University Ideas Can Achieve Investment

Enterprise Hungary is organizing the first Startup Campus Regional University Idea Battle in professional collaboration with Hiventures. The unique program connects universities, market participants and investors with students from 10 European countries. The winning startup idea can receive an investment offer of up to 500.000 euro.

The aim of the initiative is to discover new, innovative ideas, to encourage entrepreneurship, to foster the emergence of innovative ideas from the university and to promote regional cooperation. Startup Campus University also aims to provide closer collaboration between large companies, universities and investors.

“One of the keys to economic competitiveness is the extent to which we can exploit the innovations of national and regional universities and students and how we can market these ideas. At present, all the conditions for launching a successful business are available, there is nothing left to to than to make these ideas discoverable,” said Zsolt Kovács, Managing Director of Enterprise Hungary.

In addition to Hungarians, students from the following countries can apply for the competition: Croatia, Austria, Romania, Ukraine, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia.

Following the online application period, 16 student teams selected by the professional jury will take part in a two-day training (bootcamp) in Budapest, where they can build on their business strategy and prepare for pre-investor trainings with professional mentors. The best 8 teams from the bootcamp will be chosen to proceed to the finals in Vienna.

The 8 finalist teams will get one step closer to attaining the Hiventures’ €30.000 incubation investment offer, following the training session. The winning team will have the chance to receive an investment of up to €500.000 by the jury of international investors. The final will take place on 24-25 May 2018, as part of the Pioneers startup event in Vienna.  The official language of the program is English.

Patron of the Startup Campus University Program is József Pálinkás, president of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office Hungary.


Application deadline: March 31, 2018

Partners: Pioneers, Hiventures, EH Invest, Zyntern, Incube, National Research, Development and Innovation Office Hungary.

The Startup Campus V4 Global Tour Launched in Istanbul

The World Business Angel Forum was held in Istanbul on February 19-20th, 2018,  which marked the launch of the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour. At this international conference, five Hungarian and two Polish innovative startups introduced their ideas to key sponsors and partners such as Türk Telekom and Celebi.

The main purpose of the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour is to introduce startups from the V4 region to the international market.

“This event gave us the chance to get to know the Turkish startup community, and a great opportunity to connect our innovation ecosystems. In order to solidify this connection, Startup Campus is organizing a special program this year, during which 10 Turkish startups will have the chance to participate in a week-long European debut event. Budapest is an ideal entry point for Turkish entrepreneurs wishing to join the European market. In addition, we can help our domestic and regional startups to enter the Turkish market in coordination with large Turkish corporate partners.” – said Zsolt Kovács, CEO of Enterprsie Hungary.

The startups who represented from Hungary in Istanbul included Sharekiwi – developing unique telecommunication software solutions, Vitrolink – facilitating the work of pathologists, SoleCall – revolutionizing the market for personal security applications, BauApp – facilitating the digitalisation of construction projects, and Reporter Community – providing online commercial space for newsworthy photos and videos. Poland was represented by, which is an app based recommendation, discount & loyalty program and, which has been created to offer entertainment in a safe and honest landscape.

At the WBAF conference Hungary and the V4 Presidency were represented by Balázs Rákossy, State Secretary for the Use of European Union Resources. In addition, the Startups had the chance to personally present their innovations to the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Sn. Mehmet Şimşek.

The next two stops of the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour, powered by Enterprise Hungary, will be to Berlin and New York City. The application for both stops is now open, for which the organizers have highlighted the following industry focusses:

Berlin: Fintech, Healthcare, E-commerce.


Application deadline: March 12, 2018

New York: Medtech / Healthtech


Application Deadline: March 11, 2018



Startup Campus V4 Global Tour Partners in Turkey: V4 Connects – V4 Hungarian Presidency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hiventures, Innotrade Program of the Hungarian National Trading House, Exim Bank, Axt Hungary, Özaltin, Türk Telekom, Celebi, Polat, Nurol Holding, Hungarian Institute of Istanbul.

The V4 startups countries can access international markets across 10 countries

In February 2018, Enterprise Hungary will launch the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour, whereby innovative companies from the V4 countries- Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia- will be able to introduce themselves to investors and large business partners.

The main purpose of the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour program is to introduce Central and Eastern European startups to international markets. The tour across 10 cities and venues aims to promote this region, with special focus on the V4 countries.

“The Startup Campus V4 Global Tour is a gateway for the V4 region’s innovations and startup entrepreneurs. This event series gives startups the opportunity to access 10 international startup centers where they can introduce their ideas at independent V4-centric side events within the framework of the larger technology events. This initiative aims to make the V4 region more discoverable to investors, large corporations and professional partners,” said Zsolt Kovács, Managing Director of Enterprise Hungary.

8 to 10 early-stage V4 startup teams that have prototypes and have received investments or are already on the market will be able to join these international startup events. The tour consists of conferences, exhibitions and events worldwide, complemented by V4-centric sub or satellite events. The main purpose of these events is to connect startups with important investors and to create a suitable startup environment with various interactive workshops, conferences and round table discussions.
Baybars Altuntas the head organizer of the WBAF World Business Angels Forum, the first stop of the global tour, added: ‘’The World Business Angels Investment Forum is proud to announce the first stop on the roadshow of Startup Campus V4 is WBAF World Congress 2018 in Istanbul, on 19th of February 2018. The next destinations after Istanbul are Berlin, New York, Vienna, London, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Dubai and Los Angeles. We wish them all the best for success in their endeavours!’’

Startup Campus V4 Global Tour Stations:
Istanbul – WBAF – 19-20 February 2018
Berlin – Startup Camp Berlin – April 12-13, 2018
New York – TECHSPO NYC & TECHDAY NYC – May 10-11, 2018
Vienna – Pioneers – May 24-25, 2018
London – London Tech Week – June 13-15, 2018
Hong Kong – RISE – July 9-12, 2018
Tel Aviv – DLD – 3-4 September 2018
Dubai – GITEX – October 14-18, 2018
Los Angeles – Summit LA – November 2-5, 2018
Budapest – Stargate – November 29-30, 2018
Partners: V4 Connects, Innotrade – Hungarian National Trading House, Hiventures

CEE startups to receive opportunities in Berlin

After the opening ceremony in June, the Startup Campus Berlin program will finally commence in October. The goal of this initiative is to introduce the Berlin startup ecosystem to CEE startups. The German capital offers an extensive network of mentors, a wide array of coworking spaces, and state and venture capital investments to innovative startups.

In recent years the German government has made serious efforts to turn Berlin into the leading innovation and startup hub of Europe. The largest accelerator networks and incubators of the world, along with german international companies have launched several sector-specific programs in order to utilise this new form of industrial innovation.

Enterprise Hungary has launched the program Startup Campus Berlin with the intention of providing a platform of self-introduction for CEE startups, the use of which should aid them in sourcing funding for their projects and stepping into the global market. The specific agendas for the different installments of the program will be put together while taking into account the specific startups involved, and the sectors they focus on.” – said Zsolt Kovács, CEO of Enterprise Hungary.


Startups selected to participate in the program will have the opportunity of getting to know local accelerators (GTEC, StartupBootcamp, PlugandPlayTechCenter, WISTA etc.), of introducing their startup to international mentors, and of exchanging knowledge with startups (and startup leaders) who have already settled in Berlin. They will also receive information regarding the legal and financial aspects of founding a company from Berlin Partner, and will learn about venture capital investment practices from the local Venture Capital Association.

Selected startups will be able to choose from the following services:

  • Complete program organization,
  • Getting to know the local Accelerator Programs
  • Introduction of Enterprise Support Program and local legislation,
  • Thorough overview of Venture Capital Investment Practice,
  • Opportunity to pitch to, and receive feedback from International Mentors,
  • Opportunities for B2B meetings and Networking,
  • Free Coworking office use, and a chance to exchange experience with local startups,
  • Accommodation in Berlin.

The target market of this program is made up of the founders and leaders of startup enterprises ready to enter an international market. This means CEE startups who have a working prototype, a seed investment or regional market presence, and are ready to launch an enterprise in Berlin.

The most important task of Hungarian startups in Berlin is to find potential investors and customers. Initiatives like this definitely help startups in building the Berlin networks they will need in the future.” – said Andy Tóth, investment director of Plug and Play Ventures Germany about the necessity of international presence.

In harmony with the focal industrial areas of the Berlin ecosystem, 4 startup entrepreneurs, from each of the 7 industrial areas during 7 weeks will have the opportunity to participate in the program. Participants will also need to pay a one-time 150€ participation fee.

The specific programs will be advertised based on the following schedule:

4-6 October                      Digital Health                                   Application Deadline: 4 September 2017

11-13 October                  Food & Industrial Tech                  Application Deadline: 11 September 2017

18-20 October                   e-Commerce                                     Application Deadline: 18 September  2017

25-27 October                  Fin. Tech & Insurance Tech        Application Deadline: 25 September 2017

8-10 November                 Inno Energy & Sustainability        Application Deadline: 8 October 2017

15-17 November             Photonic & Optic                      Application Deadline: 15 October  2017

22-24 November             Mobility & Transportation         Application Deadline: 22 October 2017
5 December       DEMO DAY

Hungarian Startups in London and Berlin

Right after six successful domestic stations the Startup Campus is crossing the borders and heading to London and Berlin. The events are organized by the Enterprise Hungary as well as powered by Hiventures. The purpose of the program beyond building a flourishing relationship between the national startups and the British and German innovation ecosystem is assisting these bright ideas to enter these markets.

Some of the most promising Hungarian startups are given the stage to present their innovation to the international jury in Europe’s two most vibrant startup cities.

As Zsolt Kovács the CEO of Enterprise Hungary has said „The Startup Campus Roadhsow is crossing the HUngarian borders this year. The best Hungarian national startups are pitching in London and Berlin. Our further plans with the events is building a co-operation between Budapest-London-Berlin through which Hungarian innovations may get immediate feedback on their ideas, products and tips on how to enter the international market”.

The so-called ZOI intelligent urban bycicle with an embedded GPS tracking system will be presented as well to the prestigious jury members such as Max Kelly the director of Techstar London among others. Two young Hungarian participants of the Startup Campus incubation program are being introduced in London as well.

The online team building application developer Battlejungle team is presenting in Berlin. The idea is embedding team building activities in organizations daily lives and raise its effectiveness. We are glad to welcome Tanja Kufner the CEO of Startupbootcamp, Niclas Rohrwachter the founder of Factory, Andy Toth the investment director of Plug and Play and Startup Autobahn Accelerator or Kornél Kisgergely the general manager of Hiventures.

In co-operation with the Hungarian Embassy in London and Berlin the event guarantees networking sessions to all the attendants, where future innovators and startuppers may have the great opportunity to communicate with the incubation managers, investment managers of Hiventures or the representatives of the Hungarian National Trading House.

Partners: National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Hiventures, Hungarian National Trading House, Startupnbootcamp, Berlin Partner, Factory, Plug and Play, Hungarian Embassy in berlin, Hungarian Embassy in London, IBB Bet, Techstars London, BetterPoints Limited, Acclaria UK.

London – 16th of June 2017 – Rainmaking Loft. Register here.

Berlin- 19th of June 2017 – Hungarian Embassy in Berlin. Reigster here. 

Get in the Ring Budapest – The best Central-Eastern-European startups enter the ring!

Enterprise Hungary organized Get in the Ring! Budapest 2016 on the 24th of November in Akvárium Klub, Budapest. Intellyo, an Austrian-Hungarian artificial intelligence based online marketing solution won Get in the Ring! Budapest, one of the biggest regional startup competitions of the year.

Dr. József Pálinkás, president of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office opened the night. In his speech he pointed out how new incubators contribute to the encouragement and the development of startups.

This year 70 Central and Eastern European teams applied. 16 teams made it to the pitch training on the 23th of November in Budapest. Based on the votes of the professional jury 8 teams got selected to present their idea on stage. 3 Hungarian, 2 Romanian, 1 Polish, 1 Austrian and 1 Latvian startup had the opportunity to enter the ring in front of the audience.

The Polish team, Innovalab focuses on creating new innovative anti-counterfeiting technology of chemical marking of materials. 4SmartStreet represented Latvia. 4SmartStreets is a modern traffic analysis tool that provides precise, real time, factual data about objects, and their movement direction in motion of a particular place and time. 4SmartStreets is based on the deep learning technology, therefore it limits the potential error of counting a moped or mom with stroller as bicycle, and is able to provide higher precision in comparison with other players in the market.

We are organizing Get in the Ring startup competition in Hungary since 2014. This is the first time, when foreign teams could also apply for the competition in Budapest. We think it’s important to be part of the Get in the Ring family including competitions in 62 countries. We hope that as a result of our work, soon we can bring the Get in the Ring Global Final to Hungary.” – said Zsolt Kovács, head of operations of Enterprise Hungary.

Members of the jury were internationally recognised professionals of the startup community. Maris Prii – Startup Wise Guys, Max Kelly – Techstars London, Markus Lang – Pinoeers Ventures, Jochem Cuppen – GITR Foundation, Bence Katona – Hiventures and Veronika Erős – Hungarian National Trading House.

The Get in the Ring! Budapest 2016’s winner was Austrian-Hungarian team Intellyo, that strives toward building the world’s leading intelligent platform acquiring consumers at an industrial scale. They received the 200 000 € investment opportunity and qualified to the global final, that will be in Singapore, next spring.

In this event was first time presented a new state founded, venture capital company, the Hiventures. Kornél Kisgergely, CEO of the company emphasized that three main fields are in their focus: promotion of entrepreneurship, regional investment activity and market development. Their available funds for the development of innovative enterprises is 160 million € size.

Enterprise Hungary offered all income from ticket sales for charity. Through CoGoodwill every attendant help the 5 years old Pamilerin eye surgery.

Photos of the event are available here.

About the organizer

The mission of Enterprise Hungary Nonprofit Ltd. (EH) is the development of the Hungarian innovation ecosystem (startups and spin-offs), and to encourage young people in becoming entrepreneurs. In 2016 Enterprise Hungary was awarded by the Ministry of National Economy with the European Enterprise Promotion Award. This year in 2016 Enterprise Hungary organizes the regional round of the most popular startup competition in the world, Get in the Ring!

Exciting fights, innovative ideas

Before  the  Get in the Ring! Budapest international startup competition, Enterprise Hungary organizes a startup competition in Győr, in the Mobilis Interactive Exhibition Centre, in collaboration with the István Széchenyi University on the 10th of November 2016.
8 teams can fight in the competition before a professional jury to get in the best 16 teams of Get in the Ring! Budapest!
The event is free for everybody. After the exciting fights viewers we will host a networking night.


16:45 – 17:00 – Registration

17:00 – 17:15 – Opening speech – Dr. Tibor Dőry, manager of Mobilis Interactive Exhibition Centre

17:15 – 18:00 – Quarter-final

18:00 – 18:15 – Quantum Leap speech

18:15 – 18:30 – Semi-final

18:30 – 18:45 – Final

18:45 – 19:00 – Announcement of results


Members of the jury:

  • Dr. Ottó Dóka, prorector of Széchenyi István University
  • Zoltán Kovács, head of EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator program
  • Dávid Maász, founder of Entrepreneurship Foundation Hungary
  • Zsolt Weiszbart, co-founder of Valley Connect és White-Summers
  • Imre Pintér-Péntek, president of Chamber of Commerce and Industri in GYMS region
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  • Wu Liming, Hungarian National Trading House.

Come to Get in the Ring! Fast Track Győr and be part of the exciting fight.

The event is free but registration is required.

Location: Mobilis Interactive Exhibition Centre

Date: 10th November 2016. | 17:00


Startup Campus London III. workshop

Third workshop of the autumn semester of Startup Campus  London was held on this Saturday. The program, organised in collaboration with the New Generation Centre and Enterprise Hungary ends on 22th October with a Demo Day and networking event.

The best entrepreneurial ideas of Startup Campus London will introduce themselves in front of a professional jury consisting of investors.

After the Demo Day, together with the Hungarian Embassy and student organisations based in London we are organising a networking event.


Get in the Ring! Budapet – Extended application deadline!

With the support of National Research, Development and Innovation Office Enterprise Hungary extends the application deadline for Get in the Ring! international startup competition.

Startups with a validated business model can apply for the event until 30th October 2016. The winner of the competition will get a 200.000 euro investment and can join the Get in the Ring! global finals.

Before the competition in Budapest, business idea competitons will be held in Győr and in Debrecen on 10th and 17th November. The winners of the competitions in Győr and Debrecen will  automatically qualify for the top 16 teams of Get in the Ring! Budapest!

Date of the competition: 24th November 2016.

Get in the Ring! (GITR) is the world’s most popular international startup competition, which is implemented within the framework of a unique show to  fight for investors. The concept of GITR differs from traditional pitch competitions. The representatives of 8 startup teams can qualify for the regional final and enter the ring. Similar to boxing matches, the teams have 5 rounds to convince the jury that their business offers the most promising investment opportunity.

Members of the jury:

Max Kelly – Techstarts London

Maris Prii – Startup Wise Guys

Markus Lang – Pioneers Ventures

Jochem Cuppen – GITR Foundation


Details of the event and application: