From an idea to a business. European Start-up Days is an opportunity for a hundred best start-ups for business success
Katowice, 4 May 2017 A waterless car wash, an intelligent waste-paper basket, an interactive floor, a personalised diet supplement, a social platform for influencers – it is in only a week's time that innovative business ideas will be presented at the European Start-up Days in the Spodek Arena in Katowice. A hundred winners of the Start-up Challenge will meet experts and mentors, politicians, business people, business-support organisations, representatives of media and experienced “start-upers”.
Almost 200 start-ups enrolled for this year's edition of the Start-up Challenge. The jury has identified the 100 most-interesting ones which will make their presentations in the Scale-up Alley – a space in the Spodek Arena in Katowice dedicated to business visionaries. The creators of 18 best concepts will make presentations not only on the stages of the European Start-up Days but also at the European Economic Congress at the International Congress Centre, fighting to win their respective categories.
One of the awarded ideas is, e.g., the social platform for influencers – DDOB.com (Daily Dose of Beauty), grouping together mainly representatives of the Z Generation and Millennials, including several thousand young opinion leaders: bloggers, Youtubers and Instagram users. It carries out non-standard campaigns for clients and range campaigns on Instagram, using crowdsourcing for content development. Companies develop communication to their target groups via their opinion leaders. So far 150 thousand photos have been tagged with the following hashtags: #ddob, #ddobinsta and #ddobgirl.
The jury also appreciated a world-scale innovative solution by Beta Bio Technology. It consists of extracting highly purified beta glucan protein and fibre from oats. The project stands out with its specialist know-how, technological lines, the scale of the project, and its pro-health effects in terms of civilisation diseases.
Apart from the participants in the European Economic Congress, Sky Tronic will also be presented, which is one of the first companies in the world to work on the production technology of unmanned aircraft controlled with a system based on artificial-intelligence elements – fuzzy logic (FLC). The project relies on a flight control and stabilisation algorithm which monitors, assesses and controls the object, solving problems in the same way as the human brain does. With this technology, the control of unmanned aircraft will be more precise, and safer in adverse weather and site conditions.
Another interesting project in the Scale-up Alley is BIN-e – an intelligent waste-paper basket designed as a solution for intelligent buildings, companies managing waste in offices and public spaces like offices, airports, railway stations and shopping malls. BIN-e is the first device on the market with the functionality of recognising waste and unique sorting. It relies on intelligent machine learning, based on neural networks.
Another innovative idea – Future steps or an interactive floor dedicated to public spaces – hotels, SPA’s, hospitals, office buildings, offices. It dynamically displays information, e.g. access routes to specific premises and readouts of each person’s location. Also simple interaction with users is possible. The function of locating the directed person provides for dynamic identification and modification of the access route; it can also be integrated with security systems.
Sundose will present its idea in the Spodek Arena – a personalised supplement with the composition each time suited to the client's predispositions and health needs. It is prepared on the basis of professional dietetics tools – a health survey and a dietetic interview. The product is delivered in monthly subscription periods and so it does not require preservatives or fillers.
The participants in the European Start-up Days will have an opportunity to see an ecological, waterless, mobile car wash called Waterless. The waterless wash method has been used for years in countries with a water deficit. The process consumes only about 300 millilitres of a specialist substance, and in effect the cars remain clean for 3-4 weeks while the natural environment remains unharmed.
In the Scale-up Alley there will be opportunities to talk to the developers of the following ideas: an educational application for children with diabetes; an intelligent camera saving the lives and health of horses; VR earphones with a function to sense scents; a system to send VAT invoices using B2B; devices for minimally invasive surgery training; the manufacturing technology of unmanned aircraft controlled with a system based on artificial-intelligence elements, and many more innovative inventions. The hundred exhibitors can be viewed on http://www.estartupdays.eu/2017/pl/start-up-challenge/161/.
Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of the Energy Union, will be a special guest at the European Start-Up Days. Along with Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, former Speaker of the European Parliament and a former Polish Prime Minister, he will visit the stands of the best start-ups in the Scale-up Alley. The participants in the conference will also have an opportunity to listen to his address on the role of advanced technologies and young start-up entrepreneurs in economic modernisation and the transfer to clean energy.
On 11-12 May, the debates, addresses and presentations at the European Start-up Days will also be attended by Arvind Bali, CEO, Videocon, India; Maciej Balsewicz, CEO, bValue; Brunon Bartkiewicz, President of the Management Board, ING Bank Śląski; Jarosław Bator, Business Development Director, Skanska; Jacek Błoński, Member of the Management Board, Business Angels Europe, Managing Partner, ZMV Funds; Michał Ciemiński, Member of the Management Board, EBAN, President of the Management Board, Platinum Investors; Krzysztof Domarecki, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, SELENA FM; Guy Hilton, CMO, Start-Up Nation Central, Israel; Debbi Hoehn, Director of the New Technologies Department, Microsoft; Patrycja Klarecka, President of the Management Board, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development; Michał Kot, Sales Director for the industrial sectors, Siemens; Eliza Kruczkowska, Director for innovation development, Polish Development Fund; Julia Krysztofiak-Szopa, CEO, Startup Poland; Robert Ługowski, co-founder, CobinAngels, leader of the Business Angels Polska Confederation; Tomasz Misiak, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Work Service, entrepreneur, investor; Jarosław Rogoża, Member of the Management Board, Director of the R&D division, Synthos; Jacek Santorski, Polish psychologist, psychotherapist, publisher and entrepreneur; Mariusz Turski, co-founder, AIP, Business Link, bValue; Wojciech Wolny, President of the Management Board, EUVIC; Dariusz Żuk, President of the Management Board, Business Link Poland.
The following persons will share their experiences with young start-upers – they began in a similar way and are now successfully developing innovative businesses: Marcin Fiedziukiewicz, CEO at Job Square – a co-creator of an app supporting the search for temporary work, functioning similarly to a dating portal; Rafał Han, co-founder, CEO at Silvair – a company in Kraków which works on a universal platform of intelligent lighting for commercial companies, based on a standard called Bluetooth Mesh, supporting wireless communication and adjusting to, e.g., the time of day; Krystian Dylewski, owner of 2take.it, a system to recognise content on fiscal receipts which is used by the Ministry of Finance; Marek Gutt-Mostowy, founder of euroLoop – wants to build Hyperloop in Poland – a new-generation railway where passengers and goods are carried in capsules dispatched in special tubes with reduced pressure, so very high speeds are reached; Ross Knap, CEO at Call Page – co-author of a system supporting the conversion of visitors to websites into clients in … 28 seconds; Sebastian Meszyński, CEO at ABM Space – a company involved in advanced technologies related to the space industry and the transfer of solutions to non-space sectors; Jacek Olechowski, CEO, MediaCap, business angel, co-author of the success of the start-up of Rankomat; Konrad Pawlus, co-founder of SALESmanago Marketing Automation – the fastest-growing platform to automate marketing in Europe which might achieve a worth of over a billion US dollars as a start-up; Marcin Piątkowski, founder of JIVR – a company producing a designer collapsible city bike, supported with electrical drive, provided with GPS, bluetooth and supporting iBeacons to contact urban architecture; Maciej Piwko, President of the Management Board, co-founder of Everytap – a loyalty app for customers of restaurants, cafés and cinemas based on iBeacon technology, and Barbara Sołtysińska, founder of indaHash and LifeTube.
The European Start-up will be held on 11-12 May in Katowice. The first event of that magnitude combining start-ups and corporations and business-support organisations last year attracted 2 thousand participants. This year, the aim of the event is again to integrate the environment of young entrepreneurs with experts, the CEO’s of large companies, investors and successful business people, who will attend the European Economic Congress in Katowice.
Detailed information on the European Start-up Days: http://www.estartupdays.eu/pl/
European Start-up Days | Knowledge – Inspiration – Cooperation | 11-12 May, Katowice, Spodek Arena
An accompanying event to the 9th European Economic Congress in Katowice – EEC – 10-12 May 2017.
The European Start-up Days is a special event, accompanying the European Economic Congress in Katowice. For two days (11-12 May) young entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to make presentations to potential investors. Business people attending the largest business event in Central Europe. In terms of content and formula, this will be a unique meeting of people interested in the development of young, innovative, creative Polish entrepreneurs.
Employing an innovative formula, the event will combine professional addresses and interaction with participants, elements of shows and non-typical promotion of young Polish companies.
The European Start-up Days are organised by Business Link Poland and Polska Przedsiębiorcza.
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