Where Success Begins
Telenor Accelerate is inviting:
Early-stage startup teams with an MVP (minimum viable product) that is connected to the internet, in fields such as FinTech, mHealth, education, entertainment, E- and M-commerce, communication, gaming, IoT, M2M, cloud, mobile application or hardware
Hungarian or Hungary-based teams, but Europe-based startups may also be included if they have or are ready to set up a Hungarian legal entity and are willing to relocate to Budapest for the time of the acceleration
Startups committed to dedicating most of their time to product development and attending the acceleration sessions from September to December in Budapest and Törökbálint
FOUNDER, OWNER AND HEAD OF OXO GROUP
Péter Oszkó is the founder, owner and head of OXO Group. He has been dealing with venture capital investments and start-ups since 2010. Having experience in teambuilding, managing an organisation, creating a market and developing a customer base, he would offer long years of experience for the chosen team. According to him, apart from an overview on the economy and owning investment capabilities, the human factor is just as important in building and maintaining a successful organisation.
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF BRIDGE BUDAPEST
Veronika Pistyur is the CEO of Bridge Budapest. She has been working with start-ups for four years, when she was chosen to be a mentor in Kitchen Budapest's mentoring program. An entrepreneur, Veronika has a complex background, having experience both in agencies and on the customer-side, while also having practice running a small business and working for a large enterprise. She cites consciousness, self-confidence and trust as the most crucial assets in the start-up world.
INVESTOR, FOUNDER OF CENTRAL INVEST FUND
Zoltán Varga started his career at the Budapest Stock Exchange but has been an investor for the past 15 years, beginning as an angel investor. He has a broad range of experience, working on projects from aviation and chemical industry to content development or cable services. He expects fresh ideas and imaginative colleagues and is looking forward to the experience of working on Telenor’s Accelerate project. In his view, persistence, openness and confidence are indispensable in this world to succeed.
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF EXTREME DIGITAL
Balázs Várkonyi is the Managing Director of Extreme Digital, the market leading Hungarian e-commerce company. He was only 21 years old when he started the business with a partner in 2001. In his view, a start-up should be more than just an idea, as a defined target group, a market and a plan is just as important and necessary to succeed. He would offer not only the capital and a business opportunity, but a professional expertise as well to the potential winners.
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF MISYS DIGITAL CHANNELS
Balázs Vinnai is the Managing Director of Misys Digital Channels. He has been working with start-ups ever since finishing secondary school. He has years of experience in mentoring and developing talents, as since the launch of IND, him and his business partners has been supporting and launching several other start-ups. He thinks it's crucial not to limit the ideas to only one country or region, as a global approach needs to be implemented to one's thinking. Risk-taking and being able to make decisions are necessary in running a successful business.