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OTP Group, a top tier player of the financial industry in Central and Eastern Europe, continuously seeks international partnerships with later-stage startups with validated products and scaleups, from all over the world, with a chance to build goal-oriented, business-focused, and mutually beneficial collaborations.

Take this unique opportunity to refine your product, grow your business, and expand your networks through projects conducted in one of the 12 countries where the OTP Banking Group is present and via our prestigious corporate partner network!

Besides continuously accepting applications for potential partnerships, we will also post periodic, thematic programs, called Challenges with shorter and more flexible timelines and milestones. A Challenge is a periodical event that is built around a specific business unit or challenge that will take around a few months. Currently, there is no Challenge posted. Please check back again later for a thematic partnership opportunity or submit your application outside of a specific event below!

The startup partnership opportunities are brought to you by OTP LAB, OTP Bank’s innovation hub.

Who are we looking for?

Startups and scaleups, which meet the following criteria:
  • Company is managed by at least two full-time founders, covering both business and tech competences. We especially encourage women-led companies and startups with gender-diverse founding teams to apply.
  • There is some novel and scalable technology or an innovative business model behind the product.
  • The product is market ready, validated at least through pilots (even better if you already have live users and/or corporate partners).
  • There is a founder, a C or VP level executive who will devote the necessary time, energy, and attention needed for driving the partnership with OTP.

How to apply?

  • Are you ready to set your business in fast-forward mode? Hit the “Apply now” button below and complete our application form.

How to prepare for the application?

  • We will ask general questions about your team, business, solution and market viability, so that we can make a more informed decision when discovering potential collaboration opportunities within OTP Group.
  • Please make sure to prepare contact information, pitch deck, basic information about financials and market data.

What happens after submitting your application?

  • Upon receiving your application, our program team will review your submission based on the following factors: team, product/technology, market opportunity and traction, business model, fit with OTP Bank’s strategy and target markets. We evaluate the applications on a rolling basis to find the most suitable solution and business need fit and forward them to relevant departments of the OTP Group. As the evaluation takes place on a rolling basis, please note that no specific timeline is applicable for feedback.


Results-oriented pilots based on real business needs

Business-relevant Proof-of-Concept or pilot projects with one of the banks belonging to OTP Group, collaborating directly with renowned OTP experts

Dedicated support from piloting to live collaboration

Connection with the right stakeholders and key decision makers within OTP Group, dedicated resources to support the live rollout in case of a successful pilot

Business development acceleration & potential customer base

Opportunity to forge new partnerships within OTP Group and get access to up to 19+ million customers in the CEE region

Customized mentorship

Business insights and guidance from dedicated mentors and key decision makers at OTP Group with market-specific expertise in 11 CEE markets

Investor relations & international networking

Introductions to PortfoLion, OTP’s VC and PE arm, to angel investors and access to an extensive pool of renowned mentors, leading corporate partners and our proven alumni companies.

No cost, no equity

There are no application or participation fees, we take no equity, we do not lock you in

Track record

We are proud to foster innovation for our colleagues in 12 countries.


Startups evaluated for collaboration


Participating OTP business units


Completed pilots


Ratio of post-pilot collaborations


Our partners offer special deals, workshops, office hours, and the chance to get fast-track access to their acceleration programs.

Our team

Program team


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Do you have any questions?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

If you can’t find the right answers there, feel free to drop us a line on otplab@otpbank.hu.

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