Friday, October 30, 2015

Lisbon, Brussels and Warsaw - The InvestHorizon October Trifecta

The ICT 2015 conference, organised annually by the European Commission, welcomed over 7000 participants from all over the world in the great city of Lisbon. Many events and networking opportunities for startups were scheduled, among which the InvestHorizon Investment Forum that took place in the afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30.

As part of the highly attended ICT 2015 Conference organised by the European Commission and with the support of EBAN member, FNABA (Federação Nacional de Associações de Business Angels), brought together 9 investors to judge the 12 pitching startups coming from all over Europe (Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Greece, etc.). After a brief introduction of each of the present investor juries, Carlos DaSilva, moderator, gave the floor to the 12 startups that got the chance to pitch their innovative ideas in front of them:

- Bread
- Linknovate
- Wings ICT
- Vremo
- Agricoulus
- Obergudt
- Breeze
- Nissatech
- Ars Lab
- Sedicii
- Torus
- iLocator

As one of the closing events of ICT 2015, the InvestHorizon Investment Forum gathered a great audience with a lot of attendees and observers. Highly interesting projects with great potential were presented in various sectors such as Food, Environment, Energy, ICT, Security, Health or Telecommunications. Companies came from all over Europe (Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Greece, etc.).


The day after, EBAN hosted in Brussels, during the European Forum for Entrepreneurial Finance, an InvestHorizon Coaching Academy where 8 lucky SME Instrument beneficiaries got the opportunity to spend 2 hours with 4 highly skilled coaches Selma Prodanovic, Peter Braun, Audra Shallal and Chrisophe Bodin:

- EnerOcean
- iLocator
- Inray
- BlueBridge
- Visolis
- Aross 3D
- Awaait
- Innogage

The coaching session offered first a dry run session with all startups giving a 5 minutes pitch to the coaches which did a great job in assessing their performance, followed by one-to-one meetings with Selma, Peter, Audra and Christophe to get more personalized coaching. 
Monday 26th October was a sunny day in Warsaw to welcome more than 30 InvestHorizon startups at the InvestHorizon Coaching Academy and Investment Forum:

- Calltimex
- CortechsConnect
- Greenpie OOD
- Guidool
- Have it Back
- hook biz
- Keepsite
- Metaco Broker
- Migam
- MonkeyData s.r.o.
- MyiArts
- NextWebGame studios
- Oh my bra!
- Openstrom
- Raspputin
- Raspputin
- Sennder
- Smartly Solutions GmbH
- Speechmatics
- SpherePlay
- Tespack
- Wolfprint 3D Medical

The cooperation between InvestHorizon and the well renowned Wolves Summit gave the opportunity to each of them to benefit from the highly interesting coaching sessions of:

- Barbara Piasek, Wolves Summit team member, gave a workshop on “how to sell” and gave insightful tips by taking her own experiences as concrete examples
- Piotr Majewski made a study case about “why you don’t even remember Dell had an MP3 player competing the iPod”and the perception of a brand and how you should present your products/services
- Karol Maj gave another very constructive workshop in Polish.
- Piotr Bucki talked about how to build an effective high concept pitch

The afternoon was devoted to the Investment Forum where startups had 3 minutes to pitch. The competition was fierce and all of them fought to get to the Semifinals. 25 startups were supposed to be selected, but due to the same amount of points at the last (25th) position, 28 were finally selected to pitch in the Semifinals.

This first cooperation with the Wolves will probably not be the last!

“We are glad that we had an opportunity to cooperate with InvestHorizon during the Wolves Summit. Thanks to that cooperation, young entrepreneurs received the possibility to present their ideas in front of experienced Investors and were given the essential feedback. It was an interesting combination of workshops and pitching sessions, thereby firstly the participants learnt many practical skills from coachers and just after that they could use the freshly acquired knowledge in practice during the meetings with Investors. For these start-up founders it was a valuable experience and a great chance to obtain a source of investment for their projects. We hope we will have a pleasure to cooperate with Invest Horizon again in the future - we see how much this joint project can give to the start-ups.” Anna Karpeta & Michal Cieminski, Wolves Summit

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