CEE Startup Challenge

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


Meet CEE Startup Challenge Winners

Find The Best Match Online!

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 & DACH 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


July 5, 2020

Application closes

July 13-23, 2020

Jury work

July 21, 2019

10 Finalists announced

July 23, 2020

Winners announced


1M EUR Investment

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

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Fast Track

Nomination for selected startup to InnoEnergy Investment program dedicated for energy, cleantech and mobility startups

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Fast Track To weXelerate

Nomination to corporate program finals for selected startup from TOP 10

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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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Up To 90% Off For TOP 10

HubSpot For Startups for TOP 10 and 30% discount for all shortlisted teams!

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$2,000 Credits

2,000 infrastructure credits for TOP 10 Teams

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Free Annual Plan For TOP 3

Annual Free Team Plan (3 seats) for TOP 3 & $150 free credits for all applicants!

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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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Q&A Legal Online Session

Free Q&A online session on "Term Sheet and other documents – negotiations with VCs" for TOP 10

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EU Funding Free Review

Full assessment of EU funding for TOP 10 and free consultation for all shortlisted teams

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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 Teams from TOP 10

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Free Tickets For Top 10

10 PRO tickets for Finalists and 10 % discount for all participants

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10 BUILDER Tickets

For TOP 10 Teams

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

Ewa Chronowska

Partner, Next Road Ventures

Cem Sertoglu

Partner, Earlybird Venture Capital

Jan Habermann

Partner, Credo Ventures

Michał Bajda

Business Creation Manager, InnoEnergy Central Europe

Szymon Kwiatkowski

Business Creation Manager, InnoEnergy Central Europe

Marcin Laczynski

Partner, Next Road Ventures

Kasparas Jurgelionis

Managing Partner, Iron Wolf Capital

Erik Anderson

Venture Partner, Tera Ventures

Marcin Kurek

Managing Partner, Market One Capital

Piotr Czak

CEO, PGE Ventures

Dmitry Smirnov

Investment Director, Flashpoint

Leszek Orlowski

Investment Director, bValue

Bartosz Lipnicki

Managing Partner, Alfabeat

Rokas Tamosiunas

Partner, Open Circle Capital

Joe Bond

Principal, PROfounders Capital

Todor Breshkov

Partner, LAUNCHub Ventures

Wojciech Majewski

Managing Director, Simpact Fund

Joao Duarte

Venture Partner, Lighthouse Ventures

Jean-Michel Reynaud

Head Of Startups Relations, Engie

Marcin Szczecinski

Investment Manager, Adamed

Michael Claes

Senior Technology Manager, SABIC Ventures

Voytek Siewierski

Partner, EEC Magenta

Martin Mossler

Managing Director, Science Park Graz

Wojciech Przybylski

President, Krakow Technology Park

Julien Coustaury

Partner, Fil Rouge Capital

Laszlo Hradszki

CEO Advisor, Hiventures

Jennifer Austin

Partner, Risky Business Ventures

Tomas Vyšný

Investment Advisor, 365.fintech

Ivan Aleksandrov

Partner, Enviros Ventures

Pedja Predin

Investment Manager, South Central Ventures

Zoltan Sz. Kis

Investment Manager, Day One Capital

Jasmina Popovska

ARISE Country Lead, EIT Digital

Carlos Rubal

Business Development Expert, EIT Digital

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

Daniel Senkyr

CEO, Keiretsu Forum CEE

Janos Toth

Investment Associate, Sustainable Ventures

Bartosz Podhorecki

Investment Manager, AgriTech Hub

Peter Parragh

Business Analyst, Oktogon Ventures

Monika Rostarova

CEO, Flemio

Gytenis Galkis

Partner, 70Ventures

Adam Piwakowski

Partner at B2RLaw

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