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04 November 2022·4 min read

Katarzyna Groszkowska

Editor, Vestbee

CEE Startup Challenge Opens Applications For Fundraising Startups and Scaleups from Central and Eastern Europe

Attention CEE-based startups and scaleups - application for the 8th edition of Vestbee’s CEE Startup Challenge is now open! Join us to access to more than 250 leading VC funds, get 250K EUR in business tools and startup credits, gain business support, pitch in front of international investors, and much more! 

What is the CEE Startup Challenge by Vestbee?

CEE Startup Challenge is the biggest online competition for leading-edge startups and scaleups based in Central and Eastern Europe, that are looking for opportunities to develop their innovative solutions and connect with top international investors. The competition is organized by Vestbee, the leading community-powered matchmaking platform for startups, VC funds, accelerators and corporates. Companies selected in the challenge will receive plenty of benefits, amongst them a chance to present their businesses to 250+ industry experts, recognizable VC funds and corporates such as Credo Ventures, EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe, Huawei, OTB Ventures, Elevator Ventures, Enea, Eleven Ventures, Iron Wolf Capital, Inovo Ventures, QNBEYOND Ventures and more. 

What benefits and perks await the participating startups? 

Startups selected in the CEE Startup Challenge will access a wide range of free credits and discounts on business services provided by Vestbee’s recognizable partners, such as up to $100K in AWS Activate Credits as well as personal follow-up support from AWS experts. Additionally, they can win a fast track to the CEE VC Summit - a gathering of 250+ GPs from CEE and Europe! Other valuable prizes that await the participants include up to €100K in infrastructure credits from OVHcloud, as well as a fast track to the OVHcloud Startup Program, up to 90% off on HubSpot for Startups, up to €30K in Stripe Credits, $50K on the Mixpanel Growth Plan, up to $150K in Microsoft Azure Credits with accompanying participation in Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub program and personal consultations with Microsoft experts. Applicants will also get a unique opportunity to use free business tools and receive support from Zendesk, Notion, Loom,, TrustMate, Brand24 and Bouncer. And that's not all -  they will also receive valuable consultations and workshops on grant writing from UpSpark and Cresco as well as extensive media coverage from MamStartup and ITKeyMedia. 

On top of all these perks, winners of the challenge will get an unparalleled opportunity to access top VCs in the industry and pitch in front of partners from firms such as Next Road Ventures, Montis Capital, Credo Ventures, EIT InnoEnergy Central Europe, OTB Ventures, Revo Capital, Elevator Ventures, Eleven Ventures, 212, Warsaw Equity Group, Iron Wolf Capital, Market One Capital, Logo Ventures, QNBEYOND Ventures, Lead Ventures, Inovo Venture Partners, Simpact Fund, Uniqua Ventures, PKO VC, Flash Ventures, 3VC and many many more!

In order to get support in business development and fundraising process, startups will be invited to the Workshop Day full of valuable webinars with industry leaders, and VC Talks to discuss current trends shaping the startup & VC landscape in Europe.

Which startups can apply?

CEE Startup Challenge seeks companies from Central and Eastern Europe raising seed, pre-series A, series A and beyond in the following verticals: SaaS & Marketplace, AI & Analytics & Big Data, Fintech & Insurtech, Smart Cities & Home, Industry 4.0 & Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, Planet & Sustainability, Healthcare & Wellbeing

Companies should apply here before November 25th.

For more information about the CEE Startup Challenge visit: 

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