TNW Ignite

An opportunity to win tickets to the TNW Conference 2019.
  •   A global search for the most promising early stage startups in the world.

  •   Fifty winners spread over ten industries.

  •   A tailor-made program at the TNW Conference.

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Challenge Details

At TNW, we believe that great ideas and ambition should not be hindered by geographical and financial barriers. That's why we created TNW Ignite.


TNW Ignite is a search for the world's fifty most promising early stage (pre-seed) startups. We use our global network to find hidden gems that will shape the future of a number of key industries.


We're looking for startups in the following industries:


  • Sustainability
  • Health & Wellness
  • Mobility & Smart Cities
  • FinTech
  • Data Management & Security
  • Enterprise Software
  • Marketplace & Retail
  • Energy
  • HR & Workforce Management
  • Food & Agri Tech


The fifty winners will receive an opportunity to showcase their innovative solutions in front of the global tech scene. They will partake in our tailor-made Ignite Program, which includes full access to the conference, as well as a booth to exhibit on the business floor, 1-on-1 meetings with seasoned investors, leading corporates, and finally a range of exclusive side-events.


The TNW Conference is a prime event for startups to make major leaps forward. On May 9 & 10 of this year, we are welcoming 17,500 tech lovers to our new venue at the NDSM-wharf in Amsterdam. Among them are a 1000+ investors, 7000+ companies and 350+ media outlets. Together, they meet more than 30,000 times during the Conference and generate over 100 million social media impressions.


We believe events like TNW Conference and the opportunities they bring should be accessible to everyone. Any great tech conference should represent and be inspired by the global state of tech, not just tech in the more privileged regions of the world. IGNITE looks for high potential startups that can't make it to the Conference due to financial or geographical barriers, and takes those barriers away.

  • The ideal opportunity to kickstart your startup's success.
  • We personally introduce you to our global network of investors, corporates, and mentors.
  • A custom made program during the Conference and access to exclusive side-events.
Practical Details

Winners receive three priority tickets to TNW Conference. Additional tickets can be bought.

  • Your startup has a scalable and tech-driven solution.
  • Startups are ideally pre-seed (maximum Seed stage).
  • You're able to travel to Amsterdam on May 9 & 10 for the conference.
February 28, 2019
Sign-ups open
March 29, 2019
Sign-ups close
April 5, 2019
Winners picked and notified
May 9 & 10, 2019
TNW Conference

Sorry, we no longer accept applications!