- The interrupted Unicorn Battles are back with new dates
- FinTech Battle will take place on April 7, the startup applications are closed, but guest tickets are available
- Cup Finals will take place on April 14 with the finalists of the six previous battles, guest tickets are also available
Startup.Network and Unicorn Events resume Unicorn Battles 2022. The regular series of battles was supposed to last from late January through all February before wrapping up on March 3 2022 in the Unicorn Cup Finals. Only five battles happened as the event was interrupted by the Russian military offensive against Ukraine on February 24 2022. Since a significant portion of Startup.Network’s employees and activities are located in Ukraine, they had to postpone the remaining Battles – namely, the FinTech Battle and the Cup Finals.
Adapting to the new circumstances to a possible extent and revealing great resilience, the organizers announce new dates for the remaining Battles The FinTech Battle will take place on April 7, and the Cup Finals will conclude the Battles on April 14. Both events will take place in Zoom.
The list of contestants for the FinTech Battle on April 7 has already been finalized, so – unfortunately – startups can no longer apply for this battle. The select contestants are:
- Alpha Impact from Singapore – a social media for crypto traders
- Arena Master from Georgia – a tokenized play-to-earn mobile game app
- Brickken from Spain – an open blockchain protocol for the tokenization of assets
- Coinmatic BV from the Netherlands – a cryptocurrency investment platform with increased user-friendliness
- Dolo Finance from the USA – a protocol for DeFi business loans
- Expediente Azul from Mexico – a KYC automation solution provider
- Gemba from the UK – an online banking service targeting startups that need to embed transaction solutions
- Hamilinden.com from Turkey – a lending platform for SMEs
- Mark ID from Lithuania – a cross-platform identity verification and eSignature gateway
- NIFTY Souq from France – an NFT platform for artists from MENA countries
- One Donation from the USA – originally a solution for deducing regular charity donations from payrolls that eventually added a variety of additional features
As usual, the jury for this battle will represent different countries, including:
- Alexander Soroka, CEO at Network VC – the event’s platinum sponsor
- Kelly Luo, founder and investor at Mans International, representing Canada
- Jim Thomas, partner at Kirenaga Partners, representing the USA
- Ana Maury Aguilar, VC investor at AC Ventures, representing Mexico
- Gabriel Žanko, venture partner at Urano Capital, representing Colombia
- Aldo Schenone, founder and CEO at Palgo Peru, representing Peru
- Michal Zalesak, co-founder and managing partner at Lighthouse Ventures, representing the Czech Republic
- Dr Irène Y. Kilubi, partner at the VC Fund of the Silicon Valley Syndicate Club, representing Germany
Guest tickets are available at the official event page.
On April 14, the winners of the past battles will cross swords at the Unicorn Battles 2022 Cup Finals. They will include:
- Gals Bio Ltd – an Israleli HealthTech offering devices for monitoring women’s health
- Gravity The Studio – a British blockchain startup offering custom NFT fashion and apparel items for metaverses
- Insurights – an American AI platform operator analyzing and advising on healthcare plans and services
- Margik – an American manufacturer of multifunctional organic materials for consumer electronic devices
- Recharge Health – a Norwegian manufacturer of red light therapy devices that alleviate pains
- The Leaf Protein Co. – an Australian manufacturer of protein from leaves
- Vocal Image – an Estonian app for voice training and therapy
The list will be amended by the finalists of the FinTech Battle.
The aforementioned Mr Soroka, Ms Luo, Ms Aguilar, and Mr Zanko will reprise their roles as jury at the Cup Finals. Other jury will include:
- Callum Bir, partner at AI Ventures, representing Australia
- Scarlett Chen, managing director at Prudential Corporation Asia, representing Hong Kong
- Sergei Filippov, managing partner at Morphosis Capital Partners, representing Singapore
- Kay Gruenwoldt, investor at Midgame Fund, representing the Netherlands
- Burak Günsev, managing partner of Boğaziçi Ventures, representing Turkey
- Nurul Hai, vice president at SEAF, representing Bangladesh
- Cristián Velasco Larach, managing partner at WeBoost VC, representing Chile
- Dr Yana Leonova, deputy general manager at the Private Office Of Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, representing the UAE
- Dr Ella Li, CEO at ZGC Capital Corporation, representing the USA
- John Kojiro Moriwaka, director of Startup Grind Fukuoka, representing Japan
- Subrata Patra, venture partner at ah! Ventures, representing India
- Daniel Sarquis, co-founder and managing partner at Mergus Ventures, representing Brazil
- Yuri Sereshchenko, managing director at QPDigital, representing Ukraine
Interested audiences are welcome to purchase a ticket here.
You are also welcome to catch up and watch the past battles of the series at their respective pages:
Startup.Network is a global association of investors, entrepreneurs, and professionals, designed to facilitate the mutually beneficial networking between participants. Startup Battles are one of the means for the network to connect promising startups with interesting networks. They are the Network’s regular offline or online events where select startups present their solutions before the industry leaders as jury and an audience of up to 125k+ industry leaders and enthusiasts from 65 countries.
Kostiantyn is a freelance writer from Crimea but based in Lviv. He loves writing about IT and high tech because those topics are always upbeat and he’s an inherent optimist!