Today, 23 November 2017, Res Publica, Google, and Visegrad Insight in cooperation with Financial Times are releasing the 2017 edition of New Europe 100, which presents the list of unique challenges from Central and Eastern Europe. The New Europe 100 list consists of the outstanding people who are changing and improving the world with their projects and ideas as well as ameliorating people’s lives with their courage for innovation, new experience, and skills to make the global impact.

New Europe 100 list was first published in 2014 and since then it is awaited every year by innovators as well as business companies, political institutions, media and social activists.

Last year there were various of Tweets shared to highlight the importance of the New Europe 100 list.

Matt Brittin, President of EMA Business & Operations, Google, as well as Henry Foy, Financial Time Correspondent, commented the previous edition NE100 challengers as inspiring examples of young, driven and eager for change.


Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments and Informatization, stated in his speech during the official presentation of NE100 last year that it is crucial to give the smart people space to succeed.

Hence, the New Europe 100 list inspires and motivates Central and Eastern European countries and the whole world to develop in the innovational vector, look for the new ideas, challenge oneself, and create the global changes.

The New Europe 100 challengers of the previous edition keep innovating and developing today, too. Some of them were sharing their outstanding results and the best ones are presented in the Tweets, noticed by Visegrad Insight.

NE100 challengers from Estimote have been nominated two years in a row and keep impressing the world with new innovations even today.

Michaela Krskova, Founder, StartupAwards.SK and Investment Manager, Neulogy Ventures and the NE100 challenger of 2014 continue spreading her knowledge with younger generations on innovation and entrepreneurship.


Another success from NE100 challenger Gergely Böszörményi Nagy, the founder, Brain Bar Budapest, director, Design Terminal, and 2015 NE100 challenger, who also recommends starting the innovation process with the youth on the elementary level.

An example of the todays’ youth involvement in innovation, published by Financial Times, can be found in Warsaw, Poland, where CoderDojo, a volunteer-led coding club for children, and Skriware, a Polish start-up that makes educational technology, including robots and 3D printers jointly organised the workshop for children. Youngers aged from 5 to 18 are taught to code, using robots as a way to engage their attention.

Lastly, 2016 NE100 challenger, Filip Molčan, who is the entrepreneur living in the mountains, was selected as the finalist of The Social Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year by EY in Czech Republic.

Aleksandra Przegalińska, Research Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management, who was one of the nominated NE100 challengers of the previous edition in her interview enhanced to follow the new upcoming edition of this year. She is looking forward to seeing the list of the new NE100 challengers.

Central and Eastern Europe is a developing region for innovations and start-ups.  Maybe because we have many different languages in central Europe, people tend to stay in their countries and try to build something there first,” Anna Sieńko, CEE Technology leader at PwC, says for Financial Times to comment the domination of Tallinn, Prague or Warsaw in fintech-hub.

The list of the  New Europe 100 list is already available also at Financial Times.

EU Science and Innovation Agency has recently endorsed Bulgaria on the stable innovation performance which is proven by strong intellectual assets of the state. This years’ NE100 challengers from Bulgaria are presented by Anita Klasanova, Dimitar Dimitrov, Zanni Sabev, Blagovest Dimitrov, Lyubomir Yanchev, Joana Koleva, Iva Tsolova, Anton Gavrailov, Rossi Mitova, Alexander Naydenov, and Neven Boyanov.

Financial Times has also published this year the article on Belarus tech dream which explains how “a former Soviet backwater is trying to reinvent itself as an innovation hub”. The Belarus Hi Tech Park is not the only innovation in the country this year., Onesoil, NeoSound,  Exponenta are highlighted this year in the New Europe 100.

Croatia is presented  by five challengers: Matija Zulj, founder of Agrivi, Nenad Bakic, a serial entrepreneur, Dominik Tomicevic, founder and chief executive of Memgraph, and Yazeed Kawther, Stevica Kuharski, co-founders of Locodels.


The challengers for NE100 from the Czech Republic include Karel Kovar (known as Kovy), Jan Lukacevic, Marek Novak, Michal Prager, Tomas Gogar, Tomas Tunys, Petr Baudis, Adam Podhola, Ivo Lukacovic, Ondrej Steffl, Petr Chaloupka, Pavel Konecny, and Pavel Klinger.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science, and Innovation, shared the experience of Estonia as the innovation example in public sector. The NE100 challenger’ projects from Estonia this year who are also endorsing the level of innovation in the state are Taxify, Open Knowledge Estonia, Weps, Barking, Ampler, RebelRoam, and RangeForce.

Another six challengers in the NE100 list represent Hungary, which outstands in online photography archive, a company to measure the way audiences respond to media and marketing content, platform that teaches people how to code, a company that makes pavements from recycled plastic,  thematic foreign policy news portal, and project which makes smart devices to help manage fleets of company cars.

Latvia is one more state to develop business sphere. European Commission this year has provided the training for Latvian small and micro business in digital innovation. The example of challengers from New Europe 100 list coming from Latvia are Aurelijus Liubinas, founder and chief executive of Deeper Lock, and Uldis Leiterts, chief executive at Fragmentic.

Lithuania because of the significant impact of Innovation and IT was given the top marks for business services. The innovators in NE100 list this year are co-founders of Tesonet, chief executive at Exacaster, and co-founder at Lympo from Lithuania.


One of the successful examples of the innovation project was shown by Poland, Financial Times issues. The country aims to lead in electronically chargeable vehicle innovation. More than forty Polish challengers are presented in 2017 NE100 list.

“As Poland went to war with the European Union this year — over the rule of law, the environment and refugees — the digital arena was one where the country could outshine its European neighbors and prove it belonged in the club” stated Joanna Plucinska in Politico.

Referring to Romania, which is consolidating its innovation-friendly environment, according to EU Science and Innovation Agency, the challengers from this country for NE100 list are Rustem Akishbekov, Anna Iarotska, Alin Chiriac, Sergiu Ardelean, Florin Talpes, Daniel Dines, Ana Maria Udriste, Cristiana Bogateanu.

Three challengers, Milos Zikic, Igor Bogicevic, and Deniz Kural from the NE100 list also represent Serbia.


Since 2010, Slovakia has 8% increase in innovation performance, scored by EU Science and Innovation Agency. The innovations that might have impacted the growth, presented in NE100 list, are Martinus,, Pixel Federation,, Nadacia Cvernovka, MultiplexDX, CubeSensors, SmartNinja, AgiliCity, Ulla, Adora as well as Jan Gondol and Jan Mayer.

Slovenia, another country presented in New Europe 100 list, is known this year for leading EU into a blockchain friendly regulatory framework which is conducive to the future growth and innovation. The NE100 challengers from Slovenia presented CubeSensors, SmartNinja, AgiliCity, Ulla, and Adora.

The country which has potential to become the top hub for IT and other innovation-based industries, according to Andreas Umland, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, is Ukraine. There are challengers from this state in the New Europe 100 list, too. Those are Max Gerbut, Julia Gerbut, founders of PassivDom, Roman Zinchenko, cleantech advocate and co-founder of Greencubator, Irina Prokofieva, co-founder of Make me better, Nataliya Gumenyuk, head of Ukrainian independent TV channel and media platform Hromadske, Vitalii Moroz, head of New Media at Internews, and Andrii Karpiuk, founder of BIOsens.

For more details on the New Europe 100 list see

 Compiled by Sofiia Shevchuk
Sofiia Shevchuk

Eastern European Futures

In 2009, the European Union and six of its Eastern neighbours launched the Eastern Partnership (EaP) with the stated aim of building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation. A decade on, however, progress has been mixed.

Visegrad Insight is published by the Res Publica Foundation. This special edition has been prepared in cooperation with the German Marshall Fund of the United States and supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

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