We are happy to announce that MIRA Rehab has won the Best Social Enterprise prize at the Global Finale of Global Startup Awards, which was held in Kuala Lumpur on December 9!

Congratulations to the Romanian Startup that made it that far!

The Central European Startup Awards is a series of events in the CEE countries, to recognize and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit and startup ecosystems of this colorful and diverse region.
We have the winners for the 12 categories! We wish them good luck in the Regional Phase, which will take place in Ljubljana on the 1st of December!
  • Startup Of The Year by SAP: Mira Rehab
  • Investor of the year: 3 TS Catalyst Romania
  • Best IoT Startup by GE: Vector Watch
  • Most Influential Woman by SAP: Cristiana Bogățeanu
  • Best Coworking Space: Nod Makerspace
  • Best Early Stage Startup: Pony Car Sharing
  • Best Acceleration/Incubation Program by Infobip: Spherik Accelerator
  • Best Social Impact Startup by CEU BSch: Axosuits
  • Best Indie Game Developer by MITO: Angry Mob Games
  • Best AI/Chatbot Solution: UIPath
  • Best User Experience: Hipmenu
  • Best Fintech: Mobilpay Wallet
More info:


17:00 - 19:00: How to build successful products by This Is Not A STORM
17:30 - 19:00: How Blockchain could disrupt Wall Street by Mukul Pal
IBM Watson and Cognitive Era by Andrei Nagy
About startups and investors by Ion Struza and Andrei Homorodean
19:00: Awards Gala

About Global Startup Awards

The Global Startup Awards provides an annual spotlight focus to web/tech startups in 25 countries across the globe, with many more regions to come online in the coming years. Each individual regional award places a heavy focus on unearthing and reward the very best from within their respective ecosystems & connecting each of the countries to create a stronger united brand. The awards stand to represent the entire startup and tech community - from the startups themselves, through to the people behind them, and the organisations that work alongside these visionaries to make the great things possible.
National winners are chosen among the shortlisted by a jury. There are minimum 5 jury members for each category. The public votes count for one jury member. Voting opens again after national winners are announced.
Regional winners are chosen among the national winners by a prominent, international jury board and invited to the ceremony. Again, the public votes count for one jury member.
The best of the region in each category are announced on the Grand Finale event.

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. Central Europe Startup Awards is part of the Global Startup Awards, together with Nordics Startup Awards, South Asia Startup Awards.
Celebrating the startup spirit across Central Europe!

Central European Startup Awards Regional Phase Winners

Startup of the YEAR by SAP:
Brainly - Poland
Best FinTech Startup:
Best Early Stage Startup:
Greycortex - Czech Republic
Best Coworking Space:
sektor5 - Austria
Most Influential Woman by SAP:
Urška Sršen - Croatia
Best IoT Startup by GE: - Poland
Best AI/Chatbot Solution:
Imagga - Bulgaria
Best Indie Game Developer by Mito + a haverok: -
Best Acceleration/Incubation Program by Infobip:
Huge Thing - Poland
Investor of the Year:
Andrej Kiska - Czech Republic
Best User Experience: - Hungary
Best Social Impact startup by CEU Business School:
Brainly - Poland
People's choice Award by The Fans:
Everytap - Poland

Startup Of The Year

The startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year. Either in the form of growth, impact, sales, product or service.

Best IoT Startup by GE

Startup that has shown the greatest evelopment based on a technology that ocuses on the interaction between ardware, IT, data and society.

Best Early Stage Startup

Startup with up to 2 years of age that has shown a promising track based on growth, impact, sales, product and/or services

Best Social Impact Startup

Best Startup with a product or service within the field of social entrepreneurship that have created the most impact and/or growth.

Investor of the Year

An investment company or individual who has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be defined as an exit, early investment of a notable startup, realization of an earlier investment.

Best Coworking Space

The best place for entrepreneurs and startups to run their daily operation from. An office and community space that has outstanding infrastructure, great community and programmes that fit the needs of the startup community.

Best FinTech Startup

The best financial technology startup that aims to simplify and make personal and/ or commercial finance and payments easier and more transparent. We measure their success in the form of growth, impact, sales, product and service.

Best User Experience

A product or a service demonstrating superior user experience and usability. We measure the overall experience of the service or solution from the users' point of view, regardless of the platform (mobile, web, hardware) or the business success of the startup.

Most Influential Woman

The most inspirational and influential woman of the startup ecosystem. Regardless of being a coder, a founder or a designer at a startup, she demonstrates outstanding commitment and professionalism in her field.

Best Indie Game Developer

A mobile, console or computer video game developed by an unpublished company that has demonstrated the most engaging gameplay experience through creative and innovative interaction with players.

Best AI/Chatbot Solution

The most efficient and powerful application of Artificial Intelligence to reinvent how business and societies develop solutions to previously unsolvable problems

Best Acceleration/ Incubation Program

The accelerator/incubator program that has created the best environment for growth and innovation and fostered the startups with the best financial results and deepest impact.

Impact Hub Cluj-Napoca is Country Partner for Global Startup Awards

National Partners

We are glad to announce Uber and Startarium as National Partners for Central European Startup Awards, supporting the Romanian startups in this process.

National Jury

All the jury members are well-connected with the national and regional startup ecosystem.
Find them in alphabetical order here:
GE President & CEO for Romania, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova
Channels & General Business Head, South East Europe at SAP Romania
Nicoleta Uber
General Manager at Uber Romania
Business Development CEE at SAP Romania
Communication and Marketing Manager on Smart Cities Area Cluj IT Cluster
Founder and Editor at 150sec
Manager at Rockstart
cofounder Romanian Game Developers Association
Enterprise Account Manager, IBM
General Manager, Recognos Romania
Director at Bee Two
Cluster Manager at iTech Transilvania Cluster by ARIES
Co-founder and COO @ Socital
Adventurer. Technologist.
Business Development Manager at Hubraum Krakow
CEO MavenHut
Director, IoT at Bitdefender
Industry Head at Google
CEO at Tapptitude
Co-Founder & Product Manager at Smart Bill
Business Development Manager at eMAG
Founder at RomanianStartups
Founder at Cluj Startups, Startups Program Managerat How to Web&MVP Academy
Founder at Girls Who Code
Founder at Tralio™
COO & Co-Founder at KUARIX
Co-founder, CEO, Data Scientist at TypingDNA
Sam Nissinen
Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer at Hyper
Innovation Strategist at THIS IS NOT A STORM
Creative Director at Empire Games
CEO at Halcyon Mobile
Tudor Lăpușan
BigData/ DataScience Cluj-Napoca Organizer
Product Guy. Tech Events Producer. Connector
Product Manager at OnyxBeacon