The winner of the 139th Startup Battle, Minsk is Skinive!
Startup.Network conducted the 139th Startup Battle in Minsk with the support of Imaguru: Бизнес-Клуб/Startup Hub.
There was Panel Discussion in the first block on the topic: “Does it make sense to enter Accelerators? Experience of our Startups Accelerated in Europe and America”. The Discussion was moderated by Sergey Gavrilko, Representative of Startup.Network in Belarus.
Яков Бута (Yakau Buta), CEO at @Stringers Hub Stringershub.com. Passed Starta Accelerator;
Александр Агейчик (Aliaksandr Aheichyk), CEO/CoFounder at iDiscount. Passed StartupWiseGuys;
Павел Литвинко (Pavel Litvinko), CEO Botscape. Passed: Yandex Tolstoy Startup Camp (Moscow) - 2015, TechMinsk - 2016, Starta Accelerator (New York) - 2018;
Alexander Astafiev, Founder CEO, Synpatic Audio Analytics. Take part in such accelerators: Stardust DTU (Denmark), TechMinsk, HTP incubator, SWG, StartUp Chile, Акселератор ВТБ, Inspired by FTh.by.
Eight selected startups were presented in second block of the 139th Startup Battle.
The Judges of the 139nd Battle of Startups, Minsk included:
· Кирилл Волошин (Kirill Voloshin), Co-Founder/Owner/ex-CEO at TUT.BY, Ha-humble Member at Belarus Business Angels Network,Expert at Start-up School.
· Роман Корнев (Roman Korneu), Partner at Nemera Capital Group;
· Сергей Гаврилко - Representative of Startup.Network in Belarus;
· Валерий Остринский (Valery Astrynski), Investor, Member of the board at Angels BAND. Founder of Telvel Group (Telvel.eu);
· Sergey Sinkevich, Director of the Development at EPAM Systems;
· Виталий Никуленко (Vitali Nikulenka), Supervisory Director at Belarus inter-bank settlement center;
· Дмитрий Матвеев (Dmitry Matveyev), Partner at Aleinikov&Partners Law Firm;
· Alexander Shlyaev, IT Enterprenour, Member of the Association of Business Cooperation of Belarus;
· Антон Куличкин (Anton Kulichkin), Business angel at Angels Band , Member of board of Experts at at Distributed Registries Technology;
· Александр Алешин, Director of the Development at Future Fintech. Business angel.
The voting results are as follows:
The leader in terms of votes received was Skinive with an average score of 4.
Skinive helps monitor the skin health with the help of smart phone’s camera.
The second place took Everis Technologies with score of 3.9
Everis Technologies is SaaS platform for managing service company.
Third place: ETHERIZE - 3.7
Fourth place: FastServe - 3.6
Fifth place: LIBER4U - 3.3
Sixth place was shared between SpotVision and NLP&Q - 3.1
Seventh place: GMoney - 2.1
Forms of all presented startups can be viewed on the event page:
We congratulate the winner of the 139th Startup Battle, Minsk - Skinive!
We express special gratitude to our partner Imaguru: Business Club/Startup Hub for supporting the organization and cozy atmosphere at the event.
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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!