After the tremendous success of the first event, we are happy to announce this year's CEE LIFT OFF! Competition

Do you have a promising project idea or a startup?
Is it unique and ready to conquer the world?
If your answers are yes, apply now and win:


funding offer

(last year it was 15.000!)

6 month


6 months

About the competition


OXO Labs and LOFFICE present the second CEE Lift Off Startup Contest, where the best Startups will have the chance to pitch their startup idea or project to the top VCs of the CEE region as well as to representatives of the European tech sector.

Pitch sessions will be held at BrainBar Budapest - which is Central Europe’s  only festival on ethics and technology, dedicated to the complex and evolving relationship between technology and humanity, on the 3th of June 2016. The jury consists of the top angel investors from the region.

Awards and prizes include

€ 150.000 investment offer from Power Angels,
the A-Team of the regional angel investor scene

6 months acceleration program provided by OXO Labs,
one of the most experienced accelerator team in the CEE region

6 months coworking-pass in Loffice,
one of the region's market leading coworking spaces

Legal support from Oppenheim,
one of Central and Eastern Europe’s most innovative law firms

Full PR support for a crowdfunding campaign from Uniomedia,
the PR agency of the year

Applications for CEE Lift Off 2016 are closed!




Read everything here about the steps to take to participate and how you can register for CEE Lift Off 2016.


Applications are open until Sunday May 1st 2016, midnight. Successful applicants will be notified of their inclusion by 6 May 2016 and will be invited to a video interview second round. After their successful video pitch session they can prepare to pitch their startup idea/ project to the Jury at Brain Bar Budapest on 3 June 2016.


Step 1: THE APPLICATION – Complete the requested details in English on the Registration Form below. The deadline for applications is May 1st 2016, Midnight.

Step 2: THE VIDEO INTERVIEW – We send you the details, just follow the steps and prepare to the online video interview. 1 May – 6 May

Step 3: YOU SHALL BE JUDGED... The professional jury will create a shortlist of applicants. 10 selected startups will be informed on the evening of the 23rd of May of their inclusion in the competition.

Step 4: PITCH! – 3 June 2016 at Akvarium Klub, Budapest. The 10 short-listed startups will compete in 3 minute-pitches before a live audience and the jury. The winner will receive a 6 month Accelerator Program at OXO Labs, 6 months office usage at LOFFICE and €150,000 funding offer for product development costs.


  • you have a great idea or a project you are working on!
  • you would like to participate in a festival where top trendsetters, decision makers and fresh challengers exchange ideas in unusual and unrestrained conversations! (or CEE region?)
  • you are ready for funding and want to develop your idea or project with some of the best experts the CEE region has to offer!
  • you have thoroughly researched your concept and are sure of the uniqueness of your idea!
  • you would like to try yourself out in front of the TOP VCs of the CEE region!
  • if you would like to be inspired in the biggest HUB of Budapest!


As there is no opportunity to change the content of the Registration Form after you have made your application, please make sure that the content of your application fulfills all your expectations and check the spelling before submitting the application. There is a list below to help you in the preparation of your text.

Please introduce your startup in English according to the following topics:

  1. Name of the product/startup (in case they differ, please mention both).
  2. Brief overview of the idea (max. 300 characters including spaces).
  3. Detailed overview of the idea, highlighting the uniqueness of the idea (max. 999 characters including spaces).
  4. List your competitors, mentioning how the product/service differs from theirs (max. 999 characters including spaces).
  5. Provide the size of the market for the product/service launch phase, giving an indication of what percentage of the market can be secured by year 3, nationally and internationally (max. 600 characters including spaces).
  6. Give a short introduction of the team members, highlighting their professional background, for eg. IT, communication, marketing etc. (max. 999 characters including spaces).
  7. Give an overview of the business plan (max. 999 characters including spaces).
  8. Give an overview of the marketing plan (max. 999 characters including spaces)
  9. Give an overview of the shares and investment phase (max. 999 characters including spaces).
  10. Highlight awards received by the founder/startup.
  11. Provide a video presenting the idea, startup (optional)
  12. Provide your website address.
  13. Provide your e-mail address.
  14. Provide your phone number.

IMPORTANT: please remember to complete all fields! In case there is no content which could be added to a field, please insert ‘NONE’. You can only submit the registration if ALL fields are completed!

The applications for CEE LIFT OFF 2016 are closed!


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Brain Bar Budapest (2-4 June, 2016) is Central Europe’s only festival on ethics and technology, dedicated to the complex and evolving relationship between technology and humanity. With its broad scope and ambitious format, it strives to create a unique space of inspiration, where top trendsetters, decision makers and fresh challengers exchange ideas in unusual and unrestrained conversations.

The festival thrives on the tension unleashed through high-profile debates exploring the contradictions between the advances of cutting-edge technology and humanity itself. Ensuring a truly immersive experience, brief bursts of powerful progressive music frame these unapologetic exchanges in an inspiring, vibrant context.

Brain Bar Budapest exists to question the status quo and foster debate on tomorrow, focusing on how new developments could transform our lives and the future of our society in Europe and beyond.

Will you job survive technology?
Will new solutions kill our daily habits?
Will innovation save Europe?
Will we recognize our cities in 20 years?

At Brain Bar Budapest, these ethical dilemmas are starting points rather than afterthoughts. In a format that pits technologists against philosophers, politicians versus social entrepreneurs, influencers versus disruptors, these questions form the basis of three days of lively debate, art and music in stunning venues in the heart of Budapest.

Find more info about Brain Bar Budapest HERE.


LOFFICE is a new-generation office where the creative and business world meet. It incorporates working, networking and relaxing, making it a place where everyone finds the space best suited to their activity.

Originally established as the pioneer of the coworking model, LOFFICE has quickly established itself as a key hub in the Hungarian creative and startup scene. With its expansion into Vienna, it made the first step towards establishing a regional footprint in CEE. Besides offering workspace to entrepreneurs at multiple locations, LOFFICE has significant experience in providing a wide scale of services, such as event organization and all kinds of mentoring support, both directly via Loffice as through its reliable 3rd party network.


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.

power angels

Power Angels is a leading business angel network focusing on Central Europe and providing seed funding as well as mentoring and acceleration services to tech startups. Our angels have different professional background from the technology, financial and creative industries, we support our portfolio with mentoring, business network and investors relationship besides the angel funding.


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