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Central European Startup Awards

Central European Startup Awards is the biggest no-pitch, no-conference startup festival in CE region celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit.
Their aim is to inspire, stimulate and recognize entrepreneurship throughout the CEE region, whilst connecting a community of startup enthusiasts, serial entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem supporters from diverse and complementing backgrounds. They do not focus solely on cool new startups, but on the entire startup ecosystem: from the investors and journalists to the founders and the developer heroes who keep on shaping our world every day with their tireless effort to create and innovate.

Mission

These days everyone is focusing on the global hubs like the Bay Area, London, Berlin and so on, and that certainly makes a lot of sense. But at the same time, we miss a lot of potential cooperations and synergies on a 100+ million open market as we simply don’t know each other in our own neighbourhood. Our mission is to do something about it, get the startup ecosystems of the region physically together, by celebrating our success stories and breaking down the borders and enhance communication amongst the different players/stakeholders of these neighbouring, still historically isolated countries. By having a look at the sponsors, you will see that we share this vision and mission with a lot of amazing brands.

The CESA startup finalists for the 12 categories

Startup of the year

Startup Of The Year

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with the product/service.

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Founder of the Year

A tech startup founder that has shown notable achievements over the last year in terms of great customer growth and/or sales, funds raised, uniqueness and/or impact of the product/service and leadership.
Investor of the year

Investor of the Year

An individual or company that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be for example as an exit, early investment of a notable startup, or realisation of an earlier investment.

Best newcomer

Best Newcomer

Startup with up to 2 years of age that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with the product/service.

Best social impact startup

Best Social Impact Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing, and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues.
Best IoT startup

Best IoT Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity enabling data collection and exchange.
Best FinTech Startup(1)

Best FinTech Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product/service/technology in the delivery and/or infrastructure of financial services.

Best AI startup

Best AI Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation by developing the most efficient and powerful application of Artificial Intelligence to reinvent how business and societies develop solutions to previously unsolvable problems.
Best Smart City solution

Best Smart City Solution

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing solutions or products that target better connectivity, digitalisation and managing the city infrastructure in urban development.
Best Biotech Startup

Best Biotech Startup

Startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact by developing solutions, methods and/ or products that target life sciences and agricultural development.
Best coworking space

Best Coworking Space

A coworking space that deserves the recognition for its services, support and resources to fast-growth tech startups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation.
Best accelerator

Best Accelerator Program

A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

Impact Hub Cluj-Napoca is Country Partner for Central European Startup Awards

Country Ambassadors for Central European Startup Awards

Andrei Firoiu-01

Andrei Firoiu

Engineer by nature, entrepreneur by choice, with over 10 years of experience in each. Currently, he is running Cowork Timișoara, working hard to grow and support the local startup ecosystem. He believes a strong local community is the first step in becoming a relevant regional hub. His team is involved in organizing a lot of entrepreneurial programs, such as Startup Weekend, Startup Survivor, Startup Coffee, while also maintaining TimișoaraStartups.com and Timișoara.Tech Digest. [linkedin]
Cristi Barladeanu-01

Cristi Bârlădeanu

Tackling cash flow management at ThinkOut, digital product artisan at Think NON, cheerleader at Digital Product Group Iași. He is a promoter of entrepreneurial culture, dedicating these past years to local tech startups aiming globally. [linkedin]
Dragos Jaliu-01-01

Dragoș Jaliu

Managing Partner of Structural Consulting Group and founder of www.fonduri-structurale.ro, the most reliable source of information in Romania regarding multiple funding. Over the last 10 years, Dragoș succeeded in creating an online community of more than 100.000 people interested in finding funding for their (business) ideas. Through the projects Dragoș implemented with European funding, he helped establish more than 100 new businesses in Romania. [linkedin]
Mircea Vadan-01

Mircea Vădan

His focus is on digital products and acceleration programs for tech startups. Along the years he worked in 4 startups as business developer, marketing and product manager. In the last two years he focused on creating acceleration programs for startups and workshops. He worked with around 50 startups and IT companies, as mentor or consultant. He also contributes to the startup ecosystem through his volunteer work on Cluj Startups community and Startup Weekend. [linkedin]
Vlad Andriescu-01

Vlad Andriescu

Editor-in-chief of start-up.ro, one of the main websites dedicated to the Romanian startup ecosystem. He is constantly seeking to discover the next great stories in the worldwide tech industry writing for anyone interested in what the future holds. He describes himself as a tech geek, start-up seeker and a storyteller. He's also waiting to see which will be the first Romanian startup that will get a $1 billion investment. [linkedin]

National Jury for Central European Startup Awards

!David Timis-01
!Florina Dumitrache-01
!valentin maior-01
!Stefan Koritar-01
!Marius Soflete-01
!Ioana Alexandra Frincu-01
!Matt Johnson-01
!Szabi Szekely-01
!Bianca Muntean-01
!Ioana Nistorescu-01
!alexandra stoica-01
!Ion Gheorghe Petrovai-01
!Tudor Stanciu-01
!Monica Muntean-01
!Oana-Maria Pop-01
!Andras Farcas-01
!Lorena Mcnaughtan-01
!Andrei Roth-01
!Alex Feseto-01
!Cotyso Bodea-01
!Roxana Rugina-01
!Dan Berte-01
!ciprian soleriu-01
!Dan Cearnau-01
!Carmen Oprea-01

Community Partners

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DefCamp: def.camp
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DevTalks: devtalks.ro
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Oradea Tech Hub: oradeatechhub.ro
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Romanian IT: romanianit.com
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Startup Weekend Bucharest: communities.techstars.com/bucharest
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Startup Weekend Oradea: communities.techstars.com/oradea
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Startup Weekend Iași: communities.techstars.com/iasi