International cooperation is even more important to us so that we can expand and constantly improve our services. This is where the Accelerate-EEE project, which is currently underway, is of enormous help with the support of EIT Digital.
For “The Next Step” workshop, organised within the framework of the Accelerate-EEE project in Budapest, we received 34 registrations from university students and staff for the 20 places, not only from Hungary, but also from the UK (University of Glasgow) and from the Netherlands (Vrije University of Amsterdam).
Even the Corvinus students had different nationalities, which led to a really diverse group of participants. The startups covered a very broad spectrum, from legal tech to SDG-focused to social enterprises. All teams were in the early-stage business development phase, meaning that they are in the post-ideation stage but do not have a prototype yet. Only startup teams were accepted for the workshop, solopreneurs not.
At the end of the workshop, there was a competition among the participating teams. The main prize was a fully paid trip to a similar workshop, taking place in spring 2023 at the University of Glasgow.
Jury members were Prof. Jillian Gordon, professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Glasgow, Dr. Hans Drenth, director of StartHub at VU Amsterdam and Dr. Péter Fehér, Vice President for International Relations at the Corvinus University of Budapest.