December 1, 2017
Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava
December 1, 2017
Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava

1. 12. 2017

Slovak National Theatre

Startup Awards is a competition for Slovak early-stage tech companies with global potential.


Future Now

  • 08:45 – 9:30 Registration
  • 09:30 – 09:40 Opening of FutureNow Conference Peter Kolesar, Neulogy
  • 09:40 – 10:15 Keynote The Next 10 Years Mark Turrell, Vork

Startup Awards

  • 18:00 Opening of Startup Awards Peter Kolesar, Neulogy
    Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak Republic
    Mary McPherson, Slovak-American Foundation
  • 18:20 – 19:40 Startup Pitching Competition Kontentino, Matsuko, Minty, Neseda, Netcore (Unimus), Poetic Studio, Saftra Photonics, Virtual Medicine
  • 19:40 – 20:10 Coffee Break
  • 20:10 – 20:35 Keynote How to Beat Silicon Valley Vitaly Golomb, HP Ventures
  • 20:35 – 21:20 Award Ceremony
  • 21:20 – 23:00 Reception
  • 22:30 – 03:00 Afterparty Nu Spirit Club, Štúrova 19/3, Bratislava

FutureNow Conference Moderator: Barbora Ruščin
Startup Awards Moderator: Ján Gordulič


Uri Levine

Andrej Kiska

President of the Slovak Republic

Uri Levine

Vitaly M. Golomb

HP Ventures

Andrej Kiska

President of the Slovak Republic

Andrej Kiska was elected President of the Slovak Republic in March 2014. For more than 15 years, he held various management positions and conducted business activities. He founded several companies, the most successful of which were Triangle and Quatro established in 1996. During their existence, these companies provided financial services to more than 1 million people and became the most successful hire-purchase companies in Slovakia. In 2005 he sold his entire stake in these companies to the VUB bank and decided to devote himself to charity work.

In 2006 he founded Good Angel which helps families with children which have found themselves in financial distress because of a serious, life-threatening illness, and has become the most successfull non-corporate charity in Slovakia today. In 2006, he won the Trend magazine award Manager of the Year, and in 2011 he was awarded the Crystal Wing for philanthropy.

Vitaly M. Golomb

HP Ventures

Vitaly M. Golomb is a venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker and author of Accelerated Startup who has been involved with startups since his teenage years. He is a Global Corporate Venturing 2017 Rising Star and leads global investments at HP Tech Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Silicon Valley’s original startup. He is a contributing writer to TechCrunch and a consistently top-ranked mentor at a number of startup accelerator programs in the US, Europe, and Asia.

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and travels to over 20 countries annually to consult and guest lecture to corporations, associations and universities on entrepreneurship, innovation and design.

Early Stage Startups Finalists

These 8 startups will pitch on the stage for the prize worth over 50,000 EUR.


Challenger Award
Final Nominees

This award recognizes a Slovak technology company that has seen an outstanding success in the previous year and has the potential to hit it big next year. The company must be on the market no more than 7 years.

Mission Award
Final Nominees

This award recognizes a Slovak startup working on innovation tackling a social challenge. It is awarded in cooperation with Impact Hub Bratislava.



Startup Awards
+ Future Now Conference

57 €


Startup Awards
+ Future Now Conference

77 €

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