Future looking bright for the startup scene

On 7 September we had the last Idea Garage before the VUNK Garage48 Hackathon and we were truly impressed! The participants have become much more focused on building something serious. This means that they are attending startup events not just for fun but to really get useful feedback from mentors and other participants in order to learn, develop and grow better.

Just like last time, some pitchers were the same as in the previous events and we've witnessed the messages becoming much-much clearer, so good job! The ones who made their first pitch ever were also very good but we all know that practice makes perfect. As Henri Ploom from RebelRoam said, he didn’t really believe in pitching at first but by now he has realised how important it is to be able to concisely express what it is that you do.

We also had the great pleasure of hearing Elise Sass talk about the ABC of pitching so if you want to go over her slides, click here

The NEW pitches we heard in short:

Kirill

problem: Companies pick wrong names for their brands and products - that can work against you on foreign markets.

solution: Check and assess your startup or brand name by going through localization aspects / Test your brand name with a community of experts.

Diana

problem: Everyday grocery shopping is a hassle – especially for vegans

solution: You need a device in the refrigerator that scans what products will need to be ordered. This will be put together as a wish-list and placed as an online order with same day delivery.

Tuomo

problem: Hard to find random people or friends to join your event

solution: Locally based instant events app with gamification elements

Kairi

problem: Organising a birthday wish-list between guests is time consuming and a hassle. You may end up with duplicate gifts.

solution: The birthday organiser can choose products from shops and add these to a wish-list and share this with guests.

Grete

problem: Your friends, neighbours or others might know the service they need but don’t know where to get it.

solution: Place a tip to a telco service provider that someone would be interested in getting an offer. Past experience shows that 60% of tips are successful.


We would also like to thank Christof, Robert, Jevgeni, Martin, Toivo, Mario, Karl and Valeri for proving that practicing pitching helps you get your message across much better. Their pitches can be found from other Idea Garage blog posts.


On a side note, take notice that all teams are looking for back-end, front-end developers, marketers and designers. So pay attention on Friday evening because you have many ideas to choose from!

LAST CALL:

VUNK Garage48 Hacathon 9-11.09 at SpaceX (Keevise 6) - Sign up HERE

or

Come and join us for FINALS & NETWORKING on Sunday (11.09) at 17:30 at SpaceX at Ülemiste City. The doors are opened and we kindly invite everyone to come and see the final pitches and cheer for the winners. Click ‘Going’ here.

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