How it works

Regional Rounds

Before the competition Grand Finale and Bootcamp, we would like to inspire others in pursuit of innovation & entrepreneurship and showcase the best of the local ecosystem in Bratislava, Prague, Budapest and Warsaw. More info coming soon.

Bootcamp

Only 25 startups will make the cut to our intense 3-day accelerator taking place in October at X-Bionic Sphere, Slovakia. Access to top-notch mentors from the region, a world class recreational facility and the semi-finals before the FutureNow Conference final pitch, all in one place.

Awards

Who will be the winning startup from Central Europe to receive a 20 000,- € cash prize? Come to the conference in November to find out who will take the ‘Oscar’ for the best early-stage startups with global potential home. Our aim is to showcase the most innovative companies in the region.

Who can apply?

  • Early stage companies – in existence no more than 5 years
  • Investment cap – no more than 1M EUR initial external investment
  • Should have a tangible product and global potential
  • Companies must either be based and operational in Central European countries or have at least one founder from these countries: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Albania, Macedonia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova

Process

Our story

2011

The first startup competition in Slovakia, supporting and developing ecosystem and showcasing the most innovative companies.

2017

“Oscars” for early-stage Slovak startups, one of the biggest startup and tech events in the region.

2018

An event platform gathering innovators, startups & tech enthusiasts from the Central European region at one place with the aim is to inspire and spread entrepreneurship.