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Automation takes innovation to new heights.

We’re honoring the top pilots.

It’s time to recognize the innovators, the rule breakers, the creative minds who see opportunities where others see only obstacles. At the UiPath Automation Awards 2021 – CEE & Turkey Edition, we’re honoring two up-and-coming companies who are blazing new trails in automation software in the region—and giving them a chance to get their ideas off the ground. Are you one of them?


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€50,000 Cash

The winner in the Start-up category will receive €50,000 to help fuel their growth and take their ideas from the drawing board to reality.

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Global Exposure

The two winners will get some well-deserved time in the UiPath spotlight to help them raise their market profile and connect with prospects.

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INTRODUCTIONS

The Scale-up category winner will have the opportunity to present their solution to four UiPath customers, and their technology will be featured in the UiPath Immersion Labs.

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Mentorship

UiPath executives, marketers, and technologists will offer their expertise to help the winners build on their early successes, refine their value proposition, and ensure that their solutions are market-ready for international business growth.

The most promising entries will pitch their ideas live on October 20, 2021, with the chance to win one of the two grand-prize packages.
That’s one small entry to submit, and one giant leap into greatness!



How it works.

UiPath began in 2005 as a small Start-up in Bucharest. Since then, we’ve grown to be the global leader in Robotic Process Automation. It’s an amazing success story—and as a way of honoring our roots, we want to encourage innovation in the region where that story started. That’s the idea behind this awards program.

Any Start-up or early-stage automation company in the CEE region (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine and Turkey) is eligible.

There are two categories: Start-up and Scale-up. Our panel of judges will choose one grand prize winner in each category.

You must apply by September 1, 2021. The judges will select the semi-finalists in mid-September and announce the finalists in the week commencing October 4. The finalists will be invited to present during the Wolves Summit on October 20, 2021 online and in Wroclaw, Poland. Grand prize winners will be announced at the summit during the 2021 UiPath Automation Awards ceremony.



TIMELINE

Now through September 1, 2021

Applications accepted for the two award categories (Start-up and Scale-up)

September 17, 2021

Judges select semi-finalists

October 6, 2021

Finalists announced

October 20, 2021

Pitch contest for finalists and grand prize awards ceremony held at the Wolves Summit online and in Wroclaw, Poland

Choose your category

Start-up Automation Award

Requirements:
  • You have a technical MVP focused on B2B non-manufacturing software automation
  • Technical MVP
  • Existing team (2+ people)
  • Up to and including seed-stage financing only
  • Maximum total financing to date of USD $1 million
What you could win:
CASH PRIZE

EUR €50,000

MENTORING
  • Director-level mentors: 18 hours over 12 months
TECH SUPPORT
  • 120 hours over 12 months
MARKETING SUPPORT
  • Marketing support up to 30 hours with marketing experts from UiPath

 

Scale-up Automation Award

Requirements:
  • You have a functioning technology that is focused on B2B non-manufacturing software automation
  • Minimum of 3 paying customers
  • Existing and functioning technology
  • A solid team (4+ people)
  • Maximum total financing to date of USD $3 million
What you could win:
SALES SUPPORT

Present your technology to 4 clients hand-picked for you by UiPath

Have your technology featured in the UiPath Immersion Labs

MENTORING
  • Director-level mentors: 18 hours over 12 months
TECH SUPPORT
  • 120 hours over 12 months
SALES & MARKETING
  • Marketing support up to 30 hours with marketing experts from UiPath

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is UiPath organizing an automation awards competition?

A few years ago, UiPath was a Start-up. So, we get you! We encountered many of the struggles and the perks that come along with the entrepreneurial journey. The fast pace in technology and the potential of automation makes us contribute more in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through the UiPath Automation Awards we want to support the development of innovative business ideas and to foster the capacity to scale of brilliant teams and entrepreneurs.

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How do I know if I can apply?

You can apply if your entity is based in one of the countries eligible for this competition (see complete list below) and if your technology contributes to automating non-manufacturing processes.

List of eligible countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine and Turkey.

If your Start-up is based in one of the countries mentioned, you can apply in one of the two categories of the competition: Start-up Award and Scale-up Award.

For the Start-up Award, the criteria considered to register:

  • You have a technical Minimum Viable Product that is focused on B2B non-manufacturing software automation;
  • You have a dedicated team;
  • Your Start-up is up to seed financing;
  • If you already got financed, the total amount that you received is a maximum of 1 million EUR.

For the Scale-up Award, the criteria considered to register:

  • You have a functioning technology that is focused on B2B non-manufacturing software automation;
  • You already signed with a minimum of 3 paying customers;
  • You have a dedicated team;
  • If you already got financed, the total amount that you received is a maximum of 3 million EUR.
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Can I apply if I am not from the CEE?

You can’t apply in the UiPath Automation Award 2021 CEE & Turkey Edition. The UiPath Automation Awards is dedicated to the countries mentioned as eligible. But rest assured, we are committed to extending the competition in our future editions.

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What can I win from participating?

We offer a mix of resources, relationships in a relevant network, and knowledge that will help you accelerate your business development.

The business that will be recognized with the UiPath Automation Awards - Start-up category will get:

  • A financial award of EUR 50,000.
  • Business mentoring of a minimum of 18 hours within 12 months from UiPath Directors.
  • Technical support up to 120 hours within 12 months from UiPath professional developers.
  • Marketing support up to 30 hours with marketing experts from UiPath.

The business that will be recognized with the UiPath Automation Awards - Scale-up category will get:

  • Exposure of the technology in front of 4 UiPath customers for potential sales. If suitable, the technology can also be displayed in the UiPath Immersion Lab.
  • Business mentoring of a minimum of 18 hours within 12 months from UiPath C-lLevel.
  • Technical support up to 120 hours within 12 months from UiPath professional developers.
  • Free licensing of UiPath technology for 12 months.
  • Marketing support up to 30 hours with marketing experts from UiPath.
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How do I apply?

You register by completing the form for the UiPath Automation Awards.

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How does the selection process work?

You submit your application and then a dedicated jury will assess all the applications received. The shortlisted applicants will move forward in an in-depth screening where they go through a thorough interview and during which the jury will ask for other needed information regarding technology, legal and business aspects.

For each category, 3 finalists will be invited to a pitching event where they will showcase their business and technology in front of the jury that will award the two UiPath Automation Awards.

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How many Start-ups get awarded?

In the UiPath Automation Awards, there will be two final winners, one for the Automation Start-up Category and one for the Automation Scale-up Category.

We are more than willing to support the development of all the finalists, but our explicit commitment will be for the 2 winners.

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What happens to the businesses that don’t win?

We believe in building relationships with all of those that are committed to contributing to the vision of accelerating human achievement through automation. We encourage all the participants to continue their business development and if we can contribute in any way, for sure we are open to help.

Also, we invite all the participants to join the UiPath Community where they will find out about initiatives, opportunities, and platforms that will further help them accelerate their journey as entrepreneurs in automation. In the UiPath Community they will get access to the Forum, Academy, UiPath Marketplace and other relevant resources and programs.

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When are applications open?

Starting from May 25, 2021 you can apply in one of the 2 categories: Automation Start-up Award or Automation Scale-up Award.

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What do you mean by B2B non-manufacturing automation technology?

We include in our definition any technology that helps organizations (as opposed to individuals) to automate a non-manufacturing task or process.

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Why are you excluding manufacturing automation?

Automation of manufacturing and production is a world unto itself and not an area where we feel that as UiPath we could be of much help to the potential winning candidate.

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Is an AI algorithm considered an automation technology for you?

Most likely yes, as it usually allows to automate an action or support the automation of a decision.

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Do the winners of the competition receive funding?

The winner of the Start-up Award will get a check of EUR 50,000.

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What is the UiPath award ceremony?

The UiPath Award Ceremony is the dedicated event where we invite the finalists to pitch their businesses in front of the jury and in front of the Wolves Summit audience live and online. Based on their performance we announce the grand winners of the UiPath Automation Awards.

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Why do Start-ups pitch in the award ceremony?

The final pitch will be considered by the jury in deciding the final winners. We believe that impactful presentation in front of the audience will help the final participants expose the value of their business and the commitment to strive in the market. Also, in this ceremony, there will be investors, accelerators, potential partners and customers in the room.

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Who judges the pitches?

The jury of the final pitches is composed of executives from UiPath, Start-up mentors and industry experts.

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Who screens the applications online?

The online applications are being screened by a dedicated UiPath team, representing a mix of expertise: from technical aspects to business, marketing, and legal.

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Will the entire screening take place online?

The first phase of the screening process will take place online. Moving forward 12 final candidates (each per category) will be invited for more in-depth screening including interviews of the entrepreneurs and product demo.

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Who can I contact to ask questions about my application?

For further questions, you can reach us at automationawards@uipath.com

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Why do you offer a cash award only for Start-ups, and not for Scale-ups?

Our aim is to help strong automation Start-ups with some of the key ingredients they need at the development stage they are in. Scale-ups, by definition, already have customers and are more advanced in their development stage, so our experience tells us we can best support them by helping them expand their customer reach and provide access to seasoned entrepreneurs’ advice.

Get ready for take-off!

Register and enter the competition by September 1, 2021.
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