The project is co-financed by the Governments of the Czech Republic,
Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable
regional cooperation in Central Europe.

Gdańsk is calling! The next chapter is now on! After Budapest Chapter in June and Bratislava (in progress) in July, NOW 10 new top Azerbaijani startups will be invited to Poland! If you want to join the 5th Chapter in September, apply with this short form!  It will take you less than 100 sec. to make basic application, so do it now as an early bird! Only 10 seats are awaiting!

The project goal is to enhance V4-Azerbaijan cooperation in the sphere of innovation by linking startup ecosystem players like innovation hubs, private investors, VCs and innovation-seaking corporations from the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) with the best Azerbaijani startups and innovators.  

The project will also establish a new networking high-performing zone for partners and experts from the Visegrad Group and Azerbaijan: incubators, NGOs & universities. 

For startups the Project offers 8 online Chapters (every chapter will host 10 different teams from Azerbaijan) in V4 main tech-cities dedicated to startup education and Partners know-how sharing, 1 online qualification session in Baku, 1 online semifinal event in Ganja and 1 on-site Project’s Grande Finale in Baku (2023).

By circulating high-tech solutions authors, knowledge, good practices, networks, media attention, RnD opportunities and relations across Caucasian and Visegrad high-tech markets we want to make the V4 region an entry point for Caucasian startups towards the EU and international markets. 

10 Gdańsk Chapter startup fellows will cooperate and compete with 7 more Chapter’s participants. We plan to launch them new Chapters in every 1 month.

What an Azerbaijani startup can gain?

We all suffer the two blooming hubs for innovation – Azerbaijan and the Visegrad Group of 4 EU coutries – do not have a stronger bond. For the first time ever startups and inovative organizations can meet VCs, accelerators, experts and insiders from V4 to benefit from all chances available there.    

Acceleration

Map, learn and consider best
accelerators in V4 fitting your needs

Grants

Understand the rich equity-free
grants’ offer as high as Eur 2M

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Venture Capital

Meet, approach & attract international
VC funds and angels investors

Clients

Learn the language of V4 industrial needs

Visibility

Let #V4ATB highlight your company

Top Startups’ Catalogs 

Mentors

Chapter 4 (Bratislava)

Michal Kardos

Michal Kardos

Executive Director at Slovak Alliance for Innovation Economy

Marek Macko

Marek Macko

Investment Analyst at CB Investment Management

Majo Porvažník

Majo Porvažník

CEO & Co-founder Vacuum Group

Juraj Šándor

Juraj Šándor

Attorney At Law, Head of SK Desk at Sparring

Mentors

Chapter 3 (Budapest)

Miklos Zorkoczy

Miklos Zorkoczy

Founder of Zorkoczy Law Office

Eva Halasz

Eva Halasz

Marketing Specialist, CEU InnovationsLab

Nora Wagner-Varady

Nora Wagner-Varady

Manager, CEU InnovationsLab

János Fabricius Ferke

János Fabricius Ferke

Partner at CEE Bridge Partners

Mentors

Chapter 1 (Warsaw) and 2 (Prague)

Anna Magiera

Anna Magiera

Mentor, finances

Jakub Jedliński

Jakub Jedliński

Marketer, open-innovation

Maciej Sadowski

Maciej Sadowski

Investor, public speaker

Michał Olszacki, PhD

Michał Olszacki, PhD

Investor, analyst

Jiri Devat

Jiri Devat

Partner and Thought Leader at IdeaSense

Jan Ružička

Jan Ružička

CEO šéfbot #chatbot, #chatbotmarketing

Angelo Burgarello

Angelo Burgarello

Managing partner - Business Development and Marketing

Martin Dostal

Martin Dostal

Partner & CSO at AI Startup Incubator, AI/ML

Project’s Leader

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The Startup Hub Poland Foundation is a startup support organization has 8 years of experience in the area of identifying, developing, and linking valuable high-tech projects with investors. 

Within the last few years, the organization run acceleration programs focused not only on the Polish startups but also deep-tech innovations from the CEE region such as Startup Hub Warsaw (2016 and 17) – acceleration program for City of Warsaw; KYIV Tech HUB (2017 and 18) – networking program in Ukraine; Incredibles ‘18 (2018) – startup acceleration operating of for Kulczyk Investments; Poland Prize (2018 – 2019) – acceleration program for 26 foreign startups selected from 65 countries;  Startup League (2018 – 2020) – acceleration for socially impactful startups from Mazovia voivodeship.

Startup Hub Poland acts to create a strong startup ecosystem in the CEE region by building the community of disruptive technologies where corporate and public organizations are involved. SHP long term strategy is promote CEE as a vivid source of high-tech pipeline as well as to connect startups with international investors.

Main Partners

IdealHub Innovation and Technology Center helps startups, corporations, and ecosystems to identify their way to grow and innovate. Utilizing a multi-faceted approach to establishing a robust and credible innovative ecosystem in Azerbaijan. Their aim is to help start-ups and researchers realize their dreams, provide clients with high-quality services that surprise their expectations, and consequently contribute to a better society and innovation ecosystem.

AI Startup Incubator is an organization that has been creating and maintaining a unique AI ecosystem in the Czech Republic. They work closely with AI startups by offering them Investment, Mentoring, AI technical expertise, Product & Business development, and Access to experts with international experience, project and financial management. The organization also cooperates with AI industry-relevant universities and collaborate with all companies and institutions sharing the same ideas they have – to empower entrepreneurs. The aim is to establish cross-border and meaningful cooperation with the most diligent and legit players in the CEE startup ecosystem to help innovative entrepreneurs succeed

CEU iLab is the startup incubator of Central European University (CEU), an internationally recognized, private institution of graduate education accredited in the United States, Austria, and Hungary. Established in 2016 CEU iLab intended to create economic opportunity in Hungary and the CEE by nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship. CEU iLab was voted Hungary’s best incubator at the Central European Startup Awards. Synergies between academia and business providing a world-class educational and research background with a network of 15.000-count alumni-base worldwide make CEU iLab the place for startup founders.

CIVITTA  is the leading management consultancy across the Baltics and Eastern Europe. As a partner from Slovakia they will support us with the significant experience and background in research commercialization, start-up support and creative industries. CIVITTA Slovakia is also one of the Central European leaders in providing consulting services for research, development, technology transfer, and commercialization.

Community Partners

Founded in 2011, Youth Inc. hosts entrepreneurial programs including incubation and acceleration. Its mission is to foster an innovative mindset among students (mostly college students). Furthermore, they host the “from Start to Smart” program, “Women Entrepreneurship,” and various other events to further develop the startup ecosystem.

Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU) Is one of the top-ranked universities in the region. ASOIU actively participated in a number of Tempus, Erasmus+ and Mevlana projects and has developed its master and bachelor majors according to the Bologna process requirements.

AMFA is a public association in Azerbaijan for the purpose of advancing the interests of the microfinance industry in support of sustainable and equitable economic growth in Azerbaijan. The role of AMFA is to support its members in understanding this environment, and bringing structure to the overall microfinance industry. As of today AMFA has 27 members including 18 non-bank credit organizations, 7 banks, 1 credit union and 1 international foundation.

A Social Innovation Lab is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs to take their ideas, start-ups to the next level. SIL’s main purpose is to empower entrepreneurs,  in Azerbaijan. Additionally, SIL organizes a variety of events to promote the Azeri ecosystem and match startups with venture capitalists.

Gamepons is a gaming ecosystem builder that brings together game enthusiasts and game creators. Our vision at Gamepons is to build a bridge between the local ecosystem and gaming hubs all around the globe and our mission is to put Azerbaijan into the gaming map of the world. 

The project is implemented with the support of the: Embassy of the Czech Republic in Baku, Embassy of Hungary in Baku, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Baku and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Baku.

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