University innovations have also introduced themselves at the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour to Vienna

May 24-25, 2018 , the fourth destination of the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour, also marked the Startup Campus University Innovative Idea within the framework of the Pioneers Festival.

After Istanbul, Berlin and the USA East Coast tour, the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour, which supports the start-ups of the V4 region, arrived to the Austrian capital. This two-day event was opened by a business breakfast organized at the Hungarian Embassy in Vienna. In the morning, Czech Angee Technologies, Polish Agribot, Hungarian Greenfox Academy and the Austro-Hungarian Intellyo team participated in a V4 breakfast attended by Austrian investors and partners.

 

With the international programs of the Startup Campus, we wish to provide a trampoline for talented university students and startups. We promote the global discoverability of teams and our services encourage international validation and market access. It was an honor to have been a professional partner at the Pioneers Festival this year and to have provided opportunities for university students and regional startup teams.“- said Zsolt Kovács, CEO of Enterprise Hungary, the mother company of the Startup Campus program.

The Startup Campus University program overlapped with the fourth stop of the global tour , featuring the best 8 Central and Eastern European university startup teams who had their first opportunity to pitch to and receive constructive feedback from a professional jury.

The winning idea was the Romanian Xvision team, who specialize in the automatic detection of diseases in the human body through the smart analysis of medical X-rays.

After completing a 2day bootcamp in Budapest a few weeks prior to the Pioneers pitching event, the team continued to the incubation of 8 finalists, and the mature teams were able to begin to source funding and capitalize.

The Startup Campus V4 Global Tour will continue to its fifth stop in London, where Slovakian, Hungarian, Czech and Polish startups in the field of Energy, Fintech and Life Science will introduce their ideas within the framework of London Tech Week, in addition to participating in B2B meetings and networking events.

Startup Campus V4 Global Tour – USA

Between May 6th-13th, 2018, the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour journied across the United States East Coast. At the third destination of the tour, five Hungarian health care startups had the opportunity to validate themselves in the US market and to develop further cooperative relationships at various business-to-business meetings.

During this one-week business trip, startups presented themselves at the Foley and Lardner pitching and networking event in Boston, opened by Dr. László Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary in Washington D.C. In the following days, the teams visited the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), MIT’s Media Labs, and participated at another pitch tournament before a diverse group of health care, law and business professionals at the Quinnipiac University.

In New York City, the teams exhibited at TechDay NYC, one of the biggest tech events in the city, after which a musical chairs-style pitch program and networking event was held at the Hungarian Consulate General in New York City, where the teams met several local experts and gained valuable feedback and connections. At the last stop of the East Coast tour, they presented their innovations in Worcester, Massachussetts before the Hungarian Medical Association of America and received several invitations that would allow for further cooperation.

We see a lot of opportunities between local health and med tech startups and the ecosystem of the USA East coast. The week spent there has resulted in network growth, useful feedback, and startups have been given direct access to American partners. The outgoing startups introduced new perspectives in the USA that, based on experience, can leverage the acquisitions gained here and how to validate themselves in the US market.” said Sebastian Tamás, director of the Hungarian National Trading House, Innotrade program.

In the USA, 6 medtech / health care startups joined the tour; InSimu Patient, a patient-simulation application specially developed for professional use; Vitrolink, advanced technology solutions to assist the pathologist’s daily routine; MED3D, a surgical innovative education system that enables professionals to check the quality of the prepared sutures in detail, and Now Technologies Gyro smart tool that helps people with mobility impairments with headaches in communication and movement, as well as Promobox, with gift packs and information publications to help their mothers with their children. Notch, the first smartphone ready motion capture platform.

The next destintion of the global tour will be to Vienna within the framework of the Pioneers tech event, which will also mark the finals of the Startup Campus University – Innovative Idea Battle.

The region’s university startup ideas were competing

Between the 28th and 29th of April 2018, Startup Campus University – Innovative Idea Battle, two-day long event was held, where the region’s university innovations were competing. The best eight team won the chance to introduce themselves and compete further on the 25th of May at the Pioneers Festival, which is held in Vienna. Further, these eight teams also got one-step closer to win the 9 million Forint investment of Hiventures.

More than fifty university teams who had an innovative idea applied for the regional university idea competition. After the selection process sixteen teams were qualified for the semi-finals. The teams had various backgrounds, Austrian, Romanian, Croatian, Polish and Hungarian.

Talented young entrepreneurs are like a pair of shining eyes. They are the best investment in the future. The aim of Startup Campus University is to make the bright ideas of students from this region more discoverable, and to support them in becoming successful entrepreneurs. We work on making this programme the greatest student start-up competition and community in the region and in Europe in the next three years.” – said Zsolt Kovács, the CEO of Enterprise Hungary.

During the two-day long bootcamp students prepared for the competition with the help of mentors whom were professionals working in the industry.  The students reviewed with their mentors their Business Model Canvas, and by receiving constructive feedback, the candidates perfectionized their presentation.

   

The qualified teams had some truly unique innovations, such as supporting the studies and development of high-school students by using their app called Eddie, which converts 2D models on paper into 3D figures on the users’ phone. The team who represented Overace Tickets had another innovative idea, an app that sells tickets by data control, another team called Meta Flora, which creates healthy drinks that are tailored individually by analysing the buyers’ intestinal flora or TechSpesc, which provides online product support platform.

Furthermore, Xvision from Romania was also qualified for the semi-finals; the project’s aim is to discover on an x-ray any kind of disease automatically in the human body anywhere in the world, without the professional analysis of a doctor by checking the x-ray image. Similarly, Alive Maps was also one of the strongest candidates with its imaginative idea of creating an online map that measures the pollution/ life-quality of the areas.

Two teams came from Croatia who made it to the semi-finals as well; Agronaut, which aims to promote Eastern-European farmers on the greater market and Crustuli, a healthy and nutritious snack developed by young female students from the food-waste of the food-industry.

The finals are going to take place on the 25th of May in 2018, at the Pioneers start-up event in Vienna.

Check the vlog about the bootcamp here.