Supporting teams developing innovative products or services for cities

About Challenger Urban:Creative

Challenger Urban:Creative is an intensive acceleration program for teams or starting companies that are developing an innovative product or service with the potential to contribute to the development of Košice. It helps them use their potential, gives them the opportunity to grow and establish cooperation with the City of Košice and future customers.

What we offer


Group workshops with mentors from the field of law, finance, sales and presentation skills, product building or UX.

Individual mentoring and coaching

Individual consultations with experts

Company growth

Opportunity to address potential customers, get to know their needs and establish cooperation with the city of Košice.

Free of charge

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

Opportunity to present oneself

Participants present their product or service during the public Demo Day event.

Prize for the winner

During the Demo Day, the expert jury will select the winner of the program, who will receive a prize of EUR 10,000 and a package of services from the program partners.

The program in 2022

Applications open

10 February 2022

Startups are invited to apply to the program

Applications deadline

3 April 2022

Make sure you submit your application by Sunday, 23:59 CET.

Program starts

Selection Bootcamp

7 April 2022

During this all-day event you will meet mentors, coaches, and you will pitch your business. Top 12 startups will make it to the program.


2-6 May 2022

Understanding the customer, internal processes during product development, and selection of a suitable business model.


23 – 24 May 2022

Align the product with market needs and gain the first test users or customers.


13 – 17 June 2022

Understanding the criteria of corporate growth. While in the first and second sprints, startups focused on product development and marketing, in the third sprint, they will gain the knowledge necessary for the company’s growth.

Program ends

Demo Day

28 June 2022

The competitive presentation of the participants in the acceleration program takes place with the participation of investors, companies, representatives of the city of Košice, the media and the public.

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