CEE’s largest conference to return as a hybrid event in March 2021
Wolves Summit has confirmed its return from 24th to 26th March 2021 in Warsaw with two days dedicated to startups, investors, and executives from the tech ecosystem. The hybrid format that made the two previous editions a success will be enriched with new digital experiences including multi-stage and matchmaking functionalities, an Investor Podium, dedicated Scaleup, Accelerator, and Community Partner Stages.
The physical part of the event will take place at the Cambridge Innovation Centre (CIC) Warsaw. The Innovation Campus is a platform for the development of the innovative ecosystem in Warsaw. Its main goal is to build, support and promote innovation in the CEE region and to enable cooperation of various entities interested in the development of the ecosystem. Wolves Summit used the venue during their previous edition for all evening networking events. All virtual elements of the event will take place on the hopin platform.
"Since 2015 we have facilitated thousands of investor and corporate-startup engagements and delivered over 100 hours of immersive educational content. In October 2020 we made history as Europe’s first hybrid event. The feedback we continue to receive exceeds our wildest expectations. When we left the startup stage in October, we knew there was going to be a next Wolves Summit edition," said Michael Chaffe, CEO at Wolves Summit.
For the first time, Wolves Summit will have investors ‘pitch’ to startups rather than the other way around which makes sense in a world where startups need funds as much as funds need startups.
"I’m excited to try this new format. It should be much more efficient for us VCs if it means only the relevant startups in the room will pitch back to us afterward. In a couple of months, we will also know how many of these meetings resulted in funding raised and we will be able to back the success of this event format to tangible results," said Maciej Kraus, Partner at Movens Capital.
The lack of growth funds in Europe is stark when you look at the data. Figures from Dealroom.co show that European companies raised 38% of global venture capital at Seed, but this figure dropped to 21% at Series B and 14% at Series C (rounds of €40-100M).
With a new stage dedicated to Series A and B startups, the conference is taking a first step towards catering to more mature startups. Great startup success stories including Pynk, Ligence, Sceenic, and InStreamly that originated at Wolves Summit have gone to raise additional funding.
Without revealing any further details, Michael Chaffe announced there will be a brand new venue welcoming the event participants in March, as well as virtual multi-stages made possible through their strong collaboration with Hopin.
“We’ve got more exciting things lined up for 2021 including a brand new venue and partnership options at all investment levels,” said Michael. We could not be more excited about this next phase in the evolution of Wolves Summit, and cannot wait for people to join us as we host more amazing live conversations, build new relationships, and expand this amazing community”, he added.