– The Start-up Challenge competition gives start-ups a chance to get business representatives interested in their idea, to receive substantive support, and to test their strength on the biggest start-up scene in Central Europe,” says Wojciech Kuśpik, PTWP Group president, organizer of the European Economic Congress in Katowice. – Among the winners so far there are companies successful on global markets – he adds.
Start-ups that have not been operating on the market for more than five years and have an innovative product, technology, business model or optimized existing process in one of the five industry categories may apply to Start-up Challenge 2022: Modern Economy (industry, energy, telecommunications, transport, construction, robotics, automation); Environment (environmental protection: climate technologies, organic farming, smart energy, use of raw materials, waste processing); Health & Biotechnology (medicine, health, medical technologies, pharmacy, biotechnology); Business Processes (management, analytics, ICT, cyber security, logistics, HR); Client & Lifestyle (commerce, customer experience, e-commerce, fintech, edutech, gaming, sports, leisure industry).
Start-up Challenge is an opportunity to find a business partner among the participants of the European Economic Congress – thousands of entrepreneurs ready to invest in innovative projects. It also means direct contact with the participants of the biggest business event in Central Europe and the media present at the event, a performance on the start-up stage, support from global experts, and access to valuable mentoring.
The finals of the competition will take place during the 14th European Economic Congress at the International Congress Centre in Katowice (25-27 April 2022).
Nearly 170 applications were submitted for the latest edition of the Start-up Challenge, and since the first edition in 2016, more than 1,000 projects from around the world have entered the Start-up Challenge. Past winners include companies operating successfully in many sectors of the economy.
The competition is accompanied by a partnership with Sebastian Kulczyk’s acceleration and mentoring program “InCredibles”.
The European Economic Congress in Katowice has been gathering business representatives, presidents of leading companies, scientists and practitioners, decision-makers with a real impact on economic and social life, as well as politicians and experts from Poland, Europe and the world since 2009.
Applications for the Start-up Challenge are accepted through this website until 28 February 2022.
The organizer of the European Economic Congress is PTWP Group.