NETWORK

The Network section includes players creating a network for entrepreneurs and innovators - competitions, associations, clubs, conferences, organizers of innovation events and innovation clusters.

Slovak Alliance for Innovative Economy (SAPIE) is the largest innovative alliance that acts as an independent nonprofit platform representing the digital and innovative economy in Slovakia. We serve as a neutral, independent and nonprofit platform linking more than 90 innovative companies.
Contact: info@sapie.sk
The Slovak-American Foundation (SAF) is focused on the startup ecosystem and fostering the relationship between the US and the Slovakia. Its work is aligned with efforts to create a competitive environment for young, innovative companies to grow and prosper. With the US Connections program, SAF manages an application process for the selection of teams of founders from early stage Slovak companies to travel to the US to participate in short, structured knowledge programs that are specifically targeted to their business needs.
Contact: maria@slovakamericanfoundation.org
FutureNow is the largest tech and innovation event platform in Slovakia, featuring a multi-day festival, a competition for the most prestigious early-stage startups, formerly known as StartupAwardsSK, and the country’s biggest tech conference. In 2018, FutureNow crossed the borders and are reaching out to the entire Central European ecosystem!
Contact: valentina@futurenowconf.com
Slovak Business Agency was founded in 1993 by a common initiative of the EU and the Government of the Slovak Republic. It is the unique platform of public and private sectors. Slovak Business Agency wants to be the first choice for Slovak enterprises for starting and development of their business.
Contact: agency@sbagency.sk
The American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia is one of the most active foreign Chambers of Commerce in Slovakia. It is dedicated to serving its members through the support of its three main pillars: contacts, information and advocacy. Currently, its member base has reached more than 330 international and Slovak companies, including many of the largest and important firms in Slovakia.
Contact: office@amcham.sk
Slovensko Digital is a civic association aimed at enhancing the quality of digital services in Slovakia. Their attitudes and suggestions are inspired by the experience of the countries that are at the forefront of the quality of electronics of the public administration. They believe that Slovakia has the potential to use this experience to its advantage and to become a world leader in this area.
Contact: kontakt@slovensko.digital
The Slovak Professionals Abroad Program connects slovak professionals and university students abroad with Slovakia, helps them return home and finds support for progressive initiatives in Slovakia. SPAP builds a community, mediatee job offers in Slovakia and look for volunteer help from abroad for nonprofit initiatives at home.
Contact: spap@leaf.sk
The Social Impact Awards is an international education and incubation program for young people who have an idea how to solve social problems in their neighborhood. Young generation is provided with basics needed to kick start responsible businesses and they get connected with experts, mentors and professionals.
Contact: jakub.pediac@socialimpactaward.sk
The Pontis Foundation is one of the largest grant and operational foundations in Slovakia. It supports corporate and individual philanthropy, corporate volunteering, and promotes responsible entrepreneurship. The Pontis Foundation organizes the valuation of philanthropic activities by Via Bona Slovakia and manages foundation funds and the administrator of the Business Leaders Forum.
Contact: pontis@nadaciapontis.sk
The Slovak Organization for Research and Development Activities (SOVVA) is a non-governmental organization of national competence established to promote R & D development in Slovakia by means of improving R & D capacities, bridging the academic and commercial areas while using international experience and contacts.
Contact: info@sovva.sk
Klaster Košice IT Valley plays an important role in the development of the IT sector in the Kosice region. In 2015, the cluster was certified cluster management excellence label GOLD as the first in Central Europe and is one of three certified clusters in the field of information and communication technologies. Currently it has 53 members.
Contact: info@itvalley.sk
MastersGate is a unique competition for the development of your eshop, which, thanks to attractive prizes, mentoring and prizes from partners including Google Partners and Facebook, can maximize your turnover and profit. MastersGate offers a year-round marketing program, a two-day summit and a series of five training sessions aimed at the growth and expansion of eshops abroad.
Contact: adriana.mucickova@ui42.com
Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 1,200,000 entrepreneurs in 400 cities. The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies.
Contact: marek@startupgrind.com
Young Entrepreneurs Association of Slovakia (YEAS) was established in 2010 as an organisation that connects young entrepreneurs under the age of 40. The main reason for the establishment of YEAS was a lack of attention devoted to encouraging the young generation of entrepreneurs, who will represent the future of Slovak business.
Contact: zmps@zmps.sk
IAB Slovakia – Association of the Internet Media is the biggest association on the Slovak digital market. Currently it has 40 members, including the biggest Slovak publishers, media agencies and other important players active in online advertising. IAB operates AIMmonitor, which is a comprehensive, independent audited visit ranking of Slovak online media.
Contact: karpelova@iabslovakia.sk
Slovak association for private equity and development capital - SLOVCA enhances awareness of alternative financing possibilities through development capital in Slovakia and provides assistance to small entrepreneurs to obtain funding for the development of their business plan.
Contact: slovca@slovca.sk
Zero2Hero is a platform (not only) for students who are looking for opportunities to learn something new, want to gain new work experience or start their own business. Zero2Hero brings the stories of young people who have begun their business at a time when many are just deciding what to do. They show their first steps and how those could be applied in own lives.
Contact: ahoj@zero2hero.sk
The Central European Startup Awards covers 10 countries to become the region’s biggest no-pitch no-conference startups festival with the aim to inspire, stimulate and recognise entrepreneurship throughout Central Europe whilst connecting a community of startup enthusiasts to an entire ecosystem of collaborators and supporters at all levels.
Contact: hello@cesawards.com
Startitup.sk is the most popular biz-tech portal in Slovakia with an average reading of 3.5-4k views. The target group consists of men and women aged 25-34, managers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, creatives and designers.
Contact: info@startitup.sk
Slovak Startup is a group of startup enthusiasts who decided to roll out their sleeves and create Slovak startup media platform with worldwide reach. The ambition is to create and distribute content so attractive and engaging that no startup or technology fan will want to be missed out on.
Contact: hello@slovakstartup.com
At Startupers.sk you can get the latest information from the startup world. You will also find an overview of interesting job offers or events.
Contact: am@startupers.sk
The Slovak Business Angels Club brings together successful entrepreneurs and managers who want to invest their experience, time and money into startups. The Slovak Business Angels Club is the first network of business angels in Slovakia, which was established in 2011 with the mission to support the development of innovations, entrepreneurship and the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Contact: https://businessangels.sk/kontakt
The IT region around Žilina is exceptional because they all know each other. Teachers in schools, developers, hackers and business owners. They work together, help each other, make friends. They build an active IT community, bring IT to schools, increase the attractiveness of the region and thus attract high-quality workforce, students and international companies to the region.
Contact: info@zaict.sk