FTRNW Awards

What’s in the game?

  • Cash prize of € 20K to develop your business
  • Crowd of thousands to present your company in front of
  • Hungry investors waiting for innovative projects to invest in
  • Exposure in local and foreign media
  • New collaborations and partnerships at the FTRNW Bootcamp

FTRNW Awards

Once a local startup competition grew over 9 years to what are now Oscars for early-stage innovative companies from CEE region.

FTRNW Awards showcases TOP innovative early-stage startups in the ecosystem. Applications for the year 2019 are closed and the selection process will take place now. On October 11th we will announce TOP 20 startups from CEE joining the first batch of semifinalists (winners of Regional Rounds & MastersGate’s e-HubHub Day) at FTRNW Bootcamp in October.

Cherry on the top? TOP 6 startups coming from FTRNW Bootcamp will be pitching at Grand Finale at the technological highlight of the year – FTRNW Conference.

Learn more about bootcamp

How it works

FTRNW Regional Rounds with HubHub

Try hard, improve deeply, win HubHub membership and get direct access to Bootcamp! Co-organized by FTRNW and HubHub to showcase the best of the local ecosystem in Bratislava, Prague, Budapest and Warsaw. Regional rounds opening in July, stay tuned!

FTRNW Bootcamp

Only 25 startups will make the cut to our intense, inspiring and 3-day improving FTRNW Bootcamp bringing the coolest CEE projects together. Allowing startups speak vis-à-vis with 40+ premium mentors - VC investors, CEOs of major companies and tech ambassadors at a world class recreational facility.

FTRNW Grand Finale

Who will get the “Oscar” for early - stage companies in CEE and receive a 20 000,- € cash prize? FTRNW Awards is cherry on top and the highlight of the Conference day bringing top 6 CEE early-stage startups together on one stage.

Startups at FTRNW Awards have to meet this criteria

  • 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, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Applications for FTRNW Awards - Regional Rounds & Bootcamp

Our story


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


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


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.


A non - profit event platform building a wider inclusive innovation ecosystem across the CEE and thus inspire people of all ages to become entrepreneurs.