Congratulations to the winner of the First Battle of Innovations in Ukraine - YouScan!
Thank you very much to all our guests who came to our event!
Special thanks to all the experts from our jury who helped us select the best of the best solutions presented.
The jury of the First Battle of Innovation was very representative:
• Alexander Soroka, CEO & Founder at Startup.Network;
• Konstantin Karpushin, Head of Innovation at CIS, Head of Transfer at Ukraine, Partner at KPMG;
• Emanuele Volpe, Chief Innovation Officer at DTEK (Ukraine);
• Aleksey Mas, Lead of Innovation Lab at Kyivstar;
• Oleksandr Striamets, PhD, X & D Leader, Samsung R & D Institute Ukraine;
• Svitlana Khutka, Ph.D., U.World Foundation CEO (USA), Social Indicators Center Executive Director;
• Alexander Kryshtal, Head of Digital Hub, Raiffeisen Bank Aval;
• Igor Rusnak, Strategic and Development Officer, OTP Bank Ukraine;
• Pavlo Ryzhii, Innovations Manager for Philip Morris Ukraine Caucuses and Moldova;
• Vitaliy Chernyuk, Head of the Expert Group on Communications and Strategic Planning;
• Vitalii Ilchenko, Founder of "UKRAVIT", CEO;
• Katerina Litvinenko, Regional Corporate Sales & Marketing Manager TURKISH AIRLINES;
• Mykola Takzey, Marketing Expert, Innovation Catalyst, Transformation Ambassador;
• Denys Gurak, Partner, Member of the Supervisory Board of Innovations Development Platform.
The event included an extremely interesting and useful panel discussion on the experience of introducing innovations in corporations: successful cases and the main problems of such implementations. Konstantin Karpushin (KPMG), Emanuele Volpe (DTEK), Aleksey Mas (Kyivstar), Mykola Takzey (Philip Morris) shared their vision and insight with the guests of the event. The discussion was moderated by Alexander Soroka.
And we are very pleased that we were able to select exactly those innovative solutions among very, very many and worthy ones that aroused real keen interest among such venerable experts as our Jury!
The voting results were as follows:
The most innovative solution was recognized by YouScan - AI-powered Social Media Image Recognition for Brands. The decision received 4.29 points from the jury!
The second place in terms of innovation with an average score of 4.08 went to UniExo, who presented a robotic exoskeleton for rehabilitation.
And the third place went to the Swedish project Swedish Energy Systems - System of energy optimization of non-industrial buildings with 3.86 points.
All other presented innovative solutions also received due attention of experts and guests of the event:
Phantasmic - Virtual and Augmented Reality - 3.79
Activechat - LEGO ™ for chatbots and voice agents - 3.77
Raccoon.Recovery - Personalized rehabilitation after injuries and stroke - 3.50
KPMG Innovation factory - award-winning idea & innovation management software - 3.25
Upswot - Software product for Lenders - 3.17
Magic Innovations - Innovative Solutions for Entertainment and Advertising - 2.85
More details about all innovations can be found on the page of our event: https://battle.startup.network/ru/events/387709/
Thanks to the sponsor of the joys of our event - Emozzi - the winner received a whole box of positive emotions!
Startup.Network thanks everyone who took part in our event! We are always open to cooperation and partnership!
Together we will achieve more!
We will be glad to see you all!
One of the entrepreneurs who got 1st place shared his experience of participating in the Startup Battle:
“It was my pleasure to pitch at the Startup Battle in San Francisco and in Los Angeles.
It was a great experience, we won the first place in San Francisco and right after the pitch two Judges said that they wanted to invest in our Company.
We met with one of the Judges next day and made a deal for a part of the round.
Startup Battle is a great tool for introducing your Startup to the local community of American investors and, if your case is good, they react immediately.”
After participating in the Startup Battle, which was held by Startup.Network in the Silicon Valley, we gained tremendous amount of experience on how to build the startup and attract investments. Especially it was very cool to talk with MS. He gave us a lot of advice. If it were no it for this event, we would not be able to get such advice. Then we actively worked on searching for investors which we did. We began due diligence but we realised that we did not want to take any investments on the early stage. Again, useful advice from Mike Sandler, his criticism to be precise, helped us to find the way. At this point, we have several investors from among the surgeons, but for now, we are managing on our own.
Now we have an MVP that is not just a set of tools but a surgical robot. The manufacturing of the primary product is taking place in Taiwan. At this point, it is on the stage of being certified.
If somebody asks me whether I need any investments in the early stages, I will say no. It is significantly more important to develop the right network and to get proper advice.
Everything that happened is the credit to Startup.Network!
I want to thank Statup.Network for precious experience and help we've got during startup battles in USA and Berlin.
Mentors your team chooses for jury on battles are always very professional and ready to help.
We got valuable feedback and a good quantity of insights.
Raccoon.World team continues communication and builds relationships with several investors we met on the battles.
We took part in several Startup Battles, organised by Startup.Network, in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Minsk, Almaty, Kharkov and attended Startup Battle in San Francisco.
I believe that it helped us to be selected from more than 1000 competitors for acceleration program in the Netherlands, where we were the only startup from Eastern Europe.
Attending the Startup Battles is very beneficial for expending networking and gaining useful feedback. In particular, the feedback, what we got on Startup Battle, from the investor form the Silicon Valley helped us to find new and more perspective niche and make the pivot. We would be glad to collaborate with the Startup.Network team again.
We took part in two Startup.Network events: Startup Battle in Moscow and Startup BAttle in Silicon Valley.
We won the 1st place in Moscow and got a lot of attention from the media and investors. After that event, we received lots of useful pieces of advice and attended meetings with investors.
And we won the 3d place in Silicon Valley, and right after the pitch Marvin Liao
(Partner 500 Startups) offered us to join 500 Startups accelerator. Being acquainted with Marwin helped us one more time in Moscow in some time.
We would be glad to pitch at Startup Battles again!