Empowering student innovators to turn ideas into reality

About Challenger Ideator

Challenger Ideator is a three-month educational program for university students. It aims to foster entrepreneurship among students from Kosice region. The program's mission is to empower students with the skills and mindset necessary to transform their ideas into successful startups. Through online and in-person workshops and mentoring, participants will learn to identify customer problems, explore innovative solutions, and refine their presentation skills.

What we offer


Group workshops with experts from relevant industries.

Mentoring & Coaching

Sessions with mentors and regular coaching meetings.


Connections to the innovation community.

Free of charge

All activities within the program are free and “equity-free”.

Demo Day

Participants get to present their project during the public event.

Main prize

Winner selected by the expert jury will receive 3,000 EUR and tickets to Pohoda festival.

People's Choice Award

1,000 EUR for the winning team chosen by the audience

Program outline

The program is divided into 6 phases.


September 2023

Active students and employees with motivation to build new skills and develop entrepreneurial thinking are invited to apply.

Application Deadline

October 2023

All applications must be submitted by Sunday, 1 October 2023, 23:59 CET.


October 2023

Introduction of the program and Q&A

Program starts


October 2023

Participants will form 10 teams which will be introduced to "design thinking" method and the challenges.

Understand & Define

October 2023

Teams will explore and collect data in order to better understand the end users.

Ideate & Decide

November 2023

Teams will explore and analyse their potential solutions. They will select the one with the greatest chance to succeed.

Prototype & Validate

November 2023

Focus will be on developing and testing prototypes in cooperation with the challenge owners and its experts.


December 2023

Teams will learn how to prepare a short presentation, pitch deck, and will focus on developing their sales skills.

Program ends

Launch Day

December 2023

The grand finale of the Challenger Ideator is Launch Day, where teams will present their projects to the public.

Frequently asked questions

No, the some of the workshops will be in-person in Kosice. Specific location for each workshop and event will be shared with you after beginning of the program.

No, you can also apply as an individual. You can form a team within the first weeks of the program.

You don't have to have a specific idea or a solution in order to apply. You can choose a challenge you want to solve and the program will guide you from problem definition to brainstorming and choosing a solution during the program.

These are defined problems that we want to tackle during the program; and you and your solution can solve the one you choose. You can apply for one of the following three challenges: 1. Promoting entrepreneurship among university students 2. Increasing financial literacy among young population in Slovakia through sport 3. Open challenge

Yes, you have to choose one of the specified challenges. However, you can apply to the Open Challenge and present your solution in the registration form.  

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