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Pitch @ Summit

Calling all European headquartered impact startups with diverse founding teams!

Applications closed!

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"Still so thankful for Impact Shakers Summit. It was great to get positive feedback from various investors and to begin some valuable conversations going. Im super excited for the journey."


Why apply?

Apply now to become 1 of the 24 startups that get to pitch at the Impact Shakers Summit!

We know there are plenty of competitions and accelerators you can apply to, and we want to make sure we make good use of your time.

The pitching competition is designed to give you maximum exposure and save you time by connecting you, fast tracking you and giving you low effort PR.


Live pitch in front of investors and impact leaders


Get PR and marketing exposure with over 100 partners


Win investment and in kind prizes with a value of up to 100k.



We have invited scouts from all over Europe to attend the summit and the pitching competition


Polish your pitch with pre-event coaching.


Get fast tracked for multiple European accelerator programmes.

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Who can apply?

Underrepresented Founders

The founder(s) of the business must be part of an underrepresented group in entrepreneurship (gender, ethnic background, LGBTQ+, disability, refugee, migration).


Your startup is in its early stage of development (pre-seed/seed): You have a minimum viable product (MVP) and have gotten some user feedback. Revenue is not required.


Your startup has raised less than

€2 million in total funding including self-funding, friends and family, angel investors, grants, etc.


Your startup must have its HQ in Europe (incl the UK).

Return of Capital

Your startup provides compelling evidence that it will be profitable enough to reward investors for risk.

Scale of Impact

Your startup provides compelling evidence that it will have significant impact on people and/or planet.

Selection criteria

Problem & Markets

How well do you understand your problem & market


What potential for positive societal and environmental impact does your business have

Business Model

Your startup is scaleable and as it scales, so does your impact.

Founding team

Why are you the perfect team to tackle this problem?

Selection Process

24 startups will be selected to do a live pitch at the Summit and get exposure to +100 investors.

We will select a jury winner, an audience winner at the summit, and a winner selected by the public before the summit.

Prizes are being confirmed but will include investment!


Applications Close

April 1st

Applications Open

March 1st

Finalists Selected

April 17th

Pitch @ Summit

May 5th



  • Who can apply?
    Any for-profit company that has raised less than 2 million euros in equity funding , registered in the continent Europe (incl the UK), with societal and/or environmental impact in the core of its business. All companies need to have a diverse founding team and at least 1 underrepresented founder.
  • Can I change my entry after submission?
    If you believe the new information is crucial for the judging process, feel free to email us at
  • What if I can't attend the summit in person?
    If you are selected as a finalist we would really love for you to attend and get the most out your selection. If you can't attend, you will be able to participate in the 'Public Award'.
  • Which countries can participate?
    All countries on the continent Europe.
  • How will the investment prize work?
    Investment prizes may be subject to further diligence and negotiations with the investor in question.
  • This page will be regularly updated
    Keep an eye on it!
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