December 1, 2017
Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava
December 1, 2017
Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava

Startup Awards

Who can apply?

  • Early-stage technology companies (e.g. with typically no more than EUR 500K investment and product on the market for no more than 2 years)
  • Companies based in Slovakia or with at least one Slovak founder
  • Applicants should demonstrate potential to scale globally

Why apply?

  • Win 50K for your startup.

    The overall winner goes home with prizes worth over 50,000 EUR.

  • Get exclusive access to the CEE Founders Summit in Bratislava.

    All STARTUP AWARDS finalists are invited to participate at the invitation-only Founders Summit for CEE’s top founders and their investors, taking place on December 2-3 right after Startup Awards.

  • Find an investor like our alumni who have so far raised over EUR 16,5M.

    While we do not offer a specific investor or investment size as our prize, we do see a lot of our finalists and winners get offers from investors who are present at the final. Many of our jury members are well-connected individuals with venture fund links abroad, including Silicon Valley, London, Finland, Berlin and more.

  • Get exposure in local and foreign media.

    Our companies get an amazing amount of attention from the local media immediately following the final, but we have had coverage in multiple tech media outlets across Europe. Mike Butcher, Editor-at-Large of TechCrunch, wrote about STARTUP AWARDS and the finals and some of our finalists get tweeted about by Ashton Kutcher. Seriously.

  • Receive high-quality mentoring from real investors and successful entrepreneurs.

    Our pre-selection Bootcamp reserved for 20 semi-finalists is a reason to apply in and of itself. Our mentors are seasoned individuals, having run (and in some cases already exited) their own companies, running corporations, invested their own money into technology companies over the years. You will leave the Bootcamp, held over a weekend in an undisclosed location, with fresh ideas and concrete steps on how to make your tech company succeed.

  • Meet the best and brightest from Slovakia to Silicon Valley at the final.

    Both our semi-final selection Bootcamp and the final event are a great place to meet like-minded pioneers, inventors, investors from all over. Our after parties are known for finding people co-founders, investors, and even life partners.

Application process

  1. 7th September Applications open
  2. 8th October Applications closed
  3. 11th October Semifinalists announced
  4. 3th - 5th November Bootcamp for semifinalists
  5. 5th November Finalists announced
  6. 1st December Finalists pitch on stage

Special awards

Challenger award

This award recognizes a Slovak technology company that has seen an outstanding success in the previous year and has the potential to hit it big next year. The company must be on the market no more than 7 years.

Mission award

This award recognizes a Slovak startup working on innovation tackling a social challenge.

Previous winners

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