call for participation

Show the world your latest tech innovation in brisk Budapest!

APPLY TO BE ONE AMONG THE SELECT SET OF EXHIBITORS AT THE HUNGARIAN INNOVATION TECHSHOW 2014, HUNGARY’S LEADING ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF NEW TECH PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS, TO BE HELD TOGETHER WITH THE INAUGURAL CENTRAL EUROPEAN STARTUP AWARDS IN BUDAPEST ON MAY 30th! THE BEST APPLICANTS WILL BE SELECTED BY A JURY OF ENTREPRENEURS, INVESTORS, AND INDUSTRY EXPERTS. ALONGSIDE HITS AND CESA, YOU MAY ALSO APPLY TO PITCH AT THE FINTECH&SALES DEMO DAY, OFFERING A CHANCE TO PRESENT YOUR WARES TO CORPORATIONS LOOKING TO PARTNER WITH INNOVATIVE STARTUPS THAT WORK ON FINTECH OR SALES SUPPORTING SOLUTIONS.

You can apply to HITS and the Fintech&Sales Demo Day at the bottom of this page.
Extended deadline: 5 p.m. CET, May 5th, 2014

Organized annually by the Hungarian Mobility and Multimedia Cluster with top-level sponsorship by Magyar Telekom since 2009, the Hungarian Innovation TechShow (HITS) offers an opportunity for innovative businesses to showcase their latest tech products and services to an audience of entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors, representatives of the media, and the general public. A key objective of HITS is to serve as a unique platform for the local innovation ecosystem to show its best and newest through live interactive demos in a media-friendly environment that is as exciting for startup entrepreneurs, digital industry experts, and investors, as for the general public.
Equally importantly, HITS – held in tandem with the awards ceremony of the Central European Startup Awards – provides a great opportunity to see what’s cooking in the local tech industry and to rub elbows with the live wires of the region’s emergent startup and geek scene. In this spirit, we strongly encourage applications from outside of Hungary! For the top three non-Hungarian applicants selected by our jury, we will provide travel and accommodation grants.

Keeping to the traditions of HITS, the exhibitors will be selected through this open call by a panel of prominent Hungarian entrepreneurs, investors, and opinion leaders. The winning applicants will get a chance to show and pitch their product or service at a full-day event on May 30th, 2014 in the heart of downtown Budapest. Check out the website of HITS 2012 and HITS 2013 to see what to expect.

Besides clinching an exhibitor spot for yourself, you may also apply to pitch at the Fintech&Sales Demo Day, taking place as part of HITS 2014, co-organized by OTP Hungaro-Projekt, the  Hungarian Project Management Association and the Carpathian Region Business Network. The Demo Day’s objective is to provide a platform for startups, spinoffs, and SMEs to interact with corporations looking for partnerships with entrepreneurial teams working on new products and services. This year’s Demo Day will feature corporations seeking innovative financial solutions and new products and services supporting corporate sales and marketing.

HITS 2014 is seeking exciting new tech products, solutions, and services that meet the following criteria:

  • were developed/created in the past 1-3 years,
  • have at least a functioning prototype that can be exhibited and interactively demoed,
  • have some element of genuine, internationally valid innovation in them,
  • belong – preferably but not exclusively – to one of the following areas:
    • mobile technologies, mobile applications
    • innovative financial solutions
    • M2M communication, Internet of Things
    • IT solutions supporting corporate sales and marketing processes
    • 3D printing
    • biotechnology, e-health
    • big data, data analytics
    • smart systems
    • internet access, on-line identity, cyber security.

The list of the successful applicants will be published on May 13th, 2014 at the HITS website, under the Exhibitors and – in the case of the Fintech&Sales Demo Day – Schedule menu points.

Please be advised that we request a modest financial contribution from the exhibitors. HITS is a not-for-profit event, the requested contributions will be used in their entirety to cover the costs of the exhibition, in particular the building and technical costs of the spatial installations that will be set up to enhance the presentation of the exhibits on display. The exact amount of the requested contribution depends on the annual revenue of the exhibiting company, and will be determined according to the following:

  • Private individuals and micro- and small enterprises with an annual revenue below 85,000 EUR (in last closed budget year) are expected to make a contribution of 65 EUR.
  • Micro- and small enterprises with an annual revenue between 85,000 and 170,000 EUR (in last closed budget year) are expected to make a contribution of 150 EUR.
  • Companies with an annual revenue between 170,000 and 510,000 EUR (in last closed budget year) are expected to make a contribution of 250 EUR.
  • Companies with an annual revenue above 510,000 EUR (in last closed budget year) are expected to make a contribution of 400 EUR.

For the top three non-Hungarian applicants selected by our jury, we will waive the contribution fee requested from exhibitors. Moreover, we will offer them a travel and accommodation grant.

APPLY TO HITS AND THE FINTECH&SALES DEMO DAY HERE.
Extended deadline: 5 p.m. CET, May 5th, 2014

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Name of company/applicant: *

Website: (If project and company have separate websites, please provide both)

Contact person's name: *

Contact person’s e-mail address: *

Contact person’s cell phone number: *

  1. I’m applying: * (Please tick one or both)
  2. Short name of product/service/prototype (max. 20 characters): *
  3. Brief description of product/service/prototype (max. 300 characters): *
  4. What need is addressed/what problem is solved by the product (max. 3.000 characters)? *
  5. What is unique about the product/service/prototype (max. 3.000 characters)? *
  6. Do you have users aready? And paying customers? Who and how many? *
  7. If the product/prototype has received some form of international recognition (awards, prizes, coverage in top-tier media, or other distinctions) in the past two years, please provide relevant URL’s. Please also summarize in a nutshell the basic facts regarding the recognition(s) in question (max. 2.000 characters):
  8. How have you learned about this Call?

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By submitting this form, I acknowledge that I have read and understood the terms and conditions of this Call (stated above), and, if selected, I agree to pay the financial contributions as specified in the Call. I attest that all information and data I provide in this application form is accurate and complete to the best of my knowledge. I acknowledge the privacy clause that forms part of the Call, and consent to the use of my personal data according to the terms of the Call’s privacy clause..

Privacy Clause
The organizers undertake the obligation that all non-public ideas, technical details, business solutions, and other confidential information acquired by the organizers in relation to this call and in relation to the Hungarian Innovation TechShow 2014  and the Fintech&Sales Demo Day will be treated confidentially, and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the members of the jury participating in the selection process. The organizers furthermore take responsibility for the members of the jury accepting this same obligation as binding on them as well.

The responsibility assumed by the above statement will naturally not extend to cover information that will be perceivable or otherwise available to the visitors of the exhibition, or will be disclosed to the visitors by the exhibitors themselves.

The organizers will use the information obtained from and on the applicants exclusively for the purpose of selecting the best exhibitors for the Hungarian Innovation TechShow 2014 and the Fintech&Sales Demo Day, and in the case of the winning applications, for the organization and communication of the joint events.

The organizers of the Fintech&Sales Demo Day reserve the right, however, to send information on their consulting, coaching, and fundraising services to applicants to the Fintech&Sales Demo Day.