CEMS
STARTUP CHALLENGE

The CEMS Startup Challenge will return to the CEMS Career Forum in 2021.

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RECAP 2020

The fourth edition of the CEMS Startup Challenge took place on November 11, 2020. At the final pitching event, slected CEMS student and alumni teams had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of corporate partners, VCs and founders.

WATCH THE RECORDING

STARTUPS

Concept Stage

Epiclay
E-Agent
jobspace
SodaBottle
Synkros DNA

Early Stage

Metarina
Holloid
saenguin
ZEAM

Audience Vote

Metarina

Speakers & Jury

Felix Stäritz
Co-Founder at FoundersLane & FightBack
"Entrepreneurship & CEMS Impulse Talk"
Jessica Holzbach
Co-Founder & CEO at Penta
"How to raise your first million"
Johannes Heinrich
CFO at VIU Eyewear
"Easier said than done – Learnings from our path to becoming an omnichannel player"
Christian K. Winkler
Partner at ASC Impact Fund
Previously: Partner at BtoV Ventures
Advisor to a Fund of Funds
Eva Arh
Principal at 3VC (formerly capital300)
Leeor Groen
Principal at BV Ventures
Founding Member of WIF
Member of Shaper Impact Capital
Marie-Barbe Girard
Managing Director at World is a Village
Selection Board at STATION F

MENTORS

Receive feedback from seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and previous participants - all CEMSies.
Alexander Perrien
Founder & CEO
APOD AB
Ariadna Masó
Founder
Startup (in stealth mode)
Camille Zivré
Dealflow Manager
Inventure
Christian K. Winkler
Partner
ASC Impact Fund (previously: BtoV Ventures)
Fabien Martin
Co-Founder
Gradients Tech
Felix Stäritz
Co-Founder & CEO
FoundersLane
Frank Appeldoorn
Managing Partner
Arches Capital
Hugo Colusso
Google Cloud Territory Manager - SMB France, Middle East & North Africa
Google

PARTICIPATION

Receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs
Pitch in front of investors, corporate partners and CEMSies
Prizes for the winning teams & 0.25 ECTS for all participating students
Teams should be composed of 2-5 people with at least one member from CEMS. Both CEMS students and alumni can participate.

We will feature two competition categories to include entrepreneurs at different stages. Depending on which stage you apply for, you need to hand in different deliverables.

CONCEPT STAGE

Student and/or alumni teams that want to develop entrepreneurial ideas. These teams and ideas are created for the sake of the CSC.

DELIVERABLES

  • (1) One page executive summary of your startup idea with relevant information included
  • (2) Thorough illustration of the startup idea based on the business model canvas (BMC template or slide deck)

EARLY STAGE

Student and/or alumni teams that are already running a startup. These business ideas have been thought through, and teams will often already have a first client or a minimum viable product on the market.

DELIVERABLES

  • (1) One page executive summary of your startup idea with relevant information included
  • (2) Investor pitch deck presentation with a maximum of 10 slides

EVALUATION

We know that many of you are first time entrepreneurs. use the following criteria as a guide for building your first pitch deck.

TEAM

Personal and professional diversity, clear responsibilities, passion, motivation, know-how

PRODUCT / SERVICE

Feasibility, innovativeness, problem-solution fit, sustainable value creation

MARKET & COMPETITION

Market size and dynamics, positioning, USP, sustainable competitive advantage

BUSINESS MODEL

Value proposition, customers, resources, cost & revenue structure

ROADMAP

Milestones, go-to-market strategy

Mentoring

You are an experienced entrepreneur, investor or innovator?
Get in touch! We would love to have you on board and provide valuable feedback to the participants.
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ABOUT US

The CEMS Startup Challenge is organized by CEMS Entrepreneurs, a group of CEMS students and alumni that are passionate about promoting entrepreneurship within CEMS and making the value of the CEMS network available to founders.
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