CEE Startup Challenge

Join Us To Get 1M EUR, 250k EUR In Business Tools & Startup Credits, Access To VC Funds And More!

Winners

Meet CEE Startup Challenge Winners

Timeline

April 15, 2022

Application closes

April 25-29, 2022

Jury work

May 5, 2022

10 Finalists announcement

May 9, 2022

Workshop Day

May 10, 2022

Pitching & VC Talks, Winners announcement

Focus

We are looking for regional startups and scaleups from CEE raising seed, pre-series A, series A and beyond in following verticals:

SaaS & Marketplace

AI & Analytics & Big Data

Fintech & Insurtech

Smart Cities & Home

Industry 4.0 & Proptech

Transport & Logistics

Planet & Sustainability

Healthcare & Wellbeing

Prizes

Fast Track To 1M EUR Investment

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

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Up To $100,000 AWS Credits

$25k for TOP 10 and $10k for all participants*, personal AWS follow-up support and $100k for selected teams!

*AWS Activate Program rules must apply
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Up To €100.000

Up to €100.000 infrastructure credits for all applicants + fast track to the OVHcloud Startup Program, marketing & technical support for TOP 10

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€30.000 Credits

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

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$50.000 Credits

$50.000 on the Mixpanel Growth Plan for all applicants!

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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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Up To $150.000 Credits

Up to $150k in Azure Credits, participation in Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub & 1h consultations with Microsoft experts for selected teams

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$1000 Credits

$1000 in FREE credits for all-in-one Notion workspace for all participants!

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$3000 Credits

For annual Business Plan for up to 25 users with access to unlimited video recordings & more features!

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FREE Consultations

FREE consultations & workshops for TOP 3 and 5% off on grant writing services for the Winner

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12 Months For FREE

12 FREE months for basic plan or 90% off for premium plan for selected eligible startups

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6 Months For FREE

6 months for FREE for the Winner and 3 months 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, 6 months FREE for 2nd and 3rd place & 1 free month for all applicants!

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Up To 500,000 FREE Credits

500,000 FREE email verifications for TOP 3; 100,000 for TOP 10 and 25,000 + 20% off for all participants

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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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Pitching On Stage

Live pitching for selected startups from TOP 10 during the bigest conference for startup ecosystem in CEE

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WORKSHOP DAY

Judges

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, EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe

  • Szymon Kwiatkowski

    Business Creation Manager, EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe

  • Gregory Leschenko

    Chief Investment Director, Huawei

  • Marcin Hejka

    General Partner, OTB Ventures

  • Berkin Toktaş

    Managing Director, Revo Capital

  • Maximilian Schausberger

    Managing Director, Elevator Ventures

  • Marcin Laczynski

    Partner, Next Road Ventures

  • Daniel Tomov

    Founding Partner, Eleven Ventures

  • Numan Numan

    Managing Partner, 212

  • Paweł Maj

    Investment Director, Warsaw Equity Group

  • Kasparas Jurgelionis

    Managing Partner, Iron Wolf Capital

  • Marcin Kurek

    Managing Partner, Market One Capital

  • Merve Zabci

    General Partner, Logo Ventures

  • Özge Öz

    Partner, QNBEYOND Ventures

  • Jasmina Popovska

    Senior Business Creation Manager, EIT Manufacturing

  • Bartosz Lipnicki

    Managing Partner, Alfabeat

  • Michał Rokosz

    Partner, Inovo Venture Partners

  • Wojciech Majewski

    Managing Director, Simpact Fund

  • Georg Ioannidis

    Managing Director, Uniqa Ventures

  • Krzysztof Tokarski

    Managing Director, PKO VC

  • Marton Medveczky

    Investment Director, Flashpoint Venture Capital

  • Marcin Kostrzewa

    Investment Manager, Flash Ventures

  • Robin Butler

    Partner, Sturgeon Capital

  • Cezary Iwan

    Investment Manager, Hubraum

  • Marcin Szczecinski

    Investment Manager, Adamed

  • Michael Claes

    Senior Technology Manager, SABIC Ventures

  • Assaf Shamia

    Investment Partner, Giesecke+Devrient Ventures

  • Martin Mossler

    Managing Director, Science Park Graz

  • Claudia Czigony

    Investment Manager, Impact Ventures

  • Agnieszka Poznanska

    Head Of Origination, Shape VC

  • Adam Rudowski

    General Partner, Level2 Ventures

  • Richard Illes

    Investment Director, OXO Holdings

  • Andrej Petrus

    Investment Manager, ZAKA Ventures

  • Jan Hauser

    Business Creation Manager, EIT Urban Mobility

  • Helmuts Lejnieks

    Chairman of the Board, Latvian Business Angels Network

  • Adam de sola Pool

    Business Angel, MIT Angels

  • Branko Drobnak

    President, Business Angels Of Slovenia

Powered By

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Strategic Partners

Next Road Ventures logoamazon web services logoEIT InnoEnergy logo

Corporate Partners

  • Huawei logo
  • Microsoft logo
  • ovh startups program logo
  • Stripe logo
  • notion logo
  • mixpanel logo
  • B2R Law
  • loom logo
  • cresco innovation logo
  • Brand24 logo
  • TrustMate logo
  • Avisto Eastern logo
  • Zendesk for startups logo
  • Customer.io logo
  • Beautiful.ai logo
  • Bouncer logo

Partners

  • Credo Ventures logo
  • Uniqa Ventures logo
  • Market One Capital logo
  • Eleven Ventures logo
  • 212 logo
  • otb logo
  • PKO TFI logo
  • revo capital logo
  • Warsaw Equity Group logo
  • Elevator Ventures logo
  • Inovo Venture Partners logo
  • eit urban mobility
  • Iron Wolf Capital logo
  • oxo holdings logo
  • hubraum T-mobile logo
  • Impact Ventures logo
  • Level2 Ventures logo
  • zaka ventures logo
  • Shape Venture Capital logo
  • Sabic logo
  • Flashpoint logo
  • Qnbeyond Ventures logo
  • EIT Manufacturing logo
  • Sturgeon Capital logo
  • Logo Ventures logo
  • TechOne Ventue Capital logo
  • oxo holdings logo
  • Science Park Graz logo
  • GD Ventures logo
  • flash ventures logo
  • Lublin science and technology park logo
  • Adamed Technology logo
  • Starta Ventures logo
  • Simpact logo
  • alfabeat logo
  • ReaktorXlogo
  • Eban logo
  • latvian business angels network logo
  • Business Angels of Slovenia logo
  • Lithuanian Business Angels Network logo

Community Partners

  • Blue Lake Accelerator logo
  • albania tech logo
  • Bulgarian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association logo
  • cLAB Ventures logo
  • bSpherik Accelerator logo
  • Huge Thing logo
  • Link To Leaders logo
  • Disruption Banking logo
  • Female Founders logo
  • Proptech Romania logo
  • The Startup Club logo
  • Spinlab logo
  • Mamstartup.pl logo
  • ITKey Media logo
  • Zrobotyzowany.pl logo
  • Terkko Health Hub logo
  • Baltic Sandbox logo
  • Unit City logo
  • SPI logo
  • Smart Everything Everywhere logo
  • crossweb logo
  • techstars logo
  • Open Data Incubator logo
  • Kiuas logo
  • Invest in Wroclaw logo
  • Bird Incubator logo
  • Mindspace
  • Foundation for Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Sampo Accelerator logo
  • Sieć Otwartych Innowacji logo
  • Czech Startups logo
  • Finance Project Manager logo
  • CESA Awards
  • HowToWeb logo
  • Impact CEE logo
  • Business Accelerator UKIM
  • Československá obchodní banka
  • TechChill logo
  • InfoShare logo
  • Endeavor logo
  • robime.it logo
  • Stockwatch logo
  • Novinite logo
  • Prague Daily Monitor logo
  • Techyslvania logo
  • Webit logo
  • Up21 logo
  • CEE Business Angels Network

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