Call for Startup Pitches

If you attend ISWC 2017 and have an innovative “semantic” business idea (or are already in the process of developing it) don’t miss out on the opportunity to pitch it at the business event “Semantics in the Field”.



Recently, Linked Data, semantic technologies and knowledge graphs have been adopted in various enterprise application scenarios and found their way into a wide range of products and services. This has sparked a first generation of startups that have successfully demonstrated the business potential of semantic technologies in various fields. To support this development, the inaugural Linked Startup workshop held at ISWC 2016 created a platform for the Semantic Web community to share innovative startup ideas, discuss and develop business models, and receive feedback and mentoring from successful founders.


This year, to create an even larger platform, LinkedStartup pitches will be tied into a dedicated business event that will showcase innovative applications and solutions and bring together semantic web researchers and the business community – from local entrepreneurs to large multi-national enterprises. You will receive insight into the work of successful companies in the field, but also have the unique opportunity to pitch your ideas to and receive feedback from a diverse and highly competent audience. The event will provide ample opportunity for networking.



Submission Procedure

To pitch your startup idea and business model, please submit a deck of 3 slides (max.) and a short description of your idea to In case you decide to go without slides/use slides only as a visual backdrop, please also provide a brief written summary of your idea (discussing aspects such as problem, solution, business model, competition, unique technical capacity, viability, potential social/environmental/economic impact, etc.). If your submission qualifies, you will have 3 minutes to pitch your idea at the event.


Important Dates

September 30, 2017 – Submit slidedeck/description

October 10, 2017  – Acceptance notifications

October 23, 2017 – LinkedStartup 2017 pitches