Conquer Europe's most important stage for startups and kick start your success story.

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Pitch your startup
on the bits & pretzels
Main stage

5,000 highly relevant attendees including 1,500+ VCs and business angels await you.

This is the biggest stage for startups. Apply today and showcase your company.

Pitch training by experts

Your pitch will be awesome. To prepare you best, all contestants join a pitch training session by renowned experts.

We will make you a better founder. Are you ready?

The best startups from all over europe

Applications from over 30+ European countries - this is true European championship.

Do you have the guts to get to the top?

your vc exposure will be huge


Vcs and


Founder -
Investor meetings

3,6bn €

raised since
Bits 23

Your VC company is missing? Contact us

Who can

Eligibility Criteria:
Only startups that fit these criteria are eligible to participate in the European Pitch Contest:

You have an MVP or an existing product

Your startup was founded in 2019 or later

Your startup has less than 100 employees

Your startup has raised less than 15 mio € in cumulative equity funding while not exceeding Series A

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How does it work?


Apply for the startup pitch competition via the application form.


Our jury will select the most promising startups to compete in the European Pitch Contest taking place at Bits & Pretzels.


The selected contestants will face each other live with a 3-minute pitch in thematically clustered preliminary rounds. Playoffs will decide who is moving to the grand final.


Only one winner will emerge as the European Pitch Contest champion from the big stage.

June – September 2024

June 13

Application start

July 7

Application deadline


Contestants announcement

September 29-30

Pre-rounds and playoffs at Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival

September 30

Grand Final at Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival

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The application process for the European Pitch Contest consists of two steps:

1. Request the official application form
Please leave your contact information and click on ‘submit’ to request access to the official application form.

2. Complete the official application from
As soon as you submitted the request for application, you get redirected to the application page. Additionally, you receive an email with the link to the application page.

ATTENTION: Please be aware that filling in the request for application form is only the first step of the process. Your application will only be valid once you filled in and submit the complete application form that you receive after submitting this request.

Get your name

in the book

The Bits & Pretzels Startup Book is what investors craved for.

All the data on the pitching startups is featured in the startup book. A comprehensive list of data provided to 1,500+ attending investors.

Now is your chance to get your name in the 2024 edition.


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