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StartUp Awards 2016

2. decembra. 2016

StartupAwards.SK is a competition for Slovak early-stage tech companies with global potential. Apply by October 16, 2016 and get a chance to present in front of 1000+ guests, including top investors, entrepreneurs and corporate managers at the final pitching event and award ceremony held on December 2, 2016 at Istropolis in Bratislava. Winner gets a 10k cash prize.

Bigger, better, and not-to-be-missed! StartupAwards.SK leaps into its 2016 season with bigger prizes, all-day event featuring global innovation heavyweights, star-studded jury, and a new fresh face. But not to worry, we are keeping the old Bratislava charm and sticking to the tradition of throwing the best afterparty in all of CEE. (Ask us for references!)

Woohoo! Slovakia’s biggest startup competition is now accepting applications from top tech companies. Eligible startups may apply by October 16, 2016 to get a chance to present in front of 1,000+ international investors, entrepreneurs and CEOs at the final pitching event and award ceremony held on December 2, 2016 at Istropolis in Bratislava. The overall winner goes home with 10,000 euro cash prize.

Why apply?

Win a cash prize to develop your business.Winner in each category gets 2,500 euros. Each winner gets free HR, legal and accounting services from StartupAwards.SK partners.

Get exclusive access to the CEE Founders Summit in Bratislava.One day before the final, on December 1, all StartupAwards.SK finalists are invited to participate at the invitation-only event for CEE’s top founders and their investors. This exclusive event for startups funded by Speedinvest, Credo Ventures, Neulogy Ventures and others will change the trajectory of your startup even before the big final.

Find an investor like our alumni who have so far raised over EUR 11M.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 StartupAwards.SK and the finals last year. 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, having or 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.

Who can apply?

  • Early-stage technology companies are eligible.
  • Companies must either be based and operational in Slovakia or have at least one Slovak founder.
  • Applying startups should be have potential to scale globally.
  • Selected finalists have to excel in digital, scientific, design or social innovation.



Our mission

  • To recognize the best innovative companies from Slovakia
  • To inspire others in pursuit of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • To build Slovakia’s image as innovative and creative economy

Do you want to learn more?

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2. decembra. 2016

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Istropolis, Bratislava