FTRNW Awards

FTRNW Awards 2019 Winner Insignes Labs

Insignes Labs charmed the jury with purity. Polish biotech startup designs effective, smart antimould, antibacterial additive for plastics, paints, coatings, resins, latex and nitrile films and plant protection products in order to make safer and cleaner environment. Their innovative additive can be applied in a wide range of industrial, commercial products providing antimicrobial functionality and extending service life.

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.  In 2019, we have laid founding stones for the project scale up to CEE luring 150 applications. 12 countries involved, V4 region activated thanks to a mindful cooperation with local HubHub branches, 15 investors and mentors coming from 7 countries.

Eight startups coming from Czechia, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland made it to the Grand Finale where an international jury chose the Polish biotech startup Insignes Labs to get the prize – € 20K cash, exposure in media, top quality mentoring.

And what about 2020? Stay tuned to know it firsthand!

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How it worked in 2019?

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.

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.