Below you will find the answers to FAQs relating to participation in the Start-Up AwardsXXI. Look for the answer to your question and if you can’t find it, don’t hesitate to contact us; we’ll be more than happy to help.
Young innovative companies with tax residence in Spain or Portugal which have started their activity subsequent to January 1, 2019 and who meet the participation requirements.
By sending in your candidacy, you are choosing to compete for these awards:
You can win them all! The selection processes and juries of the different awards granted in a specific edition are totally independent. Therefore, one company can win the challenge applied to, territorial and second prizes.
A company cannot win the same award twice, but it can apply for the other awards. Thus, for example, a company that was the winner at the national level in a previous edition can apply again and compete for the challenge category and second awards, although it would be ruled out for the regional awards that it already won.
In the Regional Category, all the companies which have applied in that territory compete in the award for the company with high impact in its territory. There are 19 territories involved in the competition: the 17 Autonomous Communities of Spain and 2 areas of Portugal (North/Centre and Lisbon/South and the Islands).
In the Start-Up AwardsXXI Challenges Category, for the award for the most innovative companies with the greatest potential to solve the challenges proposed, compete all companies that can provide solutions to the challenges proposed, regardless of their territory of origin.
In innovation award by the Embassy of Israel in Spain all candidate companies from Spain. All the companies presented in Portugal compete for the second prize for Innovation awarded by the Agência Nacional da Inovaçao de Portugal.
The two special prizes, the Social Impact award for the company with the greatest positive influence on society and the Deep Tech award for the most disruptive technological innovation, will compete with the companies that fit in this sector against all the candidate companies.
No, only profit-seeking legally incorporated companies can apply.
No, it is necessary to have an incorporated company when presenting the candidacy. Exceptionally, candidates whose constitution date is set in January 2023 may be admitted, provided they have a minimum viable product already on the market.
Starts on Wednesday, 26 October 2022 at 11:00 a.m. and ends on Thursay, 15 December 2022 at 11:00 p.m. (all times are listed in GMT+1). The organisation reserves the right to extend the end date. In this case, the extension will be notified through this website.
You have to fill in the form which you can access through the Awards website, https://www.emprendedorxxi.es/en or in the link https://emprendedorxxi.es/pt/formulario-2022.
Yes, you may modify the details until the end date to present a candidacy or until you close your candidacy by submitting it.
We need the required documents to verify that your application meets the participation requirements and they are therefore essential. Not presenting these documents may lead to your candidacy being discarded.
The first stage reviews the eligibility of the candidacies. The candidacies that do not meet the legal bases or which have not presented the required documentation are ruled out from the process.
Later, all the candidacies are scored. All the evaluators have evaluation tables that specify the criteria to be assessed and the scores to be assigned based on said criteria. The candidacies are reviewed by several evaluators. Once the candidacies have been evaluated, rankings are created by category of challenges and these are sent to the different selection bodies.
Each award has an independent selection process. This means that there will be 50 technical committees and juries to select the 35 regional winners and of the challenges. This phase requires the candidates to present and defend their application in person before the committee or jury either in person or virtual.
The formality, independence and transparency of the selection process is one of the elements that define these Awards, therefore we take special care to ensure these aspects. Some of the mechanisms that we have established are:
The following criteria will be taken into account when evaluating candidates:
For the Awards to the best company in its territory, in addition to the criteria above, the company’s link to and impact on the territory will be evaluated. For the awards to the best company in the challenge category, we will also evaluate the impact of the company’s project on transforming its sector as well as how the value proposal fits into the challenge to which they are applying.
The different Technical Committees and the juries are formed by members of the innovation ecosystem: investors (venture capital funds and business angels), successful entrepreneurs, prestigious businessmen, previous award winners, representatives from universities and business schools, organising and collaborating entities in the different territories, and representatives of the granting entities.
Between the months of March and May 2023, summits and regional territorial delivery events are held. The event and a closing ceremony where the delivery of the challenge phase takes place will take place during the month of June 2023. All dates will be published on the website of the Start-Up AwardsXXI.
The cash prizes are paid out by bank transfer to a current account held by the winning company opened in CaixaBank (Spain) or Banco BPI (Portugal). We inform you that these prizes paid by Caixa EmprendeXXI are considered income from economic activities (not derived from participation in games, contests or raffles) subject to corporation tax.
The organisation covers the travel costs to Barcelona for one representative of each finalist company of the phase Start-Up AwardsXXI Challenges Award called by the sector committees and juries. The costs for the other trips associated with the territorial awards are to be covered by the participants.
No, there is no incompatibility with other awards.
The Awards are backed by CaixaBank and organised by DayOne, the service for tech companies and investors. The company that formally grants the awards is Caixa EmprendedorXXI.
In Spain, the Awards are co-granted with the Empresa Nacional de Innovación (ENISA) and in Portugal with the Banco BPI.
More than 130 entities from Spain and Portugal also collaborate in the organisation.
The innovation Award in Spain is granted by the Embassy of Israel and in Portugal by the Agência Nacional da Inovaçao through the BFK awards.
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