CEE Startup Challenge

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


Nov 25, 2022

Application closes

Dec 1-7, 2022

Jury work

Dec 8, 2022

Finalists announcement

Dec 15, 2022

Finals: Online Pitching & VC Talks


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

Female Founders

SaaS & Marketplace

AI & Analytics & Big Data

Fintech & Insurtech

Mobility, Industry 4.0 & Manufacturing

Planet & Sustainability

Healthcare & Wellbeing



Fast Track To CEE VC Summit

Fast Track to CEE VC Summit 2023 gathering 250+ GPs from CEE and Europe for selected startups!

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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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Up To 90% Off

Up to 90% off on HubSpot for Startups for Top 100 eligible teams

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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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$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 & €1000 in credits on grant writing services for EIC related Grants for TOP 3 eligible startups

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$1000 Credits

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

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FREE EU Grants Consultancy

FREE EU Granting consultations worth €2k for the Winner, €1k for TOP 3 and €0.5k for TOP 10

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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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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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Media Coverage

For The Winner & 35% discount for all applicants!

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Media Coverage

For The TOP 3

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FREE Ticket

FREE Ticket for Disraptors Summit for Top 2 and 25% discount for all applicants!

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

  • Ewa Chronowska

    CEO at Vestbee & Partner at Next Road Ventures

  • Jan Habermann

    Partner, Credo Ventures

  • William Jilltoft

    Vice President, Northzone

  • Bakhrom Ibragimov

    Partner, Molten Ventures

  • Esat Acar

    Vice President, 500 Emerging Europe

  • Michał Bajda

    Investment Manager, EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe

  • Szymon Kwiatkowski

    Investment Manager, EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe

  • Ryan Gong

    Chief Investment Director EMEA, 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

  • Basar Yenidunya

    Head of Investments, 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

  • Vitaly Laptenok

    General Partner, Flyer One Ventures

  • Bartosz Lipnicki

    Managing Director, Endeavor

  • Michał Rokosz

    Partner, Inovo Venture Partners

  • Wojciech Majewski

    Managing Director, Simpact Fund

  • Georg Ioannidis

    Managing Director, Uniqa Ventures

  • Krzysztof Tokarski

    Managing Director, PKO VC

  • Marcin Kostrzewa

    Investment Manager, Flash Ventures

  • Cezary Iwan

    Investment Manager, Hubraum

  • Eva Arh

    Partner, 3VC

  • Artur Banach

    Managing Partner, Movens Capital

  • Bartek Knichnicki

    Managing Partner, SATUS Starter VC

  • Claudia Czigony

    Investment Manager, Impact Ventures

  • Adam Rudowski

    General Partner, Level2 Ventures

  • Richard Illes

    Investment Director, OXO Holdings

  • Kristóf Székely

    Partner, Lead Ventures

  • Andrej Petrus

    Investment Manager, ZAKA Ventures

  • Jan Hauser

    Business Creation Manager, EIT Urban Mobility

  • Michał Gawęda

    Investment Director, Montis Capital

  • Robert Reich

    Investment Manager, Lighthouse Ventures

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Strategic Partners

Next Road Ventures logoamazon web services logoEIT InnoEnergy logo

Corporate Partners

  • Huawei logo
  • ovh startups program logo
  • hubspot logo
  • Stripe logo
  • notion logo
  • mixpanel logo
  • B2R Law
  • loom logo
  • cresco innovation logo
  • Udemy logo
  • Brand24 logo
  • TrustMate logo
  • Zendesk for startups logo
  • Customer.io logo
  • UpSpark logo
  • Bouncer logo


  • Credo Ventures logo
  • Uniqa Ventures logo
  • Molten Ventures logo
  • Northzone logo
  • Market One Capital logo
  • Eleven Ventures logo
  • 212 logo
  • Point Nine Capital logo
  • otb logo
  • PKO TFI logo
  • revo capital logo
  • Warsaw Equity Group logo
  • 500 Emerging Europe logo
  • Elevator Ventures logo
  • Inovo Venture Partners logo
  • eit urban mobility
  • Iron Wolf Capital logo
  • oxo holdings logo
  • hubraum T-mobile logo
  • Satus starter logo
  • Movens Capital logo
  • Impact Ventures logo
  • Level2 Ventures logo
  • zaka ventures logo
  • Qnbeyond Ventures logo
  • EIT Manufacturing logo
  • Logo Ventures logo
  • Flyer One Ventures logo
  • TechOne Ventue Capital logo
  • oxo holdings logo
  • flash ventures logo
  • Montis Capital logo
  • Lighthouse Ventures logo
  • 3vc logo
  • Lublin science and technology park logo
  • Starta Ventures logo
  • Simpact logo
  • Lead Ventures logo
  • alfabeat logo
  • ReaktorXlogo
  • Eban logo
  • latvian business angels network logo
  • Business Angels of Slovenia logo
  • Lithuanian Business Angels Network logo

Community Partners

  • albania tech logo
  • Link To Leaders logo
  • Proptech Romania logo
  • Spinlab logo
  • Mamstartup.pl logo
  • ITKey Media logo
  • Terkko Health Hub logo
  • Baltic Sandbox logo
  • Endeavor logo
  • Open Data Incubator logo
  • Bird Incubator logo
  • Demium logo
  • Startup Lithuania logo
  • Startup Wise Guys logo
  • Mindspace
  • Foundation for Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Czech Startups logo
  • puzl coworking logo
  • lift 99 logo
  • mit enterprise forum cee logo
  • startup wroclaw logo
  • HowToWeb logo
  • JIC logo
  • Impact CEE logo
  • Business Accelerator UKIM
  • Československá obchodní banka
  • Startup Kitchen logo
  • Disraptors logo
  • Start-up.ro logo
  • ScanBalt BioRegion logo
  • bait.bg logo
  • Ukrainian Digital News logo
  • Sapie - Slovak Alliance for Innovation Economy logo
  • CEE Business Angels Network

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