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Is your startup ready to go beyond the borders and expand in the V4 region? You are dedicated but in need of business contacts and mentoring? We are here to help you! Apply now and meet potential clients handpicked just for you. Better yet, we’ll even prepare you for the big meeting!

Join us and become one of the 20 teams that we invite to our super intensive but fun virtual Bootcamp. Workshops, business mentoring, and community events lead the way to the Demo Day after which we select the four winning teams who get to participate in the V4 Startup Force program and receive a scholarship.

The V4 Startup Force program is a three-week hybrid program during which you receive hands-on mentoring to prepare you for tailored business meetings in all four countries. The first two weeks happen online and then we finish off with offline days in Budapest.


22 March 2023

Application closed


17 – 19 APRIL
20 – 21 APRIL
4 – 26 MAY

Benefits for Startups

Business meetings

we organize tailored business meetings with corporates and SMEs for the final 4 teams

Workshops & Mentoring

hands-on, practical knowledge to fine-tune your business, and a key mentor, guiding you through the whole program

Networking & Community

access to a colorful community of like-minded entrepreneurs


the four winning teams receive a scholarship of up to EUR 1000

Who can apply?

  • startups with a B2B solution
  • stage: seed and above
  • validated product-market fit, traction with users, well-defined business model
  • scalable business, ready for market expansion in the V4 region
  • the startup should be based in the V4 region and at least one founder should have Czech, Hungarian, Polish, or Slovak nationality
  • 2 team members can dedicate their time for the full length of the program

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What Can You Expect?

The Virtual Bootcamp is our selection camp, lasting 3 intensive days. If you become one of the four winning teams (we select one startup per country), you can continue to the V4 Startup Force. The V4 Startup Force lasts for 3 weeks – the first two weeks are held online, and the 3th week is offline in Budapest.


  • practical workshops (e.g. pitching, sales)
  • community building
  • 1:1 mentoring
  • offline team building (in 4 cities)
  • Demo Day
  • V4 Startup Force

  • tailored business meetings online and offline – altogether min. 12 in the four countries
  • an experienced key mentor, dedicated to help you throughout the program
  • networking with the actors of the Polish, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian startup ecosystem
  • more workshops (hosted by the 4 program partners)
  • community and cultural fun!
  • We love our startups

    More than 250 restaurants have joined the food rescue in 11 cities and more than 80.000 people have downloaded the application, making Munch one of the most popular food & drinks app in Hungary.

    “V4 Startup Force paved our road to our regional expansion with useful contact and a lot of new knowledge!”

    Bence Zwecker, Munch

    BioMinds was finalist in the category Best Newcomer at ViennnaUp’22 startup festival, paving its way for further European expansion, while their system is already available on various industry-leading virtual reality softwares.

    “Transfer of knowledge and great fun”

    Mateusz Kierepka, BioMinds Healthcare

    Since 2022, Airlogy Labs is cooperating with Daikin Central Europe, the market leader in the field of air conditioning and the Airlogy Kit is available on the Czech and Slovak Alza webshops.

    “Great opportunity to get to know ourselves and our company even better. Also, the networking, workshops and potential business cooperation are the great bonus out of this V4 experience.”

    Matej Liptak, Airlogy Labs

    Acquiring many new clients since 2021, OnSinch is currently present in 10 countries in Europe and in the Middle East.

    “Surprisingly great and enjoyable 3-week journey”

    David Suslik, OnSinch

    V4 Startup Force in numbers

    We launched the program in 2018 and since then we have had:


    participant startups


    business meetings



    About the organizers

    The V4 Startup Force program is funded by the International Visegrad Fund and is a joint effort of Design Terminal and its partner organizations. Our partners in the startup acceleration ‘crime’:

    About Design Terminal

    Design Terminal, a leading innovation agency in the CEE, has been the main organizer of V4 Startup Force since 2018. We run incubation programs in 12 countries and have worked with over 2000+ startups and several industry-leading corporations since our foundation in 2014.


    Campus is an international co-working space for early-stage startups, aspiring entrepreneurs and students based in Bratislava. Since opening its doors, they have welcomed members from 14 different countries, making its environment truly international and diverse.


    DEX Innovation Centre (DEX IC) is a Czech non-profit organisation with diverse accelerator and virtual incubator activities. As an ecosystem builder, they have scaled up 70+ startups and helped them get investment. They are also act as the EIT Health Hub for the Czech Republic with access to top-niche partners from EIT Health Network.

    Startup Hub Poland

    The Warsaw-based non-profit foundation is a startup ecosystem builder with Poland at the center. Their vision is to create a hub where international and Polish startups work with corporate and experiment on pilots that can be scaled globally.

    Funding the project: International Visegrad Fund

    the IVF is an international donor organization established in 2000 by the governments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries— Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia—to promote regional cooperation in the V4 region as well as between the region and other countries, especially the ones in the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership. The Fund supports endeavors by awarding grants, scholarships, and artist residencies. The Fund’s annual budget is 8 million EUR which is compiled from the contributions of the V4 governments.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Any startup with a B2B (business to business) solution (above seed stage) registered in any V4 country (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia) with at least one founder having citizenship in the aforementioned countries.

    The entire program is free. What’s more, the 4 teams selected for the Startup Force program will receive a scholarship.

    We expect full dedication from two members of your startup (including a founder/CEO). The bootcamp is an intensive, 3-day event so that we can ensure that we select the most dedicated teams. While the bootcamp requires full-time dedication, the Startup Force program is 3-week-long and planned in a way that you have time to work a little as well. Plus, we’ll recommend who should attend a given workshop from your team.

    The whole programme will be in English.

    We are happy to help out with any questions! Just drop us a message at

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