Uplift: 10-week intensive acceleration program for early-stage tech startups.

Why apply?

Trainings and 1-on-1 feedback from top business mentors and industry experts

Cash prize for best team

No equity taken

Access to investor community

Fast track to EUR 150K investment by InnoEnergy

access to unique Investor Connection day

startup trip to Izrael

Part-time program fully aligned with your work and startup duties

PR and communication support

Access to Neulogy and Impact HUB expertise and network of innovators

Opportunity to work directly from the coworking office at Impact HUB Bratislava

BMW for the weekend

30 Mentors

Get a look at our 1st batch!


PowereX is a peer-to-peer energy sharing platform. Developed by founders Peter Simko and Stano Kovalík. Nowadays households are becoming not only consumers but also producers of electricity. Powerex enables them to share their excess energy, helps distributors to manage their capacities more efectively and lowers their investments costs.

Jury award:

Startup led by Filip Kovalovský, experienced in software and custom hardware development. Crosswalk is providing solution for pedestrian safety in urban areas. Thanks to intelligent laser lightning system it increases visibility of pedestrians or objects on croswallks, improves reaction time of drivers and security for both.


Looking for innovators in the following fields:

Smart City & Home

Digital transition

Future Energy

Circular economy

Social impact


Who can apply?

Early stage startups or teams ∙ maximum investment up to EUR 50K

Slovak or international teams

Working prototype, already launched product

Validated and strong business model before launch


Complex support in
key business development areas

Lean Startup Methodology

Effective Business Case

Business Model Canvas


IP and legal

Go-to-market strategy

HR/Team development

Pitch deck & presentation skills

B2B marketing strategies



Finances & Investments


Meet our mentors who include entrepreneurs, industry experts and investors

Mary MacPherson is an executive with a background in corporate and nonprofit organizations. During her business career, Ms. MacPherson worked in senior management roles at Apple Computer, MCI Telecommunications Corp. and Blackboard, Inc. as well as several smaller startups in the Washington area. In 2004 she formed M2Works LLC, an independent consultancy. Her practice includes engagements in the areas of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial networks, nonprofit capacity building, sustainability, governance and community building.

Mary MacPherson


Peter first worked for O2 as Public Affairs Director in between 2011-2014. He then continued cooperating with the company as a consultant for regulatory affairs and was responsible for institutional relationships with business, state and regulatory authorities. He was also actively involved in the startup environment, supporting innovative projects and activities as Business Development Director at Neulogy. Peter studied linguistics and political studies at the Comenius University in Bratislava and political studies at London School of Economics and Political Science.

Peter Gažík


Michaela studied at Princeton University and Graduate Institute in Geneva. She gained experience with incubation and support of tech companies at Neulogy in Bratislava and Isis Innovation in Oxford. She advised several young technology startups in field of business planning and strategy. Michaela co-founded and organizes the biggest slovak startup competition - Startup Awards SK.

Michaela Kršková

Startup Awards

``Generation Y`` business designer with 5 years of experience in building and executing services and products that deliver positive impact, both in corporate and start-up environments. Currently leading the Discovery unit at SKODA AUTO DigiLab. Resided in 6 countries in the past 6 years with cumulative experience from Real-Estate, Utilities, Automotive and Construction. Certified Design Sprint Master and fan of wicked problems.

Slavo Tuleja

Innovation Lead

Katka has over 9 years experience in sales from various fields. She worked on sales positions in many companies from Philip Morris to City University of Seattle. Co-founded famous startup Staffino, where she led sales team in Slovakia & Czech Republic. Later on she started her own company DealFactory which helps startups and companies find their customers, develop sales strategies and make them successful.

Katarína Klinková

Deal Factory

Digital Marketing consultant with more than 9 years experience. With 5 other digital marketing experts he founded the first digital consultancy agency in Slovakia - Bottle Digital. Focusing on big brands, helping them to deal with digital marketing implementation. As a Google Partners Trainer he educates individuals and companies in digital marketing. Besides that Kamil leads his own digital agency samsiDigital, organizes regular marketing event Digitálny Štvrtok and his own video show Marketing Backstage.

Kamil Aujesky

Consultant & Founder

Peter Kolesár is the CEO of Neulogy. Before joining Neulogy, he worked as a diplomat in the Slovak foreign service – he served as the Trade and Innovation Counselor at the Embassy of Slovakia in Washington, D.C. focusing on supporting Slovak startups in the US and promoting innovation collaboration between Slovakia and the United States. He also served as a Commercial Counselor at the Slovak Embassy in Tel Aviv. Prior to foreign service he worked as a Senior Consultant at Candole Partners, a CEE public policy and regulatory consulting firm.

Peter Kolesár

Chief Executive Officer

Braňo oversees development of Impact HUB Bratislava, he focuses on long-term partnerships, strategic activities and key formats. He believes business should be done fairly and sustainably. He enjoys working with easy-going people and companies. Before Impact HUB he worked in T-Mobile & IBM in Slovakia and abroad and ran his own small businesses. Braňo studied management and marketing at Comenius University and at UCM in Trnava and finished MBA course.

Braňo Šmidt

Co-founder & Director
Impact HUB

Jaro has been leading the investment team of Neulogy Ventures, with a focus on SaaS and digital media. He has been working with early-stage companies for over ten years. He is one of the founders of StartupAwards.SK and Future Now Conference, the largest startup event in Slovakia. He previously worked at Neulogy as a technology transfer consultant for several research institutions. He currently serves as an external expert of the European Commission for the Horizon 2020 initiative. Jaro has a degree in Management and Finance from the Rotterdam School of Management.

Jaroslav Lupták

Investment Manager
Neulogy Ventures

Team uplift

As a solution-oriented project manager Adam is responsible for program development and co-working community of Impact HUB Bratislava. Besides studies at EUBA he leads his own community building projects and events. Focusing on regional development and local problem solving. He is passionate about disruptive startups and companies with positive impact on global challenges. Among his domains you can find architecture, design, social business and Slovakia. Any question regarding Uplift program? Feel free to contact him!

Adam Brocka

Project Manager
Impact HUB

Michal works on projects supporting the startup and innovation ecosystem and the organization of Startup Awards. Prior to Neulogy, Michal worked as innovation policy analyst at the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy and at the Slovak Embassy in Washington DC on supporting the internationalization of Slovak start-ups in the US. He has also worked at the business training and consulting company FBE where he researched and developed new business training programmes on process improvement and project management methodologies.

Michal Laco



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