Our fruitful collaboration with Startup Sauna is continuing. We were discussing whether is it worth to organize an other Warmup in Budapest this spring based on the success of the Hungarian teams in Helsinki or not. Are there enough high quality local startups to have a strong local batch in Budapest twice a year? That was the initial question.

Finally we decided to come back with Startup Sauna Warmup Budapest in September, to give sufficient time for those startups that couldn’t make it last year or just recently started the operations. But CEE Startups, don’t worry as Sauna is actively looking for the brightest entrepreneurs in the region.

The next Sauna Warmup in the region will be held in Croatia on 26th of March. Preliminary application deadline 17th of March.

“After the very successful Startup Sauna Warmup in Budapest back in Fall 2012 and having invited 3 Hungarian teams into Startup Sauna Program, we noticed how amazing startups and people are bubbling under in the CEE region. Having seen the latest efforts from the local startup community, Startup Sauna wants to chip in, bringing in 4 coaches (serial entrepreneurs and investors) from its own rosters and pair them up with local startup experts.” according to the captain Antti Ylimutka.

The day is open for startups that are looking for brutally honest feedback and “qualify” for the below specifications:

– Have an idea that has potential to scale globally
– Team that can execute what they promise
– Have a prototype ready
– Have raised 0-500k€ of funding.

Even if your startup wouldn’t qualify for ALL of these, no worries, our feedback and coaches’ connections are useful no matter if you have a killer idea or a bit more established startup.

The event schedule is as follows and the event is open for anyone until lunch:

9am-9:20am – Welcome by Startup Sauna
9:20am-9:45am – Coaches present themselves
10am-12pm – Startups pitch (3min with slides + Q/A)
12pm-1pm – Lunch!
1pm-4pm – 1on1 coaching with selected startups

Startup Sauna has organized over 50 Warmups in Northern/CE Europe & Russia and the coaches have seen more than 500 startups face to face so they know what they’re about and what our region’s startups need. The winners of the Warmup have a chance to get invited into the Startup Sauna Program in Finland starting mid-May and join the group of the most brilliant startups hailing from the region!

See you in Zagreb! We will be there!

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