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 the 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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Corporate Partners

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  • bValue logo
  • SMOK Ventures logo
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  • 70ventures logo
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  • Sabic logo
  • Launchub logo
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  • alfabeat logo
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  • Day One Capital logo
  • EEC Magenta logo
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  • Keiretsu Forum CEE logo
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  • Business Angels of Slovenia logo
  • Lithuanian Business Angels Network logo
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  • Science Park Graz logo
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  • cLAB Ventures logo
  • Wayra logo
  • Vilnius Technology Park logo
  • SPARK logo
  • bSpherik Accelerator logo
  • Design Terminal logo
  • Flemio logo
  • Female Founders logo
  • Central European Startup Awards logo
  • Blue Lake Accelerator logo
  • Commercialization Reactor logo
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