iGMA announced it is now accepting applications from iGaming and emerging tech startups that are looking for the best way to kick off proceedings via the SiGMA Pitch competition. With over 10,000 expected to the 7th edition of SiGMA Malta 2020, the "World's iGaming Festival," startups will get brand exposure and access to investors and mentors eager to meet interesting projects.
SiGMA Pitch allows startups and business to put their presentation skills to the test. Over the years many have taken up the challenge, be it in the realm of emerging tech and AI, or in the iGaming industry.
As part of SiGMA startup village initiative, 100 startups will be handpicked and offered a free stand to showcase their products and initiatives throughout the event and only be separated depending on whether they fall under one category or the other. This initiative is for new companies and entrepreneurs to gain attention and investment; it is not for established companies to launch new products or even divisions, organizers explained, adding that startups who are at the prototype stage or who have launched in the last few months are likely to be selected as opposed to the projects who have gained significant media/investment attention and are not at the initial concept phase.
Six judges with a significant amount of experience in the gaming industry will be shortlisting the top ten out of 100 startups and allow them to take part in SiGMA Pitch. One winning startup project will receive a prize pool comprising free office space, PR services, Digital Marketing Services, and training solutions to give them the greatest chances of success.
"Being a startup romantic myself, this competition is something I hold dear to my heart," Eman Pulis, Founder of SiGMA Group said. "There is no catch - it's meritocracy at its finest; survival of the fittest - and the person who comes out on top will enjoy the opportunity of having a golden ticket into a blooming ecosystem."
The 100 shortlisted participants of the SiGMA Pitch will all gain different opportunities, including 1x1m booth at SiGMA show; introduction to investors; PR services; digital marketing services; the top 10 selected by the judges will speech.
Pasquale Saviano, the winner of the 2019 AI Pitch Battle and CEO of Photocert, had commented: “I like that fact that you call it a Pitch battle, but the battle is not only among start-ups but also, in a sense, with the crowd. Nowadays, everybody is online all the time and if you want to get your message across it has to be more interesting than the next WhatsApp notification. In my case, it probably was a mix of product novelty, current relevance (deep fakes) and fun facts.”