From June 13th to the 15th, 2018, the Startup Campus V4 Global Tour arrived to London for its 5th destination within the framework of London Tech Week to promote the V4 startup ecosystem. Included in the global tour was the closing event of the Startup Campus London university incubation program, where the Hungarian student teams participating in the Spring semester of the training program introduced their innovative startup projects to a professional jury panel and audience.
Some of these young Hungarian diaspora living in London joined the global tour startups at the Business Breakfast held at the Hungarian Embassy on the first day of the tour, as well. At the breakfast, participants were introduced to incubators and investors, accompanied by international diplomats and the Ambassador of Hungary in London.
“In Istanbul, Berlin, New York, Boston and Vienna, we were able to strengthen the discoverability of the V4 countries and the region’s innovation ecosystem. London is Europe’s startup capital, so it was of paramount importance to host an official satellite event of London Tech Week, the UK’s largest technology conference,” said Zsolt Kovács, CEO of Enterprise Hungary, who initiated the Startup Campus program.
On the second day of the tour, Hungarian teams Bankzee and Trustchain, and Polish teams Transparent Data and the Cancer Center had the chance to visit the TechXLR8 London Tech Week anchor event, where Cancer Center had won the HackXLR8 competition on the previous day of the anchor event. Later that evening, young Hungarians living in London presented their innovative entrepreneurial ideas at the Demo Day event of the Startup Campus London Spring Semester. The professional jury chose the winner, Ecosync, a young team of engineers working in Oxford on energy developments.
The Global Tour’s closing event on Friday was organized on the 8th floor of the brand new MindSpace Shoreditch coworking space, where Fintech, Energy and Life Science startups demonstrated their business potential to a team of professional investors in the jury panel. The market opportunities of the Ecosync project were also validated here, as the team celebrated its second consecutive win, beating later stage startups at this event.
The jury panel, among others, included proponent of two major industry focuses of the tour, such as Triin Linamagi, head of the Startupbootcamp Fintech division, and founder and managing director of Sustainable Ventures, Andrew Wordsworth.