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Warming up for Czech Pioneers 2016!

Oh dear, doesn’t time fly? It seems the Pioneers Festival 2015 happened yesterday and voilà, the 2016 edition is around the corner! And as always, TechSquare is bringing the best of the Czech startup ecosystem to the Festival aboard the Czech Pioneers Bus. What's new and how can you apply?

Pioneers Festival: Always on the Move

Over the years, the Pioneers Festival has become a prestigious event where startups that rank among the most progressive in their respective fields compete for the attention of potential investors, future clients and large corporate partners. Some things are a given when it comes to this prominent event of global importance in the CEE region - technology of tomorrow right then and there, aspiring businessmen with bright ideas, loads of business and investment opportunities and the WOW effect of an unprecedented scale. However, our friends at Pioneers always find new ways to surprise everyone! So what is the Pioneers’ strategy to ensure the quality and relevance of participants when demand rises and new diverse technologies emerge?


This year, all startups presenting at the Pioneers Festival will be hand-picked by the organizers as well as their local network partners. And surprise surprise! TechSquare is one of the entities that will be able to pick 5 Czech startups that will not only participate in the Pioneers Festival for free, but will also have the chance to connect with the corporate partners of the Czech Pioneers Expedition!

Pioneers Challenge: The Battle of Ecosystems

One of the key lessons learned from the previous volumes of the Festival is that a management planning app, for instance, is difficult to evaluate against health care or science products spun-off of universities and research institutions. The diversity of presented projects is the reason behind the decision of the Pioneers Festival organizers to introduce 7 ecosystems this year. The competing startups will be judged against their ecosystem peers in Pioneers Challenge: The Battle of Ecosystems.

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Czech Pioneers in 2016

For the fourth time, TechSquare is bringing the best of the Czech startup ecosystem to the Pioneers Festival. This year though, the rules are slighty different...

Be Part of Czech Pioneers “High5”

Along with our corporate partners, TechSquare will select the “High5” startups. These 5 startups will participate in the Pioneers Festival and (if eligible) the Pioneers Challenge, all of them will travel to Vienna and back aboard the Czech Pioneers Bus alongside the corporate partners, media and other troublemakers.

Nomination Criteria

All startups applying for High5 have to EITHER be headquartered in the Czech Republic, OR have their operations in Czech Republic OR have at least one founder with Czech citizenship. It is called Czech Pioneers for a reason! Furthermore, all projects wishing to participate in the Pioneers Challenge have to keep one condition in mind: It is designed for early stage startups and only startups with raised investment funding of less than EUR 3 million can apply for the Challenge. And what if you do not comply with the Pioneers Challenge rules, but want to be a part of Czech Pioneers and the Festival? Even more mature startups can make it to the High5, if they fit in well with our Czech Pioneers mission. 

Apply at until March 18th and stay tuned as we announce the partners of Czech Pioneers 2016!