• The basics

    Sparklab is a non-equity, 3-month, mentorship-driven incubator program in the heart of Budapest, brought to life by NN Insurance. Don't hesitate to apply for a chance to be selected for this unforgettable journey! Our top-notch mentors are ready to help you get to product-market fit and to making revenue in no time! You'll get to work in an awesome coworking space in the heart of the bustling startup ecosystem of Budapest, so you'll get connected to the local scene in the blink of an eye. We can't wait to see you in Budapest! Hit "Apply now!" quickly:

  • The juice

    We have a host of mentors ready to help you with:

    Discovery

    you get to know your customers and validate your idea

    Building

    you start to optimize your services or products to your customers' needs

    Selling

    you learn the art of selling your services to clients, customers, and investors

  • Testimonials

    Here is some of the praise we received from our mentees:

    Tamas Kovacs

    Potzak.org

    "With the professional support received within the Sparklab by NN Program, we managed to narrow down our scope and create Potzak (potzak.org).
    We received invaluable professional support and facilitation from the team in this process and we trust to continue this cooperation.
    I encourage all startups to apply to the program to create valuable projects and results."

    Szabolcs Mogyorosi

    Talking Chatbot

    "We participated with my colleague in the Sparklab by NN incubator programme, managed by Steven, as the Chatbot project team from June until September 2017. Learned very valuable and practical knowledge from lean startup methods through building business partnerships to preparation and participation in demo days. Professional mentor team and business coaches supported our work and we were provided with office space in an inspirational environment thanks to Sparklab. I can only recommend that any startup team join this programme."

    Marin Mrsa

    Peekator

    "Great mentoring session by Steve and Judy. They were understanding and full of practical advice. I would definitely recommend them regardless your industry or stage."

    Mihai Raulea

    livedata.software

    "Last Friday I was lucky enough to meet Steven Sudy and David Trayford for an incredibly insightful mentoring session, as part of NN Group's Sparklab incubator program. During a one hour session, not only did they understand my early stage startup's technical innovation, but also came up with new use cases, possible pivots I did not see before, and put me in touch with relevant people for my industry. A big thank you, guys, it was a blast!"

  • The optimal applicant

    We want you if you can improve the quality of people’s lives. Through health, sports, diet, insurance or finance - if you feel that people will live better, healthier, easier or more efficient lives because of what you are building then don't hesitate to apply and hit the "I'm in!" button.

  • The offer

    We'll make you an offer you can't refuse! You will spend the 3-month incubation period in the heart of the Budapest startup ecosystem, in a cool workspace with a great team. You will take part in regular workshops and social events while getting acquainted with the local startup scene in no time. What’s more, you can get access to NN’s relevant know-how and vast network, and you have the chance to get NN as your first customer! We can also provide some "pizza-money" so you don't have to worry about making ends meat. And all this for no equity.

  • Some of our mentors

    David Trayford

    Founder and owner of Wow Media Ltd which creates training and workshops in communication, creativity and collaboration using its unique “talk-ware” system. David has worked with schools and universities across Europe, TED and TEDx speakers, and companies, globally, from startups to larger corporations bringing them a wide range of original and creative solutions. He brought his methods to Silicon Valley in 2012 and for 5 years was Team Project Coach at Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program.

    Tamas Locher

    Tamás is a digital growth strategist and previously ceo to high growth startups. He has been working with the likes of 500 Startups, Seedcamp and SVC2UK.

    Robert Hegedues

    Robert runs Fiedler Capital, a Vienna based early stage VC focused on early stage startups with global potential in CEE and Baltics. He's also one of the founders of Mosaik, a 1,000 m2 tech campus and the center of the tech scene in Budapest. Before founding Fiedler Capital, Robert worked 10 years top-tier management consulting. Robert has extensive experience in venture and a very strong international network in the VC, startup and corporate world.

    Anita Erdesz

    UX Researcher at Digital Natives and Nostromo.io

    Anita is an empathetic UX researcher and LEAN consultant, a committed advocate of user centered design. She is a senior professional with 20+ years of experience in marketing communication, trade marketing, sales, UX research & UX design. Core member of the UX award winning Nostromo.io, co-owner and member of the design team at Digital Natives.

    Emese Kiraly

    Emese (ZUANGO) is a multipotentialite, an entrepreneurial spirit with freelance, start-up and business owner experience, marketing, sales and people management background, offering trainings, business-, and life coaching as an ICF Certified Associate Coach (ACC).

    Csongor Bias

    Csongor has been working with startups for the past 5+ years and launched multiple projects aiming to improve the local tech ecosystem in Budapest. Previously he started Mosaik, one of the most well-known tech hubs in Budapest and worked for accelerators such as Design Terminal and iCatapult. Currently, he is working on a new project that will come out of hiding soon..

    Ferenc Tolnai

    Ferenc is a UX Designer with 5 years experience doing wireframing, prototyping, designing. He is a co-owner and member of the design team at Digital Natives – a successful creative agency - since 2014.​

    Benny Kulcsar

    Bence is the lead consultant of agile consultant company Agilab. He is an advocate for value driven systems, organization designs and product innovations. He is known as guitar player and music startup founder as well.
    Prior to working as a full time coach, Bence spent years building software in a variety of domains: digital audio, telecom, financial, human resources, education, social networking and media.

    Peter "Lucas" Lukacs

    Lucas is one of the founders of Digital Natives, which is among the biggest Ruby developer agencies of the CE region. He was involved in many Hungarian startups, such as Mixgar or Taxilike and now he is leading the CESA winner Nostromo.io. He is a LEAN product development expert, with the mission to increase the number of successful startups in the region.

    Judit Bozsanovics

    Judit is the newest member of Sparklab. Before joining as an Innovation Manager she co-founded EXQUIS Business & Technology Solutions and created preventive risk management & early warning solutions that improve financial and health awareness. Judit has 10 years of freelancing experience, where she acted as a solution manager in 250+ successful projects. As an idealist champion and project campaigner Judit is enthusiastic about working together with creative minds and to redesign services of today & tomorrow by merging traditional values with technology-driven innovations.

    Steve Sudy

    Steve is Entrepreneur in Residence at NN Insurance Hungary, in charge of fostering innovation within the company as head of the Sparklab program. Steve has 6 years experience with startups as a startup founder and mentor for many events including Pioneers Festival, WebSummit and The World Bank Investment Readiness Program, among many others.