Czech business insiders have long known Vodafon’s “Company of the Year,” EY’s own “Entrepreneur of the Year,” but as of this month, a new business competition has entered the fore. We are happy to announce that we are partnering with Ceska Sporitelna to present “Startup of the Year.” This competition brings a totally new approach; focusing on the young and innovative firms that are bringing innovation in the Czech Republic, and changing the way business is done.
About the Contest:
“Startup of the Year” is a nationwide contest, with the goal of supporting new and innovative ideas. It will focus on young firms, either incorporated or unincorporated, with a maximum of 3 years of business history. The contest will identify and highlight successful startups. Success can be defined as companies that bring new innovations, growth, and a positive impact on the business sector in which they operate. Successful startups may bring financial or growth opportunities, and should have a compelling history and purpose as a company.
The best startups will also attract the interest of top investors, have the chance to cooperate with leading corporations, as well as accelerators in the Czech Republic and abroad (including StartupYard). Aside from Ceska Sporitelna’s financial interest in innovative ideas, it will also look for opportunities for long term cooperation based on mutual interests, not just with the contest winners, but with each of the 10 competition finalists.
Starting now, young startups can apply to be consider for the contest by filling a form, and completing qualification criteria to participate in the contest. Registration will end on the 30th of October of this year. Finalists will be chosen by jury on the 15th of November, and winners will be announced on the 7th of December, 2016, at Zofin in Prague, along with the winners of both Vodafone and Ceska Sporitelna’s other business contests.
More information and applications, along with the contest background information, at the following link: www.firmaroku.cz/startuproku.