Supporting teams developing innovative products or services for the City of Košice

About Challenger Ideator

Challenger Ideator is a three-months educational program for students and employees. It aims at building and improving skills and qualifications of participants with potential to change their way of thinking and attitude towards innovation.

Find more information about the project and how to apply here.

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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”.

Launch Day

Participants get to present their project during the public event.

Main Prize

The best project will get a prize of €10 000 by the City of Košice.

Further development

Possible cooperation with the City of Košice after the program.

Program outline

The program is divided into 6 phases.


January - February 2023

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

Application Deadline

20 February 2023

All applications must be submitted by Tuesday, 28 February 2023, 23:59 CET.

Kick-off Bootcamp

28 February 2023

Bootcamp will consist of two 30-minute interviews with the representatives from City of Košice, CIKE, and CIVITTA Slovakia.

Program starts


March 2023

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

Understand & Define

March/April 2023

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

Ideate & Decide

April 2023

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

Prototype & Validate

April/May 2023

Focus will be on developing and testing prototypes in cooperation with the City of Košice and its experts.


May 2023

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

Program ends

Launch Day

May 30, 2023

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

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