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Central Europe is the second region in the GSA network to host a startup awards contest. Launching in 2014, the Central European Startup Awards has since grown to span 13 countries (Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania) to become the region’s biggest no-pitch no-conference startups festival with the aim to inspire, stimulate and recognise entrepreneurship throughout Central Europe whilst connecting a community of startup enthusiasts to an entire ecosystem of collaborators and supporters at all levels.

In 2016, CESAwards received over 800 nominations, In 2017 over 1600 nominations In 2018 over 3700 nominations and now in 2019, we have more than 5500 nominations, showcasing the incredible drive to create inspiring and socially conscious innovations that deserve all the attention and support we can give them. Our event is about celebrating the change-makers and industry disruptive nomads who dare to challenge the status-quo and endure bumpy roads and failures until finally realizing their dream.

We are here to applaud them and spread the open-mindedness further!