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Enter the ADE & Antler Startup Competition and win (at least) €100K investment with your startup

Tuesday, 31 May 2022
ADE, more than ever, has a strong focus on the future of music and its surrounding industries. We believe a big part of the reality of tomorrow is imagined today by innovators, visionaries and creators of all kinds; entrepreneurs. That is why, together with global early-stage venture capital investor Antler we are launching the 2022 ADE & Antler Startup Competition to invest in and support exceptional people with world-changing ideas.

Anyone who is starting a company related in any way to the music & entertainment industry can join the 2022 ADE & Antler Startup Competition. The winner gets a (at least) €100K investment and will be guided by world-class professionals from both ADE and Antler through the jungle of early- stage entrepreneurship.

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Enter the ADE & Antler Startup Competition

Kickstart your innovative startup with ADE and Antler

Does your company innovate on the cutting edge of music and technology? ADE and Antler are calling for applications from startups with an innovative idea, product or service related in any way to the music & entertainment industry. After a screening process, selected teams will be invited for a number of interviews. Upon passing the interviews, the finalist teams will pitch to Antler’s Investment Committee (IC) and receive hands-on support from ADE and Antler to best prepare for the final pitches. All finalists will become part of the start-up community which ADE will expand in its ADE Future program. In addition, everyone who signs up for the Startup Competition (regardless of whether you become a finalist) will be granted access to the ADE Future program.

The final round of the competition will take place live on the main stage during ADE Pro in Amsterdam, where the final contestants will present their ideas live on stage to compete for the grand prize of (at least) €100K investment, access to Antler’s global network of founders, investors and industry experts, as well as coaching by Antler’s leadership and the possibility to receive further investment all the way through to Series C.

The main factors that determine who wins are:
- Team (relevance, completeness and track record of the team)
- Market (focus on the music & entertainment industry, total addressable market size, go-to-market strategy)
- Progress (what you have achieved so far compared to how long you have been at it)
- Idea (problem/solution articulation, differentiation vs competition, use of technology).

About Antler

Antler is a global early-stage VC enabling and investing in the world’s most exceptional people. With offices across most major startup hubs globally, Antler is passionate about supporting exceptional people to fundamentally improve the world.

Antler enables exceptional people to build impactful technology startups by helping form complementary co-founder teams, supporting teams with deep business model validation, and providing a global platform for scaling startups to maximize their impact.

About ADE Pro

ADE Pro is the ultimate business and inspiration platform for the global electronic music industry, featuring dedicated programming for music professionals, aspiring DJs/producers and musicians, tech start-ups, brand- and marketing managers and much more.