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.