Startup consulting specialist Leto has announced the Startup Rally, a 4,000km road trip taking in nine cities over 19 days that aims to "break local tech bubbles" and better connect tech communities across Europe.
Participating cities include booming startup hubs like Berlin, Prague, and Amsterdam, with the event beginning and concluding in London on 12 August and 30 August, respectively.
"Startups are free to go to just one or two cities, but get extra support if they accept a challenge of doing the entire Startup Rally distance. Ideally, they travel by car and are encouraged to go as crazy as they can in terms of designing their car. Well, it's a rally after all!" commented Leto's Marina Hramkova.
Pitching events are organised for all of the locations, as are networking opportunities with local and international investors. Startups will get the chance to meet, engage with, and learn from both fellow entrepreneurs and industry leaders. The event has a number of partners, including startup accelerators like Amsterdam's Rockstart and France's Le Camping.
London-based accelerator Innovation Warehouse (IW) is also onboard, and will be offering the local winner of each city pitch event free co-working space complete with mentorship and the opportunity to present to its exclusive angel investor contacts.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with Startup Rally and look forward to having all nine companies join us at Innovation Warehouse London – can't wait to find out who you are!" commented Innovation Warehouse's Luisa Marieth Morales.
She added: "We see the winner teams being a great addition to the IW community, particularly when considering the value of exchanging local market insights and cultural know-how. Diversity of ideas and cultures make for a great globally focused startup community!"
Other cities taking part in the event include Hamburg, Zurich, Munich, Vienna, and Paris. Interested parties will be pleased to note that applications for the Startup Rally are still being accepted.
As well as looking forward to coverage on ITProPortal, you can follow all the latest news and excitement on Twitter via @StartupRallyOrg.