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Welcome to the second edition of Creative Business Cup N.Macedonia 2022!

If you are a startup with great expectations for your own product or services, if you are innovative and creative and ready to show the whole world, then here is your chance to shine. We welcome and encourage all creative, innovative and officially registered startups and SMEs to apply, see specific criteria at the bottom of this page.

Apply now!


With local entries in more than 70 countries, Creative Business Cup is the biggest competition for innovative and creative startups across the globe. This startup competition is an opportunity to learn, develop and expand your business through upskilling activities, worldwide connections and networking.

From all applications received, 10 startups will be shortlisted and enrolled in the Creative Business Cup programme North Macedonia where we provide expert advisory meetings and pitch training to get everyone ready to deliver their very best on the day.

Why participate?

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Pitch your business in front of a jury of high-profile industry experts

The Cup offers to 10 selected creative and innovative startups from North Macedonia to pitch their business in front of a jury of high-profile industry experts, domestic and international, during the competition in May and get valuable feedback.

Get exposure

Get exposure

We will be streaming the competition online so you will have a chance to pitch and showcase your product/service to a wider audience. 

Meet & greet

Meet & greet

Meet other startups and SMEs from the sector, extend your professional network, find partners, collaborators and supporters.


The winner of Creative Business Cup North Macedonia 2022

Gains access to the Creative Business Cup Academy happening in June, a unique and intense upskilling opportunity for creative startups from all over the world

Gets to represent North Macedonia in the live-streamed Creative Business Cup Global Finals 2022, 27-28 of June in Copenhagen, Denmark.                                                         

Being a national representative will give you the chance to:

Compete for substantial financial rewards

Get the opportunity to present
your business idea to an international
jury and the world

Attract international investments
and an international audience

Form a network with entrepreneurs,
investors, experts and mentors
from 80+ countries

Get inspired to think in new and different ways

Enjoy the beautiful Copenhagen

All three winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) will get a chance to present their solution during the November Fair on cultural and creative industries in North Macedonia organized by the Balkan Cinema Cities Regional Fund, a member of Union of Macedonian Professional Associations in the Creative Industries (UMPACI).

Additional prizes sponsored by collaborators and partners TBA.


We decide on the finalists in May and run training and advisory meetings before the Creative Business Cup North Macedonia takes place
in Skopje on the 27 of May. The location will be additionally announced

What are the steps?

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Apply for the competition by filling out the application form by the 15th of May 2022 – here

Info days

Have a question? Check the FAQ or write us on: [email protected] or call us: +389 70 450-771


Application close at 23:59 on 15.05.2022

Selection of the finalists

The jury will select the 10 finalists of all registered applicants. Not registered companies will be automatically rejected.

National Cup - 27 May 2022

Pitch your idea to the jury and the domestic/international audience

International acceleration programme June 2022

The winner will join the Creative Business Cup Academy to prepare for the Global Finals

Global Business Cup Finals

The winner represents North Macedonia at the Global Finals 27-28 June 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark

You already have a brilliant idea that you want to grow?

Apply now!


Who can apply?

Entrepreneurs from the creative sector:

  • that show creativity and innovation
  • have an idea with market potential
  • have a company registered in North Macedonia
  • have not received more than 1 mil USD of external
    capital investment in the past.

What are we looking for?

  • Creative and innovative solutions – It doesn’t matter if you are in a stage of ideation or if you’re already making money, as long as your business model contains creative and innovative solutions.
  • Be Commercial. Your concept must have market potential.
  • Own the rights to the idea with which you are entering the competition.

There are no specific requirements for the participating company in relation to age, turnover or number of employees.


Meet the jury

Will be announced soon


Who can apply?

Entrepreneurs from culture and creative industries:

  • Advertising & Branding
  • Architecture
  • Craft & Artisan
  • Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Fashion
  • Film, Video & Photography
  • Experience design
  • Gastronomy
  • Leisure Activities
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Publishing
  • Radio & Television
  • Software, Computer Games & Electronic Publishing (for creativeindustries)
  • 3D Printing
  • Toys & Games

How can startups win the competition?

The winners of Creative Business Cup will be startups that show a high level of creativity and present a business concept with great market potential, which resulted from extraordinary business execution.


  • Change the value chains of the Creative Industries or use creative competencies to change the value chains in other industries. Think innovation and disruption.
  • Rely on creative skills as a key to the success of the business.
  • Engage customers or others in creative processes.
  • Innovate in terms of their product or service, social relations, customer approach, markets or other areas.

Market potential:

  • Investment potential.
  • Scalability.
  • Unique value propositions.
  • Create and impact new markets.
  • Present a strong overview of the existing market situation.
  • Present a good understanding of risks and possibilities.

Business Execution:

  • Have a good team with complementary skills and good experience.
  • Demonstrate the presence of financial and strategic flair within the team, thereby combining creative and business skills
  • Present a robust business model.
  • Address relevant issues regarding Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Have a strong rollout strategy in place.

Working language?

The main working language will be English.

Where will the National Cup take place?

Location to be additionally announced

Can I join as a mentor?

If you are interested in supporting startups from creative and cultural industries to get prepared for the national cup get in contact with us for more details.

Can I join as an investor?

If you are interested in supporting startups from creative and cultural industries you are more than welcome to take part in the national cup either as an attendant, mentor or jury member. Get in contact with us for more details.

How to get a media pass for the Global Business Cup 2022?

Creative Business Cup Media Passes are provided for journalists/editorial members of the press. If you are a communication/PR professional, blogger or non-editorial employee of a media company, get in touch with CBN network at [email protected] to discuss the possibilities.

Who is organizing the Creative Business Cup Global Finals?

Creative Business Network powers Creative Business Cup, the world Creative Business Network empowers startups in the Creative Industries, connects them to investors and global markets and strengthens their innovative capabilities to the benefit of the industry and society.

See more – or ask a question [email protected]

Previous winners of CBC North Macedonia

1st place

ArchX Studio with their project for EnergyBOX – an outdoor work hub


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2nd place

InRoomPreview with their visualization app to help the potential customers with buying an artwork

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3rd place

eBionics with their innovative 3D printed bionic hand


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