About the acceleration program

Challenger Urban:Creative is an intensive acceleration program for teams or starting companies that are developing an innovative product or service with the potential to contribute to the development of Košice. It helps them use their potential, gives them the opportunity to grow and establish cooperation with the City of Košice and future customers.

How will it benefit the participants?


Group workshops with mentors from the field of law, finance, sales and presentation skills, product building or UX.

Individual mentoring and coaching

Individual consultations with experts in the range of 6 + 6 hours per participant.

Company growth

Opportunity to address potential customers, get to know their needs and establish cooperation with the City of Košice.

Free of charge

All activities within the program are free and “equity-free”.

Opportunity to present oneself

Participants present their product or service during the public Demo Day event.

Prize for the winner

During the Demo Day, the expert jury will select the winner of the program, who will receive a prize of EUR 10,000 and a package of services from the program partners.

Program participants in 2021

Eight teams were selected for the first round, whose task is to come up with innovative solutions to improve the quality of life and services in the city. Their resulting products or services fall into one of the following areas: culture and the creative industries, the gaming industry, the urban and digital environment. This includes Eventovo.sk, eZelené mesto, GAMEFAIR from 21Games, Name.mesto.zviera.bež!, RescueRoom, iPark from SmarCity Group, Social World and Wellnesso.

Meet the participants

What does the acceleration program consist of?

Every team and project that has successfully passed Bootcamp,
moves on to the acceleration program, during which it
undergoes a rich program full of workshops
and individual consultations with mentors in three sprints:

SPRINT #1 IMAGINE (4 – 6 hours)

May 3 – 6, 2021

Objective: Understanding the customer, internal processes during product development and selection of a suitable business model.

Program of the first sprint:

1. Media Communication (Mentor: Adam Sipos, Trend)

2. Knowing your customer and market segmentation (Mentor: Ján Koscelanský, Sudolabs)

3. Product Development and Service Design (Mentor: Dalibor Pulkert, Outboxers)

4. Creating and testing business models (Mentor: Terézia Jacová, Neulogy Ventures)

5. Founder’s Story – an inspiring startup story of Jozef Maruščák from Sudolabs

SPRINT #3 GROW (4 – 6 hours)

June 14 – 18, 2021

Objective: Understanding the criteria of corporate growth. While in the first and second sprints, startups focused on product development and marketing, in the third sprint, they will gain the knowledge necessary for the company’s growth.

Program of the third sprint:

1. Growth financing and corporate finance (Mentor: Eva Šimeková, Civitta Slovakia)

2. Legal bases of the company (Mentor: Katarína Miháliková, Majerník & Miháliková)

3. Protection of intellectual property (Mentor: Marián Porvažník, Sparring)

4. Pitch-deck and story-telling (Mentor: Andrej Dula, Rezztek)

5. Startup Roast (Mentor: čoskoro upresníme)

SPRINT #2 VALIDATE (4 – 6 hours)

May 24 – 27, 2021

Objective: Align the product with market needs and gain the first test users or customers.

Program of the second sprint:

1. Understanding and defining market size (Mentor: Lucia Timek Florková, CB Investment Management)

2. Unique Value Proposition (Mentor: Viktor Mikulášek, Launcher)

3. Marketing (Mentors: Peter Šoltés a Viktória Margitová, Promiseo)

4. Sales (Mentor: Katarína Šimková, Dealfactory)

5. Piloting the product and strategy in cooperation with the city (Mentors: Petra Dzurovčinová, City of Bratislava; Peter Kolesár, Civitta Slovakia)

DEMO DAY (June 29, 2021)

Kasárne/Kulturpark, Košice

The competitive presentation of the participants in the acceleration program takes place with the participation of investors, companies, representatives of the City of Košice, the media and the public.

Their creators have 4 minutes to present their solutions to the jury and the audience.

At the end of the event, an Acceleration Progress Award of € 10,000 will be presented to the best startup in the 1st year of the Challenger Urban:Creative acceleration program.


  • 22.March
    Applications are open!
  • 23.April
  • 28.April
    Program launch
  • 3.May
    Sprint #1 Imagine (3. – 6.5.)
  • 24.May
    Sprint #2 Validate (24. – 27.5.)
  • 14.June
    Sprint #3 Grow (14. – 17.6)
  • 29.June
    Demo Day

Who are the mentors?

The participants of the acceleration program are led by professionals with many years of experience and demonstrable results in the areas of:

Getting to know the customer
Product development and UX
Entrepreneurship and startups
Marketing a sales
Finance and investments
Law and intellectual property
Presentation skills and communication


Lucia Timek Florková

CB Investment Management Linkedin

Katarína Miháliková

Majerník & Miháliková Linkedin


Get inspired!

Program partners