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 10 countries (Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia & Croatia) 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 and now in 2018, we have more than 3700 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!
GET RECOGNIZED BY GLOBAL INFLUENCERS
We have invited prestigious jury members from all over the world, including popular investors from Silicon Valley and prominent startup ecosystem players from inside and outside the region. Some of include:
Jeff Burton, founding member of Electronic Arts - San Francisco, California, USA
Tanya Soman, Venture Partner at 500 Startups - San Francisco, California, USA
Omoju Miller, Senior Data Scientist, Machine Learning at GitHub - San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
Hussein Kanji, Partner at Hoxon Ventures - London, United Kingdom
Any many more: Jury & Advisors
During the Regional Grand Finale, all finalists will be welcomed at a closed, invite-only conference to mingle with our partners and other winners, not only startups but also founders and representatives of investment companies, acceleration/incubation programs, corporates and coworking offices. Our international jury board will be also represented.
HOW IT WORKS
Global Startup Awards is a continuously growing network of regions, running in Europe, Asia and Africa and new regions coming next year from other continents. Our regions include:
Nordic countries in Europe - Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland
Central and Eastern Europe - Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, and Bulgaria
South-East Asia - Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
SAARC region - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Southern Africa - South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles, and Lesotho
This opportunity offers the best value to startups and other ecosystem players with global visions and a clear understanding of the steps they need to take to succeed. Central European Startup Awards does not offer financial rewards, we are the bridge that connects startup ecosystems to the global network, with a good international media attention and valuable package of services and exclusive conference tickets.
And here is the short video that explains how the competition works: How it works
"The recognition as a winner in both the national and the regional round opens doors for business opportunities" - Alberrt Alexander, CEO at Glueck Technologies (Malaysia)
- Regional winner of "Best Deep Tech/AI/Big Data Startup" category in 2016 at Asean Rice Bowl Startup Awards
"Nordic Startup Awards is a great organization because they recognize startups and make them visible. If they want to have success, they need this visibility; they need customers, investors, and everyone to have a reference to them. Nordic Startup Awards is really helping them with that."
- Anette Nørgaard, NextGen AMM at Microsoft (Denmark) - sponsor of Nordic Startup Awards
"It is great to be noticed, and even better to be recognized – giving the team some satisfaction for the hard work put in. This recognition helped us in a great way by validating our solution to both partners and customers, we have heard from people they have noticed the award and were curious about us. We were in the middle of closing our seed round when we received this award so it was a nice boost when going through the investment process."
- Ingi Rafn Sigurdsson, CEO at Karolina Fund (Iceland) - Regional winner of "Best Social Tech Startup" category in 2016 at Nordic Startup Awards
"Winning the Central European Startups Awards provided a boost in my efforts to successfully open Credo's Silicon Valley office: it helped me to stand out from the crowd in the eyes of U.S. investors and pay more attention to our startups" - Andrej Kiska, Partner at Credo Ventures (Slovakia)
- Regional winner of the "Investor of the Year" category in 2016 at Central European Startup Awards
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