ReaktorX: Igniting the CEE Startup Ecosystem with 25K Euro Pre-Seed Funding and Beyond

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ReaktorX embarks on a mission to propel the next generation of unicorns.

With an industry-agnostic program tailored for Central Eastern European (CEE) founders spearheading world-changing startups, buckle up for a journey that accelerates your growth and focuses your vision on the things that really matter.ย 

What Sets ReaktorX Apart:

  • ๐Ÿค‘ 25K Euro Pre-Seed Funding: Fueling your entrepreneurial journey with a financial boost in exchange for 5% equity.
  • ๐Ÿ’ณ 75K Euro in Discounts and Credits: Powering startups with the essential resources needed for efficient scaling.
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ Instant help from fellow Founders, including CEE-based Unicorns: Get accurate guidance from industry experts who’ve proven themselves.
  • ๐Ÿ… A life-long badge of a ReaktorX graduate.
  • โŒ No Workshops: Say goodbye to boring workshops. ReaktorX believes in hands-on guidance, not theoretical lectures.
  • ๐ŸŒ Hybrid Structure: Key events, including the first week and Demo Night, are hosted in a different CEE country each year, promoting cross-border collaboration.

The Eurovision for Startups Continues:

True to the ReaktorX tradition, the Demo Night popularity award winner becomes the host country of the next batch, with this yearโ€™s program taking place in Poland after The Linghos (AI speech therapy game for kids) won in 2023.

ReaktorX Demo Night winners
ReaktorX Demo Night winners

Some of the inspiring ReaktorX alumni from the last batch (May 2023):

  • ๐ŸŒ Nethica: guilt-free shopping with sustainably-sourced clothes.
  • ๐Ÿง  GuidefAI (now DIMA): a platform for AI Agents.
  • ๐Ÿ’ผ PipelinerOnline, Inc: digital CFO for freelancers.
  • ๐ŸŽฎ Haip: Games/films, globally famous through crowdfunding.
  • ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ The Linghos: Empowering Speech Therapy for kids through games.

For our last batch, 245 applicants from 12 countries vied for a spot. We only accept 5 startups in total and only one per country. 

As we open applications to this new cohort into the ReaktorX, we canโ€™t wait to see what founders pitch us. Itโ€™s been a rough year in fundraising, but we see it as an opportunity. Only the most resilient startups survived this dry-spell, the โ€œcockroachโ€ founders.

Excited about first-time founders applying as well, the world changed so much in the last two years and weโ€™re sure thereโ€™s still untapped potential behind every corner.

said Luca Stirbat, CEO at ReaktorX.
ReaktorX Demo night participants
ReaktorX Demo night participants

Who Should Apply:

Calling all CEE founders, this is your shot ๐Ÿ’ฅ Startups from across the entire CEE region, including Romania, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Albania, Moldova, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia can apply.

  • Founders with experience, whether academic or practical, in their first year of activity.
  • Serial entrepreneurs on their second, third, and fourth try, bringing valuable lessons from past ventures.
  • Visionaries with a global solution in mind.
  • Startups with some validation and/or prototyping completed.

Application Deadline:

Time is ticking. The application window closes on the 20th of January. How to apply to ReaktorX:

  • ๐Ÿ“‘ Go to and write your application (add a 2-minute team showcase video).
  • ๐Ÿ‘€ Your application gets reviewed by the team on a scale of 1-to-10.
  • ๐Ÿ“Š If you’re in the top 40, congratulations! You’re shortlisted for the next phase.
  • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ป A 10-15 minute call awaits the top 40. Make it count. 
  • ๐Ÿ“ž The selection committee, in one long Zoom meeting, decides on the top 5.
  • โŒ If you don’t make the cut, detailed feedback is on us. Plus, recommendations to other vetted programs in our region as part of the top 40.
  • โœ… Top 5, you’re in! If a winning team backs out, we’re down the list of the top 40 for the next one.