Take part in the top Autumn 2023 startup event! Get public recognition for your early-stage startup, find investors and advisors.


Burning Heroes is the first startup awards created by founders for founders! Our mission is to help early-stage startups reveal their potential.

We know how hard it is to start from scratch: idea validation, team building, seeking market fit, go-to-market strategy, wait lists, early adopters’ community... it’s tough. This is why we want to network with the best teams and share our experience.

Apply now to get the chance to be noticed by top advisers and investors and to join our Burning Heroes community!

for whom

Campus-based startups

Are you a group of talented students? Have you researched the market and discovered something new, unusual, and interesting? Do you want to know how to implement a new scientific result for business?
‍Take the next step to make your project come to life with Burning Heroes!

Pre-seed startups with market validation and product prototype

Do you have an idea that you've worked hard on? Do you have confirmation from your early adopters? Have you developed your MVP or prototype?
‍Find your first VC investor and top advisors with Burning Heroes!

Seed startups

Did you raise initial funding and confirm your hypothesis and fell into the trap of a failing market? Are you wondering how to continue handling or growing your business?
‍Open the door to new opportunitieswith Burning Heroes!


Market fit

—Market Size
—Market Validation
—Business Model


—Knowledge Intensity

Product Design



until  SEP 25, 2023

Apply for the competition as a startup founder. Include your pitch deck, tell us about your strengths, what problems you’ve solved and what difficulties you were able to overcome.

SEP 26—27, 2023

We carefully study and evaluate your pitch decks and select the best startups. Top 5 startups will get invitations to the Live Pitch.

Sep 28, 2023

Live Pitch sessions in front of the Burning Heroes jury. The announcement of the Top 3 startups in the following categories: Product Design, Innovations, and Market Fit.

If you weren’t selected for the top 3, don’t worry. You will still get valuable feedback on how to improve your project and pitch

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What  you  get

Media featuring

Top-accelerators' feedback

Free personal advising session with experts from the jury

Personal pricing and promo codes from our partners

Warm access to VCs

Membership in our closed community


Managing Partner, 500 Global

MIT Alumnus, Founder & CEO, Globalize

Head of VC Investments, BIG Art, Former Joint Journey

Investment & Fundraising Strategist, Start

HBS Alumnus, Member of Parliament, Parliament of Georgia

TechNation UK Alumnus, CEO, Pygmalion.ai

Head of Georgian Branch, IMPACTA LAB

Ecosystems Development, Founders Coach, Former 500 Global

Co-founder & CEO, Veligera Capital

Managing Partner, NGT Partners

Founder & CEO, YAD Finance

Product Manager & Vice President, Raiffeisen

Founder & CEO, PBC

Former Executive Officer, Steinbeis Consulting Center AI (STAI)

Co-Founder & CPO, MarqLab

Design Strategist,
Head of Product Design, Arrival

Founder & CEO, Omori

Electronics Specialist, Programming Tutor

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Can any startup participate, regardless of the type of activity?

Yes, any startup can take part in the contest from any field of activity. Whether high-tech innovation, IT, or production, we welcome projects that are ready to present themselves to the world.

Which countries are allowed to participate in the startup contest?

This contest is international, so we accept startups from around the world. You can apply to participate regardless of your country of residence, but we expect to see at least one member of your startup on-site on the date of the event.

Do I have to pay to participate in this contest?

No, participation in our contest is free! We do not take any additional financial contributions from our competitors.

What will the participation in this contest give me?

Each participant in the contest will receive the ability to be seen. Top 30 startups will get valuable feedback from top VCs,  accelerators, and experts from TOP companies. Winners will get 3 free individual consultations with an expert among the jury members, access to a closed community, personal offers and discounts from our partners, as well as mentions in the media!

If my company is not registered yet, can I still participate?

Yes, any project can participate in the contest. The existence of a company is not a must.

If my pitch deck is raw or under-developed and I know I won't win, should I still participate?

We recommend applying even if you are not confident in your deck. We pay much more attention to your ability to grow based on the market fit, product design, and the technology you are leveraging. If we can see this we will help you to improve your pitch and materials.

Will there be certificates, diplomas, or marks for participants and winners?

In addition to the experience, each participant will receive a unique diploma that states you took part in our startup contest. Winners will also receive an electronic badge that can be put on their website or mobile application as a sign of distinction for successfully passing our difficult but certainly interesting startup contest!