Startuptravels City Guide Budapest
Here you have Startuptravels City Guide Budapest. Budapest is one of the most beautiful Central European cities with many historical sights to visit. Besides its famous touristic sights it is worth to arrange a Startuptravels meeting and get to know some local or international startuppers while you are in Budapest. The city has an enthusiastic and young generation who are passionate about startups and highly qualified. There are approximately 120-150 active startups and of course several organized meetups, pitch events and conferences. While visiting the city you can meet and make friends with young entrepreneurs and experience what the startup world has to offer here. Some of the most well known startups from Budapest are Prezi and Ustream, who have built great products and entered the global marketplace with them.
iCatapult: iCatapult is focusing on taking Central European technology startups to the global market. They are looking for early stage startups with a strong technical background. Their focus is on global web, mobile and IOT technologies. They offer a two stage program, the first stage focusing on an extensive bootcamp to prepare the teams culturally to relocate. In the second stage the successful teams will move to Silicon Valley for 3 months to execute the market access and business development plan.
Connect East: The Connect East Incubator´s mission is to find the most innovative early stage teams in CEE region and connect them to the global market. They offer seed funding up to $50K and a international network of VC’s, Angel Investors and top companies. Their biggest motivations is to bridge the gap between female entrepreneurs and talents, and bring them to Europe.
Traction Tribe: Traction Tribe describes themselves as a „tech, dot-com and healthcare startup traction composer company”. They have offices in Budapest, Hungary, Las Vegas and Woodside CA.,USA. They provide mentoring, investment, PR, a coworking space and a unique access to an enthusiastic entrepreneurial community. They offer a chance for startups to spend 3 months at their US headquarter in Los Angeles (you can see our city guide to LA here). Usually they invest an amount of $50k-$150k in early stage startups.
Oxo Labs: Oxo Labs is mentoring early stage tech project in line with lean strategy principles. They select 15-20 team each year. Their services focus on business development, product validation, growth hacking, international expansion, sales and marketing support. Oxo Labs provides 10K Euro cost financing for accelerated projects without any equity requirements.
Design Terminal: Design Terminal is the national center for creative industries in Budapest, Hungary. The center offers free incubation services including mentoring, business consultation, local and international trade show presence and early stage investment mediation. Design Terminal is organizing trade fairs, exhibitions and provides young designers a chance to explore and develop their entrepreneurial skills and competencies. When visiting Budapest it is always worth to explore the events offered by Design Terminal.
The Hub: The Hub is bringing together an inspiring and motivating community. Acts like a catalyst for entrepreneurs and startups in the heart of Budapest. You have the chance to be part of this community even just for a day.
Colabs: This is the place in Budapest where the bigger events are happening like Startup Weekend Budapest, Startup School and Pitch Competitions. Colabs have two coworking spaces in Budapest and its the city’s largest entrepreneurial hub with a supportive environment.
Clusterhaus: Clusterhaus is one of the largest tech centers for startups in Germany, Austria, Slovakia and now in Hungary. They call it Proworking space where they combine the benefit of your own private office with the networking opportunities.
Kaptár: Kaptár is a new community place in the heart of Budapest for people who enjoy working in a vivid community.With inspiring social programs, this is a great place to spend your day while in Budapest.
Loffice: On their website they call themselves the new generation office, a place where you have the opportunity to work, relax and network. The workstations, offices and event spaces are designed with integration of contemporary art into the work environment. With a monthly pass for approximately 140 Euro you can enjoy your work from here. The daily use of this workspace is about 16 Euro.
Entrepreneurs to look up
Tamás Péter Turcsán: Tamás is the CEO of the Connect East Incubator, startup advisor and Hungarian Startup Comunity organizer. He is a social innovator, startup evangelist and blogger who helps the Hungarian startups with mentoring and advising.
Ottlik Dávid: Dávid is cofounder, CEO of Synetiq and entrepreneur with a background as Communications Manager and Creative Director. He has founded a few startups within design.
Ádám Horváth: Ádám is a serial entrepreneur and partner at the Help2StartUp incubator. He is working with startups in the CEE region. He is founder of LaseAr a company creating laser targeted augmented reality advertisements.
Synetiq: Synetiq is a Hungarian Startup based in Budapest and London providing real time emotional insights to media companies directly from their viewer’s brain. Their approach is called crowdsourced neuromarketing and delivers unprecedented insights to understand customers anywhere in the world in a fast and cost efficient way.
Codie: Codie is an app and robot that teaches kids the principles of coding. The app is built for different age groups and designed to provide continuous challenge on different levels.
Helpy: Helpy is a website offering cleaning services. The customer can order different cleaning packages online by choosing the size of their flat.
Coinpay: Coinpay provides solutions for webshops, retail shops and currency exchange offices to accept Bitcoin and Litecoin payments.
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Written and uploaded by Eniko Olah.
Many thanks for Attila Szigeti for the information provided.