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Slovakia Regional Finalists

Best Accelerator/Incubator Program

University Technology Incubator of STU


The University Technology Incubator of STU (InQb) in Bratislava is the oldest university incubator in Slovakia established in 2005. Our mission is to help startups to grow. We help the people with theirs innovative ideas and companies.



Under the baton of our civic association #accacelife and in cooperation with CESA, we managed to organise the accelerator for Slovak start-ups. The main idea is to provide them the opportunity and to encourage entrepreneurship that focuses on the needs of future generations.

HealthCare Lab


HealthCare Lab is a CEE-based acceleration program for digital healthcare ventures. Our mission is to connect and nurture the community of innovators, researchers, healthcare providers and regulators to bring ground-breaking innovations in healthcare to the market faster.

Best VC

Slovak Investment Holding

SIH is a 100% state-owned joint stock company. Its main mission is to support strategic public and private investments in Slovakia in the fields of infrastructure, energy efficiency, waste management, social economy and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Innovations and Technologies Fund

The Innovations and Technologies Fund has been one of the most active VC funds in Slovakia. Since its inception in 2014 it has carried out 17 investments and has a network of international partners it collaborates with.

Vision Ventures


Vision Ventures is a venture capital company focused on seed investments in Slovakia.

Founder of the Year

Martin Herman


Martin Herman, CEO of Powerful Medical – serial entrepreneur and software developer, publishing his first app on the App Store at age 14 and founding his first startup at 18. His strong business fundamentals are key to the real world implementation of Powerful Medical’s technological and clinical advancements in the global healthcare system. Martin has been awarded multiple prizes, most recently being included in Forbes 30 Under 30 and nominated for the prestigious Slovakia Crystal Wing Award for outstanding contribution in the field of Innovations and Startups.

Marek Zamecnik


Before establishing Vestberry, Marek co-founded a Slovak company builder 0100 Ventures which manages coworking spaces, organizes private equity events, and manages an early-stage VC fund – Zero Gravity Capital. Previously Marek worked in Kuala Lumpur at an investment company Nova Founders Capital where he was responsible for the development of the portfolio companies, namely Private Equity Insights. Overall Marek lived and worked in 6 countries and attended universities such as the University of Manchester, Copenhagen Business School, Oxford Brookes University or Universit Paris-Dauphine.

Dr. Radoslav Danilak


I was born, raised and educated in Slovakia. After a stint in Slovakia teaching compiler theory, I came to the US, having been recruited by a Tier-1 Silicon Valley Venture Capital company. I have 25+ years of industry experience & over 100 patents. I founded Tachyum to disrupt markets by solving the processing performance plateau of nanometer class chips. At Skyera, I created ultra-dense solid-state storage systems, acquired by WD. I was co-founder and CTO of SandForce acquired by LSI in 2011 for $377M, chipset and GPU architect at nVidia, a CPU architect at Nishan Systems and Toshiba. Im the recipient of Slovakias Pribina Cross & an Advisor to the Slovak govt. I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science and MS in Electrical Engineering.

Best Newcomer



With the goal of becoming a preferred trademark registration service worldwide, we continuously strive to redefine the brand protection sector, offering our clients dedicated support and unparalleled service to protect their number one assets.



Bring Your Team Together! NextRetreat is streamlining the process of organising team travel, automating the time-consuming parts and focusing on what matters most.

Diversity Role Model of the Year

Zuzana Zamborská


I started wit work with diversity at my university where I joint the international organisation called AIESEC. I was leading the Slovak branch and together with my team of 7 professionals leading 300 volunteers. After AIESEC I was helping different tech companies to expand to EU and the USA. Actually thanks to AIESEC I traveled to 30+ countries, encountered different coulters and during my expansion carer I started to study and work with diversity. Thanks to these experiences I understood how diversity and inclusion can change the society once they are grasped in a complex and strategic way. In 2019 when I returned from Sam Francisco I cofounded Lumus and BE-ID human – whereas both projects are tackling DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion).

Best Coworking Space

Campus cowork


Campus Cowork operates coworking spaces in two locations in Bratislava, our goal is, in addition to a flexible working environment, to support entrepreneurs in the form of education on various topics that will help them not only develop their business, but also themselves.

HubHub Czech Republic


HubHub isn’t a space or place, so much as a state of mind. At HubHub, like-minded talent and a culture of opportunity collide – creating the perfect environment for extraordinary things to happen.

The Spot


The Spot is a collaborative playground for innovation, technology, design, and entrepreneurship.

Ecosystem Hero of the Year

Pašek Peter

I graduated from the University of Economics in Bratislava. After graduation I joined Accace as a junior tax consultant. I have been working in Accace until now. I have been through various positions, currently I am a managing director and partner. I am the founder of #accacelife, a non-profit organization that also hosts an accelerator program for seed-stage startups. In addition, I am the founder of family office Invace, which has already invested in several startups in the CEE region. As an advisor, I have assisted dozens of startup founders from the CEE region with negotiating terms in term sheets or investment documents.

Startup of the Year



Tachyum, Co-founded by Radoslav Danilak, is enabling human brain-scale AI and advancing the entire world to a greener era by delivering Prodigy, the worlds first universal processor which integrates high-performance CPUs with the functionality of GPUs and TPUs in a single device.



AI-powered diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.



InoBat Auto is a R&D and premium battery cell manufacturing company that is set to be a leading EV battery supplier in Europe, thanks to its superior R&D capabilities and ability to create customised EV batteries, with faster development time than the industry norm.