Startup competition – “Do you have an idea? Present your startup!”

Do you have an idea you wish to develop? Is your project at a stage when it is ready for rapid growth and needs support?
The Startup center TUKE offers you the opportunity to join a competition of innovative ideas, projects and business solutions.
The competition is open all year round. Every 6 months a group of new startups is selected. You can submit entries for the 10th round of the contest by November 11, 2019.

 

Application for the competition

To participate in the competition, you need to fill in the registration form, which you can found under “Join us” section in the menu above.

Projects will be judged by an expert commission. After evaluating registered projects, selected teams will be invited to pitch their ideas to a professional jury. We will inform the teams about the place and date of presentations within two weeks after the registration deadline.

 

Eligibility criteria and topics

Any natural or legal person may participate.

Any natural or legal person from RIS countries may participate (more information here). Travel costs and accommodation will be covered for selected startups (applies only to raw materials).

Topics for startup competition are any of the following:

  • EXPLORATION and raw materials resource assessment
  • MINING in challenging environments
  • PROCESSING increased resource efficiency in mineral and metallurgical processes
  • SUBSTITUTION of critical and toxic materials in products for optimised performance
  • RECYCLING and material chain optimisation of end-of-life products
  • CIRCULAR ECONOMY design of products and services for the circular economy

What can you get?

The Startup center TUKE offers:     

  • free spaces in Startup center TUKE,
  • the possibility of using the capacity of unique professional laboratories, and other facilities at TUKE,
  • help with creating a business plan, acquiring partners, searching for potential investors and other benefits,
  • expert and mentor support (both general and raw materials).

Projects in pre-incubation phase (e. g. at the stage of forming an idea), from any part of Slovakia, as well as foreign projects that are planning to carry out their activities in Slovakia are eligible to apply. For more information, see FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).

Achievments

Starting in 2014, TUKE’s Startup center hosted 35 startups with great innovation potential. Several of them succeeded in receiving seed investments and launching number of successful products in both software and hardware solutions. For example, CropTech – winners of Startup awards, Fitliner Training – 2016 Young Entrepreneurial Entrepreneur Finalists, VIZUALIZACKY – winners of Business Idea 2014 of Tatra Bank Foundation, Chargebrella – winners of Business Idea 2016, EFEOS – The Creative Business Cup and many more.

Learn more about them in the “Startup” section.

Organizational information

The Startup center members agree with the Startup center internal order. Members are required to continuously present progress in the implementation of their project plans every 6 months. Successful graduates of the pre-incubation programme at the Startup center TUKE will be offered the opportunity to become members of the Incubator of the Technical University (at USP TECHNICOM).