Highlight of Slovak Startup Season, STARTUP AWARDS, Is Approaching


November 26, 2016

The 6th year of STARTUP AWARDS will bring the world-class innovators to Bratislava and present the most promising Slovak startups.

The annual competition, which continues its tenure as the highlight of startup season in Slovakia, will also be accompanied with a conference on technology and innovation. The 6th edition of STARTUP AWARDS will be held on December 2, 2016.

STARTUP AWARDS - Mr. President Andrej Kiska
STARTUP AWARDS 2015 – Mr. President Andrej Kiska

This year’s STATUP AWARDS will be bigger and better than ever!

For the first time, STARTUP AWARDS will host more than 1,000 entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and corporates. In order to accommodate the growing demand, the event will double its capacity and move from the historic building of Slovak National Theatre to Istropolis. Additionally, the event will be extended to a full day conference with panels and workshops, presenting top international investors and successful entrepreneurs.

Just like every year, the highlight of STARTUP AWARDS will be a gala where shortlisted startups compete to become the Slovak startup of the year. Apart from the high-quality mentoring and exposure in media, the overall winner goes home with prices worth over 50,000 EUR. Winners in each of the four categories get prices worth 5,000 EUR. What is more, as previous finalists received investments amounting to a total of more than 11 million EUR, the finalists will have a unique opportunity to raise capital from local and foreign venture capital investors.

STARUP AWARDS 2015 - The historic building of Slovak National Theatre
STARUP AWARDS 2015 – The historic building of Slovak National Theatre

Founder of Waze and other big names coming to the event

In addition to the pitches of the most promising Slovak startups, attendees will also have a chance to see the icon of Israeli startup scene, Uri Levine. Uri is the founder of Waze, the largest community-based traffic and navigation app in the world. After having sold Waze to Google for over one billion dollars in 2013, Levine has been fully devoted to developing new tech companies as an angel investor. Other prominent speakers at Startup Awards 2016 include Esther Dyson, named as one of the most influential women in American business by Forbes magazine, biotech entrepreneur Danny Cabrera who produces 3D bio-printers that manufacture human tissue, Jan Hammer, partner at Index Ventures with investments in 39 cities, or Karel Obluk, who has been instrumental in growing one of the world’s most successful antivirus companies, AVG Technologies, from a small business to a public listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

STARTUP AWARDS 2016 will be the largest startup and innovation event in Slovakia ever. Its mission is to highlight innovative potential of Slovakia, inspire the next generation of Slovak innovators and convey experiences of globally successful entrepreneurs. Visit to see more speakers and buy your tickets.


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