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One of Central and Eastern Europe’s biggest tech conferences, infoShare, takes place May 17-19 in Gdansk, Poland.

The three-day event provides startups from the region with an opportunity to network with potential investors and customers as well as the media. More than 100 VCs and angel investors will be in attendance along with speakers from companies like Google, Netflix, and Slack, and investment firms such as Inventure and Karma VC.

“We see both – startups looking for investors and VCs/CVCs searching for new businesses to invest in. They just need to be there at the right place and the right time to find each other,” says Grzegorz Borowski, CEO of infoShare Foundation. “infoShare is the spot where they connect. Last year 80% of startups talked to investors during the event and 60% of the talks continued afterwards.”

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The exhibition allows startups to present and show off their wares to attendees and answer questions face-to-face. Last year more than 200 startups took part in the expo and this year more than 5,000 people are expected to walk through the doors of the event each day, all of which are possible customers and business partners.

“It’s a great chance to show your product to a big international audience and make business relations – either on the venue or during the networking events,” adds Agnieszka Meller, head of startup relations at infoShare.

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The Startup Contest, co-organised by the Starter incubator, is a chance for startups to pitch their business to a panel of investors with equity-free €20,000 up for grabs. Startups that participate in the contest will also have an opportunity to secure investment through networking.

The jury for the contest includes Credo Ventures founding partner, Jan Habermann; Almaz Capital general partner, Pavel Bogdanov; and Mayor of Gdansk, Paweł Adamowicz.

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The competition helps startups find and hone the skills needed to boost their business, says Borowski. “They work with the best experts, pitch on the stage and the feedback they get is priceless. All that helps them polish or maybe even re-design their product,” he says. Startups in the contest will have access to wide pool of potential clients with more than 3,000 companies represented at infoShare.

Taking part in the contest involves a number of different stages after registering. Participants will compete in quarter finals at Starter on May 16 where 20 startups will be chosen for the semi-finals on May 17 with the finals on May 18. Click here for more information about the contest and how to apply. Registration closes on March 31.

Finally, once the conference’s doors close, infoShare will be hosting four informal networking events and parties for building further connections.

Register for infoShare 2017 here.

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