The CEU iLab incubation program makes entrepreneurship more accessible by providing mentoring, know-how, network and a community for high-impact teams. All of this in a world-class environment, at a world-class university.
The next cohort of the iLab incubation program will kick off in October 2021.
The application deadline is 26 September 2021.
Ready for your business incubation?
Contact with one of the iLab Management team members, ask for a meeting, and pitch your idea.
Fill out our online Application Form and provide all the requested information. The application deadline to participate in our next incubation cohort is 26 September 2021.Apply
Selected projects will be invited to participate in interviews in the first week of October 2021.
If selected to the incubation program, you will receive the initial infopack for iLab teams on 12 October 2021. The 3-day onboarding session of the cohort will take place between 13-15 October.
If you need an intensive skill boost to prepare for your entrepreneurship adventure, apply to the iLab Startup Bootcamp.
CEU InnovationsLab offers a flexible scheme where each team can choose from a wide variety of programs and events based on their own needs and goals.
Teams participate in three 3-day progress sessions in key entrepreneurship-related topics with CEU faculty and experts.
Each project is matched with a lead mentor who provides guidance to the team in the form of one-on-one sessions.
Skill mentors are also available for teams for one-time consultations in specific topics (such as marketing, risk management, business plan, funding, etc.)
iLab teams' financial progress is constantly tracked by our data analyst.
Teams have access to their absolute and relative performance data in a visual format at any time.
In the framework of the “Capstone projects” startups get to work with student experts from the business MS programs, while legal students provide legal advisory to the teams.
Teams will be able to participate in relevant CEU courses.
iLab teams have access to the CEU library and research facilities.
CEU Phd students regularly publish iLab case studies in peer-reviewed international journals.
iLab is facilitating its teams’ meeting opportunities with local and global Venture Capitals, Angels and other potential financial players.
Teams are free to use the CEU iLab coworking office throughout their incubation. We have membership plans available for alumni teams.
Teams have access to the facilities of the Budapest and Vienna campuses as well.
The iLab community is actively involved in various meetups and ecosystem events as contributors, speakers, panelists. We also run our own networking events and meetup series, like BlockChain Stories.
iLab prepares you to become ready for investment at various stages of the entrepreneurial cycle from seed to B round.
The CEU iLab Badge of Excellence is awarded to those startups that meet the benchmarks set by Talk-A-Bot in 2019:
Any member who has been in the incubation becomes CEU iLab alumni. As an alumni or graduate team you will remain part of the community, you have the opportunity to become a mentor, keep learning from and sharing skills with each other.
Start-ups that join CEU InnovationsLab become members of a knowledge network that can help them thrive. They also receive physical resources any young venture needs to function. As a CEU InnovationsLab start-up, you will benefit from access to:
We connect start-ups to CEU’s international student and faculty community. Our Finance, Business Analytics, Technology Management, Economics and other master’s degree students are eager to work with energetic start-ups and contribute their fresh thinking and fresh ideas. We can also connect you to Budapest’s skilled technology and engineering workforce.
Members of CEU InnovationsLab are plugged into the entire CEU research community. This facilitates R&D collaboration with CEU departments, centers, and institutes in disciplines ranging from economics to environmental sciences. We also have partnerships with other universities and research institutions.
CEU InnovationsLab connects start-ups with opportunities for venture capital, angel investment, and other forms of growth equity, as well as non-traditional funding sources.
Our relationships with local organizations and international companies can ease entry into local, regional, and global markets, and connect you with potential customers.
The next cohort of the one-year CEU iLab incubation program will kick off in October 2021.
The application deadline is 26 September 2021.
Fill out some basic details related to your company/project and click 'Submit Application'. We will get in touch with you soon and inform you about the next steps. (Important note that you will have to fill in a much more detailed questionnaire in our application system).
Please note that applicants meeting these prerequisites will have priority in the selection process:
- excellent knowledge of English
- ability to spend a sufficient amount of time on incubation (time commitment)
- can be physically present
- has a team
- the idea is scalable and has a global potential
- international (working) experience
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