This November, How to Web Startup Spotlight will bring together 32 promising startups in the region which will be competing for prizes totaling USD 20,000 in front of more than 50 investors, mentors and possible commercial partners.
The entrepreneurs who are interested in entering their startups into the competition can do so until Friday, October 30 on the website of the program. The results will be announced on November 5.
The fourth Startup Spotlight edition will take place in parallel with the How to Web Conference 2015. Each of the 32 teams that have made it to the finals will take part in twelve one-to-one meetings with mentors, investors and possible partners.
Erhan Erdogan, a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, is coming to How to Web Startup Spotlight looking for potential investments. He started his career as e-business developer at Teknoloji Holding and has so far held positions as analyst at Webrazzi, project manager and evangelist at Sevenload GmbH, consultant at Fring and later on, analyst of Yandex, the largest search engine in Russia, and the first employee of this search engine in Turkey.
Max Kelly, managing director of Techstars London, has coordinated the innovation and entrepreneurship programs of the Virgin group where he worked for 12 years, being in charge with the strategy of the group. He started companies such as Virgin Insight, Virgin Mobile USA & Canada or Virgin Healthbank. Some of these companies sold for more than USD 500 million. He also founded and sold lastsecondtickets.com in 2014.
Martyn Davies, director of the acceleration program Ignite (London), is a programmer, product manager, technical consultant, and organizer of hackatons. He worked for the BBC, Universal Music and SendGrid. He is a mentor within various acceleration programs in Europe and works directly with early-stage startups to help them develop tech products.
Andy Young, entrepreneur in residence at 500 Startups, is helping the teams in London Distro Dojo with the development of the product and growth metrics. Before joining this team, Young led the launch of Stripe in UK, he founded and developed the management platform GroupSpaces and created Selective Tweets, a product used by more than 1 million users to post on Twitter and Facebook.
Vladimir Oane worked as product manager, programmer and marketer. Currently, he is master of product at Hootsuite. He is the co-founder of UberVU, one of the first all-in-one social media services in the world, which was acquired by Hootsuite in 2014. He is helping startups develop their products on international markets.
Travis Wright is a columnist at Inc.Com and chief marketing technologist at CCP, who helped over the past 15 years hundreds of B2B and B2C startups, medium-sized enterprises as well as companies in the Fortune 100 top to choose the right technologies and instruments to increase the efficiency of marketing campaigns. He is specialized in digital media, social business marketing strategies, sales and recruitment.