Grand Finale Day

We are gathering this year in Warsaw, Poland to recognize and celebrate the startup ecosystem of the colorful region of Central and Eastern Europe.
The CESAwards Grand Finale day will consist of 3 major events on the 24th of October; an exclusive daytime networking and workshop event with the greatest thinkers and doers of the region and beyond, an award show like none other and an afterparty that everyone will remember.

Join the futureshapers, the makers, the dreamers, and powerhouses of the CEE startup ecosystem meet the investors and corporate partners and let’s have a day together of fun in the next-generation epicenter of innovation, Warsaw!

Grand Finale Teaser Video


Palace of Culture and Science
plac Defilad 1, 00-901 Warszawa, Poland

The Grand Finale day is organized by


Grand Finale Communication Partner

9:00 - 17:00

Daytime - CEE Ecosystem Summit

Location: Warsaw, to be announced

The daytime event of the Grand Finale day is a networking and knowledge sharing event designed to connect the CEE region not only with each other, but with the global startup community in an intimate environment, with programmes that foster understanding, acceptance, and collaboration.

We use the hashtag #FUTURESHAPERS for CESAwards, because we see and sense the increasing impact startups have on shaping a new economy and driving deep innovation.
We are not only in love with startups but are committed to build bridges and enhance collaboration of those startups in the CEE region.
We are on a mission!

We set out a goal for ourselves to build a sustainable platform for all the CEE #FUTURESHAPERS to meet, talk, collaborate and join forces on topics that will have a huge impact on the way startups are made, nurtured and grown to be cornerstones of the economy.

Our first action for this platform is the workshop on the Grand Finale day.
The aim of the workshop is to 1: encourage networking and best practice sharing; 2: gather obstacles to better collaboration in the region; 3: to prepare a set of recommendations for addressing the obstacles which we plan to aggregate into CEE startup status report issued by Q1 in 2018, and circulated through the network.

All contributors will be mentioned and have the opportunity to place their brand in the report. Our regional and global reach is expanding by the day and we believe that this is a good PR opportunity as well as a good step in forging the regional ecosystem closer together.

The daytime event is open to VIP ticket holders and invited stakeholders only and has a limited number of attendance.
If you would like to participate or be featured in the report, drop us a line, we would love to hear from you.
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18:30 - 21:30

Grand Finale Award Show

Location: Palace of Culture and Science

The Award Show will take place at the Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science building.
We, the startuppers work so hard through the year, constantly pushing the boundaries of time and space will meet and greet here.
We wanted to have an award show where you do not have to prepare a pitch, do not have to stand inside a booth all day long and certainly do not have to wear a tie.
The Award Show is created for the startup ecosystem to gather, have fun and enjoy the accomplishments and celebrate the wins of fellow entrepreneurs!



Location: Warsaw, to be announced

The afterparty venue is just a stone-throw away from the Award Show.
We recommend you try some local drinks, talk to anyone standing next to you, hug your friends and your enemies and dance the night away!
Sofia nights are wondrous and full of mystery, so don’t be surprised if you go home with friends from the other side of the world….or the phone number of THAT investor in your telly.

The afterparty is free to participate for everyone, so feel free to bring your friends aswell