Mastermind Sessions

BRAIN BAR BLASTOFF

Brain Bar presents the fifth Brain Bar Blastoff Startup Contest where startuppers from the CEE region can pitch their ideas, business goals and strategies to top VCs and representatives of the European tech sector, and compete with each other.

MAIN PRIZE

cash
€150,000 FUNDING OFFER
from OXO Holdings, the A-Team of the regional angel investor scene.

CONTEST YOUR IDEA IF...

  • you would like to bring your concept to the spotlight
  • you would like to network, resource and experience
  • you are not only thrilled about the €150,000 FUNDING OFFER but also excited to meet some real startup experts and the top VCs of the CEE region
  • you would like to get the label of \”the most promising and innovative startup of the year\”
  • you would like to participate in a festival where top trendsetters, decision makers and fresh challengers exchange ideas in unusual and unrestrained conversations

REGISTRATION

FIRST ROUND:
APPLICATION

Complete our Registration Form and submit a short summary of your idea. Applications must be filled out in English.

Deadline: 12 May, 2019

SECOND ROUND:
VIDEO INTERVIEW

Teams who managed to go through to this round will be contacted for a video interview.

Deadline: 16 May, 2019

THIRD ROUND:
BRAIN BAR BLASTOFF

The best 10 applicants will enter the finals and have the chance to convince the jury about the value of their project by pitching their idea in 3 minutes in front of a live audience.

Deadline: 30 May, 2019

Members of the jury

Péter Oszkó

Peter Oszkó has commenced his career at KPMG and Deloitte, and after a short period of time he became Managing Parter of Deloitte Hungary. His name first fused with startup investors when being the Head of Portfolion Venture Capital Fund of OTP group and he pioneered in this field when creating later his first private investment firm and the first Hungarian angel fund, focusing on early-stage investments. As the founder at OXO Group he established OXO Labs as a startup accelerator, OXO Technologies Holding as a startup investor in pre-seed and seed phase and OXO Ventures for scaling up more mature ideas in the CEE region in order to help them entering the international market.

Péter Oszkó

Anna Apró

Anna Apró is best know as a Hungarian Shark Tank investor and has considerable hands-on experience of the different forms and types of business organizations, as well as of the wide range of positions and activities that running a business involves. She established her first company at the age of 18 and gained extensive international working experience in countries like China, Taiwan and Malaysia. She is angel investor in OXO Group and partner of OXO Holdings managing a startup portfolio of around 30 companies. She also holds private investments in the area of healthcare services including cardiology and hemodynamic laboratory.

Anna Apró

Martin Olczyk

Martin is a Managing Director at Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed with a portfolio of more than 1,700 companies and a market value of USD19bn. He has +10 years experience in investment banking, especially in internet and technology M&A and online business development. He’s a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded a successful software business and acted as its CFO/COO, a technology-focused investment banking boutique in Southeast Asia and an online marketplace in Europe. He has been working with dozens of companies as a founder, advisor, mentor, and early-stage investor.

Martin Olczyk

Zoltán Gelencsér

Zoltán started his career at General Electric where he spent 15 years in various finance and operations leadersip roles in Hungary, Canada and the U.K. before taking on the CFO role in GE Healthcare South Korea. In 2014 he joined eBay in California as Finance and Analytics Director for the company’s global digital advertising unit and two years layer moved to the European HQ in Switzerland as European deputy CFO. He joined Vodafone Hungary in March 2019 as the Finance Director, keen to help the company continue the strong commercial momentum and digital transformation. Zoltan has an MBA from the London Business School and is passionate about organizational and process effectiveness and data-driven insight and decision making.

Zoltán Gelencsér

Zoltán Tancsa

Zoltán is a tax partner at Deloitte Budapest, where he focuses on devising innovative IT solutions which facilitate VAT problem-solving, optimize VAT processes and identify risks for companies. One of these recent innovations within the industry is VATOnline. His background in law enables him to provide practical and beneficial solutions to clients within the scope of European and domestic VAT legislation. In addition to providing services to many of the largest financial enterprises on the Hungarian market, he is working in close cooperation with several other well-known associations and he is also a well-known speaker at tax conferences and other professional events, as well as being a contributor of professional articles within the scope of indirect taxes.

Zoltán Tancsa

László Jónás

Lászlo Jónás has commerced his career at the retail divisions of CIB Bank and K&H Bank, where he was responsible for leading multiple branches and teams simultaneously. His consulting agency is advising companies operating in various fields, with a turnover between 1 million and 15 million EUR. From 2016 he is Head of Business Development at Design Terminal - an innovation agency building bridges between startups and corporations - managing the international expansion of the organisation.

László Jónás

Organizing partners

Design Terminal

Design Terminal

Design Terminal is a non-profit innovation agency that creates bridges between companies and startups, links different business environments, and supports the development of a regional and domestic entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hungary.

Design Terminal

OXO Labs

OXO Labs is an accelerator scaling startups from the CEE region to global markets. The accelerator program of OXO Labs targets startups, innovation and technology - based projects. We offer our program to young ventures in the phase of developing ideas, products, validating the market and the business model.