Thank you for your participation! Blastoff Startup Competition 2017'

Blastoff Startup Competition 2017'


FOR THE WINNER: €150,000 funding offer

€ 150.000 investment offer from Power Angels, the A-Team of the regional angel investor scene.

FOR THE WINNER: 6 months accelerator program

with one of the most experienced accelerator teams in the CEE region.

SPECIAL AWARD: 6 months integrated communication service

from ENGINY, the startup divison of FLOW PR.


from Impact Works.

SPECIAL AWARD: Launchpad Start

from Google.

Special Award: $25,000 in Microsoft Azure credits for a year

from Microsoft Hungary.

About the competition

OXO Labs and Blastoff presented the third Startup Contest, where the best Startups were given the chance to pitch their startup idea or project to the top VCs of the region as well as to representatives of the European tech sector.

Pitches was held at Brain Bar Budapest, the biggest European festival on the future that has been chosen as the most inspiring festival of Hungary in 2016. The festival hosts some of the world’s most exciting minds from various fields including tech, business, culture and politics to debate their visions on the upcoming global trends.

Awards and prizes include

FOR THE WINNER: € 150.000 investment offer from Power Angels,

the A-Team of the regional angel investor scene.

FOR THE WINNER: 6 months acceleration program provided by OXO Labs,

one of the most experienced accelerator teams in the CEE region.


the startup divison of FLOW PR. The package contains among others strategic consulting, graphic design and social media management in 120 freely utilizable working hours.

SPECIAL AWARD: Launchpad Start

a weeklong bootcamp with Product, UI/UX, Technology, and Marketing/Pitch days with the best mentors from a community.

SPECIAL AWARD: 6 months communication coaching support

from Impact Works, Professional Training & Coaching company

Special Award: $25,000 in Microsoft Azure credits for a year

Microsoft Hungary offers a Special Prize for the most promising business application.


(application has been closed on 21 April, 2017)



Carefully complete the Registration Form below (all applications must be filled out in English). The deadline for submissions is April 21st, midnight.


First round of selection process. If you are selected we will send you an invitation for an online video interview until 5th May.

Step 3: You shall be judged...

After the professional jury finalized the shortlist of applicants, 10 selected startups will be notified on the evening of May 25th on their successful entry.

Step 4: Pitch!

On June 3rd, 2017 at Akvárium Klub, Budapest the 10 shortlisted startups will compete in 3 minute pitches in front of a live audience and the jury. The winner will receive a 6 month Accelerator Program at OXO Labs, 6 months PR & Marketing support and €150,000 funding offer for product development costs.

Participate if...

  • you have a great idea or a project you are working on!
  • you would like to participate in a festival where top trendsetters, decisionmakers and fresh challengers exchange ideas in unusual and unrestrained conversations!
  • you are ready for funding and want to develop your idea or project with some of the best experts the CEE region has to offer!
  • you have thoroughly researched your concept and have the utmost unique idea
  • you would like to try yourself out in front of the TOP VCs of the CEE region!
  • if you would like to be inspired in the biggest HUB of Budapest!

Members of the Jury

Alexander Rapatz
Partner, Venionaire Capital

Alexander is Partner at the Vienna based Corporate Finance, M&A and Venture Capital firm Venionaire Capital. He is responsible for the execution of private equity, venture capital and debt capital transactions. Furthermore he carries out due diligences, negotiates participation agreements and monitors investments. Alexander consults his clients on financially-critical transactions, such as exits, restructurings or mergers & acquisitions.

Regional Lead, Google Developers Ecosystem for South CEE

He co-founded and lead several StartUPs such as,, and Stuzkova.EU. He is TEDx speaker, Slovak Forbes 30-under-30, IT Auditor in AIESEC International & TOP 5 Student Entrepreneurs in Slovakia. He gets things done. He kindly said no to job offer in Silicon Valley, just before graduation, to start

Anna Apró
Angel Investor, Power Angels

Apro Anna established her first company at the age of 18. She gained significant international working experience while employed in China, Taiwan and Malaysia. Currently she's taking studies in economics and working as a business angel.

Timea Szilágyi
VC/PE professional, OXO Ventures Ltd.

In last 3 years she fulfilled the managing director’s position of Docler Investments Kft., participated in boards and decision making committees of VC funds and portfolio companies, as a representative of Docler. Since October 2016 is an advisor, also working with OXO Group.

András Batiz
Executive Trainer and Consultant, Impact Works

Based on his experiences from the worlds of politics (he served as the government spokesperson), media (he hosted and edited daily news background programs) and business (he has worked for over 60 companies in 12 countries on three continents) his aim is to build impact for people (especially leaders), so that they have a strong presence in any communication situation.

Peter Oszkó
Managing Partner at OXO Group

In 2014 he launched independent regional VC firm with various LPs from the tech and financial sector. Formed OXO group which includes an advisory and accelerator business line on the one hand under the name of OXO Labs, and a regional angel and VC Fund Manager working with different size of funds and portfolio under the name of OXO Ventures.

Organizations and partners

Brain Bar Budapest

Brain Bar Budapest is where the challengers and trendsetters from across the world give us a glimpse of what’s to come. Our festival kicks off where others throw in the towel. Philosophers take on disrupters. Technologists clash with ethicists. All interspersed with music and performance with unique and unpredictable slants on what the future holds.

Brain Bar Budapest: the clash of ideas in the heart of Europe (WIRED)

Oxo Labs

OXO Labs is an accelerator scaling startups from the CEE region to global markets. The accelerator program of OXO Labs targets startups, innovation and technology - based projects. We offer our program to young ventures in the phase of developing ideas, products, validating the market and the business model.

Power Angels

Power Angels is a leading business angel network focusing on Central Europe and providing seed funding as well as mentoring and acceleration services to tech startups. Our angels are professionals with backgrounds in tech, financial and creative industries. We support our portfolio with mentoring, business network and investors relationship besides angel funding.


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