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The Oscars of CEE Fintech: UNCHAIN Festival Launches Startups Tournament to Propel Tech Innovation


Oradea, 19-20 June 2024: UNCHAIN Fintech Festival, the renowned global financial services and innovation festival, proudly announces the launch of its highly anticipated Fintech Startups Tournament. Set within the vibrant atmosphere of Oradea’s historic fortress, UNCHAIN serves as a dynamic hub for CEE’s burgeoning growth market and the forefront of global tech development. In this sociable and enjoyable environment, UNCHAIN fosters meaningful connections and pushes the boundaries of financial innovation.

The Prestigious CEE Fintech Oscars: Recognizing Excellence in Innovation

The Startups Tournament, a key component of the UNCHAIN Festival, is designed to spotlight the most promising tech startups. Founders across the CEE are invited to showcase their projects and vie for recognition, support, and investment in an atmosphere buzzing with creativity and collaboration.

As a global centre of tech development and a hub for innovation, UNCHAIN Festival is the perfect platform for startups to showcase their innovative solutions and connect with industry leaders, investors, and enthusiasts,” said Alexandra Pollack, CEO & Co-founder of UNCHAIN Festival. “We’re excited to provide startups with an opportunity to shine on stage and accelerate their growth in this dynamic ecosystem.

The Startups Tournament invites early-stage startups with tech solutions that demonstrate significant potential for impact and scalability. Selected finalists will have the chance to pitch their projects live to a distinguished panel of judges comprising industry experts, investors, and thought leaders.

In addition to exposure and networking opportunities, participants will compete for a range of prizes, including mentorship from industry veterans, access to investor networks, and complimentary exhibition space at future UNCHAIN events.

Welcoming back the winners of previous editions

We were honoured to be the winners of the first edition, and I believe that UNCHAIN had an incredible energy. Everyone was attending the festival in Oradea for the first time and felt the responsibility of shaping something outstanding, building the DNA of the festival. Some great investment conversations came out from my time in Oradea, and fintech explorations with the likes of Visa. Such ecosystems in CEE are hugely needed.”, Maria Tanjala, FilmChain Co-founder, the winner of the 1st UNCHAIN Startups Tournament.

By being on stage a lot of investors and banks come to talk to us. We had great conversations and that was extremely valuable. We’ve learnt a lot, which added a lot of value to who we are and how we’ve grown. What I love about UNCHAIN it’s that it is not a 4000 people event, it’s a very curated event of very important people from the industry. It’s almost like a handpicked selection on who is who in the region for the fintech vertical and you don’t have many events like this which create that impact.”, Rohit Bhosale, Synapze CEO`s, the winner of the 2nd UNCHAIN Startups Tournament.

Application Deadline: May 31st – Don’t Miss Out!

Entrepreneurs eager to participate in the competition are encouraged to submit their applications online through the official UNCHAIN Festival website >> Registrations are available until May 31st, but act swiftly, as applications are reviewed and chosen following each submission.

UNCHAIN Festival, renowned for its engaging panels, insightful keynotes, and vibrant networking opportunities, will take place on 19-20 June 2024 at Oradea’s fortress, Romania. For more information about the Startups Tournament and the UNCHAIN Festival, including ticketing and sponsorship opportunities, visit the event website >>

UNCHAIN on CEE tour: explore innovation across the region

Preceding the summer festival, a series of online events, the Demo Days, will bring an even closer spotlight on the disrupting potential the region has to uncover.

UNCHAIN Demo Day – Romania | Bulgaria | Greece | Ukraine | Moldova

UNCHAIN Demo Day – Hungary | Croatia | Serbia | Slovenia

UNCHAIN Demo Day – Austria | Czech Republic | Slovakia | Poland

The Demo Days will serve as a precursor to the main event, offering a platform for startups and innovators to showcase their groundbreaking ideas and technologies to a global audience. Through engaging presentations, live demonstrations, and interactive Q&A sessions, participants will have the opportunity to highlight the transformative impact of their projects and gain valuable feedback from industry experts and potential investors.

About UNCHAIN Festival

UNCHAIN Festival is the premier global event dedicated to tech and innovation. Serving as a nexus for Europe’s growth market and global tech development, UNCHAIN brings together industry leaders, innovators, investors, and enthusiasts for insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and collaboration. Set in the sociable and enjoyable environment of Oradea’s fortress, UNCHAIN pushes the boundaries of innovation while fostering meaningful connections within the tech community.

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