At The Next Web Conference we take great pride in the fact that we’ve always been able to offer hard-working entrepreneurs and exciting new startups a global platform. This year is no different as we’ll be putting some of the world’s best startups on stage in our Startup Rally competition at The Next Web Conference 2013.

From March 1st, our editorial team will start going through the more than 250 confirmed applications to pick out the 20 most exciting new companies. It’s not too late to submit your startup though. Apply now and grab a shot at announcing news on stage in front of Europe’s most influential tech crowd.

Participants will be battling it out in a 3-round judging phase, led by The Next Web’s co-founder Patrick de Laive and our editorial team. The 20 finalists that come up top will go on to pitch in front of an audience of 2,000+ attendees and 20,000+ livestream viewers. The winner of the TNW Startup Rally will be crowned on stage by our partner Microsoft BizSpark and takes home the official Startup Rally trophy, a valuable prize package and an immense deal of media exposure.

So what can you expect from this year’s competition? For starters, each of the 20 finalist will be showcasing their latest products and services to the audience making it the ideal place to find an overview of the newest trends and innovations. Each 5-minute presentation will be followed by a tough but fair Q&A session with our expert jury.

For startups, launching a new product or service at TNW Conference will not only help you meet investors and hundreds of potential new users; it will also give you the coverage that will kickstart your company.

Following last year’s success, we’re also organizing a pitch training day one day prior to the conference together with Microsoft BizSpark. Some of the world’s top mentors, investors and pitch counselors will be helping the finalists prepare for the pitch of their lives.

This is what else you need to know..

Procedure + important dates:
Round 1: Submissions (deadline March 1).
Round 2: Video pitch (deadline March 9).
Round 3: Interview (March 13-15).
Announcement: The 20 finalists (March 18).
The Finals: April 25-26, at The Next Web Conference 2012.

We’re selecting 16 startups for the finals – the remaining 4 finalist positions will be given to the hottest startups in the business area at the conference. You can grab one of the last discounted Startup Demo Desks in the business area to become eligible.

Haven’t registered your ticket yet? Grab one of the last Super Early Bird tickets here.