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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 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

    Startup of the Year

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with the product/service.

  • Founder of the Year

    Founder of the Year

    Description

    A tech startup founder that has shown notable achievements over the last year in terms of great customer growth and/or sales, funds raised, uniqueness and/or impact of the product/service and leadership.

  • Investor of the Year

    Investor of the Year

    Description

    An individual or company that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be for example as an exit, early investment of a notable startup, or realisation of an earlier investment.

  • Best Newcomer

    Best Newcomer

    Description

    Startup with up to 2 years of age that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with the product/service.

  • Best Social Impact Startup

    Best Social Impact Startup

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing, and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues.

  • Best IoT Startup

    Best IoT Startup

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity enabling data collection and exchange.

  • Best FinTech Startup

    Best FinTech Startup

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service/technology in the delivery and/or infrastructure of financial services.

  • Best AI Startup

    Best AI Startup

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation by developing the most efficient and powerful application of Artificial Intelligence to reinvent how business and societies develop solutions to previously unsolvable problems.

  • Best Smart City Solution

    Best Smart City Solution

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing solutions or products that target better connectivity, digitalisation and managing the city infrastructure in urban development.

  • Best Biotech Startup

    Best Biotech Startup

    Description

    Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing solutions, methods and/ or products that target life sciences and agricultural development.

  • Best Coworking Space

    Best Coworking Space

    Description

    A coworking space that deserves the recognition for its services, support and resources to fast-growth tech startups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation.

  • Best Accelerator Program

    Best Accelerator Program

    Description

    A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

Definitions

Startup
A company with up to 5 years of age which uses technology/software in its product or service. The company can be from any industry as long as the core product/service is software and/or hardware.

Founder
An individual that has founded a startup company which uses technology in its product or service. The company can be from any industry as long as the core product/service is software and/or hardware.

Investor
An individual or company who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.

Coworking Space
A flexible shared working environment for fast-growth tech companies, that offers services, support and resources through memberships to accelerate business growth.

Accelerator
A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

Impact
To change the name of the game and the way things are “normally” done.

Innovation
Activities that contribute to the research, development and design of new products, services or techniques, or to improving existing products, and generates new technological knowledge.

Growth
Growth in the form of employees, countries to operate, number of users etc.