CEE Startup Challenge

Join The Biggest 100% Online Startup Challenge In Central & Eastern Europe!

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Startups & Scaleups

  • Get wide exposure to leading global investors, corporates and media
  • Apply for funding in one place and focus on growing your business
  • Gain access to the biggest matching platform in CEE and tools to automate and manage fundraising

Investors & Corporates

  • Don’t miss the best startups and scaleups from Central & Eastern Europe
  • Minimize workload with pre-screened companies aligned with your focus
  • Get access to the biggest matching platform in CEE and arising investment opportunities
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We are looking for regional startups and scaleups from CEE raising seed, pre-series A, series A and beyond in following verticals:

Business & ICT

AI & Analytics & Big Data

Fintech & Insurtech

Smart Cities & Home

Industry 4.0 & Proptech

Transport & Logistics

Planet & Sustainability

Healthcare & Wellbeing


May 24, 2021

Application closes

June 1-16, 2021

Jury work

June 15, 2021

10 Finalists announced

June 16, 2021

Winners announced


Fast Track To 1M EUR Investment

Up to 1M EUR investment for selected startups after positive due diligence

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Up To $25,000 For TOP 10

AWS Credits: up to $25,000 for TOP 10 & $10,000 for all participants!

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€30.000 Credits

Stripe Credits: €30.000 for TOP 10 scaleups & €15.000 for all participants!

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Up To 90% Off For TOP 3

HubSpot For Startups for TOP 3 and 30% discount for all shortlisted teams!

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Dedicated Support From Startup Success Team!

1-on-1 onboarding with Startup Success team for TOP 10 and 6 months FREE for all participants!

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$2,000 Credits

2,000 infrastructure credits for TOP 10 Teams

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Annual Free Premium Access

Annual Business Plan for the Winner, 6 free months for TOP 10 and 3 months for all applicants!

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Annual Free Premium Access

Annual Premium Access for the Winning Team and 3 free months for all applicants!

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3 Months Free

3 Months Business Account For all applicants!

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Free IT Consultations

120 hours for the Winner, 40 hours for TOP 10 and 10 hours for all applicants!

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Media Coverage

For The Winner & 35% discount for all applicants!

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Media Coverage

For The TOP 3

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3 Tickets

For 3 Winning teams and 25% discount for all applicants!

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Free Startup Passes

For selected Finalists and 10% discount for all participants

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10 BUILDER Tickets

For TOP 10 Teams

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Meet the Judges who will be bringing their industry knowledge to assess the Winners

Ewa Chronowska

Partner, Next Road Ventures

Jan Habermann

Partner, Credo Ventures

Michał Bajda

Business Creation Manager, InnoEnergy Central Europe

Szymon Kwiatkowski

Business Creation Manager, InnoEnergy Central Europe

Gerald Parloiu

Partner, Global Founders Capital

Marcin Laczynski

Partner, Next Road Ventures

Alexander Pak

Investment Director, TMT Investments

Zygimantas Susnys

Managing Partner, Iron Wolf Capital

Marcin Kurek

Managing Partner, Market One Capital

Dmitry Smirnov

Investment Director, Flashpoint

Leszek Orlowski

Investment Director, bValue

Henry Jefferies

Senior Associate, Accel

Bartosz Lipnicki

Managing Partner, Alfabeat

Numan Numan

Managing Partner, 212

Rokas Tamosiunas

Partner, Open Circle Capital

Dilek Dayinlarli

Managing Partner, ScaleX Ventures

Todor Breshkov

Partner, LAUNCHub Ventures

Wojciech Majewski

Managing Director, Simpact Fund

Pedja Predin

Investment Manager, South Central Ventures

Jean-Michel Reynaud

Head Of Startups Relations, Engie

Michael Claes

Senior Technology Manager, SABIC Ventures

Julien Coustaury

Partner, Fil Rouge Capital

Agnieszka Poznanska

Head Of Origination, Shape VC

Malin Stefanescu

President, TechAngels

Adam de sola Pool

Business Angel, MIT Angels

Branko Drobnak

President, Business Angels Of Slovenia

Vlad Sarca

Partner, Sparking Capital

Magdalena Balcerzak

Manager, CEE Business Angels Network

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Corporate Partners

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  • Zendesk for startups logo
  • Engie logo
  • Revolut logo
  • Brand24 logo
  • TrustMate logo
  • Avisto Eastern logo


  • Accel logo
  • Global Founders Capital logo
  • Credo Ventures logo
  • TMT Investments logo
  • Uniqa Ventures logo
  • Market One Capital logo
  • Eleven Ventures logo
  • 212 logo
  • Launchub logo
  • PKO TFI logo
  • Impact Ventures logo
  • ScaleX Ventures logo
  • bValue logo
  • SMOK Ventures logo
  • augere venture fund logo
  • Flashpoint logo
  • Shape Venture Capital logo
  • Iron Wolf Capital logo
  • Fi Rouge Capital logo
  • TechAngels logo
  • Open Circle Capital logo
  • Sabic logo
  • Starta Ventures logo
  • Simpact logo
  • alfabeat logo
  • South Central Ventures logo
  • Sparking Capital logo
  • Wexelerate logo
  • ReaktorXlogo
  • Business Angels of Slovenia logo
  • Lithuanian Business Angels Network logo
  • Oktogon Ventures logo

Community Partners

  • Bulgarian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association logo
  • cLAB Ventures logo
  • Vilnius Technology Park logo
  • SPARK logo
  • bSpherik Accelerator logo
  • Flemio logo
  • Female Founders logo
  • Blue Lake Accelerator logo
  • Commercialization Reactor logo
  • DARR logo
  • Inkubator Starter logo
  • hub385 logo
  • People Power logo
  • Huge Thing logo
  • Up21 logo
  • Invest in Hong Kong logo
  • iHUB logo
  • iskander logo
  • Fintech Bulgaria logo
  • Fintech Camp logo
  • Fintech Lab logo
  • betaHaus logo
  • Szkoła Biznesu Politechnika Warszawska logo
  • CEE Changers logo
  • Czech Startups logo
  • Slovak Startup logo
  • Startup Macedonia logo
  • Startup Lithuania logo
  • Startin Latvia logo
  • Startup Zagreb logo
  • Startup Bulgaria logo
  • Advantage Austria logo
  • Able Bulgaria logo
  • Rubikhub logo
  • Startup Campus logo
  • StartupHub Poland logo
  • Startup Cafe logo
  • OMGKRK logo
  • Apti logo
  • evedo logo
  • Klang Media logo
  • Finance Project Manager logo
  • CESA Awards
  • HowToWeb logo
  • Impact CEE logo
  • InfoShare logo
  • TechChill logo
  • Techyslvania logo
  • Webit logo

Media Partners

  • Mamstartup.pl logo
  • 150sec logo
  • Innpoland logo
  • Superfounders logo
  • Der Brutkasten logo
  • Stockwatch logo
  • Brief logo
  • bbj.hu logo
  • Fintek.pl logo
  • StartupTV logo
  • ITKey Media logo
  • Innovate CEE logo
  • Invest In Albania logo
  • Businessmag logo
  • Digital Spoiler logo
  • IBalkan Green Energy News logo
  • Berlin Baltic Nordic logo
  • digitalizuj.me logo
  • startit.rs logo
  • Biznes Polska logo
  • nachasi.com logo
  • 300gospdoarka.pl logo
  • staleo.pl logo
  • zrobotyzowany.pl logo
  • movebg.com logo
  • biznisvesti.mk logo
  • Coin News logo
  • techsot.al logo
  • novinite.bg logo
  • Computerworld logo
  • 3don.pl logo
  • robime.it logo

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