Since 2018, the program has been giving impetus to Hungarian, Czech, Polish and Slovak startups with the goal of strengthening the entrepreneurial and business community of the Visegrád region.
This year, Design Terminal and its partner organizations, including Czechia’s DEX-IC, Poland’s Reaktor Warsaw, and Slovakia’s CAMPUS, chose eight — instead of four — two-person teams for a total of 16 innovators,
Now, participants will meet online with several mentors, motivational speakers, startups, local accelerators, and potential clients from the region. The event also lays the foundation for the most talented company founders to build their products here and maintain their activities in the region in the long run. Teams will also virtually visit Budapest, Bratislava, Prague and Warsaw.
The aim of the V4 Startup Force is to strengthen the bond between startups and business players in the Visegrad countries, László Jónás, Business Development Manager of Design Terminal, said. We want to foster a cohesive community that can show the global market that we are significant enough to make an impact, he added.
The scholarship program is implemented with the support of the International Visegrad Fund. In her opening speech, Edit Szilágyiné Bátorfi, the managing director of the organization, emphasized that the Visegrád region is rich in ideas and creativity, but less talented in showing it to the world and using it for the benefit of each nation’s economy and citizens.
There is a need for opportunities that help young talent and entrepreneurs, she said, adding that the International Visegrad Fund is happy to contribute to the organization of the V4 Startup Force, as the program has already proven that it can successfully support the above efforts.
The V4 Startup Force closes on October 15.