Applications open for CEU InnovationsLab startup program


The applications for the CEU InnovationsLab (CEU iLab) startup program, which offers six months of mentoring, a coworking office in Budapest, and a presence in Vienna are open until January 23, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

Since its launch in 2016, the CEU InnovationsLab has helped nearly 80 teams with ideas or startup projects to prepare for business challenges and provided them with answers to the questions that come with growth. CEU iLab was named the best incubator house in Central Europe in 2017.

Organizers are continuously developing the acceleration program, which has seen the program's one-year duration modified to six months.

"Like our startups, we are a continuous learning organization. We've found that the first six months are the most important for the support system, the committed founders can prove the viability of their project in that time and can grow independently with less support. Of course, after six months, our teams will remain part of the iLab community as alumni, participating in events, workshops, and becoming permanent members of the network," said Andrea Kozma, CEU iLab director.

Combining curricular market needs and academic synergies, participants in the startup accelerator program can also audit relevant courses at CEU and work closely with students at the university through iLab's internship program and so-called "Capstone" projects. This way, teams can directly receive legal, financial, or data analysis support from professionals who are also motivated to realize the startup’s idea. Mentoring is an important part of the program: CEU iLab's lead- and skills mentors come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, are practicing entrepreneurs themselves or senior corporate executives.

In addition to the Budapest location, the iLab will also be located on the CEU campus in Vienna. Teams participating in the iLab program will also be able to participate in the Entrepreneurship Avenue event in Austria, which will bring together major players in the Austrian ecosystem and which iLab will co-organize this year.

Participants in iLab's program will continue to have full access to the Budapest coworking office and the Budapest campus infrastructure, and the program will continue to be held in Budapest, in English.

Applications for the cohort, which will start in February, are open until January 23 on the iLab website. The management team, which supported alumni teams BrokerChooser, Talk-A-Bot, Salarify, and others (without any qualifications or industry), is looking for teams whose solutions are internationally impactful, scalable, and sustainable.

More details of the application and the application form are available here:



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