For the 3rd time, Central European Startup Awards 2016 (hereinafter CESA), one of the four existing regions of the Hungarian co-founded Global Startup Awards has announced this year’s national winners of the Hungarian startup ecosystem, in 12 categories.

The event itself took place at Mosaik startup hub and coworking place on 27th October, attracting over 300 participants, organized by flying dutchman Remco Veenenberg from team, as the Country Partner of CESA for Hungary.


CESA, the largest no-pitch, no-conference startup ecosystem happening of the region takes place annually in 10 CEE countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria, with the mission statement of helping the CEE countries’ startup ecosystems get better connected with each other, by bringing their people physically together for the 10 national finals, then the regional ‘Grand Finale’, which latter one being organized in a different country of the region each year, this time on 1st December in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

CESA 2016 edition has been sponsored regionally by GE, SAP, Infobip, CEU Business School, MITO, White-Summers, IBM / Arrow ECS, Enbritely, Statzup and many more.

The Hungarian National Final was supported by, Mosaik, Everengine, Chivas, InVendor and SocialFokus.

Competition categories and winners for 2016 are:


• Startup of the Year by SAP: Synetiq
• Best Early Stage Startup: CodeBerry
• Best IoT Startup by GE: ThingBlox
• Best Indie Game Developer by MITO: Black Riddles Studio
• Best User Experience: Nostromo
• Best Acceleration/ Incubation program by Infobip: Design Terminál Tech Hub
• Best FinTech Startup: Shinrai
• Most Influential Woman by SAP: Veronika Pistyur
• Best Coworking Space: Loffice Budapest
• Best Social Impact by CEU BSch: SignAll
• Investor of the Year: Day One Capital
• Best AI / Chatbot Solution: Analogy

This year’s Hungarian winners got selected by the prestigious local jury board:

Joerg Bauer, President GE Hungary
• Krisztina Horváth, HR Director at SAP Labs Hungary
• Nicholas Magyar-Zimmermann, COO at SAP Labs Hungary
• Zsolt Farkas, Co-founder at Growth Panda Agency
• Imre Hild, Partner at Digital Factory Accelerator
• Bálint Orosz, Head of App Product at Skyscanner
• Barnabás Málnay, MMCluster, WS Cofounder, EIT Digital, Smartware.Tech
• Mónika Németh, CEO at FinTech Group
• Zsolt Oleg Berta, Investor, startup mentor, interim manager
• Pál Honti, Educational Technology Director at Intellisense Co.
• Tamás Terray, Founder at,, JoSzaki
• Antonia Imre, CEO at InVendor
• Mary Collins, Business Development Partner at Centric Digital
• Dávid Kozma, Lead Concept Artist at Gameloft
• Mátyás Dobó, Director of Product House at Magyar Telekom
• Zoltán Vígh, Senior DevOps Engineer, IT Operations Manager at Nextent Informatics Co.
• Attila Dobos, Advisor at Edukado


National winners from all the 10 participating countries will be judged by the regional jury board consist of over 50 globally recognized individuals, some of them will also attend the Grand Finale, so competitors will have the chance for meeting them in person.

The regional winners of some of the selected categories will be invited to the Global Startup Awards Grand Finale next year. This year it’s organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 9th December 2016, where the winners from last year are invited and their whole trip is paid.


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