We have invested our efforts into bringing relevant content and opportunities to the regional tech & startup ecosystem. Yet, our work does not stop here. Starting with Techsylvania 2016, we have added yet another layer to our community event: a much requested event dedicated to startups.

Therefore, Risky Business and Techsylvania have created created Startup Avalanche, an ice-breaking competition for startups that speak business.

Startup Avalanche is a 2-days event which will take place on June 11-12 during the Techsylvania conference. Here we challenge every seed-stage startup that is eager to showcase their business for international awareness and rewards.

If you’re reading this, you most probably know what terms such as traction, scalability and valuation stand for. So how about joining the fun? You have 4 minutes to tell and 2 minutes to show your product’s potential. Join the startups from around the world that will have the opportunity to pitch in front of business leaders, investors and journalists.

Be brave, but make sure you check the full application eligibility here.

Convince our jury that your startup is the next big thing and you can win the grand prize: a hitchhike to Silicon Valley!


May 4, 2018

Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed as received and interviews are on a rolling-basis, so apply early to be most competitive.

May 14-June 1, 2018

Ongoing pitching support

A dress rehearsal for startups, so we can see where their pitches are and how we can help.

June 4-10, 2018

Pitching simulation

We help you get your pitch in top shape to impress at Avalanche and help you prepare to shine in Q&A.

June 11-12, 2018


Pitch to and connect with potential investors, partners, mentors, advisors and more! Also have a great time!


Day 1

On day one all participants will pitch on a separate stage, in front of potential investors and partners, as well as Techsylvania speakers and other VIPs. The pitch must include:

Presentation structure

  • Pitch – 4 minutes
  • Live demo – 2 minutes
  • Q&A – 4 minutes

Day 2

The 5 finalists will pitch on the main Techsylvania stage for fame, glory, and of course prizes!

Presentation structure

  • Pitch – 4 minutes
  • Live demo – 2 minutes
  • Q&A – 2 minutes


The Grand Prize will be awarded to the startup with the most potential. It consists in a carefully tailored trip to the Silicon Valley for the winning team, for 9 days with all expenses paid by the organizers (including flight, hotel and per diem).

Your tour will include visits to Silicon Valley hotspots, including meetings with investors, accelerators, angels, VCs, executives, founders, tech wizards, and more.

This is serious business! But don’t worry–your personal guide will also make sure you have the opportunity to take in all the culture and fun you can handle.