finalist:

  • One person should present the pitch in landscape mode (e.g., from a computer on a desk)
  • It can be as formal or casual as you like! We recommend using supporting slides to help communicate your ideas.

Note: we are not accepting pre-recorded promo videos.

For the full terms and conditions published by OVHcloud, please click here

Powered By

OVHcloud is a leading European cloud hyperscaler and has been a cloud and infrastructure provider for over 20 years, with more than 1.6 million customers worldwide served by 33 global water-cooled data centres. The OVHcloud Startup Program is a global programme that has been running since 2015 and has received 7000 applications of which more than 2500 have been assisted with cloud credits and solution architecture support. The OVHcloud Startup Program provides tech startups with €10,000 of cloud hosting credits and up to €100,000 for scale-ups, enabling them to facilitate exponential and international growth.

The Super Connect Series is powered by Empact Ventures, the global startup super connectors who co-design some of the leading startup initiatives like Super Connect for Good, SurgTech Career LaunchPad and more. Since 2018, our European tech initiative has co-designed over 16 events in 9 cities across the UK with 4 virtual events in the past year alone bringing together tech startups and scaleups with corporate-decision-makers and funders. Our events are unlike any other events you may have attended. Our team of super connectors make a genuine effort to bring people together and super connect them based on mutual needs before, during and after the events.

The Virtual Event Features

A Half-Day Schedule

 12:30PM – 5PM or specific sessions according to your availability by adding them to your calendar after registering on Hopin

Live Pitches and Demos

15+ Tech Startups and Scale-ups (Pre-Seed to Series B) including the 5 finalists across the globe will pitch for funding or collaborations and win the prize

Roundtable Discussions

30+ Speakers across Europe will join on topics from fundraising to business development with Live Chat, Polls, and Live Q & A

Video Networking & Expo

In our Speed Video Networking area, you can get super connected with potential partners, clients or funders. In our Digital Expo area you can view pitch decks, connect over video or requested to be super connected with tech startups and scale-ups, or our support partners

Startup and Scale-up Clinics

Need help addressing one or more of your challenges? Join our Clinic to jump on video with our business experts with no appointment necessary from product development to legals, fundraising, sales, marketing and more.

The Agenda (GMT)

Start Time End Time Title Description
12:30 12:45 Introductions Hosted by Kosta Mavroulakis (Founder & CEO, Empact Ventures) will give an introduction to Empact Ventures, the Super Connect Series, the Hopin platform and agenda for the event. This will be followed by an introduction to the OVHcloud Startup Program by Philip Marais, Northern-Europe Lead of the OVHcloud Startup Program.
12:45 13:15 Roundtable Discussion: What Investors look for in Tech Startups and Scale-ups This will feature a range of angel investors, VCs, investment platforms, networks and connectors sharing their insights chaired by Kosta Mavroulakis (Founder & CEO, Empact Ventures)
13:15 14:15 Finalists of the OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase This will feature 5 finalists of the OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase will pitch to a panel of judges. They will have 5 mins to pitch and 5 mins and Q&A from the judges.

14:1514:45Roundtable Discussion: Securing Pilots and Contracts in the Private & Public SectorThis roundtable will support Tech startups and scale-ups interested in understanding from decision-makers in the private and public sector about how they can work together on pilots, contracts or partnerships

Start Time End Time Title Description
14:15 14:45 Roundtable Discussion: Securing Pilots and Contracts in the Private & Public Sector This roundtable will support Tech startups and scale-ups interested in understanding from decision-makers in the private and public sector about how they can work together on pilots, contracts or partnerships
14:15 14:45 Private Roundtable Discussion: Judges decide on winner of Competition This is a private roundtable for Judges only
14:15 14:45 Roundtable Discussion: Data management and value extraction using Cloud This session will discuss the key challenges and opportunities presented by data and the cloud chaired by Philip Marais (Northern Europe, the OVHcloud Startup Program)
14:45 15:00 Speed Video Networking An opportunity to network with other attendees in our Speed Video Networking sessions over 3-minutes each which enable you to extend the session, move to the next person and/or exchange contact details
15:00 15:15 Startup (Funding) Showcase 5 selected Tech startups will pitch to a panel of investors followed by a Q & A with those interested super connected by email after the event
15:00 16:00 Startup Clinic Any opportunity for attendees to join live on video with our experts to share their business challenges and get advice on how to address them.
15:00 16:00 Scaleup (Funding) Showcase 3-5 selected Tech scale-ups will pitch to a key investor followed by a Q & A
Start Time End Time Title Description
16:00 16:15 Announcement of Winner on the Main Stage. Winner announced by Philip Marais, Global Startup Program Leader of the OVHcloud Startup Program.
16:15 16:45 Expo and or Networking An opportunity to super connect with other attendees in our Speed Video Networking or our exhibitors of support organisations

Our Exhibitors

Speakers

More speakers to be announced

David Priestley

Chief Digital Officer, Vitality UK

Ghaithaa Manla

Lead Software Engineer at Siemens

 

Philip Marais

Global Startup Program Leader at OVHcloud

Kosta Mavroulakis

Founder and CEO

Empact Ventures

Super Connect Series

James Sore

Principle

Super Seed

 

Lee Lindley

Investment Associate, Mercia Asset Management PLC

Chandresh Pala

The Fusion Entrepreneur : Founder of Cohezia Venture Studio

Paolo Zaniboni

Angel Investor

Ray Gerber

Chief Product Officer at Thunderhead

Sandy Findlay

Partnerships Director, ABGI UK

 

To PITCH and WIN @ the OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase

If you would like to submit an application to the OVHcloud Startup Program Showcase, please fill in the ticket below which will also provide you with a ticket to attend the event: