Celebrating startup spirit across Central-Europe

The Central European Startup Awards is a series of events in the CEE countries, to recognize and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and startup ecosystems of this colourful and diverse region.


How it works

1 Nomination opens online: everyone is invited to nominate a startup or an ecosystem supporter in all categories.

2 After nominations are closed, a shortlist on national level is announced (picked by the country partners together with their national ambassadors). Peers, friends and everyone is invited to publicly vote for their favorite startups on a national level.

3 National winners are chosen among the shortlisted by a jury. There are minimum 5 jury members for each category. The public votes count for one jury member. Voting opens again after national winners are announced.

4 Regional winners are chosen among the national winners by a prominent, international jury board. Again, the public votes count for one jury member.

5 The best of the region in each category are announced on the Grand Finale event

Important dates in 2017

Nominations Open

Nominations Close

National Finalists Announced

Voting opens (National Level)

National Winners Announced

Voting Open (Regional)

CESA2016 Grand Finale event