Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible

You are eligible if:

  • Your activity is based on a new discovery or an innovative application of an existing nanotechnology application.

What is the Nano World Challenge

Instead of just pitching to one group of investors at a time, Nano Global Challenge gives you the opportunity to pitch your startup to dozens of venture capital firms and angel investors. That means that even if you don’t win, you might meet with a couple of investors in the audience that sees your vision, and will be willing to help you realize this, so you don’t go home empty-handed. It’s not just investors that you’ll get to meet during the competition. You’ll also have the chance to meet other startup founders that you can connect, share ideas with, ask questions, and may even collaborate within the near future. When your startup gets chosen as a finalist, you immediately share in the media exposure the pitch competition gets as the organizers of the contest promote this event to investors and other entrepreneurs. Also, you will benefit from our intensive training and mentoring in the accelerator. Whether or not you win, joining the nano startup competition will help build momentum for your business.

What can I win from participating

Grants, cash money (without equity) or Investment (with equity) Also, winning companies will automatically obtain a free membership to NWA and benefit of the support of NWA extended network.

How do I apply

Register here

Do I have to be incorporated to apply?

Projects don’t have to be incorporated to apply to the competition but they should have clear development plans and goals. In the case that a non-­incorporated project wins the competition, no funds will be transferred until the company is incorporated.

How does the selection process work

(1) First selection – The NWA judging committee will select the 100 best startups based on the quality of their online application. (2) Finalists – The NWA judging committee will select 10 startups for the final. These finalist startups will be invited to pitch for finales at the Nanotechnology Show in Edison, New Jersey USA. (3) Winners - A judging committee made up of investors, industrials, scientists and other experts in Nanotech will select the winners after their pitches at the Nanotechnology Show in Edison, New Jersey USA.

What happens to the businesses that don’t win

You will be listed on our website on the Investment Market page.

When are applications open

We are already taking applications.

How can I gain investment

The 10 winning startup will privately discuss with the investors about the amount of the investment.

How am I reviewed for investment

Applications will be reviewed by expert judges (investors, entrepreneurs, executives, researchers and other experts in their field) who will analyse all applications working under NDAs. For the Grand Finale, taking place during our next global Conference & Exhibition, a list and profile of the judges will be published online and made accessible to contestants prior to the event. The applications will be judged according to the following criteria: Innovation: The company must develop a product/service based on a new technology or an innovative application of an existing technology in the field of nanotechnology Potential impact: The company must have the potential to make a substantial long-term impact on business and/or society. Leadership: The company must have visionary leadership with the capabilities to drive the company towards success. Viability: The company should have well-formulated plans for developments and goals and a sustainable business model. During the Grand Finale the NWA judging committee will rate and select projects based on the quality of the pitch and the complementary information provided by the startups after the first selection rounds (1 page summary & pitch deck).

Do I have to pay to participate

No. Registrations are free.

When will I know if I’m selected?

The 10 finalists, which will pitch their projects will be notified in August 2020. The Winners will be announced during the Nanotechnology Show in Edison, New Jersey USA.

Who judges the pitches

A panel of investors and scientists (The names and bios will be listed)

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How much money can I get

The amounts and equity will depend on each project and will be decided by each investor, after their private meeting with the winners.

What do I have to give in exchange


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