Deadline April 29


Countdown to application deadline



FOR THE WINNER: €150,000 funding 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: Communication Coaching Support

from Impact Works, professional training and coaching company

Special Award: Google Cloud Credits $ 3000

to a startup who never received any support from Google before


Gala invitation for the best startup using .eu
(incl. flight and accommodation)

Special Award: Consultancy

with the mentors of the Design Terminal

Special Award: Microsoft Azure Cloud Credit $ 25 000

Tailor-made business development consultancy

About the contest

Blastoff and OXO Labs are presenting the fourth Startup Contest where startuppers from the CEE region can pitch their ideas, business goals and strategies to top VCs and representatives of the European tech sector, and compete with each other. Pitches will be held at Brain Bar, Europe's bravest and edgiest festival on the future with the most amazing masterminds from various fields including tech, business, culture and politics to debate their visions on the upcoming global trends.

Registration for Blastoff Startup Contest 2018


FIRST ROUND: Application

As a first step startups should complete the Registration Form and submit a short summary of their idea. Applications must be filled out in English.

Deadline: April 22, 2018 (23:59:59 CET/GMT +1)

SECOND ROUND: Video interview

Teams who managed to go through to this round will be asked to submit a video interview about their business ideas including value proposition, financing plans, revenue streams, pricing and competitors.

Deadline: May 8, 2018, (23:59:59 CET/GMT +1)


After our internal staff review and score the startups from the second round, the best 10 applicants will enter the final and have the chance to convince the jury about the value of their project by pitching their startup idea in 2 minutes in front of a live audience and win one of the valuable awards of Blastoff Startup Contest 2018.

Date of the final: June 1, 2018

Contest your idea if...

  • you would like to bring your concept to the spotlight
  • you are a startup using a .eu extension
  • you would like to network, resource and experience
  • you are not only thrilled about the €150,000 FUNDING OFFER but also excited to meet some real startup experts and the top VCs of the CEE region
  • you would like to get the label of \"the most promising and innovative startup of the year\"
  • you would like to participate in a festival where top trendsetters, decision makers and fresh challengers exchange ideas in unusual and unrestrained conversations
Apply now

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Organizations and partners

Brain Bar

Brain Bar 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: 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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