CEE Startup Challenge

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


Meet CEE Startup Challenge Winners

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
Get in touch!


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 31, 2021

Application closes

June 7-16, 2021

Jury work

June 15, 2021

10 Finalists announced

June 17, 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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Up To €500 FREE Credits

Up to €500 communication API credits & experts' support for TOP 3

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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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$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, 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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Live Pitching To Corporates

Live pitching to WeXelerate's Corporate Partners for TOP 10

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Live Pitching To Investors

Pitching on the selected The Startup Club event for the Winner

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Media Coverage

FREE Premium Media Package for the Winner and 20% discount 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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3 Tickets

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

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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, EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe

  • Szymon Kwiatkowski

    Business Creation Manager, EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe

  • Gregory Leschenko

    Chief Investment Director, Huawei

  • Gerald Parloiu

    Partner, Global Founders Capital

  • Marcin Laczynski

    Partner, Next Road Ventures

  • Alexander Pak

    Investment Director, TMT Investments

  • Daniel Tomov

    Founding Partner, Eleven Ventures

  • Tomas Martunas

    Founding Partner, Iron Wolf Capital

  • Marcin Kurek

    Managing Partner, Market One Capital

  • Henry Jefferies

    Senior Associate, Accel

  • Bartosz Lipnicki

    Managing Partner, Alfabeat

  • Numan Numan

    Managing Partner, 212

  • Dilek Dayinlarli

    Managing Partner, ScaleX Ventures

  • Dmitry Smirnov

    Investment Director, Flashpoint

  • Michał Rokosz

    Partner, Inovo Venture Partners

  • Wojciech Majewski

    Managing Director, Simpact Fund

  • Georg Ioannidis

    Managing Director, Uniqa Ventures

  • Krzysztof Tokarski

    Managing Director, PKO VC

  • Jean-Michel Reynaud

    Head Of Startups Relations, Engie

  • Michael Claes

    Senior Technology Manager, SABIC Ventures

  • Marcel Animucki

    Investment Manager, bValue

  • Júlia Véglesi

    Investment Manager, Impact Ventures

  • 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

  • Jasmina Popovska

    Business Creation Manger, EIT Manufacturing

  • Magdalena Balcerzak

    Manager, CEE Business Angels Network

  • Przemysław Wyszyński

    Head of CEE, Russia & CIS, Vonage

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Corporate Partners

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  • Zendesk for startups logo
  • hubspot logo
  • Huawei logo
  • Engie logo
  • Revolut logo
  • Brand24 logo
  • TrustMate logo
  • Avisto Eastern logo
  • Vonage logo
  • Beautiful.ai logo
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  • Accel logo
  • Global Founders Capital logo
  • Credo Ventures logo
  • TMT Investments logo
  • Uniqa Ventures logo
  • Market One Capital logo
  • Eleven Ventures logo
  • 212 logo
  • PKO TFI logo
  • Inovo Venture Partners logo
  • Flashpoint logo
  • Iron Wolf Capital logo
  • bValue logo
  • Impact Ventures logo
  • ScaleX Ventures logo
  • SMOK Ventures logo
  • augere venture fund logo
  • Shape Venture Capital logo
  • TechAngels logo
  • Sabic logo
  • Starta Ventures logo
  • Simpact logo
  • alfabeat logo
  • Wexelerate logo
  • EIT Manufacturing logo
  • ReaktorXlogo
  • Business Angels of Slovenia logo
  • Lithuanian Business Angels Network 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
  • Bird Incubator logo
  • Sampo Accelerator logo
  • Proptech Romania logo
  • The Startup Club logo
  • Up21 logo
  • Smart Everything Everywhere logo
  • Sieć Otwartych Innowacji logo
  • Open Data Incubator logo
  • SPI logo
  • Startup Europe Networks logo
  • Invest in Wroclaw logo
  • Betahaus logo
  • FTRNW logo
  • Agro Innovation Lab logo
  • Unicorn Events powered by Startup Network logo
  • Invest in Hong Kong logo
  • iHUB logo
  • iskander logo
  • Fintech Camp logo
  • Fintech Bulgaria logo
  • Fintech Lab logo
  • Compus Cowork logo
  • Vernadsky Challenge 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

  • Trending Topics SEE logo
  • 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
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