CATALYST FOR THE NEW ECONOMY

Challenger is a non-equity startup accelerator based in Bratislava.
Every year we select a batch of 8 to 10 early-stage startups to participate in a 3-month program. We help you find the product-market fit, paying
customers, and raise funding to scale your operation.

Challenger is based on our
10-year track record in the CEE

1100+

startups accelerated through our programs

700+

M EUR raised by startups we worked with

350+

mentors in our network

We are looking for you

Early stage technology startups with sustainability solutions from Central Europe

Functional prototype with
proven traction

Strong team conscious of sustainable development challenges

Full-time commitment to participate in the program in Bratislava

Green & Digital

In the following batch, we are looking for startups solving challenges in cleantech, mobility, circular economy, agritech, e-commerce or digital transformation, and other fields contributing to sustainable development. Check out FAQ.

How do we work with startups

We push for real results

Get to product-market fit, revenue, and funding

Tough love

We give tough love to get you closer to your goal

Fail or succeed

We help your team try and fail and try again

No equity taken

Full value provided

What do you get

Customized startup development plan

Market validation by industry experts and clients

Business workshops to improve skills

Individual mentoring & coaching

Connection to investors and customers

Demo Day

All selected startups will be granted

4,000 – 10,000 EUR

for the company´s development during the program

Best startups can also receive

250,000 EUR investment

from our partner CB Investment Management

Timeline

Applications open
July

Roadshow and meetup events
September

Applications deadline
9th September

Selection Bootcamp
15th September

Program kick-off
16th September

Progress pitch
15th November

Demo day
16th December 2021

What’s new

Some of your mentors

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The Challenger team

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Growth Partner

Seed Partner

In cooperation with

Investment partner

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