Powerful things can happen when the right startups meet the right investors, and that’s what the Pitch Marathon in Berlin, Germany is all about. On 31 July 2013, 42 startups will pitch to assembled angels and VCs in a series of pacy pitching sessions, and the deadline for taking part is drawing close.

Here’s how it works: there will be four, one-hour pitching sessions, each with at least 10 startups presenting for five minutes, in quick succession. Rather than face a panel of judges, the startups are judged by the investors in attendance. In-between sessions, investors are given one million ‘Pitch Marathon Euros’ virtual currency to award to their favorite startups. The winner of the competition is the startup with the most ‘cash’ at the end of the event.

The real aim of the Pitch Marathon, of which The Next Web is a media partner, is to help European based startups get in touch with, build relationships with, and raise money from investors around the world. The event is organized by Entrepreneurs Club Berlin and the German Startup Association.

This is the second Pitch Marathon. The first took place in March this year, when over 180 startups applied, and 46 ended up being selected to pitch in front of more than 120 investors and spectators.

Taking part

So, what do you want to do if you want to take part? The competition is open to startups that are less than 24 months old, have a product or demo to show and are ready to raise capital. The deadline is this Sunday, 7 July at 23:59 CEST. So get your best pitching outfit on and head to the website to apply right now.

Meanwhile, if you’re an investor and want to meet 42 startups in the space of a few hours at the event, tickets are available now.

➤ Pitch Marathon

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