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The Central European Startup Awards is a unique series of events in the Central and Eastern European countries - Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary - to recognise, celebrate and connect the Central European startup ecosystem. In addition to being regional it is also cross-sectorial, bringing together all actors within the startup ecosystem from startups, to investors, to journalists and many more.

The 10 countries are competing in 12 categories and each country will provide a national winner for each category to the Grand Finale.

  • Startup Of The Year by SAP

    Startup Of The Year by SAP

    Description

    The startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year. Either in the form of growth, impact, sales, product or service.

  • Investor of the Year

    Investor of the Year

    Description

    An investment company or individual who has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be defined as an exit, early investment of a notable startup, realization of an earlier investment.

  • Best FinTech Startup

    Best FinTech Startup

    Description

    The best financial technology startup that aims to simplify and make personal and/ or commercial finance and payments easier and more transparent. We measure their success in the form of growth, impact, sales, product and service.

  • Best IoT Startup by GE

    Best IoT Startup by GE

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development based on a technology that focuses on the interaction between hardware, IT, data and society.

  • Most Influential Woman by SAP

    Most Influential Woman by SAP

    Description

    The most inspirational and influential woman of the startup ecosystem.
    Regardless of being a coder, a founder or a designer at a startup, she demonstrates outstanding commitment and professionalism in her field.

  • Best Coworking Space

    Best Coworking Space

    Description

    The best place for entrepreneurs and startups to run their daily operation from.
    An office and community space that has outstanding infrastructure, great community and programmes that fit the needs of the startup community.

  • Best Early Stage Startup

    Best Early Stage Startup

    Description

    Startup with up to 2 years of age that has shown a promising track based on growth, impact, sales, product and/or services

  • Best Acceleration/Incubation Program by Infobip

    Best Acceleration/Incubation Program by Infobip

    Description

    The accelerator/incubator program that has created the best environment for growth and innovation and fostered the startups with the best financial results and deepest impact.

  • Best Social Impact Startup by CEU BSch

    Best Social Impact Startup by CEU BSch

    Description

    Best Startup with a product or service within the field of social entrepreneurship that have created the most impact and/or growth.

  • Best Indie Game Developer by MITO

    Best Indie Game Developer by MITO

    Description

    A mobile, console or computer video game
    developed by an unpublished company that
    has demonstrated the most engaging
    gameplay experience through creative and
    innovative interaction with players.

  • Best AI/Chatbot Solution

    Best AI/Chatbot Solution

    Description

    The most efficient and powerful application of Artificial Intelligence to reinvent how business and societies develop solutions to previously unsolvable problems

  • Best User Experience

    Best User Experience

    Description

    A product or a service demonstrating superior user experience and usability.
    We measure the overall experience of the service or solution from the users' point of view, regardless of the platform (mobile, web, hardware) or the business success of the startup.