Startup Go 2021

StartUp Go 2021

Pitch your startup idea and win investments with a prize.

Startup Go is a special opportunity for young entrepreneurs in Central Asia. You can present your startup project to a panel of expert judges on a Go Viral’s international platform. Impact-startups that aim to make a difference will be notified separately, because the point is not just profit but solving a social issue.

Top 10 selected startups will be trained for the pitching round by a personal mentor.

Finalists can promote their project in front of a wide audience and maybe win additional investments. The pitching session will be broadcasted on every social media owned by Go Viral.

Join the Go Viral network, fill in a registration form and win special awards. The pitching session will be broadcasted on every social media owned by Go Viral.

Our team will review all startup ideas, regardless of industry.

Awards and other prizes will be posted soon.


Who can participate?

  • Early stage impact startups (younger than 3 years) aimed helping local communities with social, economical or environmental challenges. 

  • Product prototype or MVP required during a presentation.

  • A team of at least 2 people is necessary for participation (aged 18-30).

  • Evidence of product-market fit: sales, preorders, customer registrations, user reviews.

  • Ability to get the team engaged on full-time.

  • Region: Central Asia.

  • Readiness to present your project and compete with others during the festival on 11-20 June 2021.

How startups will be evaluated?

Judges will mark startups according to 5 criteria on a scale of 1-5.

  • Team: competency, knowledge, experience, team engagement.

  • Total Addressable Market: how many customers would want your product and how large is the demand? What problem are you solving? Is it a measurable problem?

  • Technology: how unique is the technology.

  • Transformative potential: how your solution can change the industry.

  • Traction: how many early adopters, sales, registrations, etc., do you have

  • Timing: why now is a good time?

Bonus of 5 points will be awarded to startups aimed at solving social, economic and environmental challenges or with a regional scale.

Key Dates

13-15 April - registrations

21 May - announcement of the 10 teams taking part in pitching session StartUp Go.

24 May - 4 June - tracking (pitch preparation with professional trackers.

11-20 June - final presentations (pitching) during the festival (precise date will be announced later).

Every startup needs to:

  1. Fill out a registration form and attach a project presentation in .ppt or .pdf format before 15 May 2021.

  2. Register with Go Viral festival on Registration starts on 11 May 2021.

Recommended presentation structure:

  • Project name, logo (if any), country, city

  • Problem that needs solving

  • Suggested solutions

  • Addressable/potential market and potential impact on social, economical or environmental issues in the country or world

  • Business model

  • Idea originality

  • Competition

  • Team (profiles and roles)

  • Progress up-to-date (number of customers, sales, revenue, etc.)

  • What are you looking for now: mentorship, partners, investments (with purpose)

  • Contacts