Take part in the top Winter 2024 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!


Best startup

—Product Vision

Best product

—Tech Maturity
—Usability & Design
—Product Adoption

Best business model

—Business Model
—Market Size
—Sales & Marketing


until  FEB 11, 2024

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.

FEB 11 – 15, 2024

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

FEB 19, 2024

Live Pitch sessions in front of the Burning Heroes jury at Home Grown Club. The announcement of the Top 3 startups in the following categories: Best Startup, Best Product, and Best Business Model.

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

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


Chief Executive Officer, Angels Den Funding

Investment Associate, Fuel Ventures

Investor & Portfolio Director, Antler

Chief Executive Officer, Mount Fund

Managing Partner, 271.vc

Vice President, Humla Ventures

Managing Partner, LongeVC

Founder, The Garage Syndicate & AngelsDeck Global Ventures

Investment Executive, Green Angel Ventures

Forbes 30 under 30, Data Science Director, Deliveroo

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Co-Founder & CPRO, Burning Heroes

Co-Founder & CFO, Reliz

Teсh Enthusiast, Product Manager

Design Strategist, Arrival

Global Operations Manager, Stuart

Product Designer, Genflow

Product Lead, ex. Manychat, ex. Yandex

Product Manager, eduMe

Group Product Manager, Gett

Gamedev expert & executive


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 do pay attention to the global scaling potential of ideas.

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 10 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!