The hitchhiker's guide to the Budapest startup ecosystem

Along the Danube River lies one of the most beautiful cities in Europe: Budapest. Besides a good number of World Heritage Sites, Budapest is one of the most attractive metropolitan cities in Europe, and it also has a young, blossoming startup scene.

In the past years, a few successful Hungarian companies, such as Ustream, Prezi, and LogMeIn managed to build exceptional products and enter the global markets. These startups are a big inspiration to a lot of people, and they’ve had a significant impact on the startup culture emerging in Hungary. The startup scene is just awakening and the ecosystem in Budapest has only started its growth. As it grows, it fosters new ideas and ways of doing business, and it makes it easier for aspiring young talent to get enthusiastic about starting a business.

New ventures have sprung up in recent years, ushered by an emerging startup ecosystem of accelerators, funding sources, co-working spaces and other new resources now available to entrepreneurs. This is why this guide exists: to give a conscise overview of what to look out for if you are living here, or just happen to be a young entrepreneur visiting Budapest.

Annual Events, Conferences

Monthly/Semi-Regular Events

Accelerators

  • Colabs - Startup center and tech hub. The first of its kind in Hungary.
  • iCatapult - Focusing on taking European technologies to the global market,
  • SeedUp - Incubator program aimed at CEE startups.

Entrepreneurial Development Firms

Coworking Spaces

  • CoWo - Co-working right at the center of town. Light, space, harmony.
  • i-Office - Co-working and virtual office services in one of Budapest's most dynamic areas.
  • Kaptar - For people who like freedom in work and being part of a vivid community.
  • KoWerk - For growing startups who still take pleasure in the co-working environment.
  • Loffice - One of the first co-working spaces in Budapest, now also open in Vienna.
  • MyCorporation - Open minded host space with complete office infrastructure.
  • Startup Office - Office space for small and medium size enterprises.
  • The Hub - Co-working and startup event hub, close to the popular Liszt square.

Investors

  • Blind Investment - Quarterly event, each time focusing on a different theme.
  • Business Angel Club - Monthly showcasing of startups in front of private investors.
  • Euroventures - One of the longest-established venture capital firms in Central Europe.
  • Day One Capital - The first institutional business angel fund to operate in Hungary.
  • Primus Capital - Primus accelerates expansion stage enterprises with venture capital.

Online Resources

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