Let’s dig out the startup talent from CEE!

We heard starting monologue with even unproven statistics always adds on some serious vibe. So here we are, wrapping FTRNW Regional Rounds with some very important numbers…

At the beginning there were 86 application forms to be read. It took us 2841,19 km up in the air, car and train to visit 4 HubHubs in V4 countries. We listened to 17 innovative companies pitching (if you missed them feel free to have a look at more than 12 hours of streaming here) and picked TOP 4 startups joining us at FTRNW Bootcamp.

… and we are not going to bother you with the amount of time spent in the bathroom hiding bags under eyes. But hey, ALL OF THAT WAS WORTH IT.

Who made it to FTRNW Bootcamp?

As sad as it might be, none of us wakes up with mind-blowing business idea and jumps on a train to Fortuneland. Every unicorn and successful exit started with rounds of pitching. We joined forces with HubHub teams in Bratislava, Warsaw, Budapest and Prague to dig out startup talents that would prove they’re ready enough to join the competition of other TOP 20 innovative companies from CEE at FTRNW Bootcamp. Without further fuss, here are four semifinalists from FTRNW Regional Rounds:

UXtweak

Slovak startup has created a unique platform for testing usability of websites and applications online with real users. Learn more about UXtweak at https://www.uxtweak.com

Video Ferret

Polish startup creating tool for interactive videos that increase sales, CTR and VTR. Learn more about Video Ferret at http://ferretvideo.com

HeatVentors 

A team of Hungarian engineers offering next generation solutions of thermal energy storage. Learn more about HeatVentors at https://www.heatventors.com

Snuggs

Czech ambitious startup came up with sustainable period-proof underwear making women’s lives comfy during their period time. Learn more about Snuggs at https://getsnuggs.com

Kuddos to jury

While there’s always going to be a significant group of people who like to judge others we decided to leave this crucial role to professionals. Investors, mentors and startupaholics spending days and nights working with startups side by side joined our combined FTRNW x HubHub jury team to express their opinions as well. Afterall, they know the best who is ready to compete with other TOP 20 startups coming to FTRNW Bootcamp from CEE. If you feel like your startup should not be missing apply till Monday, Sep 30 via this link.

External jury:

Ladislav Kossár / Provida

Michal Nešpor / Crowdberry  

Petra Koncelikova / Nation1 VC

Nikola Rafaj / StartupYard

Bartosz Boniecki / Cobin Angels 

Jasmina Henniova / pioneers.io 

What’s next? 

3-day intense bootcamp giving TOP 25 startups unprecedented access to top business mentors and investors in the region.

Alll the applicants for Regional Rounds who did not make it in the first round will be considered for FTRNW Bootcamp . If you still did not apply, then hurry up. The application forms have to be submitted till SEP 30 – Monday midnight.

Why should you bother? Because bootcamp is exactly the place where the cross- industry expertise and startup fusion is happening. Whether you are searching for your first customers or you want to kick start your fundraising efforts there’s no better place to make it happen than FTRNW Bootcamp.

PS: It wouldn’t be fair taking all the credits…

The idea of fostering entrepreneurial spirit and connecting startup ecosystem within V4 countries couldn’t be executed all alone. Fortunately, we shook hands with like-minded partners we could rely on.

Visegrad Fund – One of the best thing we could do months ago? Applying for Visegrad Fund!

The Fund is an international donor organisation enabling regional cooperation in the Visegrad region. Its vision is that grants, scholarships and residencies will become the catalyst for the advancement of innovative ideas in Central and Eastern Europe. Receiving 86 applications for Regional Rounds from V4 countries could be a proof that such activities are worth it. Don’t you think? Learn more about Visegrad Fund at https://www.visegradfund.org 

HubHub – Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw

HubHub is an international chain of co-working offices gathering small and medium entrepreneurs. Unique space, education and community – that’s what HubHub offers in Bratislava, Budapest, London, Prague and Warsaw. Eager to know more? Here you go https://www.hubhub.com/en/     

And that’s all folks! Startups, see you in bootcamp.