Central European Startup Awards – the official CEE circuit for Global Startup Awards, the world’s biggest independent startup ecosystem competition – has just announced its annual winners in 15 categories, from the 10 participating countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia), from amongst the formerly announced national winners.
Not only some of the most promising startups of the CEE region have been introduced on different verticals and maturity levels, but also the Female Role Model of the Year, Founder of the Year and the so called ecosystem supporters: Investor of the Year, Best Acceleration/Incubation Program and Best Coworking Space. This year the winners have been selected from over 3.500 nominations, and during the selection process more than 40.000 individual public voters supported the finalists.
The Award Ceremony took place this year on October 24 in Warsaw, Poland, at the magnificent building of Palace of Culture and Science (the highest building of Poland), organized by Rebels Valley.
Some of these winners will have the chance to compete globally with the winners of some of the categories from other regions of Global Startup Awards in 2019.
- Best Accelerator and Incubator Program: ABC Accelerator (Slovenia)
ABC Accelerator is building a network of investors, mentors and nurturing relationships with companies all over the world. They support startups with a 3 month, hands on approach programme, focusing on global expansion.
- Investor of the Year: Speedinvest (Austria)
Speedinvest is a paneuropean venture capital fund with €120 million under management. They mainly focus on seed stage fintech, core technology and media & e-commerce startups.
- Best AI / Machine Learning Startup: Turbine.ai (Hungary)
Founded in 2015, Turbine AI simulates how cancer cells behave on the molecular level, helping pharma bring better cancer drugs to patients.
- Female Role Model of the Year: Dita Prikrylova (Czech Republic)
Dita is an engineer, with a passion for tech and education. She is the founder of Czechitas, a non-profit organization, that is inspiring and educating new talents, women and youth. She has also been selected in various occasion as one of the most influential talents in Czechia.
- Best Coworking Space: Puzl CowOrKing (Bulgaria)
Puzl CowOrKing is built with the mission to support the development of the IT sector in Central and Eastern Europe. The coworking company is currently expanding across the region and has the ambition to build a global network of spaces and members.
- Best Blockchain Startup: Blockpit (Austria)
Blockpit, which also was selected to pitch at this year’s EU-Startups Summit, is developing a software platform to establish a standardized way of cryptocurrency tax reporting.
- Best PropTech Startup: Spaceflow (Czech Republic)
Spaceflow app is a community platform for buildings – amenities, services, and community life in the palm of your hand.
- Best Social Impact Startup: MultiplexDX (Slovakia)
The goal of the MultiplexDX team is to eliminate cancer misdiagnosis by 100% accurate, quantitative and accessible diagnostics.
- Best Biotech Startup: GenePlanet (Slovenia)
GenePlanet offers preventive genetic testing that enables people to live a healthier life.
- Best Fintech Startup: Instant Factoring (Romania)
Instant Factoring is an online factoring platform giving access to cash for small entrepreneurs in maximum 24h.
- Best IoT Startup: 1000 realities (Poland)
1000 realities is developing AR assistant for industrial workers to help them see important data and navigate them.
- Founder of the Year: Alexandru Iliescu (Romania)
Alexandru is a self-made entrepreneur and founder of Mondly, one of the leading language learning apps worldwide, with more than 30 million users across 190 countries.
- Best Newcomer: InSimu Patient (Hungary)
InSimu Patient is a virtual patient simulator app for medical diagnostic education.
- Startup Of The Year: Brainly (Poland)
Brainly is the world’s largest peer-to-peer learning community of students, parents and teachers.
- People’s Choice: HUBBIG (Croatia)
HUBBIG is developing a digital platform for logistics to help importers and exporters get all necessary information.